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22 Jul Re: Fish kill at Huntington Beach State Park, SC [Nate Dias ]
22 Jul Sightings at Huntington Beach SP and Blog []
22 Jul Short-billed Dowitchers in Forsyth County ["Shelley Rutkin" ]
22 Jul Fish kill at Huntington Beach State Park, SC ["JerryK" ]
22 Jul White-winged Dove, Manns Harbor yesterday ["R. Bruce Richardson" ]
21 Jul WNC Mills River: cont./new? Western Sand, SB Dow - 7/21/14 [Steve Ritt ]
21 Jul Final reminder for Birder Travel Decisions Survey! [Ginger Deason ]
20 Jul Gull-billed Terns at Davis Impoundment today ["John Fussell" ]
20 Jul Red-breasted Nuthatch - Durham [Daniel Kaplan ]
20 Jul Fw: Upcoming birding events at Chimney Rock State Park ["Steve Shultz" ]
20 Jul Upland Sandpiper- American Turf Farm [Brian Pendergraft ]
20 Jul Shorebirds after the rain, Hooper Lane, Henderson County, NC [Simon Thompson ]
19 Jul Oakland Turf Farm this Morning [John Ennis ]
19 Jul Re: Botany Bay WMA, Charleston County, South Carolina [Cherrie Sneed ]
19 Jul Re: Botany Bay WMA, Charleston County, South Carolina [Pamela Ford ]
19 Jul Allendale, SC Kite Fields [Peter Stangel ]
19 Jul Upland Sandpiper at Wilmington Airport ["dmcooper2 AT juno.com" ]
19 Jul Re: Shrub/bush/tree question [Will Cook ]
19 Jul Shrub/bush/tree question [KC Foggin ]
19 Jul nice morning at brickhouse road ["Young, Bruce" ]
19 Jul Re: Frigatebird in Carteret County [Daniel Kaplan ]
18 Jul Re: WNC Mills River: SB Dowitcher, Western, Stilt Sands, etc. - 7/18/14 [Steve Ritt ]
18 Jul CBC announces Blue Ridge Parkway bonus trip ["Steve Shultz" ]
18 Jul WNC Mills River: SB Dowitcher, Western, Stilt Sands, etc. - 7/18/14 [Steve Ritt ]
18 Jul Frigatebird in Carteret County [Chandra Biggerstaff ]
18 Jul Re: RoseatteSpoonbills_RantowlesCreek@Hwy17_CharlestonCoSC [Cherrie Sneed ]
18 Jul Brickhouse Road Waterfowl Impoundment [David Anderson ]
18 Jul FW: eBird Report - 28560 New Bern, Jul 18, 2014 ["Olwen jarvis" ]
18 Jul Re: WNC Mills River: cont. Savannah, Bobolink, Gr. Egret - 7/17/14 [Bill Rhodes ]
17 Jul WNC Mills River: cont. Savannah, Bobolink, Gr. Egret - 7/17/14 [Steve Ritt ]
17 Jul Hatteras Pelagic Photos [Jeff Lemons ]
17 Jul Re: RoseatteSpoonbills_RantowlesCreek@Hwy17_CharlestonCoSC [JILL MIDGETT ]
17 Jul RoseatteSpoonbills_RantowlesCreek@Hwy17_CharlestonCoSC [Cherrie Sneed ]
17 Jul Possible American Kestrel nesting site--University of South Carolina []
17 Jul Reddish Egret at North Topsail Beach, NC ["gilbert grant" ]
17 Jul Botany Bay WMA, Charleston County, South Carolina [James Watson ]
17 Jul Fwd: eBird Report - Gunter Rd. Piedmont, SC, Jul 17, 2014 [Paul Serridge ]
16 Jul Upcoming Pelagic Trips- Hatteras, NC [Brian Patteson ]
16 Jul Upcoming Pelagic Trips- Hatteras, NC [Brian Patteson ]
16 Jul Roseate Spoonbill/Mt. Pleasant, SC [James Watson ]
16 Jul Re: Anybody want to take a shot? [Marilyn Westphal ]
16 Jul Re: Anybody want to take a shot? [Jack Rogers ]
16 Jul Anybody want to take a shot? [Jack Rogers ]
16 Jul Lake Murray Purple Martins [Kent Fiala ]
16 Jul birding at Cedar Island (NC) on Sunday ["John Fussell" ]
15 Jul Trout Lake- Watauga Co. NC [Ryan Justice ]
15 Jul Re: Barred Owls [Helmut Mueller ]
15 Jul Re: Barred Owls [Toni Rexrode ]
14 Jul Glossy Ibis - Durham [Will Cook ]
14 Jul Don't forget! The Birder Travel Decisions Survey is waiting! [Ginger Deason ]
14 Jul Red-tailed Hawk Play??? [John Ennis ]
14 Jul Dare County birds [Jeff Lewis ]
14 Jul Pomarine Jaeger, Isle of Palms, SC [James Watson ]
14 Jul Re: Pomarine Jaeger, Isle of Palms, SC [Audrey Poplin ]
14 Jul Least Tern Hatchlings, Mt Pleasant, SC [Bradley Dalton ]
14 Jul Barred Owls [Edith Tatum ]
13 Jul Golden Eagle report [Ryan Justice ]
13 Jul Re: Magnificent Frigatebird - Topsail [charles garrett ]
13 Jul RE: Magnificent Frigatebird - Topsail [Paul Glass ]
13 Jul Pomarine Jaeger, Isle of Palms, SC [Craig ]
13 Jul Re: Magnificent Frigatebird - Topsail [charles garrett ]
13 Jul Henderson County Birds- July 13, 2014 [Simon Thompson ]
13 Jul Magnificent Frigatebird - Topsail [Daniel Kaplan ]
12 Jul Pomarine jaeger []
12 Jul Mt Mitchell/Black Mountains Birding [Marilyn Westphal ]
12 Jul Colleton County Birding [David Gardner ]
12 Jul Pomarine Jaeger []
12 Jul Fwd: Pomarine Jaeger/isle of Palms, SC [Craig ]
12 Jul Grasshopper Sparrow w pics Mid Pines Rd., Raleigh [Tom Snow ]
12 Jul Jackson Park Bird Walk - July 12, 2014 [Simon Thompson ]
12 Jul Re: Pomarine Jaeger/isle of Palms, SC [Pamela Ford ]
11 Jul FW: eBird Report - 28560 New Bern, Jul 11, 2014 ["Olwen jarvis" ]
11 Jul Re: Pomarine Jaeger/isle of Palms, SC [Craig ]
11 Jul two old high counts of Spotted Sandpipers for the NC Coastal Plain ["John Fussell" ]
11 Jul Re: SC Birding [Kent Fiala ]
11 Jul Re: Info from SC birders needed please [Bradley Dalton ]

Subject: Re: Fish kill at Huntington Beach State Park, SC
From: Nate Dias <offshorebirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:25:34 -0400
When impoundments get a lot of rain in a short time, they often experience
"turnover" in their stratified layers.  This can cause fish kills due to
low oxygen - regular occurrence in such impoundments.  That might be what
happened at Mullet Pond.

Nathan Dias - Charleston, SC

On Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 11:48 AM, JerryK >
wrote:
> Visited the park this morning to see hundreds of Egrets, many Osprey and
> Gulls and Terns.
> It would appear that there was a fish kill in Mallard Pond.  This seems to
> be a yearly
> summer event, although others are saying the rangers were drawing down the
> lake yesterday.
>
> It doesn’t appear that the lake went down to any degree.
>
> And no, I have not contacted anyone at the park.
>
> Jerry Kerschner
> Pawleys Island, SC
Subject: Sightings at Huntington Beach SP and Blog
From: <eal-jr AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:55:48 -0400 (EDT)
Hello Carolina Birders,

I birded Huntington Beach SP the morning of July 22nd. The Mullet pond was
filled with Great Egrets, Wood Storks, and many other waders. the pond was
alive with lots of feeding activity due to a large amount of fish, definitely a
beautiful sight with all the activity. Other sightings were of a Clapper Rail
feeding at board walk.

Here is my BLOG post on the trip and remebering your field marks:
http://cacklesofayb.blogspot.com/

Enjoy!
-Edward Landi
Subject: Short-billed Dowitchers in Forsyth County
From: "Shelley Rutkin" <shelleyr AT windstream.net>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:38:24 -0400
Yesterday I found two Short-billed Dowitchers at Archie Elledge Treatment
Plant in Winston-Salem.  This is a rare bird for Forsyth County with the
last sighting in 2008.  Several of us looked again this morning and could
not find the birds.  Here is a link to my poor photo.  I was photographing
moths the previous night and forgot to take the camera out of macro mode!
Hopefully, I will remember next time.  There was no doubt as to the
identify, though, as the birds softly called "tu-tu-tu" a few times.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/shelleyr/14524445920/

Shelley Rutkin
Winston-Salem

Subject: Fish kill at Huntington Beach State Park, SC
From: "JerryK" <bogey AT sc.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:48:28 -0400
Visited the park this morning to see hundreds of Egrets, many Osprey and Gulls 
and Terns. 

It would appear that there was a fish kill in Mallard Pond. This seems to be a 
yearly 

summer event, although others are saying the rangers were drawing down the lake 
yesterday. 


It doesn’t appear that the lake went down to any degree.

And no, I have not contacted anyone at the park.

Jerry Kerschner
Pawleys Island, SC
Subject: White-winged Dove, Manns Harbor yesterday
From: "R. Bruce Richardson" <rbrucegrp AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:10:00 -0400
I apologize for the late posting. I had hoped to see the bird again, as it may 
just have been passing through. Early afternoon yesterday there was a 
White-winged Dove perched in the open above my feeders off my deck. It was 
only about 12-15 feet off the deck in full view. I called my wife to come and 
see it (life bird for her) and she got it. Then I ran for the camera, but was 
too late. It flew off (giving lovely views of the white wing patches) toward 
and behind my neighbors house. 


I am continuing to watch for it today and will post if I see it again. We live 
near the end of Croatan Way, a cul-de-sac in Manns Harbor. 


Cheers,
R. Bruce Richardson
Manns Harbor
Subject: WNC Mills River: cont./new? Western Sand, SB Dow - 7/21/14
From: Steve Ritt <stevenmritt AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:43:37 -0400
I stopped by Hooper Lane from 5:30-7:30 pm this evening and had the
following in the front field with the dirt mounds and weeds:
Western Sandpiper - 1
Least Sandpiper - 70
Solitary Sandpiper - 2
Semipalmated Plover - 2

All birds were still adults. Most in full, but worn, breeding plumage.
Well, aside from all the juvenile Killdeer, which are a hoot. Also had two
continuing Bobolink. No Savannah Sparrows or Yellow-crowned NH. Be sure to
be safe, and pull completely off of the road, not blocking any gates.

Interesting that earlier Vin Stanton had:
Short-billed Dowitcher - 1
Least Sandpiper - 15
Semipalmated Plover - 2

Wayne Forsythe also had a few Semipalmated Sandpipers today. Soo, again,
things move around and pass through here in all sorts of ways. Who knows
where they go. Interesting to watch the changes as bicyclists and Cooper's
Hawks flush certain things off, and others come in.

A private farm in Pisgah Forest had about 15 Least Sandpipers.

Beaver Lake had a Louisiana Waterthrush at the spillway, and Simon Thompson
had a Spotted Sandpiper nearby as well.

Steve Ritt
Asheville, NC
Subject: Final reminder for Birder Travel Decisions Survey!
From: Ginger Deason <ggdeason AT ncsu.edu>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:06:02 -0400
Dear Carolina Birder,



It’s *Loon*-ey not to participate in the Birder Travel Decisions Survey!
From *Heron* out you only have one week before the survey closes! It’s your
*Tern* to help with this important study.



This is the last reminder email that the Birder Travel Decisions Survey
 is awaiting your
response. *The survey closes on July 28th!*



Please click here 
and complete it now.



It will only take about 15 – 20 minutes of your time, and your voluntary
participation in this study will help to assist local businesses better
serve birders as clientele.



All answers are confidential and you could receive a North Carolina Birding
Trail guidebook by completing the survey!



If you have any questions about this survey, please feel free to contact me
(ggdeason AT ncsu.edu) or Dr. Erin Seekamp (erin_seekamp AT ncsu.edu).



Thank you so much for your valuable input!



Sincerely,

Ginger Deason, Doctoral Research Assistant

Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management

College of Natural Resources

North Carolina State University

-- 
PhD Student/Research Assistant
Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism
College of Natural Resources
North Carolina State University


Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and
the last fish has been caught, will we realize that we cannot eat money.
~ 19th century Cree saying

Hasta que el último árbol sea cortado, el último río sea contaminado y el
último pescado sea atrapado; solo entonces nos daremos cuenta que el dinero
no se puede comer.
~ profecia Indios Cree
Subject: Gull-billed Terns at Davis Impoundment today
From: "John Fussell" <jfuss AT clis.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 17:23:21 -0400
Today we counted at least 58 Gull-billed Terns (and at least 8 juveniles) at 
Davis Impoundment (Carteret County. NC).  These birds were near the S end of 
the impoundment, where it can be overlooked (marginally) from US 70.

This location is a traditional aggregation site for post-breeding 
Gull-billed Terns.  In that only a small fraction of the impoundments can be 
seen from the highway, there could easily be far more Gull-billeds than the 
58 we saw.

John Fussell
Morehead City, NC 
Subject: Red-breasted Nuthatch - Durham
From: Daniel Kaplan <danmaxkaplan AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 17:17:54 -0400
In the seasonal oddity department, the summering RBNU persists in 17 Acre Wood, 
near the nature trail south of the bridge this morning. 


Dan Kaplan 
back home in Durham

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Fw: Upcoming birding events at Chimney Rock State Park
From: "Steve Shultz" <sshultz AT nc.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:51:39 -0400
Forwarding an FYI on upcoming events at Chimney Rock State Park...

Steve Shultz
Apex, NC

From: Shannon Tucker 
Sent: Thursday, July 17, 2014 2:43 PM
To: newsletter AT carolinabirdclub.org ; webeditor AT carolinabirdclub.org 
Subject: Upcoming birding events at Chimney Rock State Park

Good afternoon,

 

I’m writing to let you know about upcoming birding events with at Chimney 
Rock at Chimney Rock State Park; details are below. We’d love it if you could 
include these on your events calendar or newsletter or pass the word along in 
another way to members of the Carolina Bird Club. And of course, if there’s 
someone else I should be contacting about this, please let me know. 


 

Many thanks for any help you can provide in spreading the word!

 

Best regards,

Shannon 

 

Shannon Quinn-Tucker

Public Relations & Promotions Manager

Chimney Rock Management, LLC

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

 

o: 828.625.9611 ext *814

m: 828.243.2019  f: 828.625.9610

PO Box 39, Chimney Rock, NC 28720

chimneyrockpark.com

Facebook: Chimney Rock Park

Twitter:  AT ChimneyRockPark

 

Naturalist Niche Series: Simon Says Bird Walk 

 

Date/Time: Saturday, July 26; 8:30-10:30am

Description: During the summer, dozens of species of warblers breed in Chimney 
Rock. Join world-traveled expert Simon Thompson to see and hear these feathered 
friends, including Worm-eating, Swainson's, Black-and-white, Hooded and 
Yellow-throated Warblers. The summer-resident Scarlet Tanagers and Wood 
Thrushes will likely be singing and establishing their territories. Limited to 
15; advance registration required. 


Cost: $22 Adult (includes Park admission), $10 Annual Passholder, $12 Youth 
(ages 5-15), $5 Grady’s Kids Club Member 


 

Link to Event: 
http://chimneyrockpark.com/events/year_view.php?monthYear=2014&category=32 


 

 

6th Annual Flock to the Rock

 

Date/Time: Saturday-Sunday, September 20-21; 8:30am-2pm Sat.; Simon’s Early 
Bird walk 7:30am Sunday 

Description: The region’s premier fall migration birding event is held at 
Chimney Rock, an official site on the NC Birding Trail. Features live Birds of 
Prey programs (a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl), bird walks led by local 
experts, workshops like bird photography and hummingbirds, plus family nature 
walks. Event coincides with the annual hawk migration. Chimney Rock is home to 
130+ species year-round, including warblers, vireos, tanagers, woodpeckers, 
thrushes, owls and birds of prey, like the Peregrine Falcon. For an event 
schedule, visit chimneyrockpark.com. 


Cost: Included with Park admission; the “Early Bird” walk is extra

 

Link to Event: 
http://chimneyrockpark.com/events/month_view.php?&monthYear=2014&month=09#E394 


 

Naturalist Niche Series: Simon Says Bird Walk

 

Date/Time: Saturdays, November 8; 8:30-10:30am

Description: Now is the perfect time to start preparing for winter birding. 
Grab your binoculars and field guide to join world-traveled birding expert 
Simon Thompson for an early look at which of our feathered friends are staying 
around for winter. Limited to 15; advance registration required. 


Cost: $22 Adult (includes Park admission), $10 Annual Passholder

 

Link to Event: 
http://chimneyrockpark.com/events/year_view.php?monthYear=2014&category=32 


 

 
Subject: Upland Sandpiper- American Turf Farm
From: Brian Pendergraft <bkpendergraft AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 11:59:13 -0400
Woke up this morning and made a last minute decision to go to the Sod Farm
and was rewarded with an Uppie. My first one of the season.

Brian Pendergraft
Falls Lake NC
Subject: Shorebirds after the rain, Hooper Lane, Henderson County, NC
From: Simon Thompson <simonrbt AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 09:37:40 -0400
Folks
A good number of shorebirds have come into the flooded fields along Hooper
Lane in Mill's River. Steve Ritt reported good numbers on July 18, so we
returned on July 19 to see what else had come in during the rain showers.
What was surprising was that several birds had already left- despite the
ongoing bad weather.
The birds are relatively easy to see from Hooper Lane immediately after you
turn off from Jeffress Road- the field has dead weeds and large amounts of
standing water.

Highlights included:
Stilt Sandpiper (1), Lesser Yellowlegs (9). Semipalmated Sandpiper (2),
Semipalmated Plover (5), Least Sandpiper (10+), Pectoral Sandpiper (1)
Most of the swallows seem to have left, but an Immature Yellow-crowned
Night-Heron was flushed from adjacent to the river heading towards Highway
191

Simon RB Thompson
Ventures Birding Tours
Asheville, North Carolina

Check out the full 2014 Calendar of birding tours on:www.birdventures.com
Steve Ritt is leading 2 upcoming tours- Arizona in August and California in
September- information on the website.

Also "like" us on Facebook at
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ventures-Birding-Tours/207237043263?ref=hl
Subject: Oakland Turf Farm this Morning
From: John Ennis <jxennis AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:21:02 -0400
Went out looking for butterflies and early migrating birds this
morning...found 4 Horned Larks at Oakland Turf Farm...

I believe the Horned Larks were a family unit made up of 2 adults and 2
juveniles...probably they nested locally...will post pix tomorrow if they
turn out OK...

Also saw about 20 Least Sandpipers...

---
John Ennis
Leland, NC
Subject: Re: Botany Bay WMA, Charleston County, South Carolina
From: Cherrie Sneed <sneedcb AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 22:24:31 -0400
Congratulations Pam!  You earned that egret.  They have been more scarce in
the past year.  I hope I get a chance to see it or another in the area.


On Sat, Jul 19, 2014 at 7:53 PM, Pamela Ford  wrote:

> I made a return trip to Botany today in search of the Reddish Egret
> discovered by Matt Johnson. I got lucky after a couple of hours of birding
> at the mouth of the inlet, it magically appeared! I saw it 2 hours after
> low tide. It was performing its "clown act" canopy feeding. I got some
> photos.
> Pam Ford
> Charleston
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Jul 17, 2014, at 11:20 AM, James Watson  wrote:
>
> Yesterday, Pam Ford and I drove down to Botany Bay WMA on Edisto Island in
> search of a Reddish Egret that had been reported there on Monday at the
> inlet at low tide.  Since the area is closed on Tuesday we decided to go
> after work on Wednesday.  We did not find the egret, but we did find some
> good birds.  We had 91 Red Knot, 8 Whimbrel, 3 Least Sandpipers, 2
> Semipalmated Sandpipers, one Ruddy Turnstone, three Wilson's Plovers, 14
> Willets, 5 American Oystercatchers, and one Short-billed Dowitcher.  All of
> these shorebirds were essentially on the front beach just a short distance
> from where the trail empties out onto the beach, except for the Whimbrels,
> they were in the marsh grass behind the beach and in the tidal creeks (pics
> on eBird list). We also had one immature Great Black-backed Gull, lots of
> Black Skimmers, and the entire area had a ton of activity.  You could
> easily see Deveaux Bank to the north and nearing dusk, hundreds of birds
> were heading in that direction.  You can look at the eBird list here if you
> are interested.
>
> Some other good birds were Eastern Kingbirds, Indigo Bunting, Painted
> Bunting, Eastern Wild Turkey, it was a very fun trip.
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19123021
>
>
> Craig Watson
> Mt. Pleasant, SC
>
> --
>
> Happy Birding!
>
>


-- 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
*Cherrie & Dan Sneed*
Meggett, SC
St. Paul's Parish
Southern Coastal Charleston County
                       &
Robbinsville, NC
Snowbird Mountains
Graham County
Subject: Re: Botany Bay WMA, Charleston County, South Carolina
From: Pamela Ford <jford6 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 19:53:22 -0400
I made a return trip to Botany today in search of the Reddish Egret discovered 
by Matt Johnson. I got lucky after a couple of hours of birding at the mouth of 
the inlet, it magically appeared! I saw it 2 hours after low tide. It was 
performing its "clown act" canopy feeding. I got some photos. 

Pam Ford
Charleston

Sent from my iPhone

On Jul 17, 2014, at 11:20 AM, James Watson  wrote:

> Yesterday, Pam Ford and I drove down to Botany Bay WMA on Edisto Island in 
search of a Reddish Egret that had been reported there on Monday at the inlet 
at low tide. Since the area is closed on Tuesday we decided to go after work on 
Wednesday. We did not find the egret, but we did find some good birds. We had 
91 Red Knot, 8 Whimbrel, 3 Least Sandpipers, 2 Semipalmated Sandpipers, one 
Ruddy Turnstone, three Wilson's Plovers, 14 Willets, 5 American Oystercatchers, 
and one Short-billed Dowitcher. All of these shorebirds were essentially on the 
front beach just a short distance from where the trail empties out onto the 
beach, except for the Whimbrels, they were in the marsh grass behind the beach 
and in the tidal creeks (pics on eBird list). We also had one immature Great 
Black-backed Gull, lots of Black Skimmers, and the entire area had a ton of 
activity. You could easily see Deveaux Bank to the north and nearing dusk, 
hundreds of birds were heading in that direction. You can look at the eBird 
list here if you are interested. 

>  
> Some other good birds were Eastern Kingbirds, Indigo Bunting, Painted 
Bunting, Eastern Wild Turkey, it was a very fun trip. 

>  
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19123021
>  
>  
> Craig Watson
> Mt. Pleasant, SC
> 
> -- 
> Happy Birding!
Subject: Allendale, SC Kite Fields
From: Peter Stangel <peter AT usendowment.org>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 18:43:57 +0000
The kite action is heating up near Allendale. On a trip this morning sponsored 
by Aiken's Birds & Butterflies nature Shop, we had great views in Allendale and 
Millet. 


We arrived in Allendale at about 10. At the hayfields on the west side of the 
road near the intersection of Revolutionary Trail and Barton Road, the kites 
were already flying. Over the course of the next hour we had a dozen or so 
Swallow-tails and about 5 Mississippi's in view simultaneously. 


Millet was even better. Over the big hayfields NW of the intersection of Hwy. 
125 and Millett Road, we had about 40 Swallow-tails and 7-8 Mississippis in 
view simultaneously. The highlight was a great view through the scope of 23 
Swallow-tails sitting shoulder-to-shoulder in what's left of the big pine snag 
next to Hwy. 125. 


It's a spectacle not to be missed!


Peter Stangel, Aiken, SC


Subject: Upland Sandpiper at Wilmington Airport
From: "dmcooper2 AT juno.com" <dmcooper2@juno.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 17:02:20 GMT
One Upland Sandpiper was present at the Wilmington Airport around 11am this 
morning. I saw it from the observation area near the end of Control Tower Dr. 
Also present was a continuing Horned Lark that's been present/singing for at 
least the past three weeks. A scope is helpful to appreciate. 


Sam Cooper
Wilmington, NC
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Subject: Re: Shrub/bush/tree question
From: Will Cook <cwcook AT duke.edu>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 11:25:03 -0400
In general I think it's good for all birders to know the common trees so 
that, when birding, you can tell people exactly which tree a bird of 
interest is flitting about in.

Looks like this Red-winged Blackbird is perched on a Pondcypress 
(Taxodium ascendens). My page on it:
http://www.carolinanature.com/trees/taas.html

Will


On 7/19/2014 11:13 AM, KC Foggin wrote:
> Sort of related to bird life but please answer me off the listserv.
>
> I'd like to know what shrubbery this Blackbird is perched on.  Found in
> a swampy, flat grassland area near the Myr Bch airport. Surrounded by
> Cattails.  The birds love to perch on them.  Thank you.
>
> http://www.pbase.com/kcfoggin/image/156631623
>
> K.C.
>
> K.C. Foggin
> Socastee
> Myrtle Beach SC
>
> www.birdforum.net 
>
> www.pbase.com/kcfoggin/nikon_d50_pages
> 

-- 
Will Cook - Durham, NC
http://www.carolinanature.com
Subject: Shrub/bush/tree question
From: KC Foggin <kcfoggin AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 11:13:48 -0400
Sort of related to bird life but please answer me off the listserv.

I'd like to know what shrubbery this Blackbird is perched on.  Found in a
swampy, flat grassland area near the Myr Bch airport. Surrounded by
Cattails.  The birds love to perch on them.  Thank you.

http://www.pbase.com/kcfoggin/image/156631623

K.C.

K.C. Foggin
Socastee
Myrtle Beach SC

www.birdforum.net

www.pbase.com/kcfoggin/nikon_d50_pages
Subject: nice morning at brickhouse road
From: "Young, Bruce" <Bruce.Young AT edtsi.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 10:43:04 -0400
Went for a binocular-free walk at brickhouse road this morning and saw lots of 
critters. The goldfinches are out in force as are indigo buntings. Had two 
different Yellow-breasted Chats perched on wires and one downy woodpecker who 
tried to land on a wire several times before realizing his feet and tail don't 
really work that way and abandoned the attempt. 

The highlight was a striped skunk foraging alongside the trail, an odd sight 
even for an early cloudy morning. He only had white on his head and neck, no 
stripes, but i guess that's just natural variation. 

Bruce Young
byoung715 AT yahoo.com
durham, nc
Subject: Re: Frigatebird in Carteret County
From: Daniel Kaplan <danmaxkaplan AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 08:59:09 -0400
The bird that passed northeastward by Topsail Beach 5 days before that I called 
immature was rather an adult or near adult female (i emailed in haste to get 
word out before reviewing) Wonder if it's the same bird hanging around the 
region ? 


Dan Kaplan
Durham usually

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 18, 2014, at 9:47 PM, Chandra Biggerstaff  
wrote: 

> 
> 
> This afternoon while driving along Hwy 70 in Williston NC, I was surprised to 
see a Frigatebird soaring over the road. The bird appeared to to be have white 
underneath, but I can't say with certainty whether it was an immature bird or 
an adult female. 

> 
> Chandra Biggerstaff
> Greenville, NC
> Sent from my iPad
Subject: Re: WNC Mills River: SB Dowitcher, Western, Stilt Sands, etc. - 7/18/14
From: Steve Ritt <stevenmritt AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 23:14:43 -0400
I'm going to reduce that SB Dowitcher all the way back to a Dowitcher sp..
I thought the call and shape were good for SB, but I'm now questioning my
poor photos.

Steve Ritt
Asheville, NC


On Fri, Jul 18, 2014 at 10:06 PM, Steve Ritt  wrote:

> Luke Cannon and I started off with good intentions to make it up to the
> spruce-fir zone this morning, but only got as far as Lake Junaluska, which
> had an Osprey and a very lonely, continuing DC Cormorant. The rain chased
> us back east, and I continued on to Lake Julian, which had another Osprey
> and three Spotted Sandpipers. I wondered if I'd been missing these all
> summer, or if they'd just come in.
>
> A private farm in the Mills River Valley may have then answered my
> question by showing the first real push of "fall" migrants we've had up
> here so far. It was a very nice change:
> Short-billed Dowitcher (griseus) - 1
> Stilt Sandpiper - 8
> Western Sandpiper - 4
> Semipalmated Sandpiper - 3
> Least Sandpiper - 8
> Lesser Yellowlegs - 1
> Greater Yellowlegs - 4
> Killdeer - a brazilian
>
> The Great Egret continued at Van Wingerden.
>
> Hoping for more tomorrow. Wish I could be more specific, but figured folks
> would like to know anyways, and write if you'd like more info. Looks like a
> great time to just get out to any flooded fields nearby!
>
> Steve Ritt
> Asheville, NC
>
>
Subject: CBC announces Blue Ridge Parkway bonus trip
From: "Steve Shultz" <sshultz AT nc.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:05:46 -0400
Carolina Bird Club Blue Ridge Parkway Bonus Field Trip
September 13-14, 2014

Join us as we seek out and enjoy roving flocks of fall migrants on the 
beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway.

Are you a fan of warblers? Then this trip is for you. Mid to late 
September is the peak of fall migration for warblers in the Carolinas. This 
is the time when a variety of warblers abandon their breeding season 
stratification and join together with vireos, tanagers, cuckoos, grosbeaks 
and more to feast on the little buggy things that power their southward 
migration. These flocks frequently follow the crests of the Appalachian 
ranges, and we hope to encounter a variety of species as we travel the 
scenic Parkway. While not as common in the lowlands, up here on the Blue 
Ridge, Tennessee, Cape May, and Bay-breasted Warblers often take center 
stage, with many others playing supporting roles.

Sound like fun? Act quickly as space on this Bonus Trip is limited to 10 
participants. This smaller group makes individualized interaction with the 
trip leaders easier and allows us to help you with identifying any of those 
“confusing fall warblers”.

Logistics:
This trip visits the Blue Ridge Parkway in northern North Carolina and 
southern Virginia on September 13 and 14th. We will depart from Sparta, NC 
at 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday with a full day of birding on Saturday and a 
half day on Sunday. Registration cost is $25. You must be a member of the 
Carolina Bird Club to attend, but you may join at the same time as you 
register if you are currently not a member. Participants are responsible for 
lodging, meals, and transportation. All levels of birding experience are 
welcome.

Parking alongside the Parkway can be limited, so we will endeavour to 
combine into as few vehicles as possible.

Environmental hazards are few, and annoying insects are not usually 
problematic, but bring a rain jacket and sweater in case of showers or cool 
weather.

To Register:
Contact Steve Shultz for a reserved slot and a registration form. If your 
plans should change after registration, refunds are available through 
August 29th. After August 29th refunds are available if we can fill 
your slot.
Subject: WNC Mills River: SB Dowitcher, Western, Stilt Sands, etc. - 7/18/14
From: Steve Ritt <stevenmritt AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:06:41 -0400
Luke Cannon and I started off with good intentions to make it up to the
spruce-fir zone this morning, but only got as far as Lake Junaluska, which
had an Osprey and a very lonely, continuing DC Cormorant. The rain chased
us back east, and I continued on to Lake Julian, which had another Osprey
and three Spotted Sandpipers. I wondered if I'd been missing these all
summer, or if they'd just come in.

A private farm in the Mills River Valley may have then answered my question
by showing the first real push of "fall" migrants we've had up here so far.
It was a very nice change:
Short-billed Dowitcher (griseus) - 1
Stilt Sandpiper - 8
Western Sandpiper - 4
Semipalmated Sandpiper - 3
Least Sandpiper - 8
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1
Greater Yellowlegs - 4
Killdeer - a brazilian

The Great Egret continued at Van Wingerden.

Hoping for more tomorrow. Wish I could be more specific, but figured folks
would like to know anyways, and write if you'd like more info. Looks like a
great time to just get out to any flooded fields nearby!

Steve Ritt
Asheville, NC
Subject: Frigatebird in Carteret County
From: Chandra Biggerstaff <cjbiggerstaff AT me.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:47:46 -0400
This afternoon while driving along Hwy 70 in Williston NC, I was surprised to 
see a Frigatebird soaring over the road. The bird appeared to to be have white 
underneath, but I can't say with certainty whether it was an immature bird or 
an adult female. 


Chandra Biggerstaff
Greenville, NC
Sent from my iPad
Subject: Re: RoseatteSpoonbills_RantowlesCreek@Hwy17_CharlestonCoSC
From: Cherrie Sneed <sneedcb AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:15:40 -0400
Today at low tide there were 2 Roseatte Spoonbills foraging in the shallows
and two were in the trees at the Waldon Rd. bridge.  It could pay off to
check by at any time of day since low tide didn't mean they all were out
feeding and out of sight.

Cherrie


On Thu, Jul 17, 2014 at 5:57 PM, Cherrie Sneed  wrote:

> Greetings,
>
> At 4:45 PM there were 7 Roseatte Spoonbills at the Waldon Rd. Brdige off
> Hwy 17S. at Rantowles Creek.  It was high tide.  I've seen them 2 other
> times recently at high tide there, They may be roosting there tonight.  The
> spoonbills were on both sides of the creek.  Here is a weak photo of one
> group.
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/63304395 AT N02/14656560406/
>
> Also present was 1 Woodstork, 1 Yellow-crowned Night Heron, 1 Belted
> Kingfisher, 1 Tri-colored Heron, and a dozen Snowy Egrets.  Painted
> Buntings were also singing near the creek.
>
> Cherrie
>
>
>
> --
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> *Cherrie & Dan Sneed*
> Meggett, SC
> St. Paul's Parish
> Southern Coastal Charleston County
>                        &
> Robbinsville, NC
> Snowbird Mountains
> Graham County
>



-- 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
*Cherrie & Dan Sneed*
Meggett, SC
St. Paul's Parish
Southern Coastal Charleston County
                       &
Robbinsville, NC
Snowbird Mountains
Graham County
Subject: Brickhouse Road Waterfowl Impoundment
From: David Anderson <d47anders AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:59:27 -0400
A perfect morning for birding, unseasonable. Clear, cool (61° at 6:45 AM, 74° 
by 10 AM), low humidity. Less busy than a month ago but still great fun. 
PILEATED WOODPECKERS were the stars, three flying over in succession. Found two 
different NORTHERN PARULAS, so beautiful in the sun. Glad to have so many 
YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS around. And a nice sighting of the ORCHARD ORIOLE. The 
sunflowers are in full bloom covering the adjoining field. 

David Anderson 
Durham, NC 

Brickhouse Road Waterfowl Impoundment
July 18, 2014

Fish crow 3
Mourning dove 5
Chipping sparrow 3
Northern cardinal 35
Yellow-billed cuckoo 4
Red-eyed vireo 4
Tufted titmouse 25
Carolina wren 20
Common grackle 12
Acadian flycatcher 3
Carolina chickadee 10
American goldfinch 9
Northern parula 2
Red-bellied woodpecker 18
Downy woodpecker 2
Blue-gray gnatcatcher 28
White-eyed vireo 7
Pileated woodpecker 5
Indigo bunting 24
Orchard oriole 1
Brown-headed cowbird 1
Summer tanager 3
Great blue heron 2
Common yellowthroat 3
Yellow-breasted chat 1
Eastern kingbird 1
Turkey vulture 2 
Barn swallow 2
Ruby-throated hummingbird 5
American crow 4
Eastern bluebird 3


Sent from my iPhone
Subject: FW: eBird Report - 28560 New Bern, Jul 18, 2014
From: "Olwen jarvis" <Olwen AT suddenlink.net>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:37:19 -0400
The count was done by six people including a visitor from Texas and a new 
birder. 


-----Original Message-----
From: do-not-reply AT ebird.org [mailto:do-not-reply AT ebird.org] 
Sent: Friday, July 18, 2014 12:30 PM
To: olwen AT suddenlink.net
Subject: eBird Report - 28560 New Bern, Jul 18, 2014

28560 New Bern, Craven, US-NC
Jul 18, 2014 5:45 AM - 9:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
9.0 mile(s)
43 species

Canada Goose  53
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Green Heron  3
Black Vulture  4
Osprey  9
Killdeer  3
Spotted Sandpiper  2
Laughing Gull  9
Least Tern  13
Forster's Tern  1
Royal Tern  1
Mourning Dove  27
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Red-headed Woodpecker  5
Red-bellied Woodpecker  7
Downy Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker  3
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  3
Blue Jay  13
American Crow  3
Fish Crow  24
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  3
Purple Martin  76
Barn Swallow  3
Carolina Chickadee  10
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Brown-headed Nuthatch  12
Carolina Wren  14
Eastern Bluebird  28
American Robin  6
Gray Catbird  6
Brown Thrasher  6
Northern Mockingbird  25
European Starling  4
Chipping Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  16
Indigo Bunting  1
Common Grackle  9
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
House Finch  15
House Sparrow  26

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19134424 


This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Re: WNC Mills River: cont. Savannah, Bobolink, Gr. Egret - 7/17/14
From: Bill Rhodes <ashevillein AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:50:48 -0400
Was there in the PM, hardly any swallows... Savanah was hiding from the
horde of guys bailing hay. Great Egret standing proud.


On Thu, Jul 17, 2014 at 11:21 PM, Steve Ritt  wrote:

> A group of local and visiting birders birded Hooper Lane this morning. The
> Savannah Sparrow and at least one Bobolink continue. Swallow numbers were
> low this morning, but there was still good diversity with about a handful
> of Banks. They mowed the fields at Mills River Park, but there was still
> one Grasshopper Sparrow.
>
> The Great Egret continued at the Van Wingerden Pond, and there are still
> multiple Grashopper Sparrows in the meadow behind it.
>
> Lake Julian had an Osprey, and Double-crested Cormorant numbers have
> increased (roughly 25 from usual 15). Broad-winged Hawks seem to be more
> visible and moving about recently.
>
> Steve Ritt
> Asheville, NC
>
Subject: WNC Mills River: cont. Savannah, Bobolink, Gr. Egret - 7/17/14
From: Steve Ritt <stevenmritt AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 23:21:18 -0400
A group of local and visiting birders birded Hooper Lane this morning. The
Savannah Sparrow and at least one Bobolink continue. Swallow numbers were
low this morning, but there was still good diversity with about a handful
of Banks. They mowed the fields at Mills River Park, but there was still
one Grasshopper Sparrow.

The Great Egret continued at the Van Wingerden Pond, and there are still
multiple Grashopper Sparrows in the meadow behind it.

Lake Julian had an Osprey, and Double-crested Cormorant numbers have
increased (roughly 25 from usual 15). Broad-winged Hawks seem to be more
visible and moving about recently.

Steve Ritt
Asheville, NC
Subject: Hatteras Pelagic Photos
From: Jeff Lemons <birdsalot AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:42:22 -0400
Here are some photos from the spring Hatteras pelagic trips with Brian
Patteson and Kate Sutherland on the Stormy Petrel II.
Each link is to a different gallery.  Use the arrow keys on the keyboard to
advance photos.

http://bit.ly/1yzjpbg

http://bit.ly/1ngWhfk

http://bit.ly/1ngW7EB

http://bit.ly/1rviPbi

http://bit.ly/1qMllst

http://bit.ly/1qMlb4x

I was fortunate to be on board for seven pelagic trips over a four week
period during May and June.  One thing is for sure about pelagic
seabirding, every day is different.  There are different winds, different
seas, different birds and different marine life every day.  No two trip
lists were the same.  The best way to see the most pelagic species is to go
on as many trips as you can.  Unless you can go on every trip, you are
going to miss something.  I missed the day they had Bermuda Petrel,
European Storm Petrel, and Fea's Petrel and didn't see them on any of the
other trips, but I had many great days with many highlights.These included
a run on Trindade Petrel on 3 out of 4 trips with one three bird day
including a light morph Trindade Petrel.  There were a couple of days when
we had six species of shearwater including Scopoli's and Borealis Cory's
Shearwater, Sooty, Manx, Audubon's and Great Shearwater.  There were Arctic
Terns on several trips that gave good looks, a few Bridled Terns and we had
a Common Tern land on the front railing.  Leach's and Band-rumped Storm
Petrels were present on most trips, but showed better on some days than
others.  Several of the days, Black-capped Petrels were around the boat
almost all day, but on a few of the calm days we almost missed them
altogether.

The best day for me came on the last day of the Spring Blitz.  We had
calmer seas and Brian ran further out into the Gulf Stream than other
mornings before slowing down.  We were almost 42 miles from the inlet at
9:00am when a Pair of Tropicbirds came in to check out the boat.  There was
a juvenile Red-billed and an adult White-tailed traveling together.  They
made several passes around the boat for at least ten minutes giving
excellent looks.  There is nothing like a Tropicbird at sea and it's always
a cause for celebration.  Having both species together was a first for all
on board including Brian Patteson and Steve Howell.  After the Tropicbirds
departed the fun didn't quit.  We had Jaegers around the boat most of the
day including a group of three Long-tailed Jaegers harassing a Pomarine
Jaeger.  We had a couple of Arctic Terns and a sweep on all the expected
Shearwaters.

I also missed South Polar Skua and Parasitic Jaeger that were seen on other
trips during May.  I had one day cancelled due to weather.

I'm looking forward to some additional trips in late July and August in
hopes that a mega-rarity will show again this year.  The boat is due for a
Swinhoe's or Black-bellied Storm Petrel or maybe another Cape Verde
Shearwater.  You never know what might show up on any given pelagic trip.
 There are currently spaces available on all the upcoming trips, but some
trips in August are filling up.

Good Birding,
Jeff Lemons
Charlotte, NC
Subject: Re: RoseatteSpoonbills_RantowlesCreek@Hwy17_CharlestonCoSC
From: JILL MIDGETT <jm3567 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:57:00 -0400
Just an FYI in case you drive along Waldon Road, Rantowles Creek,  to find
Spoonbills or other birds, you might be greeted by homeowners as I was on
July 4 and again this evening.  Once I introduced myself and they saw the
binoculars and camera, they were friendly and we enjoyed our chats.  On my
first visit out there the gentleman I spoke with was so glad to know it was
Barn Swallows he had been watching every evening.  The young guy I spoke
with tonight told me that the dolphin love it when he plays music on his
boat and he sees Spoonbills every summer.

They are happy as long as they know we are watching birds, and they will
verify what we're doing on their street.

Cherrie thank you so much, saw one on the creek up Waldon Rd, and 2 across
Hwy 17 feeding in the creek.

The only thing better than seeing Roseate Spoonbills is only having to
drive 5 miles to see them. Amazing.

Jill Midgett
Charleston, SC


On Thu, Jul 17, 2014 at 5:57 PM, Cherrie Sneed  wrote:

> Greetings,
>
> At 4:45 PM there were 7 Roseatte Spoonbills at the Waldon Rd. Brdige off
> Hwy 17S. at Rantowles Creek.  It was high tide.  I've seen them 2 other
> times recently at high tide there, They may be roosting there tonight.  The
> spoonbills were on both sides of the creek.  Here is a weak photo of one
> group.
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/63304395 AT N02/14656560406/
>
> Also present was 1 Woodstork, 1 Yellow-crowned Night Heron, 1 Belted
> Kingfisher, 1 Tri-colored Heron, and a dozen Snowy Egrets.  Painted
> Buntings were also singing near the creek.
>
> Cherrie
>
>
>
> --
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> *Cherrie & Dan Sneed*
> Meggett, SC
> St. Paul's Parish
> Southern Coastal Charleston County
>                        &
> Robbinsville, NC
> Snowbird Mountains
> Graham County
>
Subject: RoseatteSpoonbills_RantowlesCreek@Hwy17_CharlestonCoSC
From: Cherrie Sneed <sneedcb AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:57:43 -0400
Greetings,

At 4:45 PM there were 7 Roseatte Spoonbills at the Waldon Rd. Brdige off
Hwy 17S. at Rantowles Creek.  It was high tide.  I've seen them 2 other
times recently at high tide there, They may be roosting there tonight.  The
spoonbills were on both sides of the creek.  Here is a weak photo of one
group.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/63304395 AT N02/14656560406/

Also present was 1 Woodstork, 1 Yellow-crowned Night Heron, 1 Belted
Kingfisher, 1 Tri-colored Heron, and a dozen Snowy Egrets.  Painted
Buntings were also singing near the creek.

Cherrie



-- 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
*Cherrie & Dan Sneed*
Meggett, SC
St. Paul's Parish
Southern Coastal Charleston County
                       &
Robbinsville, NC
Snowbird Mountains
Graham County
Subject: Possible American Kestrel nesting site--University of South Carolina
From: <jrgrego AT sc.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:00:49 -0400
I often see kestrels during the summer on the USC campus in and around McMaster 
College. Today I was strolling around McMaster College looking at their 
installation art and noticed a male kestrel fly toward the building and perch 
on one of the Italianate brackets under the eaves. The bracket was broken at 
the top and it looked as though there might be room for a nest. The kestrel 
circled over to another bracket on the opposite side of the entrance and 
disappeared completely from view--I think the second spot, to the left of 
McMaster's entrance, may be the nesting site. 


John Grego
Columbia SC
Subject: Reddish Egret at North Topsail Beach, NC
From: "gilbert grant" <gilbert_grant AT usa.net>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:31:50 -0400
This morning I found an immature, dark morph Reddish Egret feeding in the
mudflat area of North Topsail Beach, Onslow County, NC near New River Inlet. I
did not relocate the spoonbill that I last reported on 4 July from here.

Gilbert S. Grant
Sneads Ferry, NC
Subject: Botany Bay WMA, Charleston County, South Carolina
From: James Watson <jcraigw1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:20:16 -0400
Yesterday, Pam Ford and I drove down to Botany Bay WMA on Edisto Island in
search of a Reddish Egret that had been reported there on Monday at the
inlet at low tide.  Since the area is closed on Tuesday we decided to go
after work on Wednesday.  We did not find the egret, but we did find some
good birds.  We had 91 Red Knot, 8 Whimbrel, 3 Least Sandpipers, 2
Semipalmated Sandpipers, one Ruddy Turnstone, three Wilson's Plovers, 14
Willets, 5 American Oystercatchers, and one Short-billed Dowitcher.  All of
these shorebirds were essentially on the front beach just a short distance
from where the trail empties out onto the beach, except for the Whimbrels,
they were in the marsh grass behind the beach and in the tidal creeks (pics
on eBird list). We also had one immature Great Black-backed Gull, lots of
Black Skimmers, and the entire area had a ton of activity.  You could
easily see Deveaux Bank to the north and nearing dusk, hundreds of birds
were heading in that direction.  You can look at the eBird list here if you
are interested.

Some other good birds were Eastern Kingbirds, Indigo Bunting, Painted
Bunting, Eastern Wild Turkey, it was a very fun trip.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19123021


Craig Watson
Mt. Pleasant, SC

-- 

Happy Birding!
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Gunter Rd. Piedmont, SC, Jul 17, 2014
From: Paul Serridge <paulserridge AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 09:12:33 -0400
I found the adult female Scissor-tailed Flycatcher and 1 of her recently
fledged young at Gunter Rd early this morning. (4 young had successfully
fledged.)
The tail of the young bird was about 1/3 the length of that of the adult
female and already distinctly split into two.
After 2 or 3 minutes both birds flew across the cow pasture and I did not
see them again.

e-Bird report follows.

Paul Serridge
Greenville, SC


Gunter Rd. Piedmont, SC, Greenville, US-SC
Jul 17, 2014 6:30 AM - 7:20 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.3 mile(s)
16 species

Mourning Dove  2
Chimney Swift  2
Eastern Kingbird  3     1 adult feeding 2 young perched on telephone lines
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  2     Female and young perched on telephone
wires near pole holding old nest.
American Crow  6
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  8
Eastern Towhee  1
Chipping Sparrow  1
Field Sparrow  5
Grasshopper Sparrow  1
Blue Grosbeak  2
Indigo Bunting  1
Eastern Meadowlark  1
Brown-headed Cowbird  9
American Goldfinch  3

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19124963

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Upcoming Pelagic Trips- Hatteras, NC
From: Brian Patteson <patteson1 AT embarqmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:43:30 -0400
Summer is upon us and starting next week, we will have pelagic trips running 
nearly every weekend through mid September. There is still space on all of 
these trips, although a few next month are starting to fill up. 


Here's how it looks so far (this could change quickly because we only take a 
few people on the smaller boat, the Skua) 


Stormy Petrel II Friday July 25- space available
SP II Saturday July 26- space
SP II Sunday July 27- space- need a few more to run
Skua Friday August 1- just two spaces 
SP II Saturday August 2- space
Skua Sunday August 3- two sp.
SP II Friday August 8- space
SP II Saturday August 9- space
SP II Sunday August 10- space- need a few more to run
Skua Friday August 15- space
Skua Saturday August 16- space
Skua Sunday August 17- space
no trips August 24 to 26, but open for charter: Skua $975/day; SP II $1600 and 
up/day; we are also available on some weekdays 

Skua Saturday August 30- just one opening
Skua Sunday August 31- space
Skua September 6-  space
Skua-September 7- space
Stormy Petrel II September 13(14)- space 

We usually run a trip or two in October, but we have not yet set dates past 
September. 


What do we see on these summer trips?

Likely: Black-capped Petrel, Cory's Shearwater, Great Shearwater, Audubon's 
Shearwater, Wilson's Storm-Petrel, Band-rumped Storm-Petrel (scarce by late 
August), Red-necked Phalarope, Bridled Tern, Sooty Tern 

Uncommon to Rare: Trindade Petrel, White-tailed Tropicbird, Manx Shearwater, 
Leach's Storm-Petrel, Pomarine Jaeger, Parasitic Jaeger, Long-tailed Jaeger, 
South Polar Skua 

Rare: Fea's Petrel, Bermuda Petrel, Sooty Shearwater, Red-billed Tropicbird, 
Masked Booby, Brown Booby 

Mega Rare: Cape Verde Shearwater, Swinhoe's Storm-Petrel, Black-bellied 
Storm-Petrel 


We also see a variety of other marine life from flying fish and Sargassum 
critters to sea turtles to whales and dolphins, to name a few. 


Every summer is a bit different and the occurrence of these birds is about 
impossible to predict when it comes to numbers. Even consecutive trips to the 
same area can vary wildly with hundreds or even thousands of birds one day and 
dozens the next or vice versa. Unlike habitats on land which might be wet or 
dry over a long period, the ocean currents and winds change things in a matter 
of hours, not days or weeks. Going on pelagic trips is best done with 
reasonable expectations, based on the dynamic forces in play. But if you've 
never been, it's important to know that even a fairly dull trip for a jaded sea 
dog might be a life changing experience for a newbie. 


We started doing trips on our smaller downeast boat, the Skua this year after 
the success of our Great Skua trip last December, which resulted in a new ABA 
area Big Year record. So far, we've just done a few of these trips, but people 
have really enjoyed it. It's an up close experience with the birds and there's 
more of a chance to ask questions. We only take five people, and it's also 
really good for photography. Our open trips on the Skua are marginally more 
expensive than our trips on the Stormy Petrel II and it's also only $975 for a 
full day charter for up to five passengers. 


I hope some more people will take advantage of the opportunities to observe and 
photograph seabirds that we are offering this summer. Seabirding certainly 
doesn't end here after early June, and sometimes it just gets better as the 
summer goes on. 


For more information or to book space on a trip, you can reply to this e-mail 
or call me at 252-986-1363. The best time to call is evenings before 9:00PM. A 
registration form and payment is required to secure space and sign up info is 
on our website- www.seabirding.com/ 


To see some photos from recent trips and to read about what went on, check out 
our blog- http://seabirding.blogspot.com/ 


Brian Patteson
Hatteras, NC


Subject: Upcoming Pelagic Trips- Hatteras, NC
From: Brian Patteson <patteson1 AT embarqmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:43:30 -0400
Summer is upon us and starting next week, we will have pelagic trips running 
nearly every weekend through mid September. There is still space on all of 
these trips, although a few next month are starting to fill up. 


Here's how it looks so far (this could change quickly because we only take a 
few people on the smaller boat, the Skua) 


Stormy Petrel II Friday July 25- space available
SP II Saturday July 26- space
SP II Sunday July 27- space- need a few more to run
Skua Friday August 1- just two spaces 
SP II Saturday August 2- space
Skua Sunday August 3- two sp.
SP II Friday August 8- space
SP II Saturday August 9- space
SP II Sunday August 10- space- need a few more to run
Skua Friday August 15- space
Skua Saturday August 16- space
Skua Sunday August 17- space
no trips August 24 to 26, but open for charter: Skua $975/day; SP II $1600 and 
up/day; we are also available on some weekdays 

Skua Saturday August 30- just one opening
Skua Sunday August 31- space
Skua September 6-  space
Skua-September 7- space
Stormy Petrel II September 13(14)- space 

We usually run a trip or two in October, but we have not yet set dates past 
September. 


What do we see on these summer trips?

Likely: Black-capped Petrel, Cory's Shearwater, Great Shearwater, Audubon's 
Shearwater, Wilson's Storm-Petrel, Band-rumped Storm-Petrel (scarce by late 
August), Red-necked Phalarope, Bridled Tern, Sooty Tern 

Uncommon to Rare: Trindade Petrel, White-tailed Tropicbird, Manx Shearwater, 
Leach's Storm-Petrel, Pomarine Jaeger, Parasitic Jaeger, Long-tailed Jaeger, 
South Polar Skua 

Rare: Fea's Petrel, Bermuda Petrel, Sooty Shearwater, Red-billed Tropicbird, 
Masked Booby, Brown Booby 

Mega Rare: Cape Verde Shearwater, Swinhoe's Storm-Petrel, Black-bellied 
Storm-Petrel 


We also see a variety of other marine life from flying fish and Sargassum 
critters to sea turtles to whales and dolphins, to name a few. 


Every summer is a bit different and the occurrence of these birds is about 
impossible to predict when it comes to numbers. Even consecutive trips to the 
same area can vary wildly with hundreds or even thousands of birds one day and 
dozens the next or vice versa. Unlike habitats on land which might be wet or 
dry over a long period, the ocean currents and winds change things in a matter 
of hours, not days or weeks. Going on pelagic trips is best done with 
reasonable expectations, based on the dynamic forces in play. But if you've 
never been, it's important to know that even a fairly dull trip for a jaded sea 
dog might be a life changing experience for a newbie. 


We started doing trips on our smaller downeast boat, the Skua this year after 
the success of our Great Skua trip last December, which resulted in a new ABA 
area Big Year record. So far, we've just done a few of these trips, but people 
have really enjoyed it. It's an up close experience with the birds and there's 
more of a chance to ask questions. We only take five people, and it's also 
really good for photography. Our open trips on the Skua are marginally more 
expensive than our trips on the Stormy Petrel II and it's also only $975 for a 
full day charter for up to five passengers. 


I hope some more people will take advantage of the opportunities to observe and 
photograph seabirds that we are offering this summer. Seabirding certainly 
doesn't end here after early June, and sometimes it just gets better as the 
summer goes on. 


For more information or to book space on a trip, you can reply to this e-mail 
or call me at 252-986-1363. The best time to call is evenings before 9:00PM. A 
registration form and payment is required to secure space and sign up info is 
on our website- www.seabirding.com/ 


To see some photos from recent trips and to read about what went on, check out 
our blog- http://seabirding.blogspot.com/ 


Brian Patteson
Hatteras, NC



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Subject: Roseate Spoonbill/Mt. Pleasant, SC
From: James Watson <jcraigw1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:50:01 -0400
My daughter observed a single Roseaste Spoonbill on the Sullivan's Island
Causeway just after you leave Ben Sawyer Blvd. in Mt. Pleasant, on the
left.  This was at high tide and large numbers of wading birds are being
pushed to this area due to the extreme high tides.

Craig Watson
Mt. Pleasant, SC

-- 

Happy Birding!
Subject: Re: Anybody want to take a shot?
From: Marilyn Westphal <mjwestph AT ret.unca.edu>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:41:30 -0400
Yep, I agree with Dwayne - Chestnut-sided.  He's got a quick little song,
but you'd be surprised how much variation those Chestnut-sideds have with
their song - and they can be very persistent singers.  Actually, Canadas
can be pretty persistent, too, but not now.  They've quieted down
considerably.  There are still some Chestnuts singing, though.
Marilyn


On Wed, Jul 16, 2014 at 1:31 PM, Jack Rogers  wrote:

> Heard this  
song 

> near the Devil's Courthouse area in the Blueridge parkway.  I was thinking
> Canada Warbler, but as I listen to it again I'm hearing too much
> repetition.  Any ideas?
>
> --
> Jack Rogers
> Mt Pleasant, SC
> My blog 
> My Flickr page 
>



-- 
Marilyn Westphal
Hendersonville, NC
Subject: Re: Anybody want to take a shot?
From: Jack Rogers <jack AT 4rogers.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:43:18 -0400
Thanks all!
On Jul 16, 2014 1:36 PM, "Dwayne Martin"  wrote:

> Sounds good for Chestnut-sided Warbler to me.
>
> On Wednesday, July 16, 2014, Jack Rogers  wrote:
>
>> Heard this  
song 

>> near the Devil's Courthouse area in the Blueridge parkway.  I was thinking
>> Canada Warbler, but as I listen to it again I'm hearing too much
>> repetition.  Any ideas?
>>
>> --
>> Jack Rogers
>> Mt Pleasant, SC
>> My blog 
>> My Flickr page 
>>
>
>
> --
> 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: Anybody want to take a shot?
From: Jack Rogers <jack AT 4rogers.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:31:59 -0400
Heard this  song
near the Devil's Courthouse area in the Blueridge parkway.  I was thinking
Canada Warbler, but as I listen to it again I'm hearing too much
repetition.  Any ideas?

-- 
Jack Rogers
Mt Pleasant, SC
My blog 
My Flickr page 
Subject: Lake Murray Purple Martins
From: Kent Fiala <kent.fiala AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:07:38 -0400
I just received this inquiry. If you'd like to talk to the reporter let me
know and I'll forward contact information.

I'm a reporter with National Public Radio, and I'm looking for a purple
martin enthusiast who lives within an hour or two of Lake Murray - someone
who maintains purple martin houses on their property and who has lively
interest in the species.

Kent Fiala
Subject: birding at Cedar Island (NC) on Sunday
From: "John Fussell" <jfuss AT clis.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:18:03 -0400
Several of us checked out the Cedar Island ferry terminal area on Sunday, 13 
July.  (We walked SE to the first inlet--about a mile distant--and back.)

Somewhat far "inland" was a Wilson's Plover.  (We occasionally see one or 
two there.)  Some other shorebirds were 3 Semipalmated Sandpipers (first 
I've seen since the end of spring migration), 17 Spotted Sandpipers, and 38 
Western Sandpipers.

Good to see was an adult Common Tern feeding a juvenile--I wonder where the 
nearest nesting site is.  On the other hand, out of the numerous Least Terns 
in the area, I did not see a single juvenile.

At the south end of the Davis Impoundment, which can be checked (marginally) 
from US 70, there was a group of at least 8 Gull-billed Terns (all adults). 
This is a site where Gull-billeds commonly aggregate after the nesting 
season, at least when water levels are low.

Dickcissels are still singing at North River Farms.

John Fussell
Morehead City, NC 
Subject: Trout Lake- Watauga Co. NC
From: Ryan Justice <blackburnian151 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:34:48 -0400
Was there from 4:10- 4:50. It was very birdy. 

Black-throated Blue, Chestnut-sided, and Hooded Warblers were abundant, 
including immatures and/or fledglings of each. 


Veeries and parulas are still singing. Best bird was an agitated Canada 
Warbler. 


Cedar Waxwings, Blue-headed Vireo, and a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker were present.

Spent about an hour at Hampton Creek Cove this morning. There were lots of 
Indigo Buntings, yellowthroats, and House Wrens around but no Golden-wingeds. 
One molting Yellow Warbler and a young male redstart were the highlights. 


Ryan Justice 

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Re: Barred Owls
From: Helmut Mueller <helmutmueller AT att.net>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 10:24:22 -0400
They were probably reacting to the sound made by the wheelchair. This  
may have been to high pitched for human hearing, but perhaps similar  
to the sounds made by small rodents.


Helmut C. Mueller
Professor Emeritus
Department of Biology and Curriculum in Ecology
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
919-942-4937
hmueller AT live.unc.edu

On Jul 15, 2014, at 9:49 AM, Toni Rexrode wrote:

>
> Speaking of Barred Owls... that reminded me. I was in the NC of  
> Museum of Life and Science in Durham, NC this past weekend, and was  
> using one of their loaner wheelchairs. When we went into the  
> nocturnal animal exhibit, the Barred Owls were absolutely fascinated  
> by the wheelchair. They stared at it and at me for a good 25-30  
> minutes until we finally had to move on. There is no doubt in my  
> mind that they were staring at it, and by extension me. It's a very  
> eerie experience to have an owl stare you straight in the eyes for  
> an extended period of time. It was fascinating to watch the  
> intelligence in their eyes as they watched the passersby and  
> inspected the contraption that was moving that strange sitting person!
>
> Toni Rexrode
> Durham, NC
>








Subject: Re: Barred Owls
From: Toni Rexrode <tonirexx AT earthlink.net>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 09:49:48 -0400
Speaking of Barred Owls... that reminded me. I was in the NC of Museum 
of Life and Science in Durham, NC this past weekend, and was using one 
of their loaner wheelchairs. When we went into the nocturnal animal 
exhibit, the Barred Owls were absolutely fascinated by the wheelchair. 
They stared at it and at me for a good 25-30 minutes until we finally 
had to move on. There is no doubt in my mind that they were staring at 
it, and by extension me. It's a very eerie experience to have an owl 
stare you straight in the eyes for an extended period of time. It was 
fascinating to watch the intelligence in their eyes as they watched the 
passersby and inspected the contraption that was moving that strange 
sitting person!

Toni Rexrode
Durham, NC
Subject: Glossy Ibis - Durham
From: Will Cook <cwcook AT duke.edu>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:51:15 -0400
In the realm of the bizarre, while on the way home from work a few 
minutes ago, stopped at the intersection of LaSalle and Hillsborough 
Road in Durham, I saw a Glossy Ibis fly by, headed in a northeasterly 
direction. First one I've seen in Durham.

Perhaps Scott accidentally brought one back to Duke from Mattamuskeet? :)

Will

-- 
Will Cook - Durham, NC
http://www.carolinanature.com/
Subject: Don't forget! The Birder Travel Decisions Survey is waiting!
From: Ginger Deason <ggdeason AT ncsu.edu>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:06:24 -0400
Dear Birder,



We know that you are busy, but we also know that birding is important to
you!



This is a reminder that the Birder Travel Decisions Survey
 is awaiting your
response. Time is running out to help us with this important study that
could enhance your future birding trips!



Please click here  and
complete it now. It will only take about 15 – 20 minutes of your time.



Your voluntary participation in this study will help to assist local
businesses better serve birders as clientele. Study results will be used by
NC State University’s Tourism Extension office to enhance their Birder
Friendly Business program.



All answers are confidential and you could receive a *North Carolina
Birding Trail guidebook* by completing the survey!



If you have any questions about this survey, please feel free to contact me
(ggdeason AT ncsu.edu) or Dr. Erin Seekamp (erin_seekamp AT ncsu.edu).



Thank you so much for your valuable input!



Sincerely,

Ginger Deason, Doctoral Research Assistant

Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management

College of Natural Resources

North Carolina State University

-- 
PhD Student/Research Assistant
Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism
College of Natural Resources
North Carolina State University


Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and
the last fish has been caught, will we realize that we cannot eat money.
~ 19th century Cree saying

Hasta que el último árbol sea cortado, el último río sea contaminado y el
último pescado sea atrapado; solo entonces nos daremos cuenta que el dinero
no se puede comer.
~ profecia Indios Cree
Subject: Red-tailed Hawk Play???
From: John Ennis <jxennis AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:57:34 -0400
This Red-tailed Hawk was sipping water out of a puddle created when
Hurricane Arthur passed through. I turned a corner on the dirt road and
immediately turned off the truck when I saw the hawk. I was in 4X4 drive
and moving slowly and the hawk was so focused on its task that I was able
to get closer that ever to a Red-tailed.

I started taking a few shots through the windshield and then slowly opened
the door and slid out and took more shots through the open area above the
door, resting the camera on the rubber door molding. Eventually the hawk
spotted me and took off. The only flight shot I was able to get was a
blurred shot of half the hawk.

When I closely inspected the images I found scrape marks on both side of
the hawk.  I watched only one occasion of the hawk sliding into the water
and then taking a sip; however, the hawk must have done this many times.
Even with those talons, it had trouble with footing...or was it playing?

http://thebusinessbirder.com/CoastalCarolinaBirds/RTHA7.pdf

-- 
John Ennis
Leland, NC
Subject: Dare County birds
From: Jeff Lewis <jlewisbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:08:36 -0400
Birded Sat and Sun mornings, before the heat got bad. Pea Island on
Saturday with Jim Gould produced a good variety of shorebirds including: 11
Avocets, 19 Black-necked Stilts, 4 Piping Plovers (a pair in North Pond and
another pair on a flat well north of North Pond), one Stilt Sandpiper,
Western and Least Sandpipers, both Yellowlegs, Willets, Killdeer,
Semi-plovs, Spotteds, Short-billed Dowitchers, 1 marbled Godwit, 1
Black-bellied Plover. Also had a pair of Gull-billed terns feeding a juvie
out on a sandbar in North Pond. Jim got four lifers!

Alligator Refuge Sunday am was fun - it is always a treat to get out there
early and listen to the sounds of the farm fields, especially the
bobwhites. Most of the forest birds have stopped singing, but mammals were
plentiful: otters, one bobcat and 25 bears.

For images, please see: https://www.flickr.com/photos/natureimages/

Jeff Lewis
Manteo, NC
Subject: Pomarine Jaeger, Isle of Palms, SC
From: James Watson <jcraigw1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:09:09 -0400
The jaeger has been captured and taken to the South Carolina Center for
Birds of Prey.  I assume that is why folks could not find it yesterday.  I
was going to assess the birds condition and make a recommendation on
whether to capture it or not, but I could not relocate the bird, and
apparently someone else took care of the situation.  If anyone is
interested in this bird, please e-mail me personally, jcraigw1 AT gmail.com.
I do not have any additional information at this time, but I am expecting a
call from the Center soon, they are a licensed rehabilitation facility, and
fully trained in issues with seabirds.

Craig Watson
USFWS
Charleston, SC

-- 

Happy Birding!
Subject: Re: Pomarine Jaeger, Isle of Palms, SC
From: Audrey Poplin <apoplin8 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:07:47 -0400
Hello All,
I want to update everyone on whereabouts of the Pomarine Jaeger that was being 
seen at Breach Inlet the past few days. The bird is no longer in the area. It 
was found in a swimming pool on Sullivan's Island and was transported to the 
medical clinic at The Center for Birds of Prey. The bird appears to be fairly 
healthy but in very poor feather condition. Sorry to those of you who missed 
catching a glimpse of it on the beach. Hopefully the bird can recuperate and 
then get back out to ocean the where it belongs! 


Happy Birding,
Audrey Poplin

Husbandry Coordinator
The Center for Birds of Prey
Charleston, SC


Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 13, 2014, at 4:46 PM, Craig  wrote:
> 
> I searched for the jaeger for about 45 minutes this afternoon around high 
tide with no luck. The bird has been mostly observed around the low tide cycle. 
I ran into Roger Williams from NC earlier in the day around 1030am. Although 
there was plenty of front beach and tidal creek beach available at that time, 
the bird was not located then either. I left at 415pm, and the bird has been 
seen much later than that so I may stop by again later this evening. 

> 
> Craig Watson
> Mt. Pleasant, SC
> 
> Sent from my iPad
Subject: Least Tern Hatchlings, Mt Pleasant, SC
From: Bradley Dalton <bradley.dalt AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:50:09 -0400
At the Mt Pleasant Waterfront Park there are dozens of Least Tern pairs
that have bred on the concrete supports of the Ravenel Bridge.  From the
pier you can see several little fuzzballs among the shells that have been
left scattered over the surface by gulls.

Brad Dalton
Greenville, SC
Subject: Barred Owls
From: Edith Tatum <ektatum AT nc.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:00:11 -0400
The only thing that can get me out of bed at night is the sound of Barred
Owls talking to each other.  There was a Barred Owl in the trees over my
deck and one calling from a street or two over.  I'm certifiable stand
there in my pj's listening.

Edith Tatum
Durham, NC
sent from my XOOM
Subject: Golden Eagle report
From: Ryan Justice <blackburnian151 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 22:40:00 -0400
I just saw a report of a Golden Eagle that was originally found in Carter Co 
Tenn, but was then seen flying across the border. This is report is accessible 
via eBird. I may be in the area later this week. 


Ryan Justice   

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Re: Magnificent Frigatebird - Topsail
From: charles garrett <medxam AT ec.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 20:35:15 -0400
Someone still needs to report it to Birds of NC. The site does not 
automatically pick up records! I will report the sighting!

Buddy Garrett
Jacksonville, NC
On 7/13/2014 7:58 PM, Paul Glass wrote:
> I reported a Magnificent Frigatebird from Surf City in Pender Co. on 7/5/11.
> The record is in ebird here:
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S8513813
>
> Paul Glass
> South Boston, VA
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: charles garrett [mailto:medxam AT ec.rr.com]
> Sent: Sunday, July 13, 2014 2:23 PM
> To: carolinabirds AT duke.edu
> Subject: Re: Magnificent Frigatebird - Topsail
>
>
> If the Magnificent Frigatebird was in Pender County when you observed
> it, and I assume that it was by your location of Topsail Beach, that
> would be a new county record for Birds of NC! If I am correct, please
> post the sighting to Birds of NC or let me know and I will post it in
> your name.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Buddy Garrett
> Jacksonville, NC
>
> On 7/13/2014 12:26 PM, Daniel Kaplan wrote:
>> Immature northbound just now at Topsail beach
>>
>> Dan Kaplan
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>

-- 
Charles L. Garrett, MD, 132 Dockside Drive Jacksonville, NC 28546 
910-389-0858
Subject: RE: Magnificent Frigatebird - Topsail
From: Paul Glass <pag AT gcrcompany.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 19:58:51 -0400
I reported a Magnificent Frigatebird from Surf City in Pender Co. on 7/5/11.
The record is in ebird here:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S8513813

Paul Glass
South Boston, VA

-----Original Message-----
From: charles garrett [mailto:medxam AT ec.rr.com]
Sent: Sunday, July 13, 2014 2:23 PM
To: carolinabirds AT duke.edu
Subject: Re: Magnificent Frigatebird - Topsail


If the Magnificent Frigatebird was in Pender County when you observed 
it, and I assume that it was by your location of Topsail Beach, that 
would be a new county record for Birds of NC! If I am correct, please 
post the sighting to Birds of NC or let me know and I will post it in 
your name.

Thanks,

Buddy Garrett
Jacksonville, NC

On 7/13/2014 12:26 PM, Daniel Kaplan wrote:
> Immature northbound just now at Topsail beach
>
> Dan Kaplan
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>

-- 
Charles L. Garrett, MD, 132 Dockside Drive Jacksonville, NC 28546 
910-389-0858
Subject: Pomarine Jaeger, Isle of Palms, SC
From: Craig <jcraigw1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 16:46:14 -0400
I searched for the jaeger for about 45 minutes this afternoon around high tide 
with no luck. The bird has been mostly observed around the low tide cycle. I 
ran into Roger Williams from NC earlier in the day around 1030am. Although 
there was plenty of front beach and tidal creek beach available at that time, 
the bird was not located then either. I left at 415pm, and the bird has been 
seen much later than that so I may stop by again later this evening. 


Craig Watson
Mt. Pleasant, SC

Sent from my iPad
Subject: Re: Magnificent Frigatebird - Topsail
From: charles garrett <medxam AT ec.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 14:23:19 -0400
If the Magnificent Frigatebird was in Pender County when you observed 
it, and I assume that it was by your location of Topsail Beach, that 
would be a new county record for Birds of NC! If I am correct, please 
post the sighting to Birds of NC or let me know and I will post it in 
your name.

Thanks,

Buddy Garrett
Jacksonville, NC

On 7/13/2014 12:26 PM, Daniel Kaplan wrote:
> Immature northbound just now at Topsail beach
>
> Dan Kaplan
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>

-- 
Charles L. Garrett, MD, 132 Dockside Drive Jacksonville, NC 28546 
910-389-0858
Subject: Henderson County Birds- July 13, 2014
From: Simon Thompson <simonrbt AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 12:37:14 -0400
Folks
I made a spur of the moment decision to head to Mill's River Park this
morning. The Great Egret was still present on the side of 191 in the Van
Wingerden pond in Mills' River.
At least 4 singing Willow Flycatchers were at Mill's River Park
The swallows on Hooper Lane are worth going to see:
Barn (500+), Tree (300+), Cliff (50+), Bank (10+)
Also Bobolink (4), Willow Flycatcher (1) and most surprising of all was a
singing Savannah Sparrow - photos were taken just in case and have
been uploaded to the CBC photo gallery.
Simon

Simon RB Thompson
Ventures Birding Tours
Asheville, North Carolina

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Subject: Magnificent Frigatebird - Topsail
From: Daniel Kaplan <danmaxkaplan AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 12:26:57 -0400
Immature northbound just now at Topsail beach

Dan Kaplan 

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Pomarine jaeger
From: jcox3222 AT comcast.net
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:15:26 +0000 (UTC)




Subject: Mt Mitchell/Black Mountains Birding
From: Marilyn Westphal <mjwestph AT ret.unca.edu>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 18:12:07 -0400
Aaah, so nice and cool up there and the summer wildflowers are really
getting showy.  Bee balm, Turk's cap lily, and coneflowers are beginning to
open up, so it's getting quite colorful.  The weather has been wonderful
for birding the last couple of days, clear, calm, sunny, and the birds have
been rather active for mid-July.  Hermit Thrushes and Winter Wrens seem to
be starting on their second families as they are back to singing much of
the morning.  We found our second Hermit Thrush nest of the season last
week.  It started with 3 eggs and now has 2 chicks and an unhatched egg.

Juveniles and fledglings of warblers, thrushes, etc.  are busy begging for
food from adults and are really fun to watch.  Post-breeding wanderers are
moving up and downslope, so anything is possible anywhere now.  Crossbills
are probably starting to nest as they have become much more scarce, but
there are still flyovers at Bald Knob Ridge trail, so there may be some
nesting in that area.  The Red Crossbill specialist at Cornell analyzed the
recordings I sent him and he identified all of them as type 1, which is the
more common type found in this area.

Most unusual sightings in the last couple of days:

-A juvenile Brown-headed Cowbird at the summit parking lot at Mt Mitchell -
elevation 6,578 feet.  I have never seen a cowbird at Mount Mitchell during
the breeding season before, so this is quite unusual - and unfortunate.
Hope it doesn't become a regular there.  Even more bizarre, this bird has
become so tame that it eats out of visitors hands and gets up on the
countertop at the concession stand and begs for food.

-A rather large rattlesnake crossing the Blue Ridge Parkway at mile 371.
This is only the third time in over 20 years that I have seen a rattlesnake
along the parkway and this one was in the middle of the day with lots of
traffic.  I think it made it across, though, as there was no mess in the
road when we went by this morning.  I imagine everyone made an effort to
steer clear, especially the motorcycles and bikes.  Mark usually gets out
and encourages snakes to get across the road, but I couldn't convince him
to get near this one.

We love the place.  It stays interesting, beautiful, and fun all summer and
fall.  Just can't get enough.
Marilyn

-- 
Marilyn Westphal
Hendersonville, NC
Subject: Colleton County Birding
From: David Gardner <davidgardner14 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 18:10:48 -0400
Hi Folks,
Got back from a half day of birding Bear WMA, Donnelley WMA and Edisto Nature 
Trail. 

I thought I'd give Bear a shot, hoping for a low impoundment and the beginnings 
of shorebird migration. Alas, all impoundments that I know of were high. Not 
much to speak of except lots of Least Bitterns (always a favorite for me). 

Donnelley produced the typical stuff but in low numbers... 1 purple gallinule, 
1 black bellied whistling duck. However, I heard and saw a lot more Acadian 
Flycatchers than I was expecting. 

Edisto Nature Trail was a long shot since I got there near midday... But it 
paid off nicely! I got my lifer in a great look at a Swainsons Warbler near the 
end of the Pon Pon Spur. I also got FOY (for me that is) Kentucky Warblers. 
There were a number of Hooded Warblers singing like crazy and one showed 
himself briefly. 

All in all, a very satisfying birding trip. The total species tally for the day 
was 76. 

Happy Birding,

David

Seabrook Island
SC

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Pomarine Jaeger
From: pjmarkham AT aol.com
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 17:00:18 -0400
Present on the IOP side of breach Inlet now. 

Patrick Markham
Summerville, SC

Subject: Fwd: Pomarine Jaeger/isle of Palms, SC
From: Craig <jcraigw1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 16:36:05 -0400
The Pomarine Jaeger is still at Breach Inlet. Early this morning I went to 
Breach Inlet and met the Armstrongs, we did not see the jaeger then, and I 
stayed until 1130, but as the tide was going out it flew in from the back side 
of the inlet, or possibly from the docks near the Boathouse restaurant, but not 
from the ocean. This is where Pam and the Armstrongs saw it fly in. I joined 
them later, and Chris Davies showed up a bit later. It was basically doing the 
same thing as yesterday, sitting, and a young man fishing gave it several fresh 
small fish. The bird also appeared more ratty looking with possible oil on it, 
or some substance that had its feathers on the bottom left and tail looking 
soiled, but was still able to fly. When I went this morning it was high tide, 
so I think the bird is showing up and staying around the low tide cycle. 


Craig Watson
Mt. Pleasant, SC

Sent from my iPad

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Pamela Ford 
> Date: July 12, 2014 at 12:58:25 PM EDT
> To: Craig 
> Cc: "carolinabirds AT duke.edu" 
> Subject: Re: Pomarine Jaeger/isle of Palms, SC
> 
> The bird is being seen by Celeste and Hal Armstrong, and myself right now on 
Isle of Palm side of Breech Inlet. It is mingling with fishing folks 

> Pam Ford
> Charleston
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
>> On Jul 11, 2014, at 10:26 AM, Craig  wrote:
>> 
>> There is a single Pomarine Jaeger sitting on the beach on the Isle of Palms 
side of Breach Inlet. I have video and photos, video with vocalizations. The 
bird is I'm pretty poor shape. I approached within 6ft. It flew a short 
distance away, but still in the same general area. 

>> 
>> Craig Watson
>> Mt. Pleasant, SC
>> 
>> Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Grasshopper Sparrow w pics Mid Pines Rd., Raleigh
From: Tom Snow <tsnow6065 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 15:59:07 -0400
I took my new 300mm lens for its maiden voyage around town this morning and got 
up close with one of the few (and by far the most cooperative) Grasshopper 
Sparrows I have ever seen. This guy/gal was along the road that cuts between 
the buildings to the right once you turn from Lake Wheeler Rd. well before the 
creek. Not sure you are supposed to drive down there but there is no sign as 
far as I have noticed and hey, I'm an NC State grad so it's like visiting 
campus! I chalk this up to being able to bird from your car. Animals are so 
much more willing to let you approach (and vice versa) in many cases. 


Here are a couple of shots:  http://goo.gl/z6EO3A 

Have a great weekend,

Tom Snow
Raleigh  
Subject: Jackson Park Bird Walk - July 12, 2014
From: Simon Thompson <simonrbt AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 15:40:55 -0400
C-birders et al
The Great Egret was still present at the Van Wingerden Pond in Henderson
County at 7:30 this morning- easy to see as it was standing on the roadside.

Jackson Park walk was very nice this morning with about 37 species seen by
the group. Highlights included Purple Martin (25). Yellow-throated, Parula
and Black-and-white Warblers, and White-eyed Vireo.
The next Jackson Park walk will be on August 9 at 8 AM when we should have
more migrants starting to move through
Thanks to Steve Ritt for helping out on the walk.
Simon

Simon RB Thompson
Ventures Birding Tours
Asheville, North Carolina

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Subject: Re: Pomarine Jaeger/isle of Palms, SC
From: Pamela Ford <jford6 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 12:58:25 -0400
The bird is being seen by Celeste and Hal Armstrong, and myself right now on 
Isle of Palm side of Breech Inlet. It is mingling with fishing folks 

Pam Ford
Charleston

Sent from my iPhone

On Jul 11, 2014, at 10:26 AM, Craig  wrote:

> There is a single Pomarine Jaeger sitting on the beach on the Isle of Palms 
side of Breach Inlet. I have video and photos, video with vocalizations. The 
bird is I'm pretty poor shape. I approached within 6ft. It flew a short 
distance away, but still in the same general area. 

> 
> Craig Watson
> Mt. Pleasant, SC
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
Subject: FW: eBird Report - 28560 New Bern, Jul 11, 2014
From: "Olwen jarvis" <Olwen AT suddenlink.net>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:19:16 -0400

-----Original Message-----
From: do-not-reply AT ebird.org [mailto:do-not-reply AT ebird.org] 
Sent: Friday, July 11, 2014 11:24 AM
To: olwen AT suddenlink.net
Subject: eBird Report - 28560 New Bern, Jul 11, 2014

28560 New Bern, Craven, US-NC
Jul 11, 2014 5:30 AM - 9:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
9.0 mile(s)
Comments: Great morning with long looks at a Pileated wp.Hot and humid. fewer 
birds than expected. 

47 species

Canada Goose  36
Northern Bobwhite  1
Great Blue Heron  3
Green Heron  6
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey  5
Killdeer  1
Spotted Sandpiper  2
Laughing Gull  15
Common Tern  3
Royal Tern  2
Mourning Dove  24
Great Horned Owl  2
Chimney Swift  4
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Red-headed Woodpecker  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  7
Downy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  4
Great Crested Flycatcher  4
Eastern Kingbird  7
Blue Jay  12
American Crow  25
Fish Crow  6
Purple Martin  54
Tree Swallow  27
Barn Swallow  13
Carolina Chickadee  9
Tufted Titmouse  4
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Brown-headed Nuthatch  11
Carolina Wren  10
Eastern Bluebird  14
American Robin  2
Gray Catbird  5
Brown Thrasher  15
Northern Mockingbird  20
European Starling  3
Eastern Towhee  12
Chipping Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  20
Red-winged Blackbird  1
Common Grackle  31
Orchard Oriole  1
House Finch  11
House Sparrow  21

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19069626 


This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Re: Pomarine Jaeger/isle of Palms, SC
From: Craig <jcraigw1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:56:42 -0400
Pam Ford, Cathy Miller, Andy Harrison, and I observed the Pomarine Jaeger until 
about 530pm this evening at Breach Inlet between Isle of Palms and Sullivan's 
Island. I relocated the bird on a sand bar just after low tide about 245pm. As 
the tide came in, it flew back toward us near the bridge and landed on the IOP 
side of the inlet about 100m from the bridge. It was not really disturbed by 
beachwalkers, and seemed to know that food was available from folks at the 
shoreline. Pam took many photos on the Breach inlet side. It later flew to the 
Sullivan's side of the inlet where we all observed the bird at very close 
range. The bird was definitely weak and weather beaten, and on occasion 
accepted small fish and bait from fisherfolks. Cathy took over 100 photos. We 
left about 530 pm, and many folks noticed our interest in this different 
looking bird and appreciated our interest. There are also 8 Black Scoters 
lingering in the inlet, which have been reported frequently in the past few 
weeks/months. One might look for this bird near folks fishing at the inlet. 
When it wasn't near the fishing action, it was always sitting on the beach or 
sand bar away from other birds. 


Craig Watson
Mt. Pleasant, SC

Sent from my iPad

> On Jul 11, 2014, at 2:55 PM, Pamela Ford  wrote:
> 
> Craig and I are looking at the Jaeger right now on the Isle of Palms side of 
Breech Inlet. Bird is in his scope! 

> Pam Ford
> Charleston
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
>> On Jul 11, 2014, at 10:26 AM, Craig  wrote:
>> 
>> There is a single Pomarine Jaeger sitting on the beach on the Isle of Palms 
side of Breach Inlet. I have video and photos, video with vocalizations. The 
bird is I'm pretty poor shape. I approached within 6ft. It flew a short 
distance away, but still in the same general area. 

>> 
>> Craig Watson
>> Mt. Pleasant, SC
>> 
>> Sent from my iPhone
Subject: two old high counts of Spotted Sandpipers for the NC Coastal Plain
From: "John Fussell" <jfuss AT clis.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:24:19 -0400
During the recent discussion about over-summering and fall migrant Spotted 
Sandpipers I mentioned that I knew of an old high count of Spotted Sandpiper 
that is not included in the Birds of North Carolina website.

The record I was referring to was in American Birds (30:943) but I don't see 
it cited in Chat.  On 31 July 1976, Rich Rowlett, Paul DuMont, and Frank 
Schaff estimated 100 Spotted Sandpipers on and along the highway down 
Ocracoke Island.  They also said that Spotteds were the most common 
shorebird on the ocean beach (!) at Hatteras village that day (but no number 
was given), and that they also heard many Spotteds flying over the village 
between 0330 and daylight.

However, out of curiosity, I also checked a few spring counts.  On 24 April 
1971, 191 Spotteds were found on the Wilmington Spring Count.  (I remember 
that count--it was quite stormy the night before, and Harry LeGrand and I 
saw a Wilson's Phalarope in the salt marsh at Carolina Beach.)

John Fussell
Morehead City, NC

Subject: Re: SC Birding
From: Kent Fiala <kent.fiala AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:38:33 -0400
Robin's updated descriptions from 2008 can be found at
http://www.carolinabirdclub.org/sites/SC/

Kent Fiala
On Jul 11, 2014 3:23 PM, "EASTMAN, CAROLINE"  wrote:

>  At the time of his death in 2008 Robin Carter was working on the online
> birding guide to South Carolina sites on the Carolina Birds website.
> Unfortunately he did not live long enough to rework all the sites. This
> probably has the most up-to-date information.
>
>
>
> One of the most important changes is that the Savannah Spoil Site
> described in his book is no longer open to birders. They have had
> occasional group trips in past years with excessive red tape. But this is
> unfortunately no longer a place you can simply drop by.
>
>
>
> Caroline Eastman
>
> Columbia, SC
>
Subject: Re: Info from SC birders needed please
From: Bradley Dalton <bradley.dalt AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:31:01 -0400
Jeff Mollenhauer wrote a book for Falcon Guides in 2009 called: Birding
South Carolina: A Guide to 40 Premier Birding Sites.  It's billed as forty
sites, but many of them are more like areas with multiple destinations
mentioned within them.  I'm sure birders who frequent the coast more often
than I do can help you with the rest.

Good birding,

Brad Dalton
Greenville, SC

On Fri, Jul 11, 2014 at 10:55 AM, Linda Ward  wrote:

> Hi SC Birders,
>
> We are trying to plan a spring birding trip to the southern coast of SC,
> probably to include the ACE basin , Savannah NWR area. We hope to see the
> less common shore birds, waders and others that we often miss in NC OBX.
>  Most interested in spoonbills, wood storks, swallow-tailed kites, purple
> galanules....we've identified locations, but unsure of best
> time....mid-May? late May?
>
> Also, is there a more recently published book on bird finding in SC than
> the one by Robin Carter found for download on Caro Birds?
>
> Any recommendations for lodging, especially cottage or cabin, would be
> welcome...we are forced to take one cat with us, so state park cabins are
> out.
>
> Please email me directly...prefer address tankapoet AT yahoo.com, but gmail
> address OK also.
>
> Thanks,
> Linda Ward and Skip Hancock
> Coinjock, NC
>
>