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19 Apr Edisto Nature Trail and Donnelley WMA [Craig ]
19 Apr RE: Continuing large numbers of Black Scoters, Seabrook, SC [Aaron Given ]
19 Apr Great-crested Flycatcher [Edith Tatum ]
19 Apr Saluda Shoals Park, Columbia SC - SWAINSON'S WARBLER [Simon Harvey ]
19 Apr Re: Red-necked Grebes--twisted logic [Brian Patteson ]
19 Apr Re: Continuing large numbers of Black Scoters, Seabrook, SC [Chris Hill ]
19 Apr Re: Red-necked Grebes--twisted logic [Harry LeGrand ]
19 Apr Re: Blue Grosbeak []
19 Apr Hilton Pond 03/17/14 (Home From The Tropics) ["Bill Hilton Jr." ]
19 Apr Re: Continuing large numbers of Black Scoters, Seabrook, SC [Brian Patteson ]
19 Apr Continuing large numbers of Black Scoters, Seabrook, SC [David Gardner ]
19 Apr Brevard Snowy owl release [Derek Aldrich ]
18 Apr Re: Bear Island RUFF RFI [Mark McShane ]
18 Apr Possible Curlew Sandpiper, Pamlico County [Lucas Bobay ]
18 Apr Franklin Co. NC [Ryan Justice ]
18 Apr Carteret County Birds [Chandra Biggerstaff ]
18 Apr little river park ["Barbara Brooks" ]
18 Apr Roseate Spoonbill "ROSP" ["Buddy Campbell" ]
18 Apr Countable birds []
18 Apr And a Prothonotary Warbler ["KC Foggin" ]
18 Apr Bear Island Ruff RFI ["Jeff Click" ]
18 Apr Migrants Kings Mountain, SC []
18 Apr Wood Thrush - Chapel Hill [Betty Jordan ]
18 Apr Blue Grosbeak ["KC Foggin" ]
17 Apr 112 Whimbrels at Rachel Carson Reserve ["John Fussell" ]
17 Apr Ruby-throat in S. Durham []
17 Apr Black-crowned Night Heron at Lake Conestee, Greenville, SC []
16 Apr Re: RTHU in east Durham [The Gaston Gang ]
16 Apr RTHU in east Durham ["Kim Peacock" ]
16 Apr Re: ADMIN: Yahoo email list subscribers [Will Cook ]
16 Apr Re: Re: Spartanburg Greater White-fronted Goose []
16 Apr test [Monroe Pannell ]
16 Apr ADMIN: Yahoo email list subscribers [Will Cook ]
16 Apr Prothonotary Warbler at Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC [Bradley Dalton ]
16 Apr Re: Spartanburg Greater White-fronted Goose [Derek Aldrich ]
16 Apr Sandy Creek, Durham, NC [David Anderson ]
16 Apr Little Blue Heron right now at Yates Mill Pond in Raleigh [Tom Snow ]
16 Apr April 19 Birding on the Barony [Jerry Walls ]
16 Apr Help ID solved- Ruby Crowned Kinglet. [Paul Hubert ]
16 Apr Barn Owl flight photos, more Ruff shots posted [Nate Dias ]
16 Apr Go bird [David Anderson ]
16 Apr RUFF - Bear Island WMA - 4/13/2014 - Video Post [Mark McShane ]
15 Apr re: research project on bird window collisions at Duke [Scott Winton ]
15 Apr Re: Thoughts? ["KC Foggin" ]
15 Apr Re: Help ID a birdsong. []
15 Apr Re: Help ID a birdsong. [JILL ]
15 Apr Re: Help ID a birdsong. [Kent Fiala ]
15 Apr Re: Help ID a birdsong. [Marilyn Westphal ]
15 Apr Help ID a birdsong. [Paul Hubert ]
15 Apr Horned Lark, Barn Owl, in Beaufort County [Alan Meijer ]
15 Apr Hilton Pond 04/07/14 (Belize Hummingbirds) ["Bill Hilton Jr." ]
15 Apr Citizen Scientist Project in Western NC monitoring BATS [Jennifer Horton ]
15 Apr Spartanburg Greater White-fronted Goose ["Jeff Lemons" ]
15 Apr FW: eBird Report - Bear Island WMA, Apr 14, 2014 []
15 Apr Re: Hummers [Marty Wall ]
15 Apr Fwd: FW: [Ontbirds] Eastern Ontario: Snowy Owl northbound [Marcus Simpson ]
15 Apr no Black Rails Sunday ["John Fussell" ]
14 Apr American Bittern [Philip Dickinson ]
14 Apr Re: Thoughts? [Marie LaSalle ]
14 Apr Re: Thoughts? ["KC Foggin" ]
14 Apr Re: Thoughts? [Ryan Justice ]
14 Apr Re: Thoughts? [Clyde Smith ]
14 Apr Re: Thoughts? [Matt Janson ]
14 Apr Blue Jay Point County Park & Falls Lake, Wake Co., NC [Tom Snow ]
14 Apr RE: More Escarpment Birding - Jocassee Gorges, SC ["Jeff Click" ]
14 Apr Jackson Park [Blayne & Anne ]
14 Apr Re: Thoughts? [Ryan Justice ]
14 Apr a little help please [C Talkington ]
14 Apr Re: Thoughts? [Matt Janson ]
14 Apr Re: Hummers [Marty Wall ]
14 Apr Re: What is the turkey eating??? [Marty Wall ]
14 Apr Thoughts? ["KC Foggin" ]
14 Apr Hooded Merganser chicks, Clarendon County, SC []
14 Apr Purple Gallinule and Common Gallinule -- Buxton, NC [J Gard ]
14 Apr research project on bird window collisions at Duke [Scott Winton ]
14 Apr Re: CATBIRD & Yard Report ["KC Foggin" ]

Subject: Edisto Nature Trail and Donnelley WMA
From: Craig <jcraigw1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 23:08:14 -0400
My daughter Shelley and I birded the Edisto Nature Trail until about noon today 
and then moved on down to Donnelley. For the day from both sites we had a total 
of 95 species. 


At the Edisto Nature Trail we had 12 species of warbler including Blue-winged, 
Swainson's, Hooded, Kentucky, Worm-eating, Prothonotary, and Yellow-throated. 
Other good birds were Acadian Flycatcher, Broad-winged Hawk, and Rose-breasted 
Grosbeak (breeding plumage male). At times there were so many birds flitting in 
the canopy it was difficult to identify them all. A major area of activity was 
at the beginning of the Pon Pon trail, and the "theater" area near the parking 
lot. We had met Andy Harrison there later in the morning and we all three had 
looks at the Rose-breasted Grosbeak. 


Later, Andy, Shelley and I went to Donnelley WMA. We had two Purple Gallinules, 
one in the impoundment behind the office and one at the Savage Backwater 
impoundment. There were also numerous Green Herons there and Acadian 
Flycatcher. In the fields near the Check Station there were at least a dozen 
Eastern Kingbirds perched on the ground feeding along with Barn and Tree 
Swallows and Eastern Bluebirds. There were also about 20 Greater and Lesser 
Yellowlegs in the field recently flooded by the rain on Friday. 


Craig Watson
Mt. Pleasant, SC

Sent from my iPad
Subject: RE: Continuing large numbers of Black Scoters, Seabrook, SC
From: Aaron Given <amgiven AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20:57:28 -0400
On April 11th, there were at least 1000 black scoters off of Kiawah Island, SC. 
Many in much closer to shore than we usually see during the winter. 
Additionally, there were still several hundred off of Kiawah late last week. 
Black scoters don't breed until their 2nd or 3rd year, so I suspect that they 
may be younger birds that are in no hurry to leave just yet. We usually get a 
big "bump" in scoters in early spring/late winter with some lingering into late 
spring. 


Aaron Given
Kiawah Island, SC

> Subject: Continuing large numbers of Black Scoters, Seabrook, SC
> From: davidgardner14 AT gmail.com
> Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:12:17 -0400
> To: carolinabirds AT duke.edu
> 
> Walked the beach today about 1 hr before high tide. Saw 15 Black Scoters 
scattered along the shoreline actively foraging just out from the breakers 
(20ft from shore). Best views I have ever had. 

> In addition to those 15, I saw multiple small groups of scoters flying toward 
the ocean from up the estuary. The total number that I saw today was 66. 

> 
> Are the numbers of black scoters seen recently in Chas area related to the 
invasion of White-winged Scoters and Red-necked Grebes earlier this year, or is 
it within normal parameters? Ebird sure doesn't think they should be here. 

> Any thoughts.
> David
> 
> St. Christopher Camp & Conference Center,
> Seabrook Island, SC
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
 		 	   		  
Subject: Great-crested Flycatcher
From: Edith Tatum <ektatum AT nc.rr.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:06:44 -0400
I had my first GC Flycatcher of the spring in my yard this morning.  I hope
it continues to nest in my deplapidated old bird house.

Edith Tatum
Durham, NC
sent from my XOOM
Subject: Saluda Shoals Park, Columbia SC - SWAINSON'S WARBLER
From: Simon Harvey <harveyssc AT charter.net>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:35:56 -0400
In light rain from 10am saw some good migrants including 14 species of warbler 
and a 

BROAD-WINGED HAWK eating prey.

Warblers encountered:-

NORTHERN PARULA
BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER
BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER
BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER
PALM WARBLER
PINE WARBLER
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER
CAPE MAY WARBLER
BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER
SWAINSON'S WARBLER
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER
OVENBIRD
WORM-EATING WARBLER
HOODED WARBLER

Simon C Harvey
Simpsonville, SC
Subject: Re: Red-necked Grebes--twisted logic
From: Brian Patteson <patteson1 AT embarqmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:18:18 -0400
Harry,

I think Bob knows about the March flight, and that is reflected in the list of 
recipients of his screed. I also think the long tenure of the grebes here is 
Dixie this spring might be due to the fact that they were quite stressed when 
they arrived. After cheating death on their normal wintering grounds, it has 
taken them a while to regain their strength. 


Brian Patteson

On Apr 19, 2014, at 3:00 PM, Harry LeGrand wrote:

> Bob:
> 
> You are the one who is wrong here! Congrats to Sandra Keller for apparently 
getting this right all along. 

> 
> You are apparently not aware of the huge fallout of Red-necked Grebes all 
across North Carolina starting in early March, right about when the last bit of 
the Great Lakes were freezing over. And, not long after, reports came out from 
the Great Lakes of lots of dead waterfowl, including some Red-necked Grebes. 
And, instead of immediately heading out when the weather warmed, these inland 
NC grebes stayed put on our reservoirs for several weeks, and a few are still 
here now. 

> 
> In addition, you don't get large numbers of Red-necked Grebes wintering on 
salt water -- the Bay of Fundy, Chesapeake Bay, or wherever -- displacing 
INLAND in early March, and remaining for weeks at a time. Our Red-necked Grebes 
in INLAND North Carolina came to us from other inland lakes, north of us, and 
we assume that generally means the Great Lakes. It clearly appears that they 
were frozen out of their winter abode, and were lingering here before returning 
either back to the Great Lakes, or to the northwest to their nesting lakes and 
ponds (we likely won't know that part of the story). As I've stated to a few 
folks, and I'll state it here -- our inland Red-necked Grebes probably NEVER 
saw salt or brackish water this winter, if they ever have. (Yes, we do get 
coastal birds that migrate over inland NC -- such as Common Loons and Horned 
Grebes -- drop down on our reservoirs in March or April, in some numbers -- but 
they quickly disappear on the first night when flight conditions are good; such 
birds would certainly have been in active migration mode. The remarkable 
numbers of Red-necked Grebes did not do that, nor did the good numbers of 
White-winged Scoters and Long-tailed Ducks that also appeared on reservoirs 
this winter -- they also certainly were wintering on the Great Lakes, as well, 
and they often stayed a few weeks on our lakes.) 

> 
> Harry LeGrand
> Raleigh, NC
> 
> 
> On Sat, Apr 19, 2014 at 2:15 PM, bob augustine  
wrote: 

> Sandra Keller is a frequent contributor to NJ Birds. In 2003 she did some 
research on the origin of Red-necked Grebes. On March 10 one of her 
correspondents wrote,"Some evidence suggests that as many as a few thousand 
overwinter on the Great Lakes", citing BNA, 1999. Then I recently found a piece 
entitled Ohio Birds and Biodiversity posted on the Internet by Jim McCormac of 
the Ohio DNR. It included the exact wording of the BNA account. 

> 
> "Some winter on the Great Lakes. However, distribution and size of winter 
population poorly known. In severe winters, irruptions of Red-necked Grebes 
into inland and coastal areas south and east of the Great Lakes following 
freeze-up of the Great Lakes suggest that numbers of wintering Red-necked 
Grebes may range from hundreds to a few thousand individuals." 

> 
> In other words, since over 1,000 RNGs have shown up displaced to the 
Mid-Atlantic states and it is said that they came from the Great Lakes, that is 
the evidence that numbers on the Great Lakes may range to a few thousand 
individuals. 

> It simply should not have been said that they came from the Great Lakes. A 
little research shows they aren't there. The research shows they are in the Bay 
of Fundy (Root, 1980). Someone, who should have known better, started this 
myth. The issue was brought up 2003 on BirdChat for all to see. 

> 
> Feel free to share this e-mail.
> 
> Bob Augustine
> augustinebob8 AT gmail.com
> Rockville, MD
> 19 Apr. 2014
> 
> p.s. There are still 4 RNGs near here on the Potomac at this date.
> 
Subject: Re: Continuing large numbers of Black Scoters, Seabrook, SC
From: Chris Hill <chill AT coastal.edu>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:01:02 -0400
I saw a single lingering White-winged Scoter in Little River inlet and another 
in Murrells inlet this week. I figured they were in poor health and got left 
behind, though I never got out to the jetties at either inlet, so maybe there 
were still flocks on the ocean. 


************************************************************************
Christopher E. Hill
Biology Department
Coastal Carolina University
Conway, SC 29528-1954
843-349-2567
chill AT coastal.edu
http://ww2.coastal.edu/chill/chill.htm




Subject: Re: Red-necked Grebes--twisted logic
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:00:46 -0400
Bob:

You are the one who is wrong here! Congrats to Sandra Keller for apparently
getting this right all along.

You are apparently not aware of the huge fallout of Red-necked Grebes all
across North Carolina starting in early March, right about when the last
bit of the Great Lakes were freezing over. And, not long after, reports
came out from the Great Lakes of lots of dead waterfowl, including some
Red-necked Grebes.  And, instead of immediately heading out when the
weather warmed, these inland NC grebes stayed put on our reservoirs for
several weeks, and a few are still here now.

In addition, you don't get large numbers of Red-necked Grebes wintering on
salt water -- the Bay of Fundy, Chesapeake Bay, or wherever -- displacing
INLAND in early March, and remaining for weeks at a time. Our Red-necked
Grebes in INLAND North Carolina came to us from other inland lakes, north
of us, and we assume that generally means the Great Lakes. It clearly
appears that they were frozen out of their winter abode, and were lingering
here before returning either back to the Great Lakes, or to the northwest
to their nesting lakes and ponds (we likely won't know that part of the
story). As I've stated to a few folks, and I'll state it here -- our inland
Red-necked Grebes probably NEVER saw salt or brackish water this winter, if
they ever have.  (Yes, we do get coastal birds that migrate over inland NC
-- such as Common Loons and Horned Grebes -- drop down on our reservoirs in
March or April, in some numbers -- but they quickly disappear on the first
night when flight conditions are good; such birds would certainly have been
in active migration mode. The remarkable numbers of Red-necked Grebes did
not do that, nor did the good numbers of White-winged Scoters and
Long-tailed Ducks that also appeared on reservoirs this winter -- they also
certainly were wintering on the Great Lakes, as well, and they often stayed
a few weeks on our lakes.)

Harry LeGrand
Raleigh, NC


On Sat, Apr 19, 2014 at 2:15 PM, bob augustine wrote:

> Sandra Keller is a frequent contributor to NJ Birds. In 2003 she did some
> research on the origin of Red-necked Grebes. On March 10 one of her
> correspondents wrote,"Some evidence suggests that as many as a few thousand
> overwinter on the Great Lakes", citing BNA, 1999. Then I recently found a
> piece entitled Ohio Birds and Biodiversity posted on the Internet by Jim
> McCormac of the Ohio DNR. It included the exact wording of the BNA account.
>
>  "Some winter on the Great Lakes. However, distribution and size of winter
> population poorly known. In severe winters, irruptions of Red-necked Grebes
> into inland and coastal areas south and east of the Great Lakes following
> freeze-up of the Great Lakes suggest that numbers of wintering Red-necked
> Grebes may range from hundreds to a few thousand individuals."
>
> In other words, since over 1,000 RNGs have shown up displaced to the
> Mid-Atlantic states and it is said that they came from the Great Lakes,
> that is the evidence that numbers on the Great Lakes may range to a few
> thousand individuals.
> It simply should not have been said that they came from the Great Lakes. A
> little research shows they aren't there. The research shows they are in the
> Bay of Fundy (Root, 1980). Someone, who should have known better, started
> this myth. The issue was brought up 2003 on BirdChat for all to see.
>
> Feel free to share this e-mail.
>
> Bob Augustine
> augustinebob8 AT gmail.com
> Rockville, MD
> 19 Apr. 2014
>
> p.s. There are still 4 RNGs near here on the Potomac at this date.
>
Subject: Re: Blue Grosbeak
From: jackpateck AT comcast.net
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:49:30 +0000 (UTC)
We hadn't seen the male or female grosbeak for two or three days - then this 
morning both were on the millet feeder. 


----- Original Message -----

From: "KC Foggin"  
To: "CarolinaBirds"  
Sent: Friday, April 18, 2014 8:12:57 AM 
Subject: Blue Grosbeak 

Had a male Blue Grosbeak at the suet feeder this a.m. 
K.C. 

K.C. Foggin 
Socastee 
Myrtle Beach SC 

www.birdforum.net 

www.pbase.com/kcfoggin/nikon_d50_pages&page=20 


Subject: Hilton Pond 03/17/14 (Home From The Tropics)
From: "Bill Hilton Jr." <hilton AT hiltonpond.org>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:32:21 -0400
For those of you not out and about watching spring birds today--its chilly and 
rainy here--I offer the 17-26 March 2014 installment of "This Week at Hilton 
Pond" as I try to get caught up after my late winter hummingbird banding trips 
to the Neotropics. The latest photo essay is a day-by-day summary of bird 
banding and other nature observations during the period. It's at 

http://www.hiltonpond.org/ThisWeek140317.html 

While there, please don't forget to scroll down for a rather interesting tally 
of banded birds returning from previous years. There are also miscellaneous 
nature notes and acknowledgment of recent contributors who support education, 
research, and conservation activities of Hilton Pond Center. 


Happy (Spring) Nature Watching!

BILL

P.S. Please "Like" our new Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/HiltonPond 
for timely updates on nature topics. Follow us on Twitter  AT hiltonpond. 


========

DR. BILL HILTON JR., Executive Director
Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History
1432 DeVinney Road, York, South Carolina 29745 USA
office & cell (803) 684-5852

The mission of Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History is "to conserve 
plants, animals, habitats, and other natural components of the Piedmont Region 
of the eastern United States through observation, scientific study, and 
education for students of all ages. 


"Never trust a person too lazy to get up for sunrise or too busy to watch the 
sunset." BHjr. 


============

Subject: Re: Continuing large numbers of Black Scoters, Seabrook, SC
From: Brian Patteson <patteson1 AT embarqmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:26:39 -0400
That seems like a bit late for that many scoters, but it's been a long, hard 
winter, probably the hardest that the fledgling eBird has yet encountered. 
While it can be a useful tool, I think eBird has a lot to learn yet, and it's a 
lot better as a short term reference. 


Brian Patteson
Hatteras, NC

On Apr 19, 2014, at 1:12 PM, David Gardner wrote:

> Walked the beach today about 1 hr before high tide. Saw 15 Black Scoters 
scattered along the shoreline actively foraging just out from the breakers 
(20ft from shore). Best views I have ever had. 

> In addition to those 15, I saw multiple small groups of scoters flying toward 
the ocean from up the estuary. The total number that I saw today was 66. 

> 
> Are the numbers of black scoters seen recently in Chas area related to the 
invasion of White-winged Scoters and Red-necked Grebes earlier this year, or is 
it within normal parameters? Ebird sure doesn't think they should be here. 

> Any thoughts.
> David
> 
> St. Christopher Camp & Conference Center,
> Seabrook Island, SC
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Continuing large numbers of Black Scoters, Seabrook, SC
From: David Gardner <davidgardner14 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:12:17 -0400
Walked the beach today about 1 hr before high tide. Saw 15 Black Scoters 
scattered along the shoreline actively foraging just out from the breakers 
(20ft from shore). Best views I have ever had. 

In addition to those 15, I saw multiple small groups of scoters flying toward 
the ocean from up the estuary. The total number that I saw today was 66. 


Are the numbers of black scoters seen recently in Chas area related to the 
invasion of White-winged Scoters and Red-necked Grebes earlier this year, or is 
it within normal parameters? Ebird sure doesn't think they should be here. 

Any thoughts.
David

St. Christopher Camp & Conference Center,
Seabrook Island, SC

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Brevard Snowy owl release
From: Derek Aldrich <derekaldrich AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:28:30 -0400
Do we know when/where the Snowy owl will be released? Thanks.

Derek Aldrich
Taylors, SC
Subject: Re: Bear Island RUFF RFI
From: Mark McShane <marksmcshane AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:27:33 -0400 (EDT)
Hi All,

I know that James Fleullan, of the Savannah area, tried today from early until
at least 1:30 this afternoon and did not relocate the bird.

Good Birding All,

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
www.neargareport.com
Subject: Possible Curlew Sandpiper, Pamlico County
From: Lucas Bobay <lucasrbobay AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:35:40 -0400
Today at the Goose Creek Impoundments in Pamlico County, some friends and I 
found a shorebird that was a good candidate for a CURLEW SANDPIPER. The ID is 
NOT definitive, just wanted to give everyone the heads-up. It was toward the 
center of the impoundment associating with some yellowlegs and dowitchers. We 
are planning on heading back tomorrow morning to try and refind the bird in 
better light. 


Terrible photo: https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/92416511 AT N03/13929595693/

Lucas Bobay
Holly Springs, NC
Subject: Franklin Co. NC
From: Ryan Justice <blackburnian151 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:01:39 -0400
Spent an hour birding at my Grandpa's house this afternoon. Came up with the 
following: 


Blue-gray Gnatcatcher- 15
White-eyed Vireo- 1
Red-eyed Vireo- 1
Yellow-throated Warbler- 2

Ryan Justice

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Carteret County Birds
From: Chandra Biggerstaff <cjbiggerstaff AT me.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:58:51 -0400
Today Elizabeth Biggerstaff and I stopped by Billfinger Rd and FSR 169 in 
Croatan NF near the community of Harlowe. Migrants seen included Black-throated 
Green Warbler, Worm-eating Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler and Prothonotary 
Warbler. 


Chandra Biggerstaff
Greenville, NC

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: little river park
From: "Barbara Brooks" <brooksba1 AT frontier.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:49:47 -0400
had FOS hooded warbler, blue gray gnatcatcher, red eyed vireo at Little River 
Parkk in Durham, Orange co. NC 


barb brooks
NE Orange co, NC
Subject: Roseate Spoonbill "ROSP"
From: "Buddy Campbell" <blacksnake6 AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:16:25 -0400
Today I was very surprised to see a mature ROSP in a pond near our house on 
Ladys Island. 

The bird is a deep pink with an almost red bar on its wings.
We often see ROSP around here, but it is usually post breeding dispersal in 
late July or August. 

As I have said before, maybe this is the year they breed in South Carolina.


Buddy Campbell
Ladys Island
Beaufort, SC
Subject: Countable birds
From: <mtove AT deltaforce.net>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:58:04 -0400
All,

 

In preparation for a possible article for Birding Magazine, I'd like to
start a thread about the question of "countability." 

 

A couple of weeks ago, I visited N. Arizona and S. Utah where-in I saw 6
different California Condors. Of those, 2 were wing-tagged adults and 4 were
immatures of which one was untagged. The significance of an untagged
Immature Condor free-flying around N. Arizona (Navajo Bridge, Marble Canyon)
is that the bird was wild born and has never been held in captivity.

 

Officially, I've seen Condors from the pre-capture days so this is an
academic exercise regards my personal lifelist. None-the-less, I think it
raises an interesting dilemma for which I'd like to hear opinions. 

 

So here's the dilemma. "Officially" these birds are not countable by ABA
rules because it is the progeny of a captive-bred reintroduction program.
But, Condors are now breeding in the wild again; in California, Arizona,
Utah and Mexico. Back in 1979 and 1985 when I saw "officially wild"
(=countable) Condors, there were 22 in existence anywhere. Today there are
over 400, half in the wild. Further, right now, as I write, there is an egg
being incubated by wild-born pair. Should that egg hatch and the bird make
it, that bird would be the first "Gen - 2" wild-born Condor since the
reintroduction program began. Presumably (hopefully), the population will
continue to thrive to the point where the species will be declared
officially countable again. This scenario is very comparable to the
reintroduction program of Aplomado Falcons in SE Texas that are now fully
countable but during the early phase of that program, were not. So here's
the real dilemma.

 

1.      Assume in 8-10 years from now, Condors are again declared
"officially countable." These birds live a very long time. Suppose I see
later go back and see the exact same untagged individual as I did. Is THAT
SAME bird now countable when today it isn't? Presumably so. BUT, it's the
same individual - free-flying, wild, unrestrained and having never been held
in captivity. So, does that mean I could count it later, even if I never see
it again? Think about it. It's the SAME INDIVIDUAL bird, just on a different
date. Check the ABA Rules (if you care about them) because you'll not see
anything in there about the date when you see the bird. If "NO" to both
questions, and I see the same individual (still untagged) - now as an adult,
how do I know it was the same bird I saw before they were "countable?"

 

2.      Regards the wing-tagged birds I saw. Some of them, especially the
young birds might well have been wild-born, caught, tagged and released.
Let's assume for a minute that's what happened. Are any of THOSE individuals
countable in the future if after the species is declared "officially
countable" I see one of those exact same individuals again? If "Yes," what
if I never see them again. Are any of those birds countable at a later date
after the species is declared countable? 

 

3.      Finally, suppose ALL of the tagged birds I saw were captive-bred
individuals. After the species is declared countable, I return but those
individuals are the only ones I see. Yes now the species is "countable"
(according to my little exercise here) but the INDIVIDUALS were captive bred
and released. Captive bred individuals are not supposed to be countable, but
now they are just because the species, by virtue of a breeding and expanding
population of wild-born birds is now "countable?" If "yes" can I count them
without seeing them again, just because I saw them in April 2014 and now (in
the future), the species is again countable? It's the same set of questions.


 

Three variations on the scenario, same two questions each and I'm not sure
where to draw the line - if it should be drawn at all. This is, after all, a
NATIVE species - not an exotic that has been temporarily removed from the
wild for the express purpose of saving it from extinction. Aesthetically and
every other way, this is fundamentally different from Rosy-faced Lovebirds
escaping in to the Arizona desert around Phoenix and now being countable
because they have taken hold. 

 

One more thing - very important. Peregrine Falcons. In the 1970's, this
species was declared extinct as a breeding species east of the Rockies. Then
the Peregrine Fund program started and by 1979, over 5000 free-flying
Peregrines had been captive bred and released into the wild throughout
eastern North America. So what do I do about the Peregrines I saw in winter
on the Outer Banks in the late 1970's and early 1980's. Almost certainly,
those were birds from this reintroduction program. Are they countable"
Nobody ever said "can't count them" but how is that scenario any different
from the Condor situation? 

 

What do we do about feral Canada Geese and Mallards. Are they countable?
Should they be? What about the Whooping Cranes flying through the Carolinas
every year? The list goes on and on.

 

What I hope this exercise reveals - and generates some discussion on, is how
arbitrary these rules of "countability" can be - especially regards native
species that have been brought back from the brink of extinction. One more
thing. Does extending a waiver of the wait 15 years rule to select native
species such as Condor immediately after it has been re-introduced into the
wild provide a beneficial incentive toward its recovery? Presumably the
higher interest by birders - and the accompanying revenue of ecotourism to
where the birds have been released would bolster PR for the program.

 

 

Mike Tove

Cary, NC

 

 

 

 
Subject: And a Prothonotary Warbler
From: "KC Foggin" <KCFoggin AT sc.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:26:02 -0400
One male Prothonotary Warbler stopped by a bit ago as well.


K.C.

K.C. Foggin
Socastee
Myrtle Beach SC

www.birdforum.net

www.pbase.com/kcfoggin/nikon_d50_pages&page=20

Subject: Bear Island Ruff RFI
From: "Jeff Click" <jeffreyclick AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:49:36 -0400
Has anyone made an attempt to relocate the Ruff at Bear Island in the last
day or so?

Thanks,

Jeff Click
Easley, SC
Subject: Migrants Kings Mountain, SC
From: harveyssc AT charter.net
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:52:31 -0400 (EDT)
Stopped by Kings Mountain at around 7:30am this morning.  There good 
numbers of migrants around including the following:-

GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER
SUMMER TANAGER FOY
SCARLET TANAGER FOY
BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER many
BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER FOY
BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER 2
HOODED WARBLER 2
OVENBIRD
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER many
WOOD THRUSH
RED-EYED VIREO

Simon C. Harvey
Simpsonville, SC
Subject: Wood Thrush - Chapel Hill
From: Betty Jordan <bjordanco AT mindspring.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:12:36 -0400
Heard first wood thrush on April 15th, same date as last year.

Betty Jordan
Chapel Hill
Subject: Blue Grosbeak
From: "KC Foggin" <KCFoggin AT sc.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:12:57 -0400
Had a male Blue Grosbeak at the suet feeder this a.m.


K.C.

K.C. Foggin
Socastee
Myrtle Beach SC

www.birdforum.net

www.pbase.com/kcfoggin/nikon_d50_pages&page=20

Subject: 112 Whimbrels at Rachel Carson Reserve
From: "John Fussell" <jfuss AT clis.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:48:36 -0400
During a shorebird census this morning, we (Paula Gillikin, Chandra 
Biggerstaff, Marilyn Shuping, and I) had a total of about 112 Whimbrels, at 
the Rachel Carson Reserve, just S of Beaufort (NC).

We also had 3 Piping Plovers in a site where there is very good nesting 
habitat.

John Fussell
Morehead City, NC 
Subject: Ruby-throat in S. Durham
From: <jbgrif AT mindspring.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:12:39 -0400 (EDT)
Sorry for the late post! My neighbors saw their FOTY hummer over the past
weekend, & I finally saw him on Tues. I've seen him a couple times since then,
but no luck at getting a photo.

Jennifer Griffith
Durham, NC
Subject: Black-crowned Night Heron at Lake Conestee, Greenville, SC
From: bradley.dalt AT gmail.com
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:08:01 -0400
There is an adult Black-crowned Night Heron in the willow trees directly across 
from the Spanco Dr parking lot at Conestee. 


Brad Dalton
Greenville, SC

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Re: RTHU in east Durham
From: The Gaston Gang <ladybug.gang AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:29:53 -0400
Saw the first one at Hyco today.

Ladybug,
Hyco Lake, NC


On Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 7:57 PM, Kim Peacock  wrote:

> Ruby-throated Hummingbird this evening at my feeders.  A day later then
> usual. The storm must have held it up.
>
> Kim
>
>
>
> Durham, NC
>
>
>
Subject: RTHU in east Durham
From: "Kim Peacock" <centzontle AT nc.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:57:38 GMT




Subject: Re: ADMIN: Yahoo email list subscribers
From: Will Cook <cwcook AT duke.edu>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:02:49 -0400
On second thought, I'm going to keep an close eye on the situation and 
see if the problem continues. Although 251 out of 1363 subscribers have 
had some messages bouncing back, an all-time high, looking closely I 
noticed the last message sent from a yahoo.com address did not bounce, 
so it's possible the problem has been resolved.

Yahoo users feel free to post for now.

Will


On 4/16/2014 1:32 PM, Will Cook wrote:
> Yahoo mail has recently implemented a policy change that causes a major
> headache for email lists. Because of this Carolinabirds will need to
> block ALL posts from all 155 subscribers using yahoo.com until they
> change their policy. You should still be able to receive emails, but to
> post you will need to use a different email address. You will likely
> have the same problem with any other email list you subscribe to.
>
> I sent a test post from my Yahoo account and the block appears to be
> working. Unfortunately you will not receive an error message letting you
> know that your attempted message was blocked.
>
> Sorry for the inconvenience!
>
> See further explanation in this message from Birdchat below:
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date:    Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:18:08 -0500
> From:    Chuck Otte 
> Subject: ADMIN: BirdChat list problems
>
> Good day BirdChat!
>
> There are several announcements about the list. Please read and save for
> future use.
>
> We have been seeing problems with emails sent from Yahoo email addresses
> on several of the BirdXXXX lists. Yahoo's policy change last week is
> also causing problems that affect e-mail addresses from other domains,
> such as Comcast, ATT, Hotmail, and MSN. You can read a technical
> explanation of why this occurs at:
>
> 
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9247512/Yahoo_email_anti_spoofing_policy_breaks_mailing_lists?pageNumber=1 

>
>
> Because the problem occurs _every time_ a message from a Yahoo.com
> address is posted to the list, our mail administrators have advised us
> to set all subscriptions with Yahoo.com to NOPOST. I am in the process
> of doing this. I apologize for the inconvenience this will cause some of
> you. I realize it is NOT your fault, Yahoo has caused this through their
> actions.
>
> Other providers have "honored" Yahoos policy although they have not set
> the same restrictive policy; they should stop seeing rejections once we
> remove the Yahoo posts. These include Comcast, ATT, MSN, and Hotmail.
>
> If you have a Yahoo address, I encourage you to contact Yahoo.com
> support and tell them "I have been inconvenienced because I am unable to
> participate in Listserv mailing lists because of Yahoo's DMARC policy."
> I also suggest that you may want to get a different e-mail provider for
> your listserv subscriptions (and maybe for all your e-mail). While I
> cannot and do not recommend any particular provider, I can inform you
> that two large providers which have had no problems are Google
> (Gmail.com) and Apple (iCloud.com, me.com, mac.com). There have also
> been no problems with any .org, .gov, or .edu address as far as I know
> right now.
>
> To repeat, if you are subscribed to the list with a Yahoo address your
> subscription will be set to "nopost"  -  if you are a Yahoo user, you
> will be able to read messages but not post to the list.
>
> ------------------------------
>
>


-- 
Charles W. (Will) Cook
Nicholas School of the Environment
Division of Earth and Ocean Sciences
Box 90227, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708
http://www.duke.edu/~cwcook
Subject: Re: Re: Spartanburg Greater White-fronted Goose
From: harveyssc AT charter.net
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:40:03 -0400




Subject: test
From: Monroe Pannell <monroepannell AT ymail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:22:03 -0700 (PDT)
This being sent in light of Will Cook's post regarding yahoo mail. If this 
makes it through sorry for the clutter. 



Monroe Pannell
Conover,NC
Catawba Co.
Subject: ADMIN: Yahoo email list subscribers
From: Will Cook <cwcook AT duke.edu>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:32:44 -0400
Yahoo mail has recently implemented a policy change that causes a major 
headache for email lists. Because of this Carolinabirds will need to 
block ALL posts from all 155 subscribers using yahoo.com until they 
change their policy. You should still be able to receive emails, but to 
post you will need to use a different email address. You will likely 
have the same problem with any other email list you subscribe to.

I sent a test post from my Yahoo account and the block appears to be 
working. Unfortunately you will not receive an error message letting you 
know that your attempted message was blocked.

Sorry for the inconvenience!

See further explanation in this message from Birdchat below:

------------------------------

Date:    Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:18:08 -0500
From:    Chuck Otte 
Subject: ADMIN: BirdChat list problems

Good day BirdChat!

There are several announcements about the list. Please read and save for 
future use.

We have been seeing problems with emails sent from Yahoo email addresses 
on several of the BirdXXXX lists. Yahoo's policy change last week is 
also causing problems that affect e-mail addresses from other domains, 
such as Comcast, ATT, Hotmail, and MSN. You can read a technical 
explanation of why this occurs at:


http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9247512/Yahoo_email_anti_spoofing_policy_breaks_mailing_lists?pageNumber=1 


Because the problem occurs _every time_ a message from a Yahoo.com 
address is posted to the list, our mail administrators have advised us 
to set all subscriptions with Yahoo.com to NOPOST. I am in the process 
of doing this. I apologize for the inconvenience this will cause some of 
you. I realize it is NOT your fault, Yahoo has caused this through their 
actions.

Other providers have "honored" Yahoos policy although they have not set 
the same restrictive policy; they should stop seeing rejections once we 
remove the Yahoo posts. These include Comcast, ATT, MSN, and Hotmail.

If you have a Yahoo address, I encourage you to contact Yahoo.com 
support and tell them "I have been inconvenienced because I am unable to 
participate in Listserv mailing lists because of Yahoo's DMARC policy." 
I also suggest that you may want to get a different e-mail provider for 
your listserv subscriptions (and maybe for all your e-mail). While I 
cannot and do not recommend any particular provider, I can inform you 
that two large providers which have had no problems are Google 
(Gmail.com) and Apple (iCloud.com, me.com, mac.com). There have also 
been no problems with any .org, .gov, or .edu address as far as I know 
right now.

To repeat, if you are subscribed to the list with a Yahoo address your 
subscription will be set to "nopost"  -  if you are a Yahoo user, you 
will be able to read messages but not post to the list.

------------------------------


-- 
Charles W. (Will) Cook
Nicholas School of the Environment
Division of Earth and Ocean Sciences
Box 90227, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708
http://www.duke.edu/~cwcook
Subject: Prothonotary Warbler at Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC
From: Bradley Dalton <bradley.dalt AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:17:13 -0400
This morning I stood in the Spanco Drive parking lot at Conestee for thirty
minutes and had 43 species including a first of year Prothonotary Warbler.
The Prothonotary was singing across the river from the mud flats in front
of the parking lot.  There were also Spotted, Solitary, and Pectoral
Sandpipers on the mud and a male Redhead mixing with the Blue-winged Teal.
Monday morning there was also a single male Rusty Blackbird.  Hopefully the
Prothonotary will find one of the new nestboxes and decide to stick around!

Brad Dalton
Greenville, SC
Subject: Re: Spartanburg Greater White-fronted Goose
From: Derek Aldrich <derekaldrich AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:54:42 -0700 (PDT)
Has this been refound this morning? Was thinking of going up there on my lunch 
break to see it as I have not seen one before. 


Derek Aldrich
Taylors, SC


________________________________
 From: Jeff Lemons 
To: Carolinabirds  
Sent: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 12:56 PM
Subject: Spartanburg Greater White-fronted Goose
 

This morning I located a Greater White-fronted Goose at Spartanburg Steel 
Products in Spartanburg. It was feeding at the edge of the parking lot with a 
flock of about 20 Canada Geese. The facility is located on New Cut Rd north of 
I-85 Business. 


Jeff Lemons
Charlotte, NC
Subject: Sandy Creek, Durham, NC
From: David Anderson <d47anders AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:32:09 -0400
Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy. What a fun morning. The storm and winds yesterday and 
last night seemed to cause a fallout/blowdown of goodies. Saw FOY eastern 
kingbird, American redstart and prothonotary warbler. A good many palm warblers 
and scads of yellow-rumps. Was cold out there and cold wind. But sunny and 
"birdy!" 

David Anderson 
Durham, NC 

Sandy Creek, Durham, NC
April 16, 2014

American crow 7+
American robin 4
Northern cardinal 10+
White-throated sparrow 15+ 
Palm warbler 6
House finch 1
Eastern bluebird 2
Tufted titmouse 10+
Yellow-rumped warbler 20+ 
American goldfinch 4
Dark-eyed junco 3 
Red-winged blackbird 5
Pileated woodpecker 2
Carolina chickadee 8+
Chipping sparrow 4
Northern rough-winged swallow  5
Canada goose 2
White-eyed vireo 3
Red-shouldered hawk 2
Blue-gray gnatcatcher 8+
Red-bellied woodpecker 7+
Eastern phoebe 3
Downy woodpecker 5
Ruby-crowned kinglet 4
Black-and-white warbler 2
Prothonotary warbler 1
American redstart 1
Eastern Kingbird 1
White-breasted nuthatch 2
Blue Jay 3
Barred owl 1
Northern mockingbird 2



Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Little Blue Heron right now at Yates Mill Pond in Raleigh
From: Tom Snow <tsnow6065 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:31:47 -0400
It's working the backside of the pond along the shore. The water level is 
lowered for dam repair. There's also a solitary sandpiper by the only flowering 
dogwood I see from the main bridge. 


Tom Snow
Raleigh

sent mobile
Subject: April 19 Birding on the Barony
From: Jerry Walls <jwalls443 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:07:05 -0400
A guided bird walk will be held at Hobcaw Barony (17,000 acre preserve near
Georgetown/Pawleys Island, SC) on Saturday, April 19th, from 8 am to 1 pm.
Transportation is provided from the Hobcaw parking lot. Target species are
red-cockaded woodpecker, Bachman's sparrow, painted bunting, rails, vireos,
warblers, nuthatches, waders, raptors & more.
To make reservations (required, space limited), call Hobcaw at 843-546-4623.
Happy Spring....swallow-tailed kite just spotted over our pasture!
Jerry Walls
Georgetown County, SC
Subject: Help ID solved- Ruby Crowned Kinglet.
From: Paul Hubert <paulhubert123 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:59:52 -0400
Thanks for the help identifying the birdsong as Ruby-crowned kinglet! I
never would have guessed in a million years. I have 3 CDs with the song of
this bird, the Audubon has 4 recording here (
http://birds.audubon.org/birds/ruby-crowned-kinglet) and I’ve been able to
ID their song previously, but this one had me stumped. Those last few notes
just don’t seem to fit.

Ms. Westphal, you hit the nail on the head- I was not hearing the whole
song. I was missing the ‘chuckle’ notes that precede the buzzy part.

But I’m still shaking my head.
Paul Hubert
Garner, N.C.
Subject: Barn Owl flight photos, more Ruff shots posted
From: Nate Dias <offshorebirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:59:09 -0400
On a cloudy + drizzling Monday (4-14), I had the privilege of showing
nature photographer Tom Blagden around the Yawkey Wildlife Center
during the course of a shorebird survey.  For a neophyte wildlife
photographer like me, this was the equivalent of a day playing tennis
with Roger Federer, or shooting hoops with Magic Johnson.

In addition to thousands of shorebirds, we enjoyed plenty of wading
birds, lingering ducks, Bald Eagles carrying fish, returning breeders
like Orchard Orioles and Painted Buntings, Bachman's Sparrows, and
lots of American Alligators.

We also got to see a Barn Owl in flight - we spooked it from a wooded
patch of dike near the mouth of the North Santee River.

I posted some high-resolution shots of the Barn Owl (in flight) on my
Flickr page - one shows a Barn Swallow that was diving at the Barn
Owl:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/offshorebirder2/

Nathan Dias - Charleston, SC

PS I also posted a few more shots of the most recent Ruff at Bear Island WMA.
Subject: Go bird
From: David Anderson <d47anders AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:35:35 -0400
Yesterday's storm caused a nice little fallout, at least here in Durham. If 
you're able, get outside and look around. 

David Anderson 
Durham, NC 

Subject: RUFF - Bear Island WMA - 4/13/2014 - Video Post
From: Mark McShane <marksmcshane AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:47:22 -0400 (EDT)
Hi All,

As Nate Dias posted on the 13th, Max Medley, of Dalton GA, and I ventured down
from metro Atlanta at 0100 Sunday morning to meet Nate at Bear Island WMA to
try to relocate the Ruff that Elisa Enders found there on the 12th. We were not
disappointed, and thanks to Nate for helping us to find the bird, especially as
we had never visited Bear Island before!

I was able to get some reasonably good and relatively close handheld
phonescoped video of the Ruff both working the mud flat in Lower Hog Island
Pond and also preening in the water in Sara Pond. Footage of the bird in both
locales reveals different behaviors and offers different looks at the very
interesting molting taking place in the neck area of the male Ruff.

I was surprised to see that the Ruff was having some repeated small difficulty
in the mud, and this is captured in the videos quite well. The bird didn't have
anywhere near the time I had though when my left rubber boot was sucked off of
my foot when crossing a wider than usual muddy area while following Nate
through the marsh earlier. Of course my left foot and leg then sank down about
two feet in the mud before I could get my boot extracted and back on. Nate and
Max were very helpful and luckily quickly using the scope tripod as a crutch,
when falling a bit, no optics or anything went into or was lost in the mud but
me (and that was just for a few minutes).

There are 7 Ruff in mud videos, and 2 Ruff preening in water videos, all
handheld and can be a little jumpy but I think each one has some value and
reveals a few different additional nuggets of Ruff viewing goodness.

-----

The handheld phonescoped video and a couple of video still frames of the Ruff
are up at the following folder on my Box site:

041314 RUFF Bear Island WMA SC

-----

The Box site address for the folder is:

http://app.box.com/shared/2yxtdkm3ta

Information concerning how to use Apple MOV movie files can be read in my MOV
Video File How-To.txt available at:

http://www.box.com/s/ojj2lap6sayrj83n9zzx

Some of the video files on the site can be a bit large and may take some
minutes to download if you don't have high-speed internet access, but it may be
best to download them to your desktop or somewhere on your computer before
running them in QuickTime. That way you can keep them if you like them too.
Being handheld and usually at a very high magnification they can sometimes get
a little jittery but they are still worth a look, especially since you can drag
through frame by frame in QuickTime and pause the video on the best parts,
playing at half speed in QuickTime is also a good idea.

-----

Good Birding All, and thanks,

Mark

Mark McShane
Founder, GEORGIA RUFF WATCH (Rallying and Encouraging deprived Georgia birders,
off and on, since 2008)
LEARN THE RUFF, BE THE RUFF, SEE THE RUFF!!!
Last accepted Georgia RUFF: 1982
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
www.neargareport.com

GEORGIA RUFF WATCH (current status on Georgia Birders Online):
http://listserv.uga.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind1403&L=gabo-l&O=A&P=19212
Subject: re: research project on bird window collisions at Duke
From: Scott Winton <scott.winton AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:44:49 -0400
In response to suggestions I received off list, I'm just posting the
relevant links here for easier access.

Duke project:
http://sites.duke.edu/birdcollisions/

iNaturalist project:
http://www.inaturalist.org/projects/bird-window-collisions

-- 
Scott Winton - Durham, NC
http://birdaholic.blogspot.com
Subject: Re: Thoughts?
From: "KC Foggin" <KCFoggin AT sc.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:27:57 -0400
Thanks to all who chimed in on the House Finch. Definitely gonna keep my eyes 
focused on all the other House Finches. 


K.C.

K.C. Foggin
Socastee
Myrtle Beach SC

www.birdforum.net

www.pbase.com/kcfoggin/nikon_d50_pages&page=20
Subject: Re: Help ID a birdsong.
From: bradley.dalt AT gmail.com
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:03:04 -0400
Definitely Ruby-crowned Kinglet. It does sound a little abnormal, but the 
several notes that are quieter and higher pitched preceding it are very 
characteristic. 


Always love a birdsong quiz.

Brad Dalton
Greenville, SC



> On Apr 15, 2014, at 6:33 PM, Kent Fiala  wrote:
> 
> I would say Ruby-crowned Kinglet.
> Kent Fiala
> 
>> On 4/15/2014 6:16 PM, Paul Hubert wrote:
>> Please help ID a bird I heard singing Sunday morning, in my neighborhood in 
Garner, N.C. Our neighborhood is mostly mature hardwoods, with a few mature 
pines. I have posted a video on youtube here: 

>> http://youtu.be/bn6iFHoC5Hg
Subject: Re: Help ID a birdsong.
From: JILL <jm3567 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:51:35 -0400
Nice!


Sent from my Samsung Galaxy S®III

-------- Original message --------
From: Marilyn Westphal  
Date:04/15/2014  6:33 PM  (GMT-05:00) 
To: Paul Hubert  
Cc: carolinabirds AT duke.edu 
Subject: Re: Help ID a birdsong. 

I think what you're hearing is part of the song, but if you listen very closely 
you can hear the entire song of a Ruby-crowned Kinglet a couple of times on the 
recording. 

Marilyn


On Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 6:16 PM, Paul Hubert  wrote:
Please help ID a bird I heard singing Sunday morning, in my neighborhood in 
Garner, N.C. Our neighborhood is mostly mature hardwoods, with a few mature 
pines. I have posted a video on youtube here: 

http://youtu.be/bn6iFHoC5Hg
This is my first video and it shows- sorry.
The song in question is a two-part song, high-pitched and buzzy. It sounds to 
me like an atypical Northern Parula, except the final note does not decrease in 
pitch. It says “chewy, chewy, chewy, chewy, chewEEEE”. 

It's kind of quiet, so you have to listen carefully.
It occurs at 6 seconds, 22 seconds, 39 seconds, 43 seconds, and 50 seconds into 
the video. 

Thanks,
Paul Hubert
Garner N.C.




-- 
Marilyn Westphal
Hendersonville, NC
Subject: Re: Help ID a birdsong.
From: Kent Fiala <kent.fiala AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:33:54 -0400
I would say Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

Kent Fiala

On 4/15/2014 6:16 PM, Paul Hubert wrote:
>
> Please help ID a bird I heard singing Sunday morning, in my neighborhood in 
Garner, N.C. Our neighborhood is mostly mature hardwoods, with a few mature 
pines. I have posted a video on youtube here: 

>
> http://youtu.be/bn6iFHoC5Hg
>
Subject: Re: Help ID a birdsong.
From: Marilyn Westphal <mjwestph AT ret.unca.edu>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:33:15 -0400
I think what you're hearing is part of the song, but if you listen very
closely you can hear the entire song of a Ruby-crowned Kinglet a couple of
times on the recording.
Marilyn


On Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 6:16 PM, Paul Hubert wrote:

> Please help ID a bird I heard singing Sunday morning, in my neighborhood
> in Garner, N.C. Our neighborhood is mostly mature hardwoods, with a few
> mature pines. I have posted a video on youtube here:
>
> http://youtu.be/bn6iFHoC5Hg
>
> This is my first video and it shows- sorry.
>
> The song in question is a two-part song, high-pitched and buzzy. It sounds
> to me like an atypical Northern Parula, except the final note does not
> decrease in pitch. It says “chewy, chewy, chewy, chewy, chewEEEE”.
>
> It's kind of quiet, so you have to listen carefully.
>
> It occurs at 6 seconds, 22 seconds, 39 seconds, 43 seconds, and 50 seconds
> into the video.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Paul Hubert
>
> Garner N.C.
>
>
>


-- 
Marilyn Westphal
Hendersonville, NC
Subject: Help ID a birdsong.
From: Paul Hubert <paulhubert123 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:16:40 -0400
Please help ID a bird I heard singing Sunday morning, in my neighborhood in
Garner, N.C. Our neighborhood is mostly mature hardwoods, with a few mature
pines. I have posted a video on youtube here:

http://youtu.be/bn6iFHoC5Hg

This is my first video and it shows- sorry.

The song in question is a two-part song, high-pitched and buzzy. It sounds
to me like an atypical Northern Parula, except the final note does not
decrease in pitch. It says “chewy, chewy, chewy, chewy, chewEEEE”.

It's kind of quiet, so you have to listen carefully.

It occurs at 6 seconds, 22 seconds, 39 seconds, 43 seconds, and 50 seconds
into the video.

Thanks,

Paul Hubert

Garner N.C.
Subject: Horned Lark, Barn Owl, in Beaufort County
From: Alan Meijer <alan.meijer AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:37:53 -0400
Sitting in my truck in Lewiston-Woodville yesterday, jotting down some
notes at the Peanut Belt Research Station, when I noticed movement
beside the truck, and there a Horned Lark gave me one of the best
non-binocular looks I've had at that bird.  Last night, heard a lone
Barn Owl at the Terra Ceia nesting site.

-- 
Alan M
Beaufort Co., NC
Subject: Hilton Pond 04/07/14 (Belize Hummingbirds)
From: "Bill Hilton Jr." <hilton AT hiltonpond.org>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:35:11 -0400
What with an unusual abundance of spring hummingbirds to be banded--plus 
renovations on the old farmhouse at Hilton Pond Center--I've been slowed 
considerably in producing my summary report about our March 2014 Operation 
RubyThroat expedition to Crooked Tree in Belize. At long last it is finished 
and posted. 


I provide this detailed summary as a thank-you and permanent record for the 
generous and hard-working citizen scientists who help these trips succeed, but 
I also like sharing everything with other birders and naturalists. I hope 
you'll enjoy the latest write-up, which serves as the 7-16 March 2014 
installment of "This Week at Hilton Pond." 


The photo essay includes nearly 150 images of Neotropical flora and fauna--more 
than usual and my attempt to drive away this winter blast affecting much of the 
U.S. this week. 


The installment is at  http://www.hiltonpond.org/ThisWeek140307.html

Happy (Neotropical) Nature Watching!

BILL

P.S. Please "Like" our new Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/HiltonPond 
for timely updates on nature topics. Follow us on Twitter  AT hiltonpond. 


========

DR. BILL HILTON JR., Executive Director
Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History
1432 DeVinney Road, York, South Carolina 29745 USA
office & cell (803) 684-5852

The mission of Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History is "to conserve 
plants, animals, habitats, and other natural components of the Piedmont Region 
of the eastern United States through observation, scientific study, and 
education for students of all ages. 


"Never trust a person too lazy to get up for sunrise or too busy to watch the 
sunset." BHjr. 


============

Subject: Citizen Scientist Project in Western NC monitoring BATS
From: Jennifer Horton <jenniferkh99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:14:56 -0400
I received the following message from another listserv I subscribe to and
thought some of you might be interested. I apologize if this is too off
topic, but they're kind of like birds, right?

Background of NCBAMP - The North Carolina Bat Acoustic Monitoring
Program (NCBAMP) is a statewide program (with current focus on the
mountain region) that monitors bats using acoustic bat detectors.
North Carolina's program is part of a national effort to monitor
white-nose syndrome's effects on bat populations. The program in North
Carolina is a collaboration between the North Carolina Wildlife
Resources Commission, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Asheville
Office), U.S. Forest Service (Pisgah National Forest and Nantahala
National Forest), Bureau of Indian Affairs (Band of Eastern Cherokee
Indians), and National Park Service (Blue Ridge Parkway). This is a
citizen science-based monitoring program and we are looking for more
folks to help this season and beyond. The ideal citizen scientist
working on NCBAMP would be able to commit to at least two years worth
of help, as consistency is important in this type of research.

Call for Volunteers! - I currently have 7 of 32 routes open in western
NC and would be looking to get at least 7 volunteers who live in some
proximity to the open routes  - see below for the counties with
available routes. With bat numbers declining and White-nose Syndrome
present in at least 7 known counties in western NC, it is imperative
we watch our bat populations closely. Citizen scientists play a
critical role in collecting data on large-scale projects like this and
your efforts would be greatly appreciated!

Qualifications:
-must have a vehicle and valid driver's license
- able to run your route twice this year and twice in 2015
-able to work independently but also as a team
-able to read and follow instructions well
-safely lift 5-10lbs
-comfortable learning new technology

Responsibilities:
- If you are interested, first contact Emilie Travis via email:
emilie.travis at ncwildlife.org
>
-attend a training session (May 8th and May 10th  AT  1-5pm at the REI
store in South Asheville (in the community room)
-safely drive 30 min after dusk for a 20 mile route  AT  20mph along a
designated route at least twice within two scheduled windows of the
summer
-record basic informational data each trip
-record your volunteer hours each survey

Counties with OPEN* acoustic routes (some routes run cross-counties as
indicated by the back slash):
- Buncombe/Rutherford
- Burke/McDowell
- Jackson/Transylvania
- Madison
- McDowell/Yancey
-Transylvania/Henderson
 *I may have a few more routes open, but waiting to hear from former
volunteers, so even if you do not live near the above counties and are
interested in helping, please email me along with your location.

Coordinator Contact - If you are interested in learning more about
participating with the NCBAMP, please contact Emilie Travis, Head
Coordinator of NCBAMP, via email (emilie.travis at ncwildlife.org
>)
or phone (828-337-3750).

Thanks for your time,
Emilie

Emilie Travis
Wildlife Diversity Technician
Head Coordinator of NCBAMP
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Happy spring! (freeze warning notwithstanding...)

Jennifer Horton

Carrboro, NC
Subject: Spartanburg Greater White-fronted Goose
From: "Jeff Lemons" <birdsalot AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:56:44 +0000
This morning I located a Greater White-fronted Goose at Spartanburg Steel 
Products in Spartanburg. It was feeding at the edge of the parking lot with a 
flock of about 20 Canada Geese. The facility is located on New Cut Rd north of 
I-85 Business. 


Jeff Lemons
Charlotte, NC


Subject: FW: eBird Report - Bear Island WMA, Apr 14, 2014
From: scompton1251 AT charter.net
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:14:57 -0400 (EDT)
Birders,

Thanks to Nate Dias, Lewis Burke, Buddy Campbell, and others who 
alterted me to this bird, I finally got my South Carolina (and ABA area) 
first Ruff yesterday at Bear Island here in SC. I arose at 0145, left 
the house at 0300, arrived at the Hog Island pond on Bear Island at 
0810, set up my scope, and found the Ruff within a minute. He stood at 
at a distance due to dark color. In the scope at 30-40 power I could see 
his partially developed black ruff, the reddish head and neck, the 
floppy tertials, yellow legs mudied to the knee, smallish head, and 
relatively short bill. The "dumpy" proportions of the plump body were 
evident even with a binocular view. While there I was joined by field 
herpitologist Brad O'Hanlon, who is doing rattlesnake studies out of 
Nemours Plantation,  and later Keith McCullough and party were able to 
view the bird. Quite a striking animal! He actively fed in the muddy 
flat, which contains less wtaer than a few weeks ago when I 
unsuccesfully searched for the Reeve.

The Ruff is a rare but regular bird in SC, with most reports in April 
along the coast. I have seen it in the UK where it is more common. Most 
sources suspect breeding somewhere in the Western Hemisphere due to the 
frequency of reports, but there have been no confirmed nest reports as 
far as I know. It can be very common in Africa, where a million were 
reported in one roost in Senegal. The scientific name, "Philomachus 
pugnax", means "pugnacious warrior", and refers to it's aggressive 
display on lekking grounds during courtship.

The Ruff was my SC #361 and American Birding Association (ABA) area 
#575. I got a poor photograph with my 70-300 zoom lens. This leaves 
Mountain Plover and Curlew Sandpiper as the only two shorebirds for my 
SC lifelist. I am guessing Curlew Sandpiper, while rare in SC, is far 
more likely than the plover.

Steve Compton
Greenville,SC

-------- Begin forwarded message --------
Subject: eBird Report - Bear Island WMA, Apr 14, 2014
Date: 4/15/14 8:32:45 AM
From: do-not-reply AT ebird.org
To: scompton1251 AT charter.net


Bear Island WMA, Colleton, US-SC
Apr 14, 2014 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments:     ABA #575, SC # 361 Ruff, photographed
33 species (+1 other taxa)

Tundra Swan  1     Mary's House Pond. photographed. Near roadway, long 
neck, size, white plumage, all-black bill.
Mottled Duck  4
Blue-winged Teal  25
Northern Shoveler  6
Wood Stork  24
Great Blue Heron  4
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  10
Sora  1
American Coot  34
Black-necked Stilt  12
American Avocet  20     Scattered about hog island, another flock in 
impoundment at observation deck, more at Mary's House pond. Most in 
breeding plumage.
Semipalmated Plover  2
Killdeer  4
Greater Yellowlegs  35
Lesser Yellowlegs  25
Ruff  1     Intermediate in size between nearby Lesser and Greater 
yellowlegs, conspicuous black plumage extending around nape and breast, 
floppy wing extensions, bill shorter than yellowlegs, picking at mudflat 
in active fashion, pear-shaped with long legs: some dull yellow exposed 
but partially-mud-colored. Photographed.
Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher  1
Forster's Tern  6
Mourning Dove  4
Great Crested Flycatcher  3
White-eyed Vireo  2
Fish Crow  4
Tree Swallow  100
Eastern Bluebird  6
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  6
Common Yellowthroat  10
Yellow-throated Warbler  3
Eastern Towhee  3
Northern Cardinal  3
Red-winged Blackbird  10
Boat-tailed Grackle  2
Orchard Oriole  1

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17900602

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Re: Hummers
From: Marty Wall <mwbirdmail AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:15:16 -0400
Oops!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/54116357 AT N08/13857451813/

Sorry,
MW


On Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 8:48 PM, Julia Shields  wrote:

>  Wrong link if that was really supposed to be the hummer photo.
>
>
>
> On 04/14/2014 06:02 PM, Marty Wall wrote:
>
> I saw this gal collecting cattail fluff a few years ago.
>
>  http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17887305
>
>  Marty Wall
> Eden, NC
>
>
> On Sat, Apr 12, 2014 at 3:08 PM, Mary McDaniel wrote:
>
>> We just had a hummer pulling cotton from a cotton ring hanging on the
>> deck.
>> I assume for nesting material.  We have chickadees, titmice, and wrens who
>> use the cotton, but this is the first time I have seen a hummer doing it.
>>
>> Hurrah for Spring!
>>
>> Mary McDaniel
>> Dave LaBounty
>> On Mountain Island Lake near Cowan's Ford Refuge
>> Huntersville, NC
>>
>>
>
>
Subject: Fwd: FW: [Ontbirds] Eastern Ontario: Snowy Owl northbound
From: Marcus Simpson <mbsmjw63 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:14:30 -0400
Interesting post on Ontario birds re Snowy Owls

Mark

Marcus B. Simpson, Jr.
Hendersonville, NC

****************************************************************************

From: ONTBIRDS [mailto:birdalert-bounces AT ontbirds.ca] On Behalf Of bruce
dilabio via ONTBIRDS
Sent: Monday, April 14, 2014 6:34 PM
To: ONTBIRDS
Subject: [Ontbirds] Eastern Ontario: Snowy Owl northbound

Hi Everyone

After an incredible winter with record high numbers of Snowy Owls numbers,
these Arctic beauties are now returning north. Today, 7 Snowy Owls were
observed in Ottawa, 4 were observed along the Ottawa River and another 5
were observed south west of Ottawa. All these birds were in areas that
didn’t hold any long term wintering birds. Last week I observed 23 Snowy
Owls in the Ste. Rose-St.Isidore area. Based on winter observations many of
these birds were migrants. Overall it was an exciting winter in eastern
Ontario for Snowy Owls and likely a record number for both the
Ottawa-Gatineau district and eastern Ontario. Starting in mid November
reports of Snowy Owls were reported and by early December it was apparent
an irruption was taking place with many owls reported from suitable habitat
across eastern Ontario and further south. This movement coincided with the
high numbers on the Avalon Peninsular in Newfoundland. Using Christmas Bird
Count data and personal observation from Brian Morin, Jacques Bouvier and
myself I’ve estimated that there were 140+ in the Ottawa-Gatineau district
and over 350+ in eastern Ontario west to Presqu’ile Provincial Park. An
amazing winter for Snowys. Interestingly there were few birds found dead in
an emaciated condition. In the Ottawa area at least 10 individuals were hit
by cars and rehabilitated, and another few were found dead as road kill.
All Snowys appeared to be surviving well for the winter on a variety of
 prey including Meadow Voles and other small rodents and water birds. It
was a great winter to observe these birds and study behavior. Many
individuals set up winter territories and were present for weeks at the
same location. Another interesting observation was that the Snowy Owl is as
nocturnal as any other owl. On many occasions during January and February I
observed Snowy Owls hunting at night from telephone poles between 5:00p.m.
and 12:00 midnight. Over the past 4 decades I never looked for Snowy Owls
during the night and just considered them a diurnal owl. Between Carp and
Kanata Ben and I observed at least 5 individuals hunting and these birds
were very alert looking for prey not like the numerous birds we saw during
the day that were more docile. All in all an exciting winter for learning!

Good birding,
Bruce
Subject: no Black Rails Sunday
From: "John Fussell" <jfuss AT clis.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:54:42 -0400
On Sunday morning, about 5am, I made a few stops along the NC 12 causeway at 
the Cedar Island Marshes (Carteret County, NC), hoping to hear a Black Rail 
or two.

Conditions were perfect (and the setting, nearly full moon was nice), but I 
didn't hear any Black Rails.  There were several Clappers and a few 
Virginias calling, and a few Seaside Sparrows.  Also a Least Bittern.

Over on the mainland near the end of the causeway, several 
Chuck-will's-widows and 1 Whip-poor-will were calling; a pair of Great 
Horneds was calling back and forth.

I made a couple more stops on the mainland driving down toward Atlantic.  I 
heard a total of about 15 Chucks, a decent number for the date.

Later, in the afternoon, I had 3 Clay-colored Sparrows in North River Farms.

John Fussell
Morehead City, NC
Subject: American Bittern
From: Philip Dickinson <pdickins AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:18:47 -0400
This morning at the Historic Bethabara Park wetland in Winston-Salem, I got
a brief look at an American Bittern. I flushed the bird as I was walking on
the small boardwalk on the back edge. It flew over in the direction of some
cattails. I then spent several minutes looking in that area but could not
relocate it in the vegetation. Although my look was brief, I saw the heavy
build, brown back and streaked throat, long and thick neck, and size
significantly larger than a Green Heron.

Phil Dickinson
Winston-Salem

Subject: Re: Thoughts?
From: Marie LaSalle <mlasalle44 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:28:11 -0400
My rule of thumb is if it is really the rare ( for me ) bird I know
immediately. If I have to ponder and wonder it is the common bird.

Marie


On Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 8:45 PM, Clyde Smith  wrote:

> The lack of streaking on the side has me thinking Purple Finch.
>
>
> On Apr 14, 2014, at 2:28 PM, KC Foggin wrote:
>
> > The overall jizz says House Finch but the lack of streaking on the side
> has me wondering.
>
>
> Clyde Smith
> 2615 Wells Ave
> Raleigh, NC  27608
> (919) 781-2637
> Smith82534 AT aol.com
>
>
>
>


-- 
Marie La Salle
MARIE AND LYNN THE HOUSE SOLD NAMES
RE/MAX GREATER ATLANTA
404 354 9994

"Oh, by the way, business is great, but we are never too busy for you and
your friends!"
Subject: Re: Thoughts?
From: "KC Foggin" <KCFoggin AT sc.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:15:34 -0400
Thanks everyone.  Should always stick to my first thoughts.

K.C.

K.C. Foggin
Socastee
Myrtle Beach SC

www.birdforum.net

www.pbase.com/kcfoggin/nikon_d50_pages&page=20




From: Dwayne Martin 
Sent: Monday, April 14, 2014 9:03 PM
To: Ryan Justice 
Cc: Clyde Smith ; KC Foggin ; CarolinaBirds 
Subject: Re: Thoughts?

I agree with Ryan on this one.

On Monday, April 14, 2014, Ryan Justice  wrote:

 Purple would have much stronger facial pattern and more streaking. This is a 
House Finch. 


  Ryan Justice

  Sent from my iPhone

  > On Apr 14, 2014, at 8:45 PM, Clyde Smith  wrote:
  >
  > The lack of streaking on the side has me thinking Purple Finch.
  >
  >
  >> On Apr 14, 2014, at 2:28 PM, KC Foggin wrote:
  >>
 >> The overall jizz says House Finch but the lack of streaking on the side has 
me wondering. 

  >
  >
  > Clyde Smith
  > 2615 Wells Ave
  > Raleigh, NC  27608
  > (919) 781-2637
  > Smith82534 AT aol.com
  >
  >
  >



-- 

Dwayne
*************
Dwayne Martin
Hickory, NC
redxbill AT gmail.com

http://naturalsciences.org/research-collections/research-specialties/birds/nc-hummingbirds 

 
Catawba County Park Ranger
Riverbend Park - Conover, NC
St. Stephens Park - Hickory, NC
jdmartin AT catawbacountync.gov
http://www.catawbacountync.gov/depts/parks/
http://www.weatherlink.com/user/riverbendpark
http://www.ncbirdingtrail.org/TrailGuide/Guide_CatawbaValley.pdf
Subject: Re: Thoughts?
From: Ryan Justice <blackburnian151 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:56:05 -0400
 Purple would have much stronger facial pattern and more streaking. This is a 
House Finch. 


Ryan Justice

Sent from my iPhone

> On Apr 14, 2014, at 8:45 PM, Clyde Smith  wrote:
> 
> The lack of streaking on the side has me thinking Purple Finch.
> 
> 
>> On Apr 14, 2014, at 2:28 PM, KC Foggin wrote:
>> 
>> The overall jizz says House Finch but the lack of streaking on the side has 
me wondering. 

> 
> 
> Clyde Smith
> 2615 Wells Ave
> Raleigh, NC  27608
> (919) 781-2637
> Smith82534 AT aol.com
> 
> 
> 
Subject: Re: Thoughts?
From: Clyde Smith <Smith82534 AT aol.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:45:20 -0400
The lack of streaking on the side has me thinking Purple Finch.


On Apr 14, 2014, at 2:28 PM, KC Foggin wrote:

> The overall jizz says House Finch but the lack of streaking on the side has 
me wondering. 



Clyde Smith
2615 Wells Ave
Raleigh, NC  27608
(919) 781-2637
Smith82534 AT aol.com


Subject: Re: Thoughts?
From: Matt Janson <m.janson.geolover AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:38:15 -0400
After considering Ryan's opinion and looking at the tertials, secondaries, and 
upperwing coverts and seeing the white fringes on the feathers, these are more 
indicative of House Finch compared to the more solid colored wings of the Red 
Crossbill. Also the lighter bill has me rethinking my previous Crossbill 
speculation. 


Matthew Janson

Charlotte NC
Currently in Ashe County, NC 



On Apr 14, 2014, at 2:28 PM, "KC Foggin"  wrote:

> The overall jizz says House Finch but the lack of streaking on the side has 
me wondering. Thanks 

>  
> http://upload.pbase.com/image/155226053
>  
>  
> K.C.
> 
> K.C. Foggin
> Socastee
> Myrtle Beach SC
> 
> www.birdforum.net
> 
> www.pbase.com/kcfoggin/nikon_d50_pages&page=20
> 
> 
Subject: Blue Jay Point County Park & Falls Lake, Wake Co., NC
From: Tom Snow <tsnow6065 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:34:28 -0400
I made quick stops by Blue Jay Point County Park and Falls Lake today north of 
Raleigh. Highlights were multiple singing Hooded Warblers with great views of 
one and my first Ruby-throated Hummingbird of the year. I also think I heard 
Worm-eating Warblers though I'm not great with the vocalizations of many of 
these little guys. The female hummingbird was at the park visitors' center 
while the warblers were across Six Forks Rd. and a little north. There is a 
small gravel lot with some shore fishing access and part of the lake trail. 


Here are a couple of shots  http://goo.gl/5VYi7N 

Tom Snow
Raleigh
Subject: RE: More Escarpment Birding - Jocassee Gorges, SC
From: "Jeff Click" <jeffreyclick AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:31:39 -0400
Marilyn,

I was not far from you guys yesterday, birding for a bit at the Nine Times
Preserve and then briefly through the Eastatoe Valley.  I got the same cast
of characters, except for dipping on the Swainson's in a brief jaunt down
part of the Twin Falls trail.  I did find a couple of Black-throated Blues,
so they should show up your way soon.

More Parulas, gobs of Yellow-rumped, and fewer BTGW (but still several) at
the lower elevations I birded.  Palm Warblers can be found in a few spots in
the Eastatoe Valley.  Found a single Yellow-throated Vireo, and very good
numbers of Broad-winged Hawks, also.

I agree that the area is under-utilized, probably since it's a bit out of
the way.  A note for anyone thinking of visiting after May - while some of
the dirt access roads are indeed seasonally closed, there are many areas
still easily accessed for birding, including the Eastatoe Creek Heritage
Preserve, and the majority of the Gorges is always open to foot travel.

Thanks,

Jeff Click
Easley, SC



 

From: Marilyn Westphal [mailto:mjwestph AT ret.unca.edu] 
Sent: Sunday, April 13, 2014 5:30 PM
To: carolinabirds
Subject: More Escarpment Birding - Jocassee Gorges, SC

 

Mark and I really love birdiing the Blue Ridge Escarpment at this time of
year because that's where a lot of the mountain birds show up first.  We
followed the loop around using Canebrake Rd to Jackie's Ridge to Dawkins Rd
to Horsepasture Rd - a total of 18.5 miles.  We had 13 species of warbler
this morning and huge numbers of some of them.  Also had our first of the
year Scarlet Tanager and Red-eyed Vireos.  The escarpment is a great place
for Worm-eating Warblers in general, but I swear Jocassee Gorges is the
epicenter.  Here are our totals.

Worm-eating - 36

Hooded - 35

Black-throated Green - 59

Black-and-white - 21

Northern Parula - 5

Swainson's - 1 (just the beginning.  There are lots of them in this area of
the escarpment)

Ovenbird - 4

La Waterthrush - 1 (Waterthrushes are already starting to quiet down some)

Yellow-throated Warbler - 2

Prairie - 1 (in the power line cut)

Pine - 2 (this section of JG doesn't have the large, open stands of Pine
trees as some other areas of the park, so you don't get as many Pine and
Prairie Warblers and Chipping Sparrows here as in some other areas)

Yellow-rumped Warbler - 1

American Redstart - 2

 

This is an underutilized birding area that is great at this time of year.
It's biggest problem is that much of it closes down in mid-May, but best
birding is in April anyway.  
-- 

Marilyn Westphal

Hendersonville, NC
Subject: Jackson Park
From: Blayne & Anne <bolsen187 AT frontier.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:16:58 -0700 (PDT)
We have not seen any postings from Jackson Park lately. Can someone tell us 
about the bird activity there? We are hoping to visit the park this weekend. 


Thank you.


Anne & Blayne Olsen
Monroe, NC
Subject: Re: Thoughts?
From: Ryan Justice <blackburnian151 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:04:28 -0400
That's pretty clearly a House Finch IMO.

Ryan Justice

Sent from my iPhone

> On Apr 14, 2014, at 7:37 PM, Matt Janson  wrote:
> 
> Red Crossbill comes to mind, can't say for sure because the distinctive 
crossed bill isn't visible, but the facial crescent and lack of streaking 
points to Crossbill. 

> 
> Matthew Janson
> 
> Charlotte NC
> Currently in Ashe County NC
> 
>> On Apr 14, 2014, at 2:28 PM, "KC Foggin"  wrote:
>> 
>> The overall jizz says House Finch but the lack of streaking on the side has 
me wondering. Thanks 

>>  
>> http://upload.pbase.com/image/155226053
>>  
>>  
>> K.C.
>> 
>> K.C. Foggin
>> Socastee
>> Myrtle Beach SC
>> 
>> www.birdforum.net
>> 
>> www.pbase.com/kcfoggin/nikon_d50_pages&page=20
>> 
>> 
Subject: a little help please
From: C Talkington <Destamona AT carolina.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:42:26 -0400
Can someone tell me how to subscribe to SE Odes please. Thanks Chris
Subject: Re: Thoughts?
From: Matt Janson <m.janson.geolover AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:37:20 -0400
Red Crossbill comes to mind, can't say for sure because the distinctive crossed 
bill isn't visible, but the facial crescent and lack of streaking points to 
Crossbill. 


Matthew Janson

Charlotte NC
Currently in Ashe County NC

On Apr 14, 2014, at 2:28 PM, "KC Foggin"  wrote:

> The overall jizz says House Finch but the lack of streaking on the side has 
me wondering. Thanks 

>  
> http://upload.pbase.com/image/155226053
>  
>  
> K.C.
> 
> K.C. Foggin
> Socastee
> Myrtle Beach SC
> 
> www.birdforum.net
> 
> www.pbase.com/kcfoggin/nikon_d50_pages&page=20
> 
> 
Subject: Re: Hummers
From: Marty Wall <mwbirdmail AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:02:17 -0400
I saw this gal collecting cattail fluff a few years ago.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17887305

Marty Wall
Eden, NC


On Sat, Apr 12, 2014 at 3:08 PM, Mary McDaniel wrote:

> We just had a hummer pulling cotton from a cotton ring hanging on the deck.
> I assume for nesting material.  We have chickadees, titmice, and wrens who
> use the cotton, but this is the first time I have seen a hummer doing it.
>
> Hurrah for Spring!
>
> Mary McDaniel
> Dave LaBounty
> On Mountain Island Lake near Cowan's Ford Refuge
> Huntersville, NC
>
>
Subject: Re: What is the turkey eating???
From: Marty Wall <mwbirdmail AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:37:17 -0400
Could be adding sand to its gizzard, though it seems like a lot of time
spent just for sand.

Marty Wall
Eden, NC


On Sun, Apr 13, 2014 at 2:44 PM, David Gardner wrote:

> For the past two weeks a hen turkey has been seen for multiple hours each
> day feasting on something in the middle of our rec field which is basically
> sand with a grass that never gets long enough to seed due to mowing. My
> only guess would be that the turkey has developed a taste for Fire Ants.
> Is this a normal diet for turkeys? Is she cramming full of ant protein for
> egg laying? Or is there another dietary item in the field that I may be
> missing?
> I guess one other possibility is mushrooms. However, those are few and far
> between on the field... A lot more in the woods only 100ft away.
> Let me know your thoughts.
> Thanks
> David
>
> Director of Environmental Ed.
> St. Christopher Camp & Conference Center
> Seabrook Island, SC
>
> Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Thoughts?
From: "KC Foggin" <KCFoggin AT sc.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:28:35 -0400
The overall jizz says House Finch but the lack of streaking on the side has me 
wondering. Thanks 


http://upload.pbase.com/image/155226053


K.C.

K.C. Foggin
Socastee
Myrtle Beach SC

www.birdforum.net

www.pbase.com/kcfoggin/nikon_d50_pages&page=20

Subject: Hooded Merganser chicks, Clarendon County, SC
From: scbirder AT aol.com
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:34:55 -0400 (EDT)
Saturday, April 12, 2014


At the crawfish ponds south of Rimini, SC, a female Hooded Merganser paddled 
with five chicks. These are the ponds that hosted a Snail Kite several years 
ago. The mergansers were located in the first pond by the road. 







Steve Patterson
Camden, SC
Subject: Purple Gallinule and Common Gallinule -- Buxton, NC
From: J Gard <garj25 AT ymail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:20:59 -0700 (PDT)
Both species observed today along the Buxton Woods trail (near Cape Hatteras 
Lighthouse) about a quarter mile in just before the bridge. Both birds 
observed were in full breeding plumage. Common displayed full red face shield 
with yellow tipped bill and darker rusty/rufousy back and wing feathers. 
Purple Gallinule showed red bill with yellow tip leading into a lighter blue 
forehead plate above a red eye. Darker purplish-blue with greenish wash on 
back and wing feathers. Bright white undertail feathers and bright yellow 
legs. 


The Purple Gallinule could be a tricky re-sight in the think marsh and the 
Commons tend to flush easily but hopefully some others can get eyes on these 
birds! 


Jason
Subject: research project on bird window collisions at Duke
From: Scott Winton <scott.winton AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:02:58 -0400
Hey Carolinabirders,

I wrote up a little blogspot about Natalia Ocampo-Penuela's project on bird
window collisions at Duke.

http://birdaholic.blogspot.com/2014/04/windows-on-dukes-campus-are-devil-for.html 


We may have piqued some interest among some bird people at NC State to get
involved and it would be great to some more Universities in the Carolinas
were on board.  Furman and Winthrop are already active...so far Duke is the
only one in NC

For those not affiliated with a university there's a citizen science
opportunity to help by submitting photos of window strike victims to
iNaturalist (link is at the bottom of the blogpost).

Thanks for your interest in bird conservation!


-- 
Scott Winton - Durham, NC
http://birdaholic.blogspot.com
Subject: Re: CATBIRD & Yard Report
From: "KC Foggin" <KCFoggin AT sc.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:41:04 -0400
Speaking of Catbirds, in all the years I have watched the birds I have never 
actually heard the call of the Catbird other than the soft mewing sound they 
make. Well, early this a.m. I hear this high pitched call and not just one but 
many and much louder. I honestly thought I had a new bird. Shocked the heck out 
of me when I counted 5 Catbirds squeaking like crazy and all hitting the 
various suet feeders I have up. I knew I had 2 but this sight blew me away. 


K.C.

K.C. Foggin
Socastee
Myrtle Beach SC

www.birdforum.net

www.pbase.com/kcfoggin/nikon_d50_pages&page=20




From: Kaye Fenlon 
Sent: Sunday, April 13, 2014 2:41 PM
To: carolinabirds AT duke.edu 
Subject: CATBIRD & Yard Report

C-BIRDERS

CATBIRD back in yard in birdbath and on the PB suet log! Also WHITE-EYED VIREO 
singing and seen in yard border hedge. Male RUBY at feeders since 3/27. 

BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCHES nesting in bluebird house at end of drive-way......at 
least 5 years in a row now. Have to check my journals to see exactly when they 
claimed that box. They fought off Bluebirds again this year to keep it after 
roosting in it this winter. Luckily the Bluebirds are nesting in neighbor's 
yard across the street. We also have a nesting pair of BLUEBIRDS in backyard. 

WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS very vocal. More GOLDFINCHES than I've ever had in the 
yard. Has to be 20+. A record 11 CHIPPING SPARROWS on driveway most mornings 
chomping down the seed. 3 NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS flying over dock. 

Not hearing  many warblers yet.  

Katie Fenlon
Clemson, SC
Lake Hartwell=