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Great Snipe,©Jan Wilczur

19 Aug Chimney Swift roost Hemingway, SC 08/19/2014 [Jay Chandler ]
19 Aug Western Kingbird on Seabrook, SC [David Gardner ]
19 Aug Status of Great Cormorants at North Topsail Beach, NC ["gilbert grant" ]
19 Aug Roseate Spoonbills ["bobmax1 AT charter.net" ]
19 Aug Re: Great Cormorant- confirmed [charles garrett ]
19 Aug McDowell Co Mississippi Kites [Dwayne Martin ]
19 Aug Hilton Pond 08/01/14 (Truth About Ruby-throats) ["Bill Hilton Jr." ]
18 Aug Great Cormorant- confirmed [Ryan Justice ]
18 Aug Roseate Spoonbill at Seabrook Island (Charleston Co., SC) [Jim Edwards ]
18 Aug Re: I D help [Charles Crawford ]
18 Aug SPOONBILLS @ Seabrook Isl, SC [David Gardner ]
18 Aug Chapel Hill Bird Club talk (plus follow-up field trip) [Eddie Owens ]
18 Aug Re: Redstart [Brian Pendergraft ]
18 Aug Redstart [Candljones ]
18 Aug I D help [KC Foggin ]
18 Aug Re: Another western NC MIKI [Dwayne Martin ]
18 Aug Re: Another western NC MIKI [Michael McCloy ]
18 Aug Another western NC MIKI []
18 Aug Mississippi Kites [Jerry Fishman ]
18 Aug SCDNR asks public to report sightings of banded wood storks [wadingbirds ]
18 Aug Lights Out Raleigh volunteers needed [Elaine McManus ]
18 Aug American Turf Farm-final am [Jim Gould ]
18 Aug Mecklenburg Audubon September Meeting (Thursday 9/04) []
18 Aug American Turf Farm right now. [Jim Gould ]
18 Aug Gray-cheeked Thrush Program [Brian Pendergraft ]
17 Aug Wilson's Phalarope and Upland Sandpipers at American Turf Farms []
17 Aug Pitt Street Causeway [Jack Rogers ]
17 Aug Tryon, NC - 12 MISSISSIPPI KTES [Simon Harvey ]
17 Aug Hefner Gap on the BRP still with good activity [william haddad ]
17 Aug MIKI at LAJA []
17 Aug Black Vulture roost [Edith Tatum ]
17 Aug Re: American White Pelicans at HPSP [Tom ]
17 Aug American White Pelicans at HPSP ["JerryK" ]
17 Aug American Turf Farm [Brian Pendergraft ]
17 Aug Buff-breasted Sandpiper/Upland Sandpipers/Orangeburg Sod Farm [Craig ]
17 Aug Re: North end of Topsail, NC [Marty Wall ]
17 Aug Re: RFI Breeding Henslow's Sparrows in Coastal Plain (VOA?) [David Howell ]
17 Aug Vulture Flock deep Gap [Badger ]
17 Aug North end of Topsail, NC [Jamie Adams ]
17 Aug Re: RFI Breeding Henslow's Sparrows in Coastal Plain (VOA?) [Jamie Adams ]
17 Aug Orangeburg Sod Farms []
16 Aug Re: Topsail Beach birds [Michael McCloy ]
16 Aug Re: WNC Fletcher: Olive-sided Fly, etc. - 8/16/14 [Steve Ritt ]
16 Aug WNC Fletcher: Olive-sided Fly, etc. - 8/16/14 [Steve Ritt ]
16 Aug Topsail Beach birds [Ryan Justice ]
16 Aug BRP-Ridge Junction Overlook [Marilyn Westphal ]
16 Aug Patriot's Point, Mount Pleasant, SC [James Watson ]
16 Aug American Turf Farm, NC [Linda Ward ]
16 Aug Reddish Egret [JILL ]
16 Aug Hatteras- update on ruby throated hummers ["am.hummingbird.photos AT gmail.com" ]
16 Aug Roseate Spoonbills ["bobmax1 AT charter.net" ]
15 Aug Kiawah Island Banding Station [Aaron Given ]
15 Aug Re: RFI Breeding Henslow's Sparrows in Coastal Plain (VOA?) [Matt Janson ]
15 Aug Redstart_BL&WHwarbler_MeggettSC_ChasCo [Cherrie Sneed ]
15 Aug a couple of warblers [Philip Dickinson ]
15 Aug Anhinga, Upper Falls Lake, NC [John Finnegan ]
15 Aug Common Ground Dove ["bobmax1 AT charter.net" ]
15 Aug CNC Jordan Lake: Laughing Gulls, Caspian Ts - 8/15/14 [Steve Ritt ]
15 Aug eBird filters []
15 Aug The Center for Birds of Prey; Hawk Watch 2014 [Audrey Poplin ]
15 Aug Laughing Gulls Continue Plus Caspian Terns-- Lake Hickory [Dwayne Martin ]
15 Aug Re: Purple Martin roost in Yadkin County [John Haire ]
15 Aug Re: RFI Breeding Henslow's Sparrows in Coastal Plain (VOA?) [Jamie Adams ]
14 Aug Fwd: eBird Report - Cape Romain NWR--Bulls Island, Aug 14, 2014 [David McLean ]
14 Aug RFI Breeding Henslow's Sparrows in Coastal Plain (VOA?) [Matt Janson ]
14 Aug Falls Lake Red-breasted Nuthatch Photo [andrew thornton ]
14 Aug Re: EBird report [Nate Swick ]
14 Aug Re: EBird report [Ryan Justice ]
14 Aug Re: EBird report [Brian Patteson ]
14 Aug Cooper's Hawk low glide by Alexander Drive and NC 147 Durham Freeway [Kim Peacock ]
14 Aug Very few Black Rat snakes this summer [Frank Enders ]
14 Aug EBird report [Ryan Justice ]
14 Aug Re: Purple Martin roost in Yadkin County [Philip Dickinson ]
14 Aug Purple Martin roost in Yadkin County [Cutler/Blackford ]
14 Aug Gray-cheeked Thrush - October Program [Brian Pendergraft ]
14 Aug BPB birds addendum [william haddad ]

Subject: Chimney Swift roost Hemingway, SC 08/19/2014
From: Jay Chandler <jccjr56 AT frontier.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:49:58 -0700
I have watched, last night and tonight between 7:55pm - 8:25pm, approximately 
1000 Chimney Swifts go to roost in a small chimney in the town of Hemingway, 
SC. The spectacle can be observed just behind the town hall. 


Jay Chandler
Hemingway, SC
Subject: Western Kingbird on Seabrook, SC
From: David Gardner <davidgardner14 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:00:39 -0400
Taking staff on training at St. Christopher, found western kingbird in high 
Saltmarsh shrubs between main St. Christopher, and St. Christopher point. 

David

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Status of Great Cormorants at North Topsail Beach, NC
From: "gilbert grant" <gilbert_grant AT usa.net>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:44:48 -0400
I have been negligent in reporting Great Cormorants at North Topsail Beach,
Onslow County, NC, because I see one or more on most visits. For example, in
2014 alone I had 5 on 19 Feb, 4 on 3 and 14 March, 3 on 21 March, 1 on 28
April, 1 on 20 May, 2 on 3 June, 1 on 16 June, 1 on 2 July, and 1 on 12
August. They are most often seen at the mouth of New River Inlet on an old
channel marker. Sometimes I see them on one or both of two pilings on the
Onslow Beach side of the river, sometimes drying wings on Onslow Beach, and
once feeding in the inlet itself. As Buddy said, the old pier pilings used to
be favorite perches but the sea has removed those pilings. The inlet piling is
a pretty dependable place to find one!

Gilbert S. Grant
Sneads Ferry, NC 
Subject: Roseate Spoonbills
From: "bobmax1 AT charter.net" <bobmax1@charter.net>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:59:01 -0400
Around 3:00PM today, Judy and I saw 8 Roseate Spoonbills on Mullet Pond at 
Huntington Beach State Park, Murrells Inlet, S C. 

Bob Maxwell  bobmax1 AT charter.net
..

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID
Subject: Re: Great Cormorant- confirmed
From: charles garrett <medxam AT ec.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:53:48 -0400
They used to be very regular at North Topsail Beach in the winter until 
they removed the pilings from the old fishing pier! I don't remember 
seeing one this early!

Buddy Garrett
Jacksonville, NC
On 8/18/2014 8:41 PM, Ryan Justice wrote:
> I saw pictures of the supposed Great Cormorant seen by Andrew Rapp, a 
visiting birder from VA, at the north end of Topsail. It is indeed a Great 
Cormorant. 

>
> Ryan Justice
>
> Sent from my iPhone

-- 
Charles L. Garrett, MD, 132 Dockside Drive Jacksonville, NC 28546 
910-389-0858
Subject: McDowell Co Mississippi Kites
From: Dwayne Martin <redxbill AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:18:05 -0400
There are at least 13 Miss. Kites over the fields just south of I-40 at
exit 75 between Old Fort and Marion.  I'm about to check the other fields
near the Hwys 70 & 80 intersection. Will report back later.

-- 
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: Hilton Pond 08/01/14 (Truth About Ruby-throats)
From: "Bill Hilton Jr." <hilton AT hiltonpond.org>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:25:09 -0400
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds may be the most common and best understood of all 
hummer species, but misinformation about these tiny birds always seems to float 
around. "This Week at Hilton Pond" I offer a photo essay to clear up incorrect 
information I've read lately about ruby-throat behavior and morphology. To view 
this latest "fact-checking" installment for 1-15 August 2014, please visit 
http://www.hiltonpond.org/ThisWeek140801.html 


While there don't forget to scroll down for miscellaneous nature notes and a 
list of all birds banded and recaptured during the period, plus info about 
banding hummers in the Neotropics. 


Happy Hummingbird Watching!

BILL

Please "Like" our new Facebook pages at http://www.facebook.com/HiltonPond for 
timely updates on nature topics, 

and for info about hummingbirds at http://www.facebook.com/rubythroats

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: Great Cormorant- confirmed
From: Ryan Justice <blackburnian151 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:41:46 -0400
I saw pictures of the supposed Great Cormorant seen by Andrew Rapp, a visiting 
birder from VA, at the north end of Topsail. It is indeed a Great Cormorant. 


Ryan Justice 

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Roseate Spoonbill at Seabrook Island (Charleston Co., SC)
From: Jim Edwards <jim.edwards AT furman.edu>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:27:42 -0400
Jane Chew and I had a single, and quite pink, Roseate Spoonbill fly over
our deck on Monday evening.  We also had several Black Terns.

Jim Edwards
jim.edwards AT furman.edu
Subject: Re: I D help
From: Charles Crawford <cr4d AT twc.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:47:23 -0500
Tricolored Heron. See pix on P194 of the Crossley book.

Charlie
Henderson KY

On Aug 18, 2014, at 4:56 PM, KC Foggin  wrote:

> Okay, this is the only image of the bird on the right that I got. My first 
thought was an immature White Ibis but I could well be wrong. 

> 
> http://www.pbase.com/kcfoggin/image/157036989
> 
> 
> K.C.
> 
> K.C. Foggin
> Socastee
> Myrtle Beach SC
> 
> www.birdforum.net
> 
> www.pbase.com/kcfoggin/nikon_d50_pages
Subject: SPOONBILLS @ Seabrook Isl, SC
From: David Gardner <davidgardner14 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:32:16 -0400
Just saw five very pink spoonbills fly over St. Christopher campus!
New bird for St. Christopher!

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Chapel Hill Bird Club talk (plus follow-up field trip)
From: Eddie Owens <birdingbanjoman AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:43:26 -0400
Folks,

We're announcing this talk early to facilitate your planning ahead since
this talk involves a follow-up field trip to Kiptopeke State Park). Details
follow:

*Topic:* Hawks and Their Migration


*Time:* 7:30pm, September 22, 2014


*Location:* Binkley Baptist Church, Chapel Hill, NC


*Follow-up field trip:* Oct 3-5, Kiptopeke hawk watch



Michael Tove is a Ph.D. Ornithologist, member and past chair of the NC Bird
Records Committee, and author of “A Field Guide to the Offshore Wildlife of
the Northern Atlantic.” But he started birding as a hawk-watching
enthusiast. In the 1970’s, he was a volunteer counter at Hawk Mountain
Sanctuary in Pennsylvania. In the 1980’s he maintained the hawk-watch count
in the Wellsville Mountains of Utah, where access to the lookout required a
4 mile hike (each way) to the top of a 9000 foot mountain ridge.



Mike's talk is more than a slide show about birds of prey -- it includes an
overview of the history and mechanics of hawk migration, a tutorial on hawk
identification, and is a prelude to a special invitation to a hawk watch at
Kiptopeke, Virginia, over the weekend of October 3-5.  (Kiptopeke is the
closest major hawk watch to North Carolina and one of the easiest in the
country to access.)



Please plan to join us for an exciting  talk about one of the most
enigmatic groups of birds. Then mark your calendar for a first-of-its-kind,
follow-up field trip.


For a trip itinerary and to sign up, visit:

http://chbc.carolinanature.com/fieldtrips.html

(click "itinerary and details link" for Oct 3-5 trip)


For a list of other upcoming talks, visit:

http://chbc.carolinanature.com


Eddie Owens

Chapel Hill Bird Club
Subject: Re: Redstart
From: Brian Pendergraft <bkpendergraft AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:40:03 -0400
I also had a Redstart tonight before the thunderstorms.  My first true
warbler migrant after the Parula and Hooded from earlier in the month.

Bring on others!

Brian Pendergraft
Falls Lake NC
On Aug 18, 2014 6:11 PM, "Candljones"  wrote:

> Watching a female Redstart enjoy the dripper and water feature in our
> yard.  At least a month early for this species according to my records.
>
> Linda Jones
> Woodlake
> Vass, NC
>
> Sent from my iPad
Subject: Redstart
From: Candljones <candljones AT msn.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:10:04 -0400
Watching a female Redstart enjoy the dripper and water feature in our yard. At 
least a month early for this species according to my records. 


Linda Jones
Woodlake
Vass, NC

Sent from my iPad
Subject: I D help
From: KC Foggin <kcfoggin AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:56:16 -0400
Okay, this is the only image of the bird on the right that I got.  My first
thought was an immature White Ibis but I could well be wrong.

http://www.pbase.com/kcfoggin/image/157036989


K.C.

K.C. Foggin
Socastee
Myrtle Beach SC

www.birdforum.net

www.pbase.com/kcfoggin/nikon_d50_pages
Subject: Re: Another western NC MIKI
From: Dwayne Martin <redxbill AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:41:39 -0400
They are likely using the tomato fields just off Parker Padgett Rd. south
of I-40.  Two years ago I had as many as 25 over those fields and that fly
over to the fields at the intersection of Hwy 70 and Hwy 80 in Marion.
That year at least one Swallow-tailed Kite joined them for a few days. I
hope to check them out this week.  Thanks to Jamie and Mike for the
reports!

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


On Mon, Aug 18, 2014 at 2:36 PM, Michael McCloy <
prothonotarywarbler AT hotmail.com> wrote:

> I'm currently on I-40 heading back to TN (well, stopped at the moment) and
> passed by mm75 about five minutes after Jamie's original posting. I was
> treated to not one, but two Mississippi Kites soaring over the interstate
> right by the exit. Both birds were pretty low in the sky. Always great to
> see these birds in the mountains
>
> Mike McCloy
> Graduate Research Assistant
> University of Tennessee
> Knoxville, Tennessee
> (910)690-3142
> Mmccloy AT vols.utk.edu
>
> > On Aug 18, 2014, at 14:05, jamie.cameron AT ncparks.gov wrote:
> >
> > My second Mississippi kite in two days; this one was flying over I-40 at
> the
> > 75-mile marker east of Old Fort (McDowell Co.). This is the same area a
> handful
> > of MIKIs was using two years ago around this time.
> >
> > Jamie Cameron
> > Black Mountain, NC
>
Subject: Re: Another western NC MIKI
From: Michael McCloy <prothonotarywarbler AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:36:36 -0400
I'm currently on I-40 heading back to TN (well, stopped at the moment) and 
passed by mm75 about five minutes after Jamie's original posting. I was treated 
to not one, but two Mississippi Kites soaring over the interstate right by the 
exit. Both birds were pretty low in the sky. Always great to see these birds in 
the mountains 


Mike McCloy
Graduate Research Assistant
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee
(910)690-3142
Mmccloy AT vols.utk.edu

> On Aug 18, 2014, at 14:05, jamie.cameron AT ncparks.gov wrote:
> 
> My second Mississippi kite in two days; this one was flying over I-40 at the
> 75-mile marker east of Old Fort (McDowell Co.). This is the same area a 
handful 

> of MIKIs was using two years ago around this time.
> 
> Jamie Cameron
> Black Mountain, NC
Subject: Another western NC MIKI
From: <jamie.cameron AT ncparks.gov>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:05:10 -0400 (EDT)
My second Mississippi kite in two days; this one was flying over I-40 at the
75-mile marker east of Old Fort (McDowell Co.). This is the same area a handful
of MIKIs was using two years ago around this time.

Jamie Cameron
Black Mountain, NC
Subject: Mississippi Kites
From: Jerry Fishman <rvbirder2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:37:36 -0400
The M. Kites continue at Howard Gap Rd & SR 108 (Tryon) over the big tomato
field.

Jerry Fishman
Hendersonville NC
Subject: SCDNR asks public to report sightings of banded wood storks
From: wadingbirds <wadingbirds AT dnr.sc.gov>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:03:08 -0400
Dear Carolina Birders,

I thought that you might be interested in helping to report sightings of banded 
wood storks. Please take care not to disturb the birds while you are observing 
them. More information is in the news release below and on the SCDNR Wading 
Bird website: http://www.dnr.sc.gov/wildlife/species/wadingbirds/index.html 


Last week, I observed a stork at Donnelley WMA that had been banded as a 
nestling in Georgia 20 years ago! 


Thanks for your assistance.
Christy Hand


DNR News
August 15, 2014

DNR asks public to report sightings of banded wood storks
During 2014, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) banded 100 wood 
stork chicks with field-readable bands. The bands used in South Carolina are 
orange with black numbers. Several other color combinations are being used for 
other projects. Researchers throughout the southeast are banding storks as part 
of a collaborative project to learn more about their movements, demography, and 
longevity. 


The banded chicks have fledged (learned to fly) and are dispersing as they 
search for food. Young storks are vulnerable to starvation as they are learning 
to feed efficiently, so it is particularly important not to disturb groups of 
wading birds that are feeding in impoundments during the fall. Please do not 
disturb birds to read band codes. 


Please report any sightings of banded wading birds to the S.C. Department of 
Natural Resources (DNR) at wadingbirds AT dnr.sc.gov and also to the Bird Banding 
Lab (www.pwrc.usgs.gov/BBL/bblretrv/index.cfm) or 1-800-327-BAND. DNR often can 
provide information about where and when the bird was banded. 


Satellite transmitters are also being used by researchers to answer a variety 
of management questions about wood storks. Nine wood storks were outfitted with 
transmitters at the Washo Reserve in South Carolina last year. You can learn 
about their travels on the Wildlife Tracking website 
(http://www.wildlifetracking.org/). 


If you see wood storks, you can check to see if they have bands by looking at 
their upper legs. Some storks have multiple bands, but typically only one of 
the bands has a code made up of numbers and/or letters. If you see a banded 
stork, you can contribute to this project by recording the following 
information: 1) color of band, 2) color of engraved code, 3) code, 4) location 
of band on stork  which leg, 5) color and location of any additional bands or 
transmitter on stork, 6) location where stork is located. 


In addition to the storks that nest in South Carolina, many storks that nest in 
other states visit South Carolina during the fall to feed. Storks are regularly 
seen throughout the lowcountry, sometimes in large groups. Storks are also 
occasionally seen farther inland. For more information about storks and other 
wading birds in South Carolina, please see the DNR Wading Bird website. 


News Release with photos: 
http://www.dnr.sc.gov/news/yr2014/aug14/aug14_stork.html 

Subject: Lights Out Raleigh volunteers needed
From: Elaine McManus <elainerenee AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:02:41 +0000
Many migratory birds never make it to their final destination because they 
become disoriented from the lights in urban areas and hit buildings. 

 
Lights Out Raleigh is an effort to collect data on the number of birds who have 
collided with buildings during their journey. Pairs of volunteers will walk 
along a designated route in downtown Raleigh once a week for 8 weeks to search 
for injured or dead birds. Lights Out Raleigh is spearheaded by the Wake 
Audubon Society. 


Please contact Elaine McManus at elainerenee AT hotmail.com if you are interested 
in volunteering. 



 		 	   		  
Subject: American Turf Farm-final am
From: Jim Gould <jgouldoz AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:58:39 -0400
After 1.5 hours here's a list of what I was able to see.  Given my lack of
scope and my time constraints,  I guarantee there were a more species and
greater quantities than mentioned below:

4 Upland Sandpiper
9 Buff-Breasted Sandpiper (1 within 20yds of my car, rest mixed in with
upland sandpipers and starlings)
5 Black-bellied Plover
35+ Pectoral Sandpiper
3 Great Blue Herons

No Horned Larks. ..but I bet there somewhere around.

Still an excellent morning and Upland and Buff-Breasted were LIFERS!

Cheers,

Jim Gould
Subject: Mecklenburg Audubon September Meeting (Thursday 9/04)
From: <meckaudubon AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:48:47 -0400 (EDT)
MAS presents – Special film screening of The Lost Bird Project
When  - Thur, Sept 4th at 7:30 PM (Refreshments begin around 7:15 pm)
Where - Tyvola Rd Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Rd, Charlotte, NC 28210
More info - http://meckbirds.org

Welcome back to a new birding season of programs with MAS! We will begin this
season with a powerful film to inspire and reignite our spirit of stewardship
and preservation. MAS will host a special screening of the film The Lost Bird
Project. 

“Gone and nearly forgotten, the Labrador Duck, Great Auk, Heath Hen, Carolina
Parakeet and Passenger Pigeon have left a hole in the American landscape and in
our collective memory. Moved by their stories, sculptor Todd McGrain set out to
bring their vanished forms back into the world by perma-nently placing his
elegant, evocative bronze memorials at the location of each bird’s demise.
“These birds are not commonly known and they ought to be, because forgetting
is another kind of extinction,” McGrain said. “It’s such a thorough
erasing.” The film tells the story of how these birds came to meet their
fates and the journey that leads McGrain from the swamps of Florida, the final
roosting ground of the Carolina Parakeet, to a tiny island off the coast of
Newfoundland, where some of the last Great Auks made their nests and where the
local towns-people still mourn their absence 150 years later. The Lost Bird
Project, directed by Deborah Dickson and produced by Muffie Meyer, is a film
about public art, extinction and memory. It is an elegy to five extinct North
American birds and a thoughtful, moving, sometimes humorous look at the artist
and his mission.” For more info: www.lostbirdfilm.org

Please join us Thursday September 4th at 7:30pm at the Tyvola Road Senior
Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte, NC 28210. If you know of others you think
may be interested, please let them know.

Christy Hill
MAS Publicity
Charlotte, NC 
Subject: American Turf Farm right now.
From: Jim Gould <jgouldoz AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:09:06 -0400
Good morning,

Here are a couple interesting birds that are right outside my car window:

1 Upland sandpiper
9 Buff-Breasted sandpiper
3 GB Herons
2oo+ Killdeer and starlings
Some mourning doves

Unfortunately, I only have a pair of binoculars. I wish I had a scope!
However, I'm only 28 years old and the money isn't there yet.

Also, the woman at the shack was very nice when I told her I was coming to
bird. This was my first experience at the American turf farm and it won't
be my last!

Now, time to get back to work.
Subject: Gray-cheeked Thrush Program
From: Brian Pendergraft <bkpendergraft AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 09:49:14 -0400
Folks,

This WILL BE the last email about the program.   I apologize if it causes
any issues.

The response has been awesome, and I'm looking forward to seeing a bunch of
folks this year!

I only have a couple of slots available on Oct. 1st, 2nd, or 3rd, and a
couple of more on September 27th.  October 4th and 5th are full.

If you are interested, please let me know.  All my future correspondences
will be with the attendees.

Thanks so much!


Brian Pendergraft
Falls Lake, NC
Subject: Wilson's Phalarope and Upland Sandpipers at American Turf Farms
From: <eal-jr AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 22:27:21 -0400 (EDT)
Hello Carolina Birders,

Sam Jolly and I went to American Turf Farms today, Aug 17th, as well as
Mattamuskeet to look for shorebirds. We ended up birding American Turf Farms
twice- first at 7:36 a.m. then on the way back at 2:30 p.m. If you enter the
farms and go under the bridge then take a left and turn right after passing a
shed onto the first dirt road, that is the one we were on.


We were able to find UPLAND SANDPIPERS on both trips, way back towards the tall
grass. We did NOT find any American Golden Plovers just BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS.
We got great views of PECTORAL SANDPIPERS and there were plenty in all the
fields also juveniles, many came up very close. The BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS
were on the left side of the road past the water tanks. 

However, we were able to find a WILSON:S PHALAROPE on our second try. We drove
way down past the first field and  farther down the road by the second field,
to the right of the road  amongst KILLDEERS. We used field marks such as its
thin, needle bill, plain gray wings and back, white rump,  slight darkness on
cheeks, and legs. Its posture was like a phalarope, when it was foraging it had
its head low to the ground all the time.
 
Many HORNED LARKS were feeding in the same field as the phalarope.

The Turf Farms are definitely offering some great shorebirds this time of year,
while Lake Landing and Mattamuskeet had to high waters for mudflats with little
excitement.

-Edward Landi
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Pitt Street Causeway
From: Jack Rogers <jack AT 4rogers.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 20:03:48 -0400
Departing the Causeway in Mt Pleasant, SC as I write this. Arrived around
6:30 PM to catch low tide as well as sunset. About 26 Black-bellied Plovers
(25 flyovers, 1 foraging), 2 flyby Semipalmated Plovers, 8 Clapper Rails
both calling, flying (surprisingly enough), and bathing. 3 Willet, 2 White
ibis, 4 Oystercatchers. Also, hit triple digits on Barn Swallows (100).
Overall, not bad.
Subject: Tryon, NC - 12 MISSISSIPPI KTES
From: Simon Harvey <harveyssc AT charter.net>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 17:17:12 -0400
At just before 10am While biking on Howard Gap Rd over big tomato field close 
to Lynn Rd (RT108) I saw 12 Mississippi Kites feeding overhead. Some birds were 
swooping low within 20ft of the ground. 


Better lucky than good!

Simon C. Harvey
Simpsonville, SC
Subject: Hefner Gap on the BRP still with good activity
From: william haddad <photobill9 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 17:11:36 -0400
From 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. Hefner Gap had good numbers of birds in mixed flocks
today. Many birds, although I was only able to pull  fewer Warbler species
out today. A few more pairs of eyes were needed as the birds crossed at
various places at and north of the parking lot simultaneously.

Even more than usual there were great numbers of Black-throated Greens. I
also saw Chestnut-sideds, Worm-eaters, Redstarts, Black and Whites,
Blackburnians, and a Hooded. There were a fair number of Bggs, R.B.
Grosbeaks, and Scarlet Tanagers. In addition to the Red-eyed Vireos which
have been numerous there lately, today I saw a couple of Blue-headed
Vireos. There were a few Wood Pewees and very many Cedar Waxwings as well
as the resident seed-eaters.

Last Friday,  I was happy to meet four birders from Burnsville, Beth and
Barry, Dave and Alice, who came to Hefner and enjoyed good birding with
similar flocks as today.

Bill Haddad
Spruce Pine, N.C.
Subject: MIKI at LAJA
From: <jamie.cameron AT ncparks.gov>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 15:47:17 -0400 (EDT)
A Mississippi kite flew across Lake James on the Burke Co. side heading towards
the Linville Dam around noon today.

Jamie Cameron
Black Mountain, NC
Subject: Black Vulture roost
From: Edith Tatum <ektatum AT nc.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 14:48:55 -0400
I was on Glenn School Road today and counted more than 25 Black Vultures
leave a roost.  I'd seen something like that number on top of the Verizon
store on rainy days.
Edith Tatum

Edith Tatum
Durham, NC
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Subject: Re: American White Pelicans at HPSP
From: Tom <tledford1207 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 14:46:39 -0400
There were ten Spoonbills at Huntington Beach State Park. They were foraging on 
both sides of the causeway fairly early and were later in the trees along the 
Atalaya Road with Wood Storks. There were many Wood Storks present today. We 
saw the Pelicans as we were leaving. 

Tom Ledford

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> On Aug 17, 2014, at 1:56 PM, "JerryK"  wrote:
> 
> There were 10 White Pelicans closely bunched off the causeway
> at 1:30 PM at Huntington Beach State Park today.
> Not sight of the Spoonbils.  Tide was in.
>  
> Jerry Kerschner
> Pawleys Island, SC
Subject: American White Pelicans at HPSP
From: "JerryK" <bogey AT sc.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 13:56:37 -0400
There were 10 White Pelicans closely bunched off the causeway
at 1:30 PM at Huntington Beach State Park today.
Not sight of the Spoonbils.  Tide was in.

Jerry Kerschner
Pawleys Island, SC
Subject: American Turf Farm
From: Brian Pendergraft <bkpendergraft AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 13:24:30 -0400
Nice morning at the Sod Farm:
buff breasted-3
Upland-3 (on turf)
Black bellied-12
Horned Lark-6
Pectoral-many
Least-many

Other species not noted

Heading back after lunch to turn a black bellied into Golden..

Brian Pendergraft
Falls Lake
Subject: Buff-breasted Sandpiper/Upland Sandpipers/Orangeburg Sod Farm
From: Craig <jcraigw1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 13:06:44 -0400
My daughter Shelley, Pam Ford, and I relocated the Buff-breasted Sandpiper and 
two Upland Sandpipers at the Orangeburg Sod Farm around noon today, we are 
still there, thanks to the sharp eyes of Shelley! The BBSA was in the same 
field as previously reported, and the Uplands were in the adjacent field to the 
east, and then flew to the next field to the east. 


Craig Watson
Mount Pleasant, SC

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Subject: Re: North end of Topsail, NC
From: Marty Wall <mwbirdmail AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 10:59:05 -0400
I have always parked along Port Drive and walked.  There is no parking at
the actual access to the inlet.  As you walk along River Drive you will
pass a pond and have several views into the marsh from the roadside.
Marty Wall
Eden, NC


On Sun, Aug 17, 2014 at 9:51 AM, Jamie Adams 
wrote:

> Does anyone know if there is parking at north end of Topsail or it's only
> access for 4WD vehicles?  Google earth leads me to believe it's the
> latter.  Don't want to drive all the way up there and not be able to get
> out there.  I don't mind walking far but as far as I can tell the nearest
> parking is miles away.
>
> Maybe I will stick to the south end.
>
> Jamie Adams
> Wilmington, NC
>
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Subject: Re: RFI Breeding Henslow's Sparrows in Coastal Plain (VOA?)
From: David Howell <polo.david AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 10:53:54 -0400
I've been several times in the past two years at the VOA spot, but I
haven't come across any.  I think they are pretty tough to find.  And
sometimes they require a scope.

David Howell
Raleigh, NC


On Sun, Aug 17, 2014 at 9:38 AM, Jamie Adams 
wrote:

> Hello all,
>
> I birded for a couple hours at the Beargrass VOA site yesterday with no
> luck.  I had some leads of good spots including the area near Horse Pen
> creek but there was no sign of Henslow's.
>
> Next time I will check the Southern VOA site, as I received a good lead
> for that.
>
> If anyone does find a Henslow's that is not using eBird, please let us
> know.
>
> I did got to American Turf Farms afterwards and got good looks at
> Buff-breasted SPs.
>
> Jamie Adams
> Wilmington, NC
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
> On Aug 15, 2014, at 4:49 PM, "Matt Janson" 
> wrote:
>
> Thanks Jamie!
>
> I think everyone would appreciate the update.
>
> It would be unfortunate to lose this species as a breeder in NC.  I
> believe this was formerly the most reliable place in the state for breeding
> Henslow's.
>
> Matt Janson
> Charlotte
>
>
> On Fri, Aug 15, 2014 at 7:05 AM, Jamie Adams 
> wrote:
>
>> I have been wondering this myself.  Is the minimal sightings because no
>> one has bothered going lately or because they are more scarce?
>>
>> I was thinking of going this weekend so I will let you know what I find.
>>
>> Jamie Adams
>> Wilmington, NC
>>
>> Sent from my iPad
>>
>> > On Aug 14, 2014, at 9:59 PM, "Matt Janson" 
>> wrote:
>> >
>> > Hi Folks,
>> > a birding friend from New York is spending time in Coastal NC and is
>> wondering how access/ Henslow's numbers are at the VOA site A northeast of
>> Greenville, NC.  It doesn't appear there are any e-bird reports or
>> listserve posts concerning this topic.
>> >
>> > Thanks for your help.
>> >
>> > Matthew
>> >
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Subject: Vulture Flock deep Gap
From: Badger <badgerboy AT wilkes.net>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 09:58:51 -0400
On august 12, there was a flock of about 25 vultures kettling on a  
thermal, at medium height, about a mile or 2 west of the parkway on  
US421.  4 of the vultures were Blacks.  Personally, I'm not used to  
seeing much of such massings outside of migration, so perhaps they  
were either migrating or engaging in pre-migration rituals.  And  
Black Vultures in the mountains are not very common to my  
experience.  Though there are a smattering of ebird sightings in  
summertime, they seem to always be 1 or 2 birds.

Guy McGrane
Deep Gap, NC
Subject: North end of Topsail, NC
From: Jamie Adams <Jamie.Adams AT quintiles.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 09:51:28 -0400
Does anyone know if there is parking at north end of Topsail or it's only 
access for 4WD vehicles? Google earth leads me to believe it's the latter. 
Don't want to drive all the way up there and not be able to get out there. I 
don't mind walking far but as far as I can tell the nearest parking is miles 
away. 


Maybe I will stick to the south end.

Jamie Adams
Wilmington, NC

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Subject: Re: RFI Breeding Henslow's Sparrows in Coastal Plain (VOA?)
From: Jamie Adams <Jamie.Adams AT quintiles.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 09:38:28 -0400
Hello all,

I birded for a couple hours at the Beargrass VOA site yesterday with no luck. I 
had some leads of good spots including the area near Horse Pen creek but there 
was no sign of Henslow's. 


Next time I will check the Southern VOA site, as I received a good lead for 
that. 


If anyone does find a Henslow's that is not using eBird, please let us know.

I did got to American Turf Farms afterwards and got good looks at Buff-breasted 
SPs. 


Jamie Adams
Wilmington, NC

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On Aug 15, 2014, at 4:49 PM, "Matt Janson" 
> wrote: 


Thanks Jamie!

I think everyone would appreciate the update.

It would be unfortunate to lose this species as a breeder in NC. I believe this 
was formerly the most reliable place in the state for breeding Henslow's. 


Matt Janson
Charlotte


On Fri, Aug 15, 2014 at 7:05 AM, Jamie Adams 
> wrote: 

I have been wondering this myself. Is the minimal sightings because no one has 
bothered going lately or because they are more scarce? 


I was thinking of going this weekend so I will let you know what I find.

Jamie Adams
Wilmington, NC

Sent from my iPad

> On Aug 14, 2014, at 9:59 PM, "Matt Janson" 
> wrote: 

>
> Hi Folks,
> a birding friend from New York is spending time in Coastal NC and is 
wondering how access/ Henslow's numbers are at the VOA site A northeast of 
Greenville, NC. It doesn't appear there are any e-bird reports or listserve 
posts concerning this topic. 

>
> Thanks for your help.
>
> Matthew
>
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Subject: Orangeburg Sod Farms
From: jcox3222 AT comcast.net
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 00:30:35 +0000 (UTC)
I made a loop through the various Orangeburg County Supersod farms this 
morning. There were pretty good numbers (75+) of pectoral sandpipers in the 
fields on the I-26 side of Supersod Blvd along with a few least sandpipers, 
lesser yellowlegs and two long-billed dowitchers. There were about 35 horned 
larks along the road leading west from the pump house on Supersod Blvd. 
Bookhardt farm didn't hold much so I went onto the farm on the east side of 
I-26 past Bookhardt. There were lots of cattle egret, white and glossy ibis in 
the field on the left side of the road and more least sandpipers and yellowlegs 
further down the road. I also had four blue grosbeaks scattered throughout the 
various farms. I also checked out several farms on the east side of I-26 but 
they were quiet. 

  
No buff-breasted or upland sandpipers were found although some of the fields 
have grass that is about right for uppies and both species have been reported 
in the area previously this month. Nothing out of the ordinary but nice to be 
looking for migrants again. I also ran into Arch McCallum as I was leaving the 
main farm to head to Bookhardt. I hadn't seen him since the June pelagic trip 
out Mount Pleasant. 

  
John Cox 
Mount Pleasant, SC 
www.fishcurlewcharters.net 
Subject: Re: Topsail Beach birds
From: Michael McCloy <prothonotarywarbler AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 19:41:54 -0400
All,

To be clear this location is at the north end of North Topsail Beach, in 
expansive marsh and flats at New River Inlet. I was in the area two days ago 
and stopped by, easily seeing the two reddish egrets that have been hanging out 
(today was the first day that four were present, apparently) as well as 18 
species of shorebirds. I was fortunate to run into Andrew (who has been seeing 
these birds recently) and bird with him for a few hours while I was there. 
Definitely worth checking out if you're in the area 


Mike McCloy
Graduate Research Assistant
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee
(910)690-3142
Mmccloy AT vols.utk.edu

> On Aug 16, 2014, at 19:03, "Ryan Justice"  wrote:
> 
> A friend of mine is visiting and has had some great birds this week. He had 4 
Reddish Egrets just today, with at least one each day. Also, he said he's had a 
Great Cormorant the past two days. He has pics, and will show me when he can 
download them. He's very credible and I wouldn't be surprised if he really did 
have one. He saw all birds at the north end of the island, and I think it would 
be worth checking if your in the area. 

> 
> Ryan Justice 
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Re: WNC Fletcher: Olive-sided Fly, etc. - 8/16/14
From: Steve Ritt <stevenmritt AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 19:10:02 -0400
There was also a Bobolink in the Van Wingerden field, and three Eurasian 
Collared-Doves on School House Road. 


Steve Ritt
Asheville, NC

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> On Aug 16, 2014, at 7:04 PM, Steve Ritt  wrote:
> 
> Simon Thompson's Olive-sided Flycatcher cooperatively continued behind the 
dog park in Fletcher Park this afternoon. A Great Egret in the pond may have 
been one of the birds that has been hanging out at Van Wingerden (Only one was 
at VW). 

> 
> An adult Bald Eagle and Osprey were at Lake Julian, but not seen a few hours 
later. 

> 
> Steve Ritt
> Asheville, NC
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
Subject: WNC Fletcher: Olive-sided Fly, etc. - 8/16/14
From: Steve Ritt <stevenmritt AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 19:04:47 -0400
Simon Thompson's Olive-sided Flycatcher cooperatively continued behind the dog 
park in Fletcher Park this afternoon. A Great Egret in the pond may have been 
one of the birds that has been hanging out at Van Wingerden (Only one was at 
VW). 


An adult Bald Eagle and Osprey were at Lake Julian, but not seen a few hours 
later. 


Steve Ritt
Asheville, NC

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Subject: Topsail Beach birds
From: Ryan Justice <blackburnian151 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 19:02:48 -0400
A friend of mine is visiting and has had some great birds this week. He had 4 
Reddish Egrets just today, with at least one each day. Also, he said he's had a 
Great Cormorant the past two days. He has pics, and will show me when he can 
download them. He's very credible and I wouldn't be surprised if he really did 
have one. He saw all birds at the north end of the island, and I think it would 
be worth checking if your in the area. 


Ryan Justice 

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Subject: BRP-Ridge Junction Overlook
From: Marilyn Westphal <mjwestph AT ret.unca.edu>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 18:05:55 -0400
It was surprisingly active this morning at Ridge Junction (mile 355.2) on
the Blue Ridge Parkway.  There were quite a few birds moving around, not
really a great directional migration, but a lot of feeding.  The biggest
surprise was a Nashville Warbler singing.  I couldn't see it although it
was pretty close, but it sang several times very clearly and the song is
pretty distinctive.  Rather early for this species.  That was the only bird
I could be sure was a real migrant, but there were some others up there
that don't usually occur at that elevation, so were at least moving
upslope if not migrating.  Most notably in that category were a little
bunch of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, a Red-eyed Vireo, and a Hooded Warbler.
We were only there for 45 minutes then moved on to Bald Knob Ridge trail to
do some plot analysis.  We got there about 7:45 and birds quieted down by
8:30.  All birds from these locations were as follows:
Broad-winged Hawk - 1
Common Raven - 1
Hairy Woodpecker -1
Hermit Thrush - 1 (on Bald Knob Ridge)
American Robin - 1
Red-breasted Nuthatch - 5
Brown Creeper - 2 (on Bald Knob Ridge - both singing!  Don't know what
they're up to)
Eastern Wood Pewee - 1
Alder Flycatcher - 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - 5
Blue-headed Vireo - 4 (singing, but they continue to sing way into
September, so not unusual)
Golden-crowned Kinglet - 7
Cedar Waxwing - 14
Black-throated Green Warbler - 3
Black-throated Blue Warbler - 3
Blackburnian Warbler - 4
Nashville Warbler - 1 (singing)
Hooded Warbler - 1 (juvenile)
Canada Warbler - 2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak - 1
Red Crossbill - 2 (still hanging out on Bald Knob Ridge)
Eastern Towhee - 1
Dark-eyed Junco - 6

Marilyn



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Subject: Patriot's Point, Mount Pleasant, SC
From: James Watson <jcraigw1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 17:43:23 -0400
Pam Ford and I spent part of the morning at Patriot's Point in Mount
Pleasant, SC, a well known spot for great birds and migrants.  We had 5
species of warblers; American Redstart, Prairie, Black-and-White,
Prothonotary, and Northern Waterthrush.  I think we had a Louisiana
Waterthrush also, but it flew away before we could get a diagnostic look.
 We also had a very close look at a Chuck-will's-widow perched on a limb,
and here is a link to the picture.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/lily_craig/14938923172/



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Happy Birding!
Subject: American Turf Farm, NC
From: Linda Ward <tankapoet2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 14:07:02 -0700
We saw a few species at the turf farm we hadn't seen there before, altho no
upland sandpiper today.

buff-breasted sandpiper  (3)
pectoral sandpipers       100 approx
killdeer                            100's
ruddy turnstone               2
black-bellied plover        10 (checked for golden, found none)
great egret                       1
semi-palm plovers           about 8-10
bob-white quail               about 8-10
American bittern             (1) flew up from beside ditch, flew quickly
into soybean field next to turf farm
blue grosbeak                 1 male, 1 female

BTW, at home in Currituck County this morning a Cooper's Hawk made a quick
flight thru our bird feeding area.

Also, we currently have at least one sow bear and one cub hanging out in
our woods and feeding in the corn field next to our property. We turn on an
old-type "boom box" at night to keep them from our yard and figs,
blueberries, etc. This has always worked before, but then again maybe they
just love the corn that much.

Linda Ward & Skip Hancock
Coinjock, NC
Subject: Reddish Egret
From: JILL <jm3567 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 15:26:51 -0400
Still at "south" Kiawah, inlet side, high tide,12:30 today. Canopy feeding 
behavior observed, with Aaron Given. 

Lifer!
Great birding,
Jill Midgett
Charleston



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Subject: Hatteras- update on ruby throated hummers
From: "am.hummingbird.photos AT gmail.com" <am.hummingbird.photos@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 10:50:27 -0400
Hi All
I have been receiving inquiries so I figured it might be time to send an update 
on the summer hummers here in our yard in Buxton. 


Mid week I documented 12 uniquely identifiable hatch year males, 3 adult males, 
and 2 identifiable different adult females. As to the hatch year females, it is 
too difficult right now to distinguish any individuals so I will be 
conservative and say there is one. 

So it has been a banner year for nests and babies here!
Right now, one of the adult males is undergoing molt on his head, one HY male 
has pin feathers on the top of his head ( very unusual), and one of the adult 
females is feeding for long periods at the feeder...which they usually do right 
before migration... 


Take care!



AM.Hummingbirds
Buxton, NC

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Subject: Roseate Spoonbills
From: "bobmax1 AT charter.net" <bobmax1@charter.net>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 10:37:17 -0400
We saw two Roseate Spoonbills at Huntington Beach S P about 9:30AM today. One 
was working the pluff mud on the saltmarsh side of the causeway and the other 
was flying over Mullet Pond. 

Bob and Judy Maxwell
bobmax1 AT charter.net

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Subject: Kiawah Island Banding Station
From: Aaron Given <amgiven AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 21:19:46 -0400
Hi all,
Today was the first day of fall migration banding at the Kiawah Island Banding 
Station (KIBS). It was a really good day with 69 birds banded and 4 recaptures 
of 15 different species. As I have the last two years, the KIBS blog will be 
updated daily with the results of each day, photos, and occasionally other 
information on molt, plumage, ageing, and sexing of certain species. I won't be 
regularly posting our results on CarolinaBirds unless we catch something 
noteworthy, so please check out the blog if you are interested in following 
along with us this fall. We will be banding everyday from now until 30 
November. 

Good Birding!
Aaron GivenKiawah Island, SC     		 	   		  
Subject: Re: RFI Breeding Henslow's Sparrows in Coastal Plain (VOA?)
From: Matt Janson <m.janson.geolover AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 16:49:36 -0400
Thanks Jamie!

I think everyone would appreciate the update.

It would be unfortunate to lose this species as a breeder in NC.  I believe
this was formerly the most reliable place in the state for breeding
Henslow's.

Matt Janson
Charlotte


On Fri, Aug 15, 2014 at 7:05 AM, Jamie Adams 
wrote:

> I have been wondering this myself.  Is the minimal sightings because no
> one has bothered going lately or because they are more scarce?
>
> I was thinking of going this weekend so I will let you know what I find.
>
> Jamie Adams
> Wilmington, NC
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
> > On Aug 14, 2014, at 9:59 PM, "Matt Janson" 
> wrote:
> >
> > Hi Folks,
> > a birding friend from New York is spending time in Coastal NC and is
> wondering how access/ Henslow's numbers are at the VOA site A northeast of
> Greenville, NC.  It doesn't appear there are any e-bird reports or
> listserve posts concerning this topic.
> >
> > Thanks for your help.
> >
> > Matthew
> >
> > --
> > Matthew D. Janson
> > 28270 NC
> > (704)-845-6030
>
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Subject: Redstart_BL&WHwarbler_MeggettSC_ChasCo
From: Cherrie Sneed <sneedcb AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 16:10:16 -0400
Greetings,

This morning while walking on Church Flats Rd in Meggett, SC I spotted a
busy flock of birds that included 2 Redstarts, a Black and White Warbler, a
pair of Summer Tanagers, Gnatcatchers, Chickadees, Titmice and E.
Bluebirds.

Cherrie

-- 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
*Cherrie & Dan Sneed*
Meggett, SC
Charleston County
                       &
Robbinsville, NC
Graham County
Subject: a couple of warblers
From: Philip Dickinson <pdickins AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:46:06 -0400
At Pilot Mountain State Park this morning, I had an eye-level view of a
Yellow-throated and a Canada Warbler moving around together in the saddle
between Little and Big Pinnacle.  These both were new Surry County birds for
me (will check Birds of North Carolina website). A few minutes later I
watched an immature Bald Eagle chase off a Cooper's Hawk high over the
parking lot. I also enjoyed watching a Common Raven glide off Big Pinnacle.

Phil Dickinson
Winston-Salem

Subject: Anhinga, Upper Falls Lake, NC
From: John Finnegan <jtfinnegan AT outlook.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:28:49 -0400
While canoeing the upper Falls Lake area yesterday morning (8/14), I observed 
an female Anhinga just upstream of the Neuse River RR bridge. It was initially 
perched near the top of a tree in the wooded pennisula directly east of the 
center of the bridge and across the water. It however, did not like the looks 
of me, croaked a few times, and flew off to the north. I got good looks at the 
long narrow, yellowish, unhooked bill, small brown head and brown neck & 
breast; long black tail, black body, and black wings with silvery upperwing 
coverts. 


John Finnegan
Raleigh, NC
 		 	   		  
Subject: Common Ground Dove
From: "bobmax1 AT charter.net" <bobmax1@charter.net>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 14:59:57 -0400
What is the status of the ground dove in S C? We always had several in our yard 
here at South Lichfield Beach sunning on the pine straw around our shrubs. John 
Cely had me keep a daily list for him when he was working for the SC DNR, and 
now I haven't seen one in several years. 

Thanks. Bob Maxwell. bobmax1 AT  charter.net
Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID
Subject: CNC Jordan Lake: Laughing Gulls, Caspian Ts - 8/15/14
From: Steve Ritt <stevenmritt AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 13:37:46 -0400
Three Laughing Gulls and three Caspian Terns are on both sides of the southern 
Farrington Road crossing over Jordan Lake (just N of Hwy 64). 


Steve Ritt
Asheville, NC

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: eBird filters
From: <rd4birds AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:15:58 -0400
All,

To follow up on Nathan’s reply: Monroe County, FL had the same issue with a 
county-wide eBird filter. eBird project managers were able to separate the 
county into 4 filters so if you travel to Monroe County, FL and you use eBird, 
the choices are now: Dry Tortugas, Lower Keys, Upper Keys and Mainland. The Big 
Cypress area of Monroe County hosts specific species not seen in other areas 
but so far, eBird has been unable to offer a fifth choice. Establishing 
multiple filters for a state involves work for the eBird team, lots of work for 
state eBird reviewers who establish the new filters, but the data sets are more 
accurate. 


Best,
Robin Diaz
Key Biscayne, FL and Boone, NC 
Subject: The Center for Birds of Prey; Hawk Watch 2014
From: Audrey Poplin <apoplin8 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 10:12:48 -0400
The Center for Birds of Prey in Charleston, SC is recruiting volunteers for
the  annual South Carolina Coastal Raptor Migration Survey.  The survey
begins on September 1 and runs through November 30th. The standard
observation hours are 10am-1pm but observation beyond these hours is
welcomed. We will be offering an orientation on Sunday, August 24th from
10am-12pm covering Hawk Watch protocols, counting techniques and basic
raptor identification. Volunteers of all skill levels are welcomed!
Interested individuals should contact Audrey Poplin at
audrey.poplin AT avianconservationcenter.org.
Subject: Laughing Gulls Continue Plus Caspian Terns-- Lake Hickory
From: Dwayne Martin <redxbill AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 10:11:53 -0400
We checked the lower end of Lake Hickory this morning and found 5 Laughing
Gulls continuing at Dusty Ridge Access area in Alexander Co.  We then had 4
Caspian Terns feeding in the lake at the Taylorsville Beach Marina. Very
interesting how long the Laughing Gulls have stuck around.  They are almost
always one day wonders around here.


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: Purple Martin roost in Yadkin County
From: John Haire <johnhaire AT starpower.net>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 08:44:37 -0400
There was still a good show last night with many, many thousands of 
birds.  We watched from the NC DOT parking lot on Shacktown Rd just east 
of Unifi Industrial Dr.  A few hundred birds flew overhead, but the vast 
majority were farther away than I expected based on the reports, mostly 
over the Unifi plant itself.  Binoculars recommended.  As reported 
earlier, the show starts a little after 8 and all the birds were gone by 
8:30 or so.  For multi-taskers, we had a pretty decent meal in NC's most 
improbably located German restaurant, on Ray T. Moore Rd. in the soybean 
fields of Yadkinville.

Good birding ---

John Haire
Winston-Salem


From: Cutler/Blackford
Date: Thursday, August 14, 2014 3:41 PM
To: Carolinabirds
Subject: Purple Martin roost in Yadkin County

Can anyone tell me if the martins are still at the Unifi plant in Yadkin
county? I¹d like to go there tomorrow evening but don¹t want to make the
drive if the birds have gone. Please email me at cutford AT skybest.com if you
have this information.
Thanks,
Martha Cutler - See more at: 

http://birding.aba.org/message.php?mesid=749776&MLID=NzC&MLNM=North%20and%20South%20Carolina#sthash.FvBIVJQx.dpuf 


From: Cutler/Blackford
Date: Thursday, August 14, 2014 3:41 PM
To: Carolinabirds
Subject: Purple Martin roost in Yadkin County

Can anyone tell me if the martins are still at the Unifi plant in Yadkin
county? I¹d like to go there tomorrow evening but don¹t want to make the
drive if the birds have gone. Please email me at cutford AT skybest.com if you
have this information.
Thanks,
Martha Cutler - See more at: 

http://birding.aba.org/message.php?mesid=749776&MLID=NzC&MLNM=North%20and%20South%20Carolina#sthash.FvBIVJQx.dpuf 


From: Cutler/Blackford
Date: Thursday, August 14, 2014 3:41 PM
To: Carolinabirds
Subject: Purple Martin roost in Yadkin County

Can anyone tell me if the martins are still at the Unifi plant in Yadkin
county? I¹d like to go there tomorrow evening but don¹t want to make the
drive if the birds have gone. Please email me at cutford AT skybest.com if you
have this information.
Thanks,
Martha Cutler - See more at: 

http://birding.aba.org/message.php?mesid=749776&MLID=NzC&MLNM=North%20and%20South%20Carolina#sthash.FvBIVJQx.dpuf 


From: Cutler/Blackford
Date: Thursday, August 14, 2014 3:41 PM
To: Carolinabirds
Subject: Purple Martin roost in Yadkin County

Can anyone tell me if the martins are still at the Unifi plant in Yadkin
county? I¹d like to go there tomorrow evening but don¹t want to make the
drive if the birds have gone. Please email me at cutford AT skybest.com if you
have this information.
Thanks,
Martha Cutler - See more at: 

http://birding.aba.org/message.php?mesid=749776&MLID=NzC&MLNM=North%20and%20South%20Carolina#sthash.FvBIVJQx.dpuf 


From: Cutler/Blackford
Date: Thursday, August 14, 2014 3:41 PM
To: Carolinabirds
Subject: Purple Martin roost in Yadkin County

Can anyone tell me if the martins are still at the Unifi plant in Yadkin
county? I¹d like to go there tomorrow evening but don¹t want to make the
drive if the birds have gone. Please email me at cutford AT skybest.com if you
have this information.
Thanks,
Martha Cutler
Subject: Re: RFI Breeding Henslow's Sparrows in Coastal Plain (VOA?)
From: Jamie Adams <Jamie.Adams AT quintiles.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 07:05:03 -0400
I have been wondering this myself. Is the minimal sightings because no one has 
bothered going lately or because they are more scarce? 


I was thinking of going this weekend so I will let you know what I find.

Jamie Adams
Wilmington, NC

Sent from my iPad

> On Aug 14, 2014, at 9:59 PM, "Matt Janson"  
wrote: 

> 
> Hi Folks,
> a birding friend from New York is spending time in Coastal NC and is 
wondering how access/ Henslow's numbers are at the VOA site A northeast of 
Greenville, NC. It doesn't appear there are any e-bird reports or listserve 
posts concerning this topic. 

> 
> Thanks for your help.
> 
> Matthew
> 
> -- 
> Matthew D. Janson
> 28270 NC
> (704)-845-6030

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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Cape Romain NWR--Bulls Island, Aug 14, 2014
From: David McLean <dcmclean AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 22:05:42 -0400
Th 14 Aug 2014


All,


   Susan Thompson and Brian Houghton joined me today on Bulls Island for
the ongoing waterfowl/shorebird survey. It was a "Chamber of Commerce"
weather day! Captain Richard Stuhr and First Mate/Naturalist Olivia Wilson
of Coastal Expeditions gave us their usual first rate service in getting us
out to the island and back. Many thanks!


   We tallied 46 species on the survey proper, 61 species on the day's
outing. My eBird checklist is appended, below, FYI. Great finds on the day
included Purple Gallinule (including 1 mature and 3 chicks!), Black-bellied
Whistling Ducks, Green-winged Teal, Reddish Egret (juvenile), Roseate
Spoonbill, Cooper's Hawk, Bald Eagle, Piping Plover, Whimbrel, and American
Avocet. Misses included Wilson's Plover, Marbled Godwit (recently present
in high numbers), and American Oystercatcher (though Richard and Olivia saw
one early that I missed).


   Non avian wildlife sightings included Atlantic bottle-nosed dolphin, fox
squirrel (1 along the road to the dock, 1 along Lighthouse Road at Beach
Road), American alligator, spiders on webs, butterflies, and dragonflies.
Once again the mosquitos and deer flies were mercifully very few.


   After Sunday's perigee/full moon (aka "super moon") the tides were
running high and were further aided by steady NE to E winds today. The
trunk connecting Jack's Creek to Bulls Bay was open allowing a significant
inflow of seawater into Jack's Creek thus raising the water level
appreciably. Also the marsh oceanfront at Jack's Creek has recently been
filled with the high tides yet continues to drain back into the ocean. The
dunes continue to accrete on the North Beach--there was significant exposed
beach even with these astronomical high tides.


   Looking forward at the tidal calendar suggests the following dates for
our next waterfowl/shorebird survey:


Th 28 Aug 2014 high tide 5.2 ft at 10:09 AM

Fri 29 Aug 2014 high tide 5.2 ft at 10:44 AM

Sat 30 Aug 2014 high tide 5.2 ft at 11:21 AM


Stay tuned for further plans.


   I am cross-posting this email to Carolinabirds in advance of the
upcoming fall Carolina Bird Club (CBC) meeting in Charleston 26 to 28 Sept
2014 and the field trips to Bulls Island.


Regards,


David McLean

Charleston, SC

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: 
Date: Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 8:50 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Cape Romain NWR--Bulls Island, Aug 14, 2014
To: dcmclean AT gmail.com


Cape Romain NWR--Bulls Island, Charleston, US-SC
Aug 14, 2014 8:30 AM - 3:40 PM
Protocol: Traveling
17.999 mile(s)
Comments:     Conducting the ongoing Bulls Island waterfowl/shorebird
survey. Effort: 4.15 mi and 30 min by ferry plus 10.7 mi and 2 hr by truck
plus 3.7 mi and 4 hr 40 min by foot. Weather: clear, sunny, and warm; temps
77 F to 85 F; winds NE early becoming E late AM, at 5 mph. High tide was
forecast to be 5.9 ft at 11:24 AM but was higher due to the perigee/full
moon (Super Moon) on Sun 10 Aug 2014 and due to the steady NE to E winds.
It was a 'Chamber of Commerce' weather day! 
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.6.3 61 species Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 2 Wood Duck 2 Mottled Duck 1 Green-winged Teal 1 Female. Showed green speculum. Pied-billed Grebe 1 Wood Stork 3 Double-crested Cormorant 12 Fewer than expected. Anhinga 5 American White Pelican 7 Brown Pelican 127 Many on sandbar off North Beach, many more on beachfront at Jack's Creek. Least Bittern 2 Great Blue Heron 3 Great Egret 22 Snowy Egret 105 Many were resting together in Upper Summerhouse Pond. Little Blue Heron 3 3 immature Tricolored Heron 21 Reddish Egret 1 Juvenile Green Heron 10 Black-crowned Night-Heron 6 White Ibis 1 Glossy Ibis 6 Roseate Spoonbill 14 Very pink, spoon-shaped bills. A fairly accurate count. Turkey Vulture 5 Osprey 5 Cooper's Hawk 1 Bald Eagle 1 1 mature, along Intra-coastal waterway (ICWW). Purple Gallinule 4 1 mature, 3 chick/juveniles Common Gallinule 25 Black-necked Stilt 11 American Avocet 1 Grey Plover 30 Semipalmated Plover 260 On the beachfront and the beachfront marsh at Jack's Creek. Piping Plover 1 No apparent leg bands or flags. Spotted Sandpiper 4 Greater Yellowlegs 3 Willet 62 Most on private dock immediately north of Garris Landing as the tide rose. Lesser Yellowlegs 1 Whimbrel 2 Ruddy Turnstone 18 On the beachfront. Excellent, close binocular views. Sanderling 243 On the North Beach and many in the oceanfront marsh at Jack's Creek. Semipalmated Sandpiper 9 Short-billed Dowitcher 33 Laughing Gull 146 Ring-billed Gull 1 Least Tern 113 A conservative estimate. Gull-billed Tern 19 A conservative estimate. Black Tern 236 Most resting on the wet sands in the marsh oceanfront at Jack's Creek. Forster's Tern 25 A conservative estimate. Royal Tern 199 Resting beachfront and in the marsh oceanfront at Jack's. Several on the wing with small fish held in bills. Sandwich Tern 20 Black Skimmer 24 Mourning Dove 2 Belted Kingfisher 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 American Crow 2 Barn Swallow 3 Marsh Wren 2 Northern Mockingbird 3 Northern Cardinal 12 Red-winged Blackbird 20 Boat-tailed Grackle 10 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19470712 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) -- David C. McLean, Jr. DCMcLean AT gmail DOT com
Subject: RFI Breeding Henslow's Sparrows in Coastal Plain (VOA?)
From: Matt Janson <m.janson.geolover AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 21:59:04 -0400
Hi Folks,
a birding friend from New York is spending time in Coastal NC and is
wondering how access/ Henslow's numbers are at the VOA site A northeast of
Greenville, NC.  It doesn't appear there are any e-bird reports or
listserve posts concerning this topic.

Thanks for your help.

Matthew

-- 
Matthew D. Janson
28270 NC
(704)-845-6030
Subject: Falls Lake Red-breasted Nuthatch Photo
From: andrew thornton <andrew.k.thornton AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 21:08:25 -0400
I forgot to include the link to the ebird list with the photo of the
Red-breasted Nuthatch, which I have now included, along with a few other
photos from the morning:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19465297

Also, a few people have pointed out that the previously reported
Red-breasted Nuthatch in Durham was several miles away at 17 Acre Woods.
 So this bird has either moved locations, or there are several
over-summering Red-breasted Nuthatches in Durham.  Pretty crazy!

Andrew Thornton
Julian, NC
Subject: Re: EBird report
From: Nate Swick <nswick AT aba.org>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 20:54:37 -0400
It's a pitfall of the county level filters eBird uses more than anything.
Or perhaps the pitfall of short-sighted cartographers who cared little for
ecology when drawing their political boundaries.

Both species are rare on the Outer Banks, but neither are unusual on the
mainland.  We've been working on getting an OBX specific filter in place so
as to catch these inconsistencies (so Bachman's Sparrow, for instance,
would be flagged on the islands but not on the mainland), and that should
be coming somewhat soon. In the meantime, thanks for catching those reports
that slip through the cracks.

Nate Swick
Greensboro, NC
eBird NC reviewer


On Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 8:48 PM, Brian Patteson 
wrote:

> Call that the pitfalls of eBird?  Common?  Far from it.  You would have
> better odds for Black-beelied Storm-Petrel on the next pelagic trip.
>
> Brian Patteson
> Hatteras, NC
>
> On Aug 14, 2014, at 7:31 PM, Ryan Justice wrote:
>
> > I saw two eBird reports today of Bachman's Sparrow at both North Pond of
> Pea Island and Alligator River. Also a Grasshopper was reported at Pea. How
> common are those two species in that area? Is that unusual?
> >
> > Ryan Justice
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone
>
>


-- 
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Subject: Re: EBird report
From: Ryan Justice <blackburnian151 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 20:51:14 -0400
Yeah, I didn't think it was likely at all. Mike your right, they're are a lot 
of juveniles around which aren't hard to misidentify. But I think both those 
species should at least be flagged as rare on eBird. 


Ryan Justice

Sent from my iPhone

> On Aug 14, 2014, at 8:48 PM, Brian Patteson  wrote:
> 
> Call that the pitfalls of eBird? Common? Far from it. You would have better 
odds for Black-beelied Storm-Petrel on the next pelagic trip. 

> 
> Brian Patteson
> Hatteras, NC 
> 
>> On Aug 14, 2014, at 7:31 PM, Ryan Justice wrote:
>> 
>> I saw two eBird reports today of Bachman's Sparrow at both North Pond of Pea 
Island and Alligator River. Also a Grasshopper was reported at Pea. How common 
are those two species in that area? Is that unusual? 

>> 
>> Ryan Justice 
>> 
>> Sent from my iPhone
> 
Subject: Re: EBird report
From: Brian Patteson <patteson1 AT embarqmail.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 20:48:29 -0400
Call that the pitfalls of eBird? Common? Far from it. You would have better 
odds for Black-beelied Storm-Petrel on the next pelagic trip. 


Brian Patteson
Hatteras, NC 

On Aug 14, 2014, at 7:31 PM, Ryan Justice wrote:

> I saw two eBird reports today of Bachman's Sparrow at both North Pond of Pea 
Island and Alligator River. Also a Grasshopper was reported at Pea. How common 
are those two species in that area? Is that unusual? 

> 
> Ryan Justice 
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Cooper's Hawk low glide by Alexander Drive and NC 147 Durham Freeway
From: Kim Peacock <avesnc AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 20:26:26 -0400
This evening at 6:30 pm while sitting at the stop light on Alexander Drive
over NC 147 I had a great view of the Cooper's Hawk as it did a low and
slow southerly glide right  in front of me, no more then 30 feet away.
It's the best time I have ever had waiting for a red light to turn green.
Yes, the hawk was moving faster than the traffic on NC 147 below.

Durham, NC
Subject: Very few Black Rat snakes this summer
From: Frank Enders <fkenders AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 20:18:32 -0400
Had a lot fewer encounters with Black Rat Snakes this breeding season, here at 
home. Saw a few dead on paved roads or seen crossing them. Maybe only 10-25% of 
usual. Too much rain? 

 
One way I notice this animal is its droppings; more usual is hysterical birds. 


Best wishes,
 
 
 
 
Frank Enders, Halifax, NC



 		 	   		  
Subject: EBird report
From: Ryan Justice <blackburnian151 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 19:31:57 -0400
I saw two eBird reports today of Bachman's Sparrow at both North Pond of Pea 
Island and Alligator River. Also a Grasshopper was reported at Pea. How common 
are those two species in that area? Is that unusual? 


Ryan Justice 

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Re: Purple Martin roost in Yadkin County
From: Philip Dickinson <pdickins AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 17:44:59 -0400
A friend told me that last Saturday or Sunday, the numbers seemed greatly
reduced. However, the weather that night included a drizzling rain and fog
making for poor visibility and perhaps less activity. I have not heard one
way or the other since then, though. There have been no reports on eBird.
There is a good chance large numbers are still around, but I cannot make any
promises.

Phil Dickinson
Winston-Salem

From:  Cutler/Blackford 
Date:  Thursday, August 14, 2014 3:41 PM
To:  Carolinabirds 
Subject:  Purple Martin roost in Yadkin County

Can anyone tell me if the martins are still at the Unifi plant in Yadkin
county? Id like to go there tomorrow evening but dont want to make the
drive if the birds have gone. Please email me at cutford AT skybest.com if you
have this information.
Thanks,
Martha Cutler

Subject: Purple Martin roost in Yadkin County
From: Cutler/Blackford <cutford AT skybest.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:41:28 -0400
Can anyone tell me if the martins are still at the Unifi plant in Yadkin
county? Id like to go there tomorrow evening but dont want to make the
drive if the birds have gone. Please email me at cutford AT skybest.com if you
have this information.
Thanks,
Martha Cutler

Subject: Gray-cheeked Thrush - October Program
From: Brian Pendergraft <bkpendergraft AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:12:28 -0400
Folks,

I have heard from many folks already, and I still have a few spots left for
each day.  I had to add Saturday the 4th (FULL), and Sunday the 5th as
well.  In addition, I'm also going to be available on Saturday, September
27th.  (I would guess that there will be a Gray-cheek by this date.)

Due to other commitments, these six (6) days will be the only days that I
can be available. That said, anyone is welcome at anytime, as long as I
know ahead of time.

Let me know if there is anyone else out there who would like to
participate.  I look forward to seeing everyone who signed up.  The
response has been fantastic, and I am excited!



*2014 Gray-cheeked Thrush Program*

*Falls Lake, NC*



Folks,

The calendar says mid-August, and the warbler migration will be in full
swing next month.  September also brings the thrushes to thrive on the
dogwood berries in my little habitat in northern Wake County.  Once again
it looks like a good berry crop this year, so I expect lots of birds
feasting in the front yard, with good looks at all the thrushes and a few
warblers and vireos as well.

I’m prepared to plan for the 3rd annual Gray-cheeked Thrush Program if the
interest is there again.  Last year I had over forty birders visit the
property, and the feedback I received was very positive.  This year I have
birded with a few people that previously attended the program, and many
have expressed the interest to come back again.  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed
having everyone, and it’s an absolute joy sorting through the birds and
learning more about these temporary visitors.

I have hosted the Gray-cheeks since 2005, and typically they arrive around
October 1st.  However the last two years has been a little earlier, with
the initial sightings being on the 25th of September.  The number of
Gray-cheeks is typically 2-4, with 3-4 Wood, and 4-6 Swainson’s.  The
Rose-breasted Grosbeaks have been down the last couple of years, but we
should see 1-3, and the Scarlet Tanagers will outnumber everything with a
6-8 count.

I’m going to start the program this year with three dates in mind, and if I
have a lot of folks who are interested, I’ll add additional dates.  I like
having around eight folks at a time so that everyone can get great looks,
and enjoy the entire experience.

*Wednesday, October 1st*

*Thursday, October 2nd*

*Friday, October 3rd*

The weekends before and after can also be available if the interest is
there.  I typically have at least one Gray-cheek on the 15th of October,
but not much later.

The program is directed towards the three thrushes that we see:  Gray-cheeked,
Wood, & Swainson’s .  The Veery will have already come through, and it will
be too early for Hermit Thrushes.  I also expect to see Scarlet Tanagers
and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, as well as at least two species of vireos.  The
fall can be exciting for warblers as well.  Last fall I had 20 warbler
species (not including Pine), and many were seen during the thrush program.
Highlights included BLACK-THROATED GREEN, BLACK-THROATED BLUE,
BAY-BREASTED, BLACKPOLL, BLACKBURNIAN, CAPE MAY, CHESTNUT-SIDED, MAGNOLIA,
and others.  In 2012 we had TENNESSEE AND YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT.

My property is 3 acres, but we only bird about a 1/3 of it, and simply put,
the birding is extremely easy.  A lot of the birds can be seen from the
driveway, with little or no effort.  We will listen for the thrush calls,
and learn the subtle differences.

We will listen for the warbler chip notes, and of course follow the
chickadee and titmice flocks.  Other sounds and sights will include
numerous species of woodpeckers, and all the other common yard birds.  Last
year I had 67 total species in September and 63 in October, so we should
have enough birds to look at.

The program starts at 8:00am, and usually ends around 11:00, depending on
the bird activity.  A few times some folks wanted to stay a little later,
and on two occasions a small group of us birded other areas around Wake
County after the program.

If you are interested, please reply off list, and let me know which of the
three dates is best for you.  If there is a weekend date that is better for
you, I’ll try and make that work as well.  One of my favorite times of year
is the last week of September and first week of October, so I’ll be in the
yard regardless.  I am hoping to reach 70 species during the month of
September or October, so come on by and help me out!



Brian Pendergraft

bkpendergraft AT gmail.com

Falls Lake, NC

Loveforbirds.com
Subject: BPB birds addendum
From: william haddad <photobill9 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 14:16:37 -0400
OPPS. - make that NORTH of the parking lot at Hefner Gap.