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Skimmers,©Julie Zickefoose

29 Jan Red Knots on Bogue Banks, NC ["John Fussell" ]
29 Jan Razorbill at Wrightsville Beach,NC [Gilbert Grant ]
29 Jan Gastonia, NC Red-Shouldered Hawk Nest ["Keith E. Camburn" ]
28 Jan Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Southern Village today []
28 Jan Re: Good Find [David Lenat ]
28 Jan Re: Pungo update? [Ron Clark ]
28 Jan Re: Pungo update? []
28 Jan Re: Corvid grand slam in Greensboro [Dwayne Martin ]
28 Jan Re: Corvid grand slam in Greensboro [Philip Dickinson ]
28 Jan Corvid grand slam in Greensboro [Will Cook ]
28 Jan Re: Good find [Kent Fiala ]
28 Jan RE: Odd Bird Feeder Partners ["Canfield, Chris" ]
28 Jan Re: Good find [Chris Clarke ]
28 Jan Pungo update? [Clyde Sorenson ]
28 Jan Re: Good find ["Herbert, Teri Lynn" ]
28 Jan First Pine Siskin this morning [Tom Krakauer ]
28 Jan White Pelicans, Huntingdon Beach, SC [James Poling ]
28 Jan Re: Digest for carolinabirds - Wed, 28 Jan 2015 [Jimerson ]
28 Jan Duck Invasion Starting? [Dwayne Martin ]
28 Jan purple finches and rainbow snake, Currituck Co., NC [Linda Ward ]
28 Jan White-winged Scoter Lake Hickory [Dwayne Martin ]
28 Jan Burke's Garden trip offering this Saturday []
28 Jan RE: EXTERNAL: Re: Good find ["Holm, Karen" ]
27 Jan Long-tailed Duck at Ft. Fisher, New Hanover Cty. NC [Bruce Smithson ]
28 Jan Odd Bird Feeder Partners [Greg Massey ]
28 Jan Odd Bird Feeder Partners [Greg Massey ]
27 Jan Re: Good find [Marcus Simpson ]
27 Jan Re: Good find []
27 Jan Good find [Ken Yount ]
27 Jan Eared Grebe and Common Eider at North Topsail Beach, NC [Gilbert Grant ]
26 Jan Iceland Gull in Dare/Wanchese, NC continues [Jim Gould ]
26 Jan Golden Eagle in northern Wilkes Co. []
26 Jan CBC Dominican Republic Trip Report [Scott Winton ]
26 Jan Rough-legged Hawk photos [Scott Winton ]
26 Jan Common eiders still present at Edisto Beach, SC [Irvin Pitts ]
26 Jan North River Farms (Carteret County, NC) on Sunday ["John Fussell" ]
26 Jan Female Harlequin continues [Jim Gould ]
25 Jan Horned Grebe []
25 Jan Long OBX Sunday [Ricky Davis ]
25 Jan Caper's Island Shorebird count [Jack Rogers ]
25 Jan HUNTINGTON BEACH STATE PARK, SC [Pamela Ford ]
25 Jan Glaucous Gull, Pacific Loon, Long-tailed Duck - Wrightsville, Figure 8 Island [Derb Carter ]
25 Jan Feeder Species - Yard [Brian Pendergraft ]
25 Jan Cackling Goose- Washington Co NC [Ryan Justice ]
25 Jan Forsyth Surf Scoter [Philip Dickinson ]
25 Jan Northern Gannet movement Cooper River, Charleston 1/24/15 [Andrew Joslin ]
24 Jan Greater White-fronted Goose, Charleston SC []
24 Jan Allegany rough-legged hawk continues [Scott Winton ]
24 Jan Folly Beach fishing pier [Jack Rogers ]
24 Jan Rufous and Ruby-throated Hummingbirds ["Buddy Campbell" ]
23 Jan Re: golden eagle, Hyde County, NC [Jeff Lewis ]
23 Jan Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Carolina Beach SP []
23 Jan Jordan Lake (NC) CBC compiler's notes [Norman Budnitz ]
23 Jan Re: Rough-legged Hawk continues in Allegany County [Jesse Pope ]
23 Jan Sandhill Cranes in Beaufort, NC ["John Fussell" ]
23 Jan FW: eBird Report - 28560 New Bern, Jan 23, 2015 ["Olwen jarvis" ]
23 Jan Re: Pine Siskins and Purple Finches in Carteret County, NC [Holly Powell ]
23 Jan Rufous Hummingbird RUHU ["Buddy Campbell" ]
23 Jan Lapland Longspur and Snow Buntings still at Cape Hatteras ["Elizabeth Wilkins/vanMontfrans" ]
23 Jan Rough-legged Hawk continues in Allegany County []
23 Jan Geese and other waterfowl in Western NC [Simon Thompson ]
23 Jan Black sunflower Seed ["Matt Curran" ]
23 Jan Re: Pine Siskins and Purple Finches in Carteret County, NC [jessie dale ]
23 Jan RE: Pine Siskins and Purple Finches in Carteret County, NC [Elizabeth Faison ]
23 Jan Chapel Hill Bird Club meeting [Kent Fiala ]
22 Jan Georgia Pelagic Trip Opportunity - Tybee Island GA - 1/25/2014 [Mark McShane ]
22 Jan Blue Wall Birding Festival, April 16-19 in Upstate SC ["Jeff Click" ]
22 Jan Re: Pine Siskins and Purple Finches in Carteret County, NC [Jesse Pope ]
22 Jan Bald Eagles depredate wounded Mallard drake []
22 Jan Falls Lake CBC Results, northern wake county NC [Brian Bockhahn ]
22 Jan Fwd: eBird Report - Eastwood, James Island, Jan 22, 2015 [Dennis Forsythe ]
22 Jan Black-and-white Warblers in Carteret County, NC ["John Fussell" ]
22 Jan Re: Pine Siskins and Purple Finches in Carteret County, NC [Brian Pendergraft ]
22 Jan Re: Pine Siskins and Purple Finches in Carteret County, NC [Brian Pendergraft ]
22 Jan Pine Siskins and Purple Finches in Carteret County, NC ["John Fussell" ]
21 Jan Re: Golden Eagles in Alleghany/Wilkes/Surry [Badger ]

Subject: Red Knots on Bogue Banks, NC
From: "John Fussell" <jfuss AT clis.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:06:34 -0500
I regularly walk and jog the easternmost three miles of Bogue Banks (east 
Atlantic Beach/Fort Macon State Park).

In the past, I have consistently found feeding Red Knots along this section 
of beach in winter.  However, this winter I have not seen a single knot in 
this area.  It seems likely that this is related to the fact that this 
section of beach (or most of it) had a beach nourishment project last 
spring.

This morning, I decided to go west, away from the beach nourishment project. 
About 2 miles to the west I found a feeding group of 22 knots, and still 
farther west, another group of 46 knots.

John Fussell
Morehead City, NC 
Subject: Razorbill at Wrightsville Beach,NC
From: Gilbert Grant <gilbert_grant AT usa.net>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 09:17:23 -0500
This morning around 07:30 there was an immature Razorbill just off the end of 
Johnnie Mercer's Pier at Wrightsville Beach, New Hanover County, NC. I will 
post a photo to the CBC photo gallery once my computer becomes operational 
again. 


Gilbert S. Grant
Sneads Ferry, NC

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Gastonia, NC Red-Shouldered Hawk Nest
From: "Keith E. Camburn" <kcamburn AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 04:49:06 -0800
For 23 years I have been watching and enjoying the Red-shouldered Hawk family 
that lives in my neighborhood. I have even enjoyed watching the young stand on 
my feeders waiting for an easy lunch that never arrives. They have even been so 
rude as to nest in the neighbor's yard and last year used a very inferior tree 
two doors down. This morning I am happy to report that they have selected and 
are actively working on a nest in a very fine old Southern Red Oak in MY yard. 
For the last 10 days a Hermit Thrush has been on my feeders gobbling up 
sunflower seeds. Although they frequent my yard in winter I have never had one 
take to the feeders in this way. 


Keith 

Keith E. Camburn
4435 Huntington Drive
Gastonia, NC 28056-8276
704 824-0626
Subject: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Southern Village today
From: dorothypugh AT aol.com
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 22:52:39 -0500
Today I saw a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at the Southern Village subdivision in 
Chapel Hill (Orange County), North Carolina. 



I also saw a Northern Harrier at Fort Fisher on January 22 of this year.


I have photos of both:



http://www.dpughphoto.com/critters_january_2015.html





dorothypugh AT aol.com
http://www.dpughphoto.com

Subject: Re: Good Find
From: David Lenat <Lenatbks AT mindspring.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 22:14:55 -0500
If you really want to go back, JWP Smithwick published a "List of Birds 
of North Carolina, With Notes of Each Species" in 1897 and Laurence 
Snyder published "Common Birds of North Carolina Gardens, Farms and 
Orchards in 1928.  The latter publication attempted to list all local 
names, including Bee-Martin, Butcher Bird, Wild Canary, Cherrybird, 
Chewink, Chicken Hawk, Sparrow Hawk, Jaybird, Field Lark, Lettuce-bird, 
Partridge, Pompey, Reedbird/Ricebird, Snowbird, and Thistlebird.  
Bewick's Wren was still listed as being found in NC.
   Dave Lenat, Raleigh
Subject: Re: Pungo update?
From: Ron Clark <waxwing AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 22:03:18 -0500
I went this evening. Many of both species up Pat's Road. That's the one beside 
the kiosk. Swans were on the right at 5:00, about 1/2 mile after gravel starts. 
Geese started coming in shortly after to same area. A few Ross's seen. Roads 
were fine. A few muddy spots but easily passable. Another viewing spot for this 
batch of birds, go on up Pat's past birds to first right. Follow it to point 
where it goes left and stop there. You're closer to flock but sun is behind you 
on Pat's. Quite a spectacle 


Ron Clark
Kings Mtn.  NC

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 28, 2015, at 6:03 PM, Clyde Sorenson  wrote:
> 
> Anyone got a status report on the snows and swans at Pungo? leading a field 
trip there and Mattamuskeet on Saturday. 

> 
> Thanks,
> 
> Clyde Sorenson
> Clayton and Raleigh, NC
Subject: Re: Pungo update?
From: fremontinn AT aol.com
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 21:41:37 -0500
Also, can anyone give a status report on the road conditions at both Pocosin 
Lakes and Alligator River NWR's? 

 
Thanks,

 Bruce Jones
Wilmington, NC/Seattle, WA

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Clyde Sorenson 
To: carolinabirds 
Sent: Wed, Jan 28, 2015 6:03 pm
Subject: Pungo update?



Anyone got a status report on the snows and swans at Pungo? leading a field 
trip there and Mattamuskeet on Saturday. 



Thanks,

Clyde Sorenson

Clayton and Raleigh, NC

Subject: Re: Corvid grand slam in Greensboro
From: Dwayne Martin <redxbill AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 20:41:56 -0500
Fish Crows are now year round residents in and around
the Hickory/Lenoir/Morganton area. We have had them on the Catawba Valley
CBC for the last 3 years.

On Wednesday, January 28, 2015, Will Cook  wrote:

> Last weekend while I was in Greensboro, NC, visiting my sister and
> watching some figure skating, I saw a few birds along the way. On Sunday
> 1/25/15 my sister's feeder in the suburbs had both a Pine Siskin and a
> Purple Finch.
>
> Also on Sunday, we had the corvid grand slam while taking a walk through
> Greensboro Country Park: Fish Crow (seems a little early here), Common
> Raven (always cool in the Piedmont), American Crow, and Blue Jay!
>
> Good birding,
> Will
>
> --
> Will Cook - Durham, NC
> http://www.carolinanature.com
>


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

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


Catawba County Park Ranger
Riverbend Park - Conover, NC
St. Stephens Park - Hickory, NC
jdmartin AT catawbacountync.gov
http://www.catawbacountync.gov/depts/parks/
http://www.weatherlink.com/user/riverbendpark
http://www.ncbirdingtrail.org/TrailGuide/Guide_CatawbaValley.pdf
Subject: Re: Corvid grand slam in Greensboro
From: Philip Dickinson <pdickins AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:14:43 -0500
We now seem to see and hear Fish Crows throughout the winter in this area
of the Piedmont. We had a pair in Winston-Salem on the Christmas Bird
Count, and others have been reported since.

Phil Dickinson
Winston-Salem

On 1/28/15 7:11 PM, "Will Cook"  wrote:

>Last weekend while I was in Greensboro, NC, visiting my sister and
>watching some figure skating, I saw a few birds along the way. On Sunday
>1/25/15 my sister's feeder in the suburbs had both a Pine Siskin and a
>Purple Finch.
>
>Also on Sunday, we had the corvid grand slam while taking a walk through
>Greensboro Country Park: Fish Crow (seems a little early here), Common
>Raven (always cool in the Piedmont), American Crow, and Blue Jay!
>
>Good birding,
>Will
>
>-- 
>Will Cook - Durham, NC
>http://www.carolinanature.com

Subject: Corvid grand slam in Greensboro
From: Will Cook <cwcook AT duke.edu>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:11:06 -0500
Last weekend while I was in Greensboro, NC, visiting my sister and 
watching some figure skating, I saw a few birds along the way. On Sunday 
1/25/15 my sister's feeder in the suburbs had both a Pine Siskin and a 
Purple Finch.

Also on Sunday, we had the corvid grand slam while taking a walk through 
Greensboro Country Park: Fish Crow (seems a little early here), Common 
Raven (always cool in the Piedmont), American Crow, and Blue Jay!

Good birding,
Will

-- 
Will Cook - Durham, NC
http://www.carolinanature.com
Subject: Re: Good find
From: Kent Fiala <kent.fiala AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:06:29 -0500
The official common names of North American birds are established by the 
American Ornithologists' Union and published in their Check-List of 
North American Birds. Fairly recently, I found copies of the first and 
third editions of the check-lists online, and discovered something I had 
not known before. I had long known that the AOU formerly gave common 
names to each subspecies, and discontinued this practice in the 5th 
edition published in 1958, when they began giving common names only to 
species. What I hadn't realized was that during the time when subspecies 
had common names, no common name was provided for a species as a whole 
if it was divided into subspecies. Taking Red-winged Blackbird for 
example, the widespread eastern subspecies Agelaius p. phoeniceus was 
named Red-winged Blackbird, but that name did not apply to any other 
subspecies, which had names like Florida Red-wing, Thick-billed 
Red-wing, etc, and there was no common name for all Red-winged 
Blackbirds as a species. Thus before 1958, field guide authors who only 
wanted to deal with species, not subspecies, had no official names to 
use in these cases, and had to make up their own names, so you find some 
lack of standardization of names in books of that era. Peterson might 
well have chosen the name Red-wing for the species as a whole (I'm not 
at home right now so I can't check my book)

Kent Fiala

On 1/28/2015 6:35 PM, Chris Clarke wrote:
> I am curious if they call Red-wing Blackbirds simply "Redwings".   I 
> believe my first RTP book did.
>
Subject: RE: Odd Bird Feeder Partners
From: "Canfield, Chris" <CCANFIELD AT audubon.org>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 23:54:23 +0000
Have had the purple finches for a while but only the last few days heard a 
Baltimore Oriole singing sporadically here in Pittsboro. Haven't been able to 
see it yet. 

******************************
Chris Canfield
VP, Gulf Coast/Mississippi Flyway
National Audubon Society
235 Miles Branch Rd
Pittsboro, NC 27312
504-344-4328
ccanfield AT audubon.org
******************************

-----Original Message-----
From: Greg Massey [mailto:gmassey001 AT ec.rr.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 8:14 PM
To: carolinabirds
Subject: Odd Bird Feeder Partners

It is rather unusual to have a Baltimore Oriole, a Summer Tanager, and 10 
Purple Finches feeding side by side on a tray feeder in mid-winter. 


The Purple Finches have finally arrived in my area. I have only had Goldfinches 
for the past two weeks. Now I am awaiting the Siskins. 


Good birding!

Greg Massey
Leland,NC 28451
Subject: Re: Good find
From: Chris Clarke <jclarke9 AT nc.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:35:06 -0500
I am curious if they call Red-wing Blackbirds simply "Redwings".   I
believe my first RTP book did.

On Tue, Jan 27, 2015 at 6:36 PM, Marcus Simpson  wrote:

> Ken,
>
> Another interesting thing to check:
>
> See p. xxiii for "North Carolina Life Zones" and notice that the map shows
> "Canadian Zone" forests (spruce-fir presumably) covering much of the
> Nantahala Mountains in Macon County. No one seems to have been able to
> discover who created this map, which also appeared in the 1919 and 1942
> editions.
>
> Mark
>
> Marcus B. Simpson, Jr.
> Hendersonville, NC
>
>
>
Subject: Pungo update?
From: Clyde Sorenson <sorenson AT ncsu.edu>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:03:01 -0500
Anyone got a status report on the snows and swans at Pungo? leading a field
trip there and Mattamuskeet on Saturday.

Thanks,

Clyde Sorenson
Clayton and Raleigh, NC
Subject: Re: Good find
From: "Herbert, Teri Lynn" <herbertl AT musc.edu>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 21:58:24 +0000
And there was an earlier edition published as part of the NC Geological
and Economic Survey, the State Audubon Society of NorthCarolina, and the
State Museum.:  

AuthorPearson, T. Gilbert (Thomas Gilbert), 1873-1943.
Title Birds of North Carolina, by T. Gilbert Pearson,
C.S. Brimley and H.H. Brimley.PublishedRaleigh, Edwards & Broughton Print.
Co., state printers, 1919.

North Carolina Geological and Economic Survey (Series) ; v. 4.




Teri Lynn

On 1/27/15 5:49 PM, "Ken Yount"  wrote:

>CAUTION: External
>
>I found quite a surprise while looking through my bookcase this
>afternoon; a 1959 revised edition of "The Birds of North Carolina"
>originally published in 1942 and authored by T. Gilbert Pearson,
>Herbert and Clement Brimley. Some of the illustrations are by Roger
>Tory Peterson. It must have been in a box of books my wife picked up
>from my Mother's after she passed away. My wife, not being an avid
>birder, apparently just stuck it away in the case. A couple of
>interesting notes from the book: Northern harriers are called marsh
>hawks; Peregrines are called duck hawks and merlin are called pigeon
>hawks. Can't wait to get deeper into it.
>
>Ken Yount
>Wentworth, NC
Subject: First Pine Siskin this morning
From: Tom Krakauer <thkrakauer AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:54:47 -0500
I had a pine Siskin at my feeders this morning in N Durham County. + Purple 
Finch. 


Tom Krakauer
Bahama , NC

Sent from my iPad
Subject: White Pelicans, Huntingdon Beach, SC
From: James Poling <james.poling AT garrett.edu>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:41:56 -0500
Today at noon, there were nine White Pelicans on the Sandpiper Pond at 
Huntingdon Beach State Park, SC. On the Jetty, I saw Long-tailed Duck, 
White-winged Scoter, Red-throated Loon, Horned Grebe. 

Subject: Re: Digest for carolinabirds - Wed, 28 Jan 2015
From: Jimerson <jackjimerson AT charter.net>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:42:13 -0500
On 1/28/2015 6:00, carolinabirds-request AT duke.edu wrote:
>   A couple of
> interesting notes from the book: Northern harriers are called marsh
> hawks; Peregrines are called duck hawks and merlin are called pigeon
> hawks.
And yes, Kestrel were called Sparrow Hawk, as many still call them. That 
can mix one up with the European Sparrow Hawks which are Accipiters; 
that makes our Sharp Shinned a "Sparrow Hawk" I guess.

I like the old names. Longtail Duck was Oldsquaw - I know that that word 
was a nasty one in some Algonquin tongue, so of course. But old names 
are often so much more descriptive and evocative. Myrtle and Audubon's 
Warbler sound better than "Yellow Rumped".

The Kingbird was called by Audubon the Bee Martin. I remember reading 
Uncle Remus years ago, and Remus saying that he did not know what 
"caused the quarrel between the Buzzard and the Bee Martin", and 
wondering if the Bee Martin was kin to the Purple Martin (no, but a 
Flycatcher), and finally being relieved at finding out the identity of 
this mythic bird.

Slate Colored Juncoes have been abundant beneath my feeders, and that is 
far more descriptive than "Northern Junco" (in part). Mostly Slate 
Colored and Carolina.

Happy Birding

-- 
Jimerson
Western East Buncombe County NC
Subject: Duck Invasion Starting?
From: Dwayne Martin <redxbill AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:49:02 -0500
After finding the White-wing Scoter on Lake Hickory, I decided to check
other spots. Nothing else on Lake Hickory, so I moved on to Lookout Shoals
Lake. I found another White-winged Scoter in the same area where 9 over
wintered last year off of Kemp Rd. There were also 4 drake Greater Scaup
there too. Then at the boat access on the Catawba County side behind the
dam, I found a Long-tailed Duck! This is the first Long-tailed Duck I have
found on this lake. Since the Great Lakes are rapidly freezing up, more
ducks could show up in the coming weeks.

-- 
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: purple finches and rainbow snake, Currituck Co., NC
From: Linda Ward <tankapoet2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:27:38 -0800
Hi All,

Yesterday, the 27th, we had two male purple finches at our feeders. Saw
only one today. We also had one goldfinch yesterday. Our news is more of
what we haven't had this winter season...no white breasted nuthatch (but
heard daily around the house in the trees), no juncos, no fox sparrows, no
downy woodpeckers. Plenty of house finches and white throated sparrows, and
a few chipping sparrows.

Today, an incredible non-bird sighting I had to share: a rainbow snake on
our gravel driveway. It was about 3-4 feet in length, moving very slowly
across the driveway, where luckily Skip sighted it as he drove in and
stopped the car. We watched it move to the leaf litter under a magnolia
tree and disappear into the leaves there. The termperature  outside at the
time was about 40 degrees F.

Skip has a photo of the snake on his iphone.

Linda and Skip
Coinjock, NC
Subject: White-winged Scoter Lake Hickory
From: Dwayne Martin <redxbill AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:34:54 -0500
There is an adult male White-winged Scoter on Lake Hickory just out from
the Lovelady Access area in SE Caldwell County. This is the same area that
hosted 25+ WW Scoters and many other ducks last winter and they started to
arrive about this time last year. Might this be the start?

-- 
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: Burke's Garden trip offering this Saturday
From: eric AT blueridgeexcursions.net
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:31:14 -0500
 

Due to the inclement weather last weekend, we're having the previously
scheduled trip to Burke's Garden for golden eagles, rough-legged hawks,
red-headed woodpeckers, etc. this Saturday, January 31st. Transportation
will be car-pool this time, and I have room for 2 more folks. If you're
interested, please let me know. 

Saturday's weather looks great, by the way. 

Eric Harrold 

Hays, NC 
 
Subject: RE: EXTERNAL: Re: Good find
From: "Holm, Karen" <karen.holm AT lmco.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:52:14 +0000
It's important to keep in mind that these regional names do vary. My father (an 
85yr old former conservation officer) refers to Kestrels as "Chicken Hawks" and 
Sharp Shinned hawks as "sparrow hawks", evidenced by the Sharp Shinned that 
harvested a junco at my feeder just yesterday. 


Karen Holm
Owego, NY

-----Original Message-----
From: lenkopka AT aol.com [mailto:lenkopka AT aol.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 6:34 PM
To: Ken Yount
Cc: carolinabirds
Subject: EXTERNAL: Re: Good find

And Kestrels were called sparrow hawks (and still are by some people)

Len Kopka
Simpsonville, SC

On Jan 27, 2015, at 5:49 PM, Ken Yount  wrote:

I found quite a surprise while looking through my bookcase this afternoon; a 
1959 revised edition of "The Birds of North Carolina" 

originally published in 1942 and authored by T. Gilbert Pearson, Herbert and 
Clement Brimley. Some of the illustrations are by Roger Tory Peterson. It must 
have been in a box of books my wife picked up from my Mother's after she passed 
away. My wife, not being an avid birder, apparently just stuck it away in the 
case. A couple of interesting notes from the book: Northern harriers are called 
marsh hawks; Peregrines are called duck hawks and merlin are called pigeon 
hawks. Can't wait to get deeper into it. 


Ken Yount
Wentworth, NC
Subject: Long-tailed Duck at Ft. Fisher, New Hanover Cty. NC
From: Bruce Smithson <brucesmithson AT netscape.net>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 21:22:58 -0500
Associating loosely with flock of scoters, and Buffleheads in the water 
east of Ocean Dunes condos around noon today.


Bruce Smithson
Wilmington, New Hanover County
North Carolina
Subject: Odd Bird Feeder Partners
From: Greg Massey <gmassey001 AT ec.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 1:25:25 +0000
It is rather unusual to have a Baltimore Oriole, a Summer Tanager, and 10 
Purple 

Finches feeding side by side on a tray feeder in mid-winter. 
 
The Purple Finches have finally arrived in my area. I have only had Goldfinches 

for the past two weeks. Now I am awaiting the Siskins. 
 
Good birding! 
 
Greg Massey 
Leland,NC 28451
Subject: Odd Bird Feeder Partners
From: Greg Massey <gmassey001 AT ec.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 1:14:25 +0000
It is rather unusual to have a Baltimore Oriole, a Summer Tanager, and 10 
Purple Finches feeding side by side on a tray feeder in mid-winter. 


The Purple Finches have finally arrived in my area. I have only had Goldfinches 
for the past two weeks. Now I am awaiting the Siskins. 


Good birding!

Greg Massey
Leland,NC 28451
Subject: Re: Good find
From: Marcus Simpson <mbsmjw63 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:36:01 -0500
Ken,

Another interesting thing to check:

See p. xxiii for "North Carolina Life Zones" and notice that the map shows
"Canadian Zone" forests (spruce-fir presumably) covering much of the
Nantahala Mountains in Macon County. No one seems to have been able to
discover who created this map, which also appeared in the 1919 and 1942
editions.

Mark

Marcus B. Simpson, Jr.
Hendersonville, NC
Subject: Re: Good find
From: lenkopka AT aol.com
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:34:16 -0500
And Kestrels were called sparrow hawks (and still are by some people)

Len Kopka
Simpsonville, SC

On Jan 27, 2015, at 5:49 PM, Ken Yount  wrote:

I found quite a surprise while looking through my bookcase this
afternoon; a 1959 revised edition of "The Birds of North Carolina"
originally published in 1942 and authored by T. Gilbert Pearson,
Herbert and Clement Brimley. Some of the illustrations are by Roger
Tory Peterson. It must have been in a box of books my wife picked up
from my Mother's after she passed away. My wife, not being an avid
birder, apparently just stuck it away in the case. A couple of
interesting notes from the book: Northern harriers are called marsh
hawks; Peregrines are called duck hawks and merlin are called pigeon
hawks. Can't wait to get deeper into it.

Ken Yount
Wentworth, NC
Subject: Good find
From: Ken Yount <kyount23 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:49:37 -0500
I found quite a surprise while looking through my bookcase this
afternoon; a 1959 revised edition of "The Birds of North Carolina"
originally published in 1942 and authored by T. Gilbert Pearson,
Herbert and Clement Brimley. Some of the illustrations are by Roger
Tory Peterson. It must have been in a box of books my wife picked up
from my Mother's after she passed away. My wife, not being an avid
birder, apparently just stuck it away in the case. A couple of
interesting notes from the book: Northern harriers are called marsh
hawks; Peregrines are called duck hawks and merlin are called pigeon
hawks. Can't wait to get deeper into it.

Ken Yount
Wentworth, NC
Subject: Eared Grebe and Common Eider at North Topsail Beach, NC
From: Gilbert Grant <gilbert_grant AT usa.net>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:57:14 -0500
There was an Eared Grebe just beyond the breakers about one half mile east of 
the intersection of New River Inlet Road and Hwy 210 this morning. The immature 
male Common Eider was at the end of the Seaview Pier on North Topsail Beach, 
Onslow County, NC, this morning. 


Gilbert S. Grant
Sneads Ferry, NC

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Subject: Iceland Gull in Dare/Wanchese, NC continues
From: Jim Gould <jgouldoz AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:22:06 -0500
Today Bobby Koch and I birded Rodanthe, where we saw a female HARLEQUIN
DUCK feeding on the Pier pylons (previously reported by Ricky), Oregon
Inlet, where we saw an AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER and Alligator River NWR,
where we saw 3 BALD EAGLES but couldn't find a Golden Eagle, even though we
tried.

After I dropped Bobby off at home, I started reviewing the Carolina Bird
Club site and saw photos of an Iceland Gull.  I couldn't stop thinking
about the bird and decided to see if could see the one spotted at Wanchese
Harbor (originally) by Bruce Richardson.   I took the final 20 minute
drive, even though I had already birded for 4 hours, and couldn't find the
Iceland Gull.   After searching for 15 minutes I found the ICELAND GULL 40
feet high on top of a corrugated metal roof with dozens of other gulls.
The views were great, but I cannot say the same about my photos...
Regardless it was great low wind day for birding in Dare County and the
Iceland Gull was a LIFE BIRD for me!!

Life Birds. WOO HOO!!!

Jim Gould
Kill Devil Hills, NC
Subject: Golden Eagle in northern Wilkes Co.
From: eric AT blueridgeexcursions.net
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:52:43 -0500
 

Went for a hike on Thurmond Chatham Gameland in northern Wilkes County
this afternoon and observed an adult Golden Eagle briefly (30 seconds or
so) at 15:15 gliding just over a ridgeline. From information gleaned
last week, it is quite possible that this bird will be in the area for
the next month or a little longer. If interested folks are
mobility-limited, they may choose to observe from the Parkway, which may
or may not have to be accessed from Hwy 18 (as opposed to the option of
Hwy 21) depending on whether the gate south of the "ice rocks" is
closed. The Parkway overlook just north of the ranger station or the one
right after it would be options for folks who might want to wait
patiently for a look. If you want to hike to the location on the
gamelands trail where I observed it, at the fork in the road above the
parking area, go left and continue uphill until you reach a 4-way
intersection. Go left down into the dip and up onto the hill where the
utility towers are in view. The area where I was standing has been
cleared for a wildlife planting. It's about 1.5-2 miles from the parking
area to this spot. 

Eric Harrold 

Hays, NC 
 
Subject: CBC Dominican Republic Trip Report
From: Scott Winton <scott.winton AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:16:34 -0500
For those of you curious about how your fellow Carolinabirders made out in
the Dominican Republic earlier this month, there's a trip report up here:
http://birdaholic.blogspot.com/2015/01/birding-dominican-republic-with.html

We logged 121 species, got 30 of the 31 possible island endemics, and 15
wintering warbler species:

Ovenbird
Worm-eating
Louisiana Waterthrush
Northern Waterthrush
Black-and-white
Common Yellowthroat (including one at ~6500 feet elevation)
American Redstart
Cape May
Northern Parula
Yellow
Black-throated Blue (#1 in abundance)
Palm
Pine
Prairie
Black-throated Green

Most unexpected birds were Stygian Owl and Rose-breasted Grosbeak--both
rare finds for Hispaniola.

-- 
Scott Winton - Durham, NC
http://birdaholic.blogspot.com
Subject: Rough-legged Hawk photos
From: Scott Winton <scott.winton AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:05:53 -0500
Some folks have asked me about photos of the Allegany Co. bird.  They
aren't great, but can be found here:
http://birdaholic.blogspot.com/2015/01/rough-legged-hawk-in-north-carolina.html

-- 
Scott Winton - Durham, NC
http://birdaholic.blogspot.com
Subject: Common eiders still present at Edisto Beach, SC
From: Irvin Pitts <pittsjam AT windstream.net>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:10:03 -0600
I did a shorebird survey today at Edisto Beach State Park, Colleton County, SC 
and saw two common eiders (adult male and immature male) near the jetty just 
south of the state park office. By description, these are undoubtedly the same 
two birds that were first reported to e-bird on 6 January at that same 
location. I also saw all three species of scoters here. 

 
Irvin Pitts
Lexington, SC
Subject: North River Farms (Carteret County, NC) on Sunday
From: "John Fussell" <jfuss AT clis.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:58:03 -0500
On Sunday morning we (Jack Fennell, Chandra Biggerstaff, Jamie Adams, and I) 
covered much of North River Farms.

Highlights were 1 LeConte's Sparrow, 2 Clay-colored Sparrows, 1 American 
Bittern, and thousands of Tree Swallows.  In a flooded field we had 24 
Lesser Yellowlegs (plus 12 Greaters) and 2 Long-billed Dowitchers.

John Fussell
Morehead City, NC 
Subject: Female Harlequin continues
From: Jim Gould <jgouldoz AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:16:25 -0500
The female Harlequin Duck continues at Rodanthe pier in the Outer Banks
this morning. Bobby Koch and I are looking at it right now feeding on the
pilings about three fourths of the way out the pier!

Jim Gould
Kill Devil Hills, NC
Subject: Horned Grebe
From: amaspirit AT aol.com
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 23:23:52 -0500
 Judy Hurley and I birded Dreher Island State Park on Lake Murray near Chapin, 
SC this AM. Had great looks at 22 Common Loons, several Pine Warblers, Pied 
Bill Grebes, and 35 other species included a Horned Grebe. 


It was floating alone off the point of land at the Dreher Island Visitors 
Center (which is closed). We had long looks and I misidentified it until 
checking the grebes in Kaufmann's guide book. Knew it was a grebe but it was a 
life bird so wasn't sure which one. 




 

Patricia Voelker
Lexington, SC
Subject: Long OBX Sunday
From: Ricky Davis <rdnc13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 21:15:47 -0500
Hi Folks

David Howell and I decided at the last minute to make a run ALL THE WAY to
C Hatteras to try to get him his lifer Snow Bunting. We got to the Nags
Head Causeway early to make sure that the famous *Yellow-cr Night-Heron*
was still in his place - yes he was! We then spent time at the Kill Devil
Hills area feeder that has been hosting Common Redpoll - was a no-show! So
then we bombed down to the C. Point area and set out walking to the Point.
While scanning the gull flocks, the 4 *Snow Buntings* and 1 *Lapland
Longspur* magically appeared in front of us, giving great scope-filling
views of David's Lifer! Then we decided to ocean watch at several places
back north. First stop was the old C Hatteras Lighthouse location. Here we
stumbled onto a couple of good birds. There was an *Eared Grebe* just past
the surf, and somewhat farther out was a first-year *Pacific Loon.* Next
stop was the Avon pier, we had several *Razorbills* relatively close in.
Next was the Rodanthe pier where we had a female *Harlequin Duck* feeding
on the pier pilings and swimming close to shore in the surf! Next ocean
watch stops were Coquina Beach, and lastly Jennette's Pier. Nothing unusual
but did have good numbers of scoters in the water, and decent Bonaparte's
Gull activity. On the way out with fading light, we checked the Wanchese
Harbor for the Iceland Gull, but again struck out. Was a most enjoyable
excursion, getting a lifer and also finding some Class A birds - in spite
of a lot of driving and making 11,400 steps!

-- 
Ricky Davis
Rocky Mount, NC
Subject: Caper's Island Shorebird count
From: Jack Rogers <jack AT 4rogers.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 19:57:09 -0500
C-birders,
Craig Richard and I conducted the Caper's Island shorebird count today from
about 9-11:30.  Highlights were 3 Piping Plovers on the north shore, as
well as 4 White Pelicans on the southern impoundments with some Lesser and
Greater Yellowlegs.  Technically not on the island (on the way to the
island), we had enormous numbers of Oystercatch (about 400) on an oyster
bed, as well as 300 SB Dowitchers (with some LB mixed in) very close by.
Full checklist (including birds seen at IOP Boat launch and the way to/from
the island) can be seen at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21533060

-- 
Jack Rogers
Mt Pleasant, SC
My Flickr page 
Subject: HUNTINGTON BEACH STATE PARK, SC
From: Pamela Ford <jford6 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 19:42:31 -0500
Today, Aija & Ed Konrad, Cathy & Carl Miller and myself birded at HBSP. 
Highlights were a Female Common Goldeneye on Mullet Pond, Ipswich Savannah 
Sparrow on Jetty pavement, a perched Peregrine Falcon, a pair of male and 
female Long-tailed Ducks 20 feet from the jetty rocks and the most spectacular 
scope view of a handsome male Common Eider in breeding plumage, at the 
Murrell's Inlet side of the distant jetty. 

Pam Ford
Charleston SC

Sent from my iPhone
Bird On!
Subject: Glaucous Gull, Pacific Loon, Long-tailed Duck - Wrightsville, Figure 8 Island
From: Derb Carter <derbc AT selcnc.org>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 23:34:49 +0000
The gulls have departed from the fish kill at Mason Inlet but a fair sized 
flock of mostly Herrings at Rich Inlet included a first year Glaucous. Large, 
all white, pink bill with dark tip. A Pacific Loon was off Johnnie Mercer pier 
this morning, and a Long-tailed Duck with all three scoters at Masonboro Inlet. 


Derb Carter

Subject: Feeder Species - Yard
From: Brian Pendergraft <bkpendergraft AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:27:10 -0500
Many of you know I feed a lot of birds on my property and a few have
actually visited.   Today after the treadmill I decided to keep an eye on
my multiple feeders in the front and back yards.  I'm currently using black
oil, mixed ground seed, suet,  peanut butter,  thistle, and dried
mealworms.  My species were as follows:

(I also had a Sharp-shinned Hawk but since he missed......I won't consider
him a feeder bird today. )

BROWN CREEPER stationary suet
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Eastern Bluebird suet and worms
YR Warbler
Brown-headed Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
RB Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
YB Sapsucker stationary suet
Hairy Woodpecker
PURPLE FINCH. 20+
PINE SISKIN. 75-85
Ruby - crowned Kinglet suet
Northern Cardinal  20+
American Crow  unfortunately suet
Pine Warbler  peanut butter
Mourning Dove  mixed seed
Blue Jay
White-throated Sparrow. Mixed seed
Eastern Towhee.    mixed seed
Dark - eyed Junco

Brian Pendergraft
Falls Lake NC
Subject: Cackling Goose- Washington Co NC
From: Ryan Justice <blackburnian151 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:07:24 -0500
I had one Cackling Goose mixed in with some Canada on one of the ponds near 
Beasley Rd this morning. 


Ryan Justice 

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Subject: Forsyth Surf Scoter
From: Philip Dickinson <pdickins AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 15:16:19 -0500
Several birders went out to the Swan Water Treatment Plant in Lewisville
this morning to look for the pintails and goldeneyes of yesterday. They were
not there, but an adult Surf Scoter was. The bird was at the opposite end of
the basin, so we will have to see how some digiscopes turn out.  I think
this is the fourth record for this species in the county and the first
adult.

Phil Dickinson
Winston-Salem

Subject: Northern Gannet movement Cooper River, Charleston 1/24/15
From: Andrew Joslin <natureclimber AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 10:45:39 -0500
Hello SC birders, I'm visiting in the Charleston area for a week from 
Boston MA area and will post interesting sightings I come across.

Throughout the morning Saturday, Jan. 24 there was a movement of 
Northern Gannet across the Cooper River between the Ravenel Bridge and 
the Aquarium. I counted 10 by noon. They were flying into the steady 
west/southwest wind after the storm overnight. There was also 
considerable movement of gulls and terns but out of my binocular range 
for reliable ID. One of the gannets dove and fished in the river, then 
rested on the surface. 6 Turkey Vulture also came across the river on 
the same flight path over a 30 minute period in the morning.

Normally I'd have to work pretty hard to see gannet from shore in my 
home birding area so this was quite a treat. Is this kind of winter 
gannet movement typical following a strong storm with winds west/south 
west across Charleston?

Thanks!

Andrew Joslin
Carlisle, Massachusetts
Subject: Greater White-fronted Goose, Charleston SC
From: jford6 AT comcast.net
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:50:17 +0000 (UTC)
There is a Greater White-fronted Goose on campus at Charleston Southern 
University at the pond adjacent to the football stadium. 

Link to photos taken this evening just before dusk. 
  
https://www.flickr.com/photos/82113160 AT N07/16357865932/ 
  
Pam Ford 
Charleston, SC 
  
  
Subject: Allegany rough-legged hawk continues
From: Scott Winton <scott.winton AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:43:08 -0500
Same location as described previously around midday until 2 pm

It put on a show, acrobatically maneuvering in the wind and perching on top
of Christmas trees.


-- 
Scott Winton - Durham, NC
http://birdaholic.blogspot.com
Subject: Folly Beach fishing pier
From: Jack Rogers <jack AT 4rogers.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:57:38 -0500
C-birders,
I visited the Folly Beach Fishing pier today, searching for Bonaparte's
Gulls and Red-throated Loons.  No luck on the loons, but I did have looks
at 1 BOGU.  Good numbers of Scoters and Scaup out there though, and a
Ring-billed Gull with 1 foot (photos at
https://www.flickr.com/photos/90726323 AT N05/16170388398/).  The wind at the
end of the pier was ridiculous, and I'm sure the count would've been a lot
better if the wind was a bit lower.  Full checklist at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21516288 .

-- 
Jack Rogers
Mt Pleasant, SC
My Flickr page 
Subject: Rufous and Ruby-throated Hummingbirds
From: "Buddy Campbell" <blacksnake6 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:31:10 -0500
Today I went back to check on the Rufous Hummingbird that is at a neighbors 
house. 

The RUHU showed up right away.
But the best part was that there was a female Ruby-throated Hummingbird on the 
back porch. 

The yard is a massive collection of plants and still flowering camellias.

Buddy Campbell
Ladys Island
Beaufort, SC
Subject: Re: golden eagle, Hyde County, NC
From: Jeff Lewis <jlewisbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:32:36 -0500
It was reported to me that the Golden Eagle was seen there again a couple
of days ago, maybe on the 21st.
Jeff Lewis
Manteo, NC

On Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 6:45 PM, Linda Ward  wrote:

> We birded Lake Mattamuskeet today, with little result because they had
> just completed a duck hunt there this a.m. So we decided to head back home.
> We had noticed an impoundment along 264 just outside of Englehard (in the
> direction of Alligator River) and decided to stop there since we could see
> swans and ducks from the highway. Not sure if this is a private impoundment
> or not; there were not any "no trespass" signs of any sort. The impoundment
> is at the corner of 264 and Smith Ave. Smith Ave. is marked with a green
> street sign, and it is an unpaved road that runs beside the impoundment.
> Skip was looking over the impoundment, and I noticed a raptor sitting on a
> snag just across from us on 264...it was a juvenile goldlen eagle. We had
> an excellent look, with sun at our backs and shining right on its golden
> head. We watched for about 30 seconds before it flew away, heading away
> from 264 toward the sound. I saw a white patch on the rump, indicating a
> juvenile bird. I'm guessing it had hunted or was getting ready to hunt
> waterfowl (or the dunlin) on the impoundment...don't know if they eat
> birds? Hope someone else gets to spot it and get a photo.
>
> Linda Ward and Skip Hancock
> Coinjock, NC
>
Subject: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Carolina Beach SP
From: dorothypugh AT aol.com
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:35:45 -0500
 This past January 21, I saw a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Carolina Beach State 
Park, New Hanover County, NC and got a couple of photos: 


www.dpughphoto.com/critters_january_2015.html

 

dorothypugh AT aol.com
http://www.dpughphoto.com
Subject: Jordan Lake (NC) CBC compiler's notes
From: Norman Budnitz <nbudnitz AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:28:09 -0500
Jordan Lake, NC, Christmas Bird Count
January 4, 2015
Compiler's Notes

The Jordan Lake Christmas Bird Count was held on January 4, 2015.  The
sky was overcast and winds were calm at dawn, increasing to 5-10 mph
as the day progressed, with gusts to 20 mph in the afternoon.
Temperatures ranged from 54-69 F.  There was fog until about 0800 and
intermittent showers after 1100.  We identified 95 species, a little
above our average of 93 for the preceding 10 years.   Our count of
62,071 individual birds was mostly due to the 45,000 gulls estimated
by Mike Schultz and Tom Krakauer--mostly Ring-billeds.  They counted as
the gulls left their roost on the water between Ebenezer Point and
Vista Point and flew eastward, up Beaver Creek, toward the southern
Wake County landfill in Holly Springs.

A note of explanation: The actual number of gulls recorded by
individual parties was 51,762.  Some of these gulls were certainly
among those seen by Mike and Tom, but perhaps others were not because
they were from parts of the count circle quite a distance from
Ebenezer Point.  Mike and Tom estimated their number by timing the
early morning passage past a point of about 1,000 birds.  After timing
the total flight (about 45 minutes), they did the math and came up
with their estimate.  This number was certainly plus or minus a few
thousand gulls.  So the 500 gulls my party estimated in our area would
be swallowed up in their margin of error.  Likewise for other small
numbers.  So I report 45,000 to Audubon.  I use this same logic in
reporting other species (Double-crested Cormorants) with estimated
numbers with large margins of error.  So don't feel cheated if your 43
gulls seem to have gotten lost in the totals.

Sixty-five birders (10-year average: 56) in 22 parties (average: 23)
counted for 123 party-hours (average: 131).  That's approximately 504
birds per party-hour, compared to our 10-year average of 376 b/ph.
Again, as in recent years, it's the gulls.

We had new high counts for 6 species this:

Horned Grebe--231 (previous high was172 in 2013)
Bald Eagle--49 (38 in 2013)
Piliated Woodpecker--39 (35 in 2002)
Fish Crow--23 (3 in 2006)
White-breasted Nuthatch--59 (58 in 2011)
Northern Cardinal--420 (415 in 2010

Fish crows have only begun showing up in our Christmas Count in the
past decade, and then only in very small numbers.  Are 23 a sign of
expanded winter range westward for these birds?  Time will tell.

Some unusual finds this year were:

         American Wigeon (Richard Brown, Patrick Coin, and Peggy Maslow)
         Redhead (Patsy Bailey and Gene Kingsley).
         Forster's Tern (Brian Bockhahn and Steve McMurray)
         Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Barbara Coffman, Beth Mancuso, Kyle
Mills, Micky Mills, and Jenny Stanley)

There has been recent speculation on the carolinabirds email list that
several species (Yellow-rumped Warblers, White-throated Sparrows, and
Dark-eyed Juncos) seemed to be in low numbers this year.  Though our
warbler count was a bit low, overall our records do not show any
particular decrease in numbers beyond what might be expected.

We had 65 birders in 22 parties.  We put in 123 party hours (101 on
foot, 23 by car), 242 miles (79 on foot, 163 by car), and 5.75 hours
nocturnal birding.  The weather was mild (54F to 69F), winds varied
from calm to 5-10 mph (gusts to 20), and the sky was overcast.  There
was fog early and intermittent showers after 1100.

On a sad note, one of our long-time participants, Doug Shadwick, died
this past year.  Doug faithfully led weekly field trips for the Chapel
Hill Bird Club for many years and did our Christmas and Spring Counts
for as long as I can remember.  He helped many a beginning birder get
started in this pastime we all love so much.  We'll miss you, Doug.

-- 
Norm Budnitz
Orange County
North Carolina
Subject: Re: Rough-legged Hawk continues in Allegany County
From: Jesse Pope <highcountrybirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:38:52 -0500
The bird was still present this morning as well, but a little further north .5 
miles further up the Rd or so) on Cheek Mtn Rd. It was soaring over the road 
over a more grown over Christmas tree field when we first found it. It soared 
briefly then perched in a red oak a hundred yards from the Rd giving us decent 
distant views for several minutes. We also had an American Kestrel and 
Red-tailed Hawk along Cheek Mtn Rd as well. The snow began to fall and we 
headed out. 


Jesse Pope 

Newland, NC
(C) 828-898-3012
(W) 828-733-3224
Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 23, 2015, at 9:47 AM,  
 wrote: 

> 
> All,
>  
> The Rough-legged Hawk was at its continued location on Cheek Mountain Road, 
Allegany County. I observed it 22 January at 4:40 PM. It was perched on the 
south side of the road, .25 miles before the 3342 mailbox. 

>  
> Robin Diaz
> Boone and Key Biscayne, FL
Subject: Sandhill Cranes in Beaufort, NC
From: "John Fussell" <jfuss AT clis.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:00:35 -0500
The 2 Sandhill Cranes are still at Beaufort, as of this morning.

As usual, they flew over Front Street almost precisely at sunrise.

John Fussell
Morehead City, NC
Subject: FW: eBird Report - 28560 New Bern, Jan 23, 2015
From: "Olwen jarvis" <Olwen AT suddenlink.net>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 13:42:36 -0500
Thanks to the new contributors to our count! An amazing total for a very 
frigid, windy morning. 


-----Original Message-----
From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu [mailto:ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu] 
Sent: Friday, January 23, 2015 1:39 PM
To: olwen AT suddenlink.net
Subject: eBird Report - 28560 New Bern, Jan 23, 2015

28560 New Bern, Craven, US-NC
Jan 23, 2015 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
9.0 mile(s)
Comments:     The orioles were counted at feeders within our area .
53 species

Canada Goose  22
American Wigeon  2
Ring-necked Duck  39
Lesser Scaup  1
Bufflehead  6
Red-breasted Merganser  5
Ruddy Duck  5
Pied-billed Grebe  3
Horned Grebe  1
Double-crested Cormorant  29
Great Blue Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  27
Bald Eagle  2     1 mature,1 immature
Killdeer  2
Ring-billed Gull  7
Great Black-backed Gull  2
Mourning Dove  18
Great Horned Owl  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  12
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  9
Blue Jay  25
American Crow  2
Carolina Chickadee  15
Tufted Titmouse  10
White-breasted Nuthatch  6
Brown-headed Nuthatch  7
Carolina Wren  19
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  15
American Robin  25
Gray Catbird  2
Brown Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird  10
European Starling  3
Cedar Waxwing  4
Pine Warbler  4
Yellow-rumped Warbler  254
Eastern Towhee  6
Chipping Sparrow  24
Song Sparrow  4
White-throated Sparrow  12
Dark-eyed Junco  11
Northern Cardinal  11
Red-winged Blackbird  125
Common Grackle  47
Baltimore Oriole  7
House Finch  11
Pine Siskin  1
American Goldfinch  21
House Sparrow  2

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21504771 


This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Re: Pine Siskins and Purple Finches in Carteret County, NC
From: Holly Powell <hpowell48 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:37:14 -0500
We've had a couple of Pine Siskins mixed in with the American Goldfinches
at our feeders during the past week. First time we've seen siskins here
this winter.

No Purple Finches or hummingbirds, but our Baltimore oriole numbers got up
to at least 3 which are continuing.

Holly Powell
Hummingbird Hideaway
On Adams Creek, Intracoastal Waterway
15 miles north of Beaufort, NC
Subject: Rufous Hummingbird RUHU
From: "Buddy Campbell" <blacksnake6 AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 10:55:21 -0500
Over the last week I have posted about a continuing selasphorus hummingbird.
With the help of Susan Campbell the bird has been determined to be
a Rufous Hummingbird and NOT an Allen’s.
Below is her quote to me after she reviewed photographs I sent her.

In the hovering shot (away from perch)-- given how far up the back the
rufous extends,I'd say this IS a male Rufous.

Note that he has acquired his big boy inner tail feathers (2 in middle
longer than the juv. feathers around them)!

Thank you Susan.

Buddy Campbell
Ladys Island
Beaufort, SC
Subject: Lapland Longspur and Snow Buntings still at Cape Hatteras
From: "Elizabeth Wilkins/vanMontfrans" <vanwilkins AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 10:10:01 -0500
Hi all,
As of yesterday, the flock of Snow Buntings and one Lapland Longspur were
still hanging out at Cape Hatteras, still around the boundary of the
no-drive zone and on the edges of the small swales at the Point.  The
weather was much more cooperative this time (in the 50's and calm), so that
helped us get even better views and photos than a couple of weeks ago.


Elizabeth Wilkins
Yorktown, VA
www.loonslanding.info
password: loonrise
Subject: Rough-legged Hawk continues in Allegany County
From: <rd4birds AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 09:47:46 -0500
All,

The Rough-legged Hawk was at its continued location on Cheek Mountain Road, 
Allegany County. I observed it 22 January at 4:40 PM. It was perched on the 
south side of the road, .25 miles before the 3342 mailbox. 


Robin Diaz
Boone and Key Biscayne, FL
Subject: Geese and other waterfowl in Western NC
From: Simon Thompson <simonrbt AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 09:21:40 -0500
Folks
Lake Osceola in Henderson County has been drawn down to have repair work
done on the dam. The resulting low water has brought in lots of birds,
including Snow Geese (2) with the flock of Canadas; over 100 Gadwall,
Green-winged Teal etc. Despite the detour signs due to the road work, it's
well worth going down to see the ducks as the viewing is excellent.
Also the single Ross's Goose was seen again yesterday (January 22) when it
was with Canadas at the Mills River WWTP in northern Henderson County.

We will be running another "Duck Day" this coming Sunday 25 January when we
explore the WNC lakes looking for and learning about waterfowl. More
information at: http://birdventures.com/DuckIdentificationDay.html.
Currently only 4 spaces left.
Simon

Simon RB Thompson
Ventures Birding Tours
Asheville, North Carolina

Check out our "short and sweet" Arizona tour this summer!
Check out the full 2014 Calendar of birding tours on:www.birdventures.com
Also "like" us on Facebook at
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ventures-Birding-Tours/207237043263?ref=hl
Subject: Black sunflower Seed
From: "Matt Curran" <mcurran1 AT nc.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 08:28:11 -0500
FYI  - Ace Hardware has 20 lb. bags for $9.99 thru the end of the month.

 

Cheers,
Matt Curran

Raleigh, NC
Subject: Re: Pine Siskins and Purple Finches in Carteret County, NC
From: jessie dale <jessiedale AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 08:15:22 -0500
i've got over 120 siskins this morning. yesterday i went out to leave for work 
and as they flew away en masse one flew right into my head-we're both okay. 


jessie dale
linville, nc



> On Jan 23, 2015, at 7:45 AM, Elizabeth Faison  
wrote: 

> 
> I went from 1 last week to none on Wednesday to half a dozen yesterday. I 
feel a Hitchcock movie coming on... 

> 
>  Elizabeth Faison
> Boone, NC
> 
> "I think I'll go out and milk the elk." - WC Fields
> 
> 
> CC: jfuss AT clis.com; carolinabirds AT duke.edu
> From: highcountrybirder AT gmail.com
> Subject: Re: Pine Siskins and Purple Finches in Carteret County, NC
> Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 20:59:04 -0500
> To: bkpendergraft AT gmail.com
> 
> Pine Siskin numbers are starting to grow in the mountains too. This week we 
have been seeing an increase at Grandfather Mountain, today 54 at the feeders. 
Last week we were seeing 10-15. I also had 42 at my feeders in Newland a couple 
days ago. I haven't been home during daylight hours the past couple days so I'm 
not sure if they have increased or stayed the same. 

> 
> Jesse Pope 
> 
> Newland, NC
> (C) 828-898-3012
> (W) 828-733-3224
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
> On Jan 22, 2015, at 7:31 AM, Brian Pendergraft  
wrote: 

> 
> John
> 
> I'll be happy to send a few from my yard down there.  It's getting expensive.
> 
> 26 Purple Finches
> 49 Pine Siskins
> 
> This morning before work.
> 
> Brian Pendergraft
> Falls Lake NC
> 
> On Jan 22, 2015 5:16 AM, "John Fussell"  wrote:
> I don't recall seeing anyone mention Pine Siskins and Purple Finches in the 
coastal area lately. 

> 
> I had 4 Pine Siskins and 3 Purple Finches in and along the Main Prong (of 
Walkers Millpond) floodplain, Carteret County (and Croatan National Forest) 
yesterday. 

> 
> John Fussell
> Morehead City, NC 
Subject: RE: Pine Siskins and Purple Finches in Carteret County, NC
From: Elizabeth Faison <eliza.faison AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 07:45:47 -0500
I went from 1 last week to none on Wednesday to half a dozen yesterday. I feel 
a Hitchcock movie coming on... 


 Elizabeth FaisonBoone, NC

"I think I'll go out and milk the elk." - WC Fields

CC: jfuss AT clis.com; carolinabirds AT duke.edu
From: highcountrybirder AT gmail.com
Subject: Re: Pine Siskins and Purple Finches in Carteret County, NC
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 20:59:04 -0500
To: bkpendergraft AT gmail.com

Pine Siskin numbers are starting to grow in the mountains too. This week we 
have been seeing an increase at Grandfather Mountain, today 54 at the feeders. 
Last week we were seeing 10-15. I also had 42 at my feeders in Newland a couple 
days ago. I haven't been home during daylight hours the past couple days so I'm 
not sure if they have increased or stayed the same. 


Jesse Pope 
Newland, NC(C) 828-898-3012
(W) 828-733-3224Sent from my iPhone
On Jan 22, 2015, at 7:31 AM, Brian Pendergraft  wrote:

John
I'll be happy to send a few from my yard down there.  It's getting expensive. 
26 Purple Finches

49 Pine Siskins
This morning before work. 
Brian Pendergraft

Falls Lake NC
On Jan 22, 2015 5:16 AM, "John Fussell"  wrote:
I don't recall seeing anyone mention Pine Siskins and Purple Finches in the 
coastal area lately. 




I had 4 Pine Siskins and 3 Purple Finches in and along the Main Prong (of 
Walkers Millpond) floodplain, Carteret County (and Croatan National Forest) 
yesterday. 




John Fussell

Morehead City, NC 


 		 	   		  
Subject: Chapel Hill Bird Club meeting
From: Kent Fiala <kent.fiala AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 07:42:24 -0500
Date: January 26, 2015 (Monday)

Time: 7:30 p.m. (snacks at 7:15)

Location: Binkley Baptist Church, 1712 Willow Dr., Chapel Hill, NC

Topic: Bird-Friendly Gardening: Your Yard Matters!

Speakers: Kim Brand

Your yard -- and the kinds of plants in it -- matters more than you may
know. Native plants play an important role in providing the food birds
need to survive and thrive. By planting shrubs that provide high-fat
berries, trees that host caterpillars, and flowers that provide nectar
for hummingbirds, your yard can make a real difference for birds
year-round.

Kim Brand is the Bird-Friendly Communities Project Coordinator for
Audubon North Carolina, which promotes bird conservation efforts in the
cities and towns where people live. Kim has a master's degree in
ornithology and has been a board member of Forsyth Audubon for five
years.

All are welcome to attend the meeting. See you there!

-- 
Kent Fiala
Subject: Georgia Pelagic Trip Opportunity - Tybee Island GA - 1/25/2014
From: Mark McShane <marksmcshane AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 21:51:20 -0500 (EST)
Hi All,

Trey McCuen, of Macon GA, just called and asked if I could post a pelagic trip
for him that he is organizing for this Sunday out of Tybee Island GA to
Carolinabirds.	I believe he has one space still available and he wanted to
invite any Carolina birders who would like to go to join.  If you are
interested please email Trey for the details right away at:

eleganttreygon AT gmail.com

Good SeaBirding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
www.neargareport.com
Subject: Blue Wall Birding Festival, April 16-19 in Upstate SC
From: "Jeff Click" <clickbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 21:27:26 -0500
Birders,

Registration is open for the inaugural Blue Wall Birding Festival, held in
Upstate South Carolina, from April 16 - 19, 2015.  This small festival is
being put on by South Carolina State Parks, and is meant to showcase the
great spring birding that the area has to offer, as well as the area's
fantastic state parks.  Field trips will include Lake Jocassee, the
Townville area, the Clemson Botanical Garden, the Nine Times Preserve, Table
Rock and Caesars Head State Parks, and Lake Conestee Nature Park.
Participation will be capped at 50 birders.  Click the link below for more
information.

http://www.gcbirdclub.org/BlueWall.html

Good birding,

Jeff Click
Easley, SC
Subject: Re: Pine Siskins and Purple Finches in Carteret County, NC
From: Jesse Pope <highcountrybirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 20:59:04 -0500
Pine Siskin numbers are starting to grow in the mountains too. This week we 
have been seeing an increase at Grandfather Mountain, today 54 at the feeders. 
Last week we were seeing 10-15. I also had 42 at my feeders in Newland a couple 
days ago. I haven't been home during daylight hours the past couple days so I'm 
not sure if they have increased or stayed the same. 


Jesse Pope 

Newland, NC
(C) 828-898-3012
(W) 828-733-3224
Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 22, 2015, at 7:31 AM, Brian Pendergraft  
wrote: 

> 
> John
> 
> I'll be happy to send a few from my yard down there.  It's getting expensive.
> 
> 26 Purple Finches
> 49 Pine Siskins
> 
> This morning before work.
> 
> Brian Pendergraft
> Falls Lake NC
> 
>> On Jan 22, 2015 5:16 AM, "John Fussell"  wrote:
>> I don't recall seeing anyone mention Pine Siskins and Purple Finches in the 
coastal area lately. 

>> 
>> I had 4 Pine Siskins and 3 Purple Finches in and along the Main Prong (of 
Walkers Millpond) floodplain, Carteret County (and Croatan National Forest) 
yesterday. 

>> 
>> John Fussell
>> Morehead City, NC
Subject: Bald Eagles depredate wounded Mallard drake
From: eric AT blueridgeexcursions.net
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 20:33:49 -0500
 

At YMCA Camp Harrison, I observed a pair of eagles taking a wounded
drake Mallard after working it for about 10 minutes with alternating
stoops. Finally one of them got tired of pussy-footing and plunged into
the water after it, first unsuccessfully, but successful on the second
plunge. It took it about 8 minutes to row to shore with it. 

Assuming it was wounded by gunshot, I just hope that the hunter was
using steel shot as they were supposed to be. 

Eric Harrold 

Hays, NC 
 
Subject: Falls Lake CBC Results, northern wake county NC
From: Brian Bockhahn <birdranger248 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:20:55 -0500
Let me know if you would like to see a copy of the results in excel.

For those that plan ahead
spring count - April 23 -tentative
fall count - Sep 16
Christmas count - Mon Jan 4, 2016

Sometimes conditions align for the better and we get close to or break 100
species, this was not one of those years, in fact the exact opposite was
true!  The 17th Falls Lake CBC was held on Friday Jan 5, 2015 under clear,
cool and extremely windy conditions. Temperatures ranged from 39-52 so at
least we didn’t have a wind chill.  25 observers (average 23) in 16 parties
tallied 86 species (average 92 and tied our lows of 86 from 2004 and 1999!).
Total birds recorded was: 13,032 birds, led by and adjusted number of 6,598
Ring-billed Gulls, 487 Canada Goose and 481 Dark-eyed Junco.



The count was on a Monday, and the weekend before was unseasonably warm and
rainy.  A lot of waterfowl probably got pushed out with the warm
temperatures and pretty severe increase of boat traffic.  The strong winds
all day long on the count didn’t help, oh well, can’t have the good years
without the bad ones!



Highlight birds remain including our second Snow Goose at a pond at the
north end of the circle, our 5th Common Raven over Camp Kanata Road which
seem to more regular in the eastern edge of the count circle.



Other goodies include a Rufous Hummingbird at a feeder, two adult Lesser
Black-backed Gulls at lakes center, Blue-headed Vireo at Rollingview,
Red-breasted Nuthatch below the dam and 11 parties reporting a total of 149
Pine Siskin!



We didn’t miss anything off the A list, but we missed about a dozen duck
species including Ring-necked Duck (2nd time missed).  Also Great
Black-backed Gull (2nd miss), House Wren (6th), Loggerhead Shrike (9th),
Gray Catbird (7th), American Pipit (9th), Palm Warbler (8th), Common
Yellowthroat (10th), Rusty Blackbird (11th wow), Common Grackle (6th ouch
again), Brown-headed Cowbird (10th).



For the record we put in 84 hours and 60.25 miles by foot; 16.75 and 143.5
miles by car; 7.75hours and 9.75 miles owling and 9 feeder hours.



Thanks to all the counters for helping out!!!

-- 
Brian Bockhahn
birdranger248 AT gmail.com
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Eastwood, James Island, Jan 22, 2015
From: Dennis Forsythe <dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 13:55:01 -0500
Flock of Robins came through our yard eating Yaupon Berries and in the
mixed flock we had a BROWN CREEPER, this is only the 2nd one we have seen
here since 1995.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: 
Date: Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 1:52 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Eastwood, James Island, Jan 22, 2015
To: dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com


Eastwood, James Island, Charleston, US-SC
Jan 22, 2015 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.05 mile(s)
Comments:     Birded with Donna, a lot of activity in yard 57 f, E 8 mph
wind, clear
15 species

Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Blue Jay  2
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  1
Brown Creeper  1     only the 2nd one we have seen in this neigborhood
since 1995
Carolina Wren  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
American Robin  50     1 flock, mainly eating Yaupon berries
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Orange-crowned Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
White-throated Sparrow  8
Northern Cardinal  3

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21493569

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)



-- 
Dennis M. Forsythe PhD
South Carolina Ebird Reviewer
Emeritus Professor of Biology
The Citadel
171 Moultrie St,
Charleston, SC 29409
843.795.3996-home
843.953.7264-fax
843.708.1605-cell
dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com
Subject: Black-and-white Warblers in Carteret County, NC
From: "John Fussell" <jfuss AT clis.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 13:24:54 -0500
This morning I found 3 Black-and-white Warblers (at three different sites) 
in Pine Knoll Shores (Bogue Banks), NC.

Apparently this is a regular wintering site for the species.

I also saw a Common Gallinule in a pond at the golf course there, the first 
I recall seeing at that golf course in many years.  (Many years ago, before 
the ponds there were consistently "super-manicured", gallinules were 
common.)

John Fussell
Morehead City, NC 
Subject: Re: Pine Siskins and Purple Finches in Carteret County, NC
From: Brian Pendergraft <bkpendergraft AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 07:36:49 -0500
Oops.......make that Pine Siskin number closer to 100 now.  Ouch!

Brian Pendergraft
On Jan 22, 2015 5:16 AM, "John Fussell"  wrote:

> I don't recall seeing anyone mention Pine Siskins and Purple Finches in
> the coastal area lately.
>
> I had 4 Pine Siskins and 3 Purple Finches in and along the Main Prong (of
> Walkers Millpond) floodplain, Carteret County (and Croatan National Forest)
> yesterday.
>
> John Fussell
> Morehead City, NC
>
Subject: Re: Pine Siskins and Purple Finches in Carteret County, NC
From: Brian Pendergraft <bkpendergraft AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 07:31:26 -0500
John

I'll be happy to send a few from my yard down there.  It's getting
expensive.

26 Purple Finches
49 Pine Siskins

This morning before work.

Brian Pendergraft
Falls Lake NC
On Jan 22, 2015 5:16 AM, "John Fussell"  wrote:

> I don't recall seeing anyone mention Pine Siskins and Purple Finches in
> the coastal area lately.
>
> I had 4 Pine Siskins and 3 Purple Finches in and along the Main Prong (of
> Walkers Millpond) floodplain, Carteret County (and Croatan National Forest)
> yesterday.
>
> John Fussell
> Morehead City, NC
>
Subject: Pine Siskins and Purple Finches in Carteret County, NC
From: "John Fussell" <jfuss AT clis.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 05:16:19 -0500
I don't recall seeing anyone mention Pine Siskins and Purple Finches in the 
coastal area lately.

I had 4 Pine Siskins and 3 Purple Finches in and along the Main Prong (of 
Walkers Millpond) floodplain, Carteret County (and Croatan National Forest) 
yesterday.

John Fussell
Morehead City, NC 
Subject: Re: Golden Eagles in Alleghany/Wilkes/Surry
From: Badger <badgerboy AT wilkes.net>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 23:07:25 -0500
If I were a golden eagle in yahoo territory with guns going off right  
and left, I'd try to be inconspicuous too.

Guy McGrane
Deep Gap, NC

On Jan 16, 2015, at 3:40 PM, eric AT blueridgeexcursions.net wrote:

>
> Spoke with someone with the NCWRC last night at the District 7  
> Public Hearing and learned that Golden Eagles have been observed  
> once again near Thurmond Chatham Gameland and Mitchell River  
> Gameland as part of camera trapping efforts. It's amazing to me for  
> these birds to be as big as they are, that they aren't particularly  
> conspicuous in terms of their behavior this time of year. I suppose  
> with sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway being closed in winter,  
> birders are less likely to travel along it, which is where the best  
> chance of spotting an eagle in the vicinity of these sites would be.
>
>
> Eric Harrold
>
> Hays, NC
>
>