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Black-backed Woodpecker,©Barry Kent Mackay

17 Apr Ruby-throat in S. Durham []
17 Apr Black-crowned Night Heron at Lake Conestee, Greenville, SC []
16 Apr Re: RTHU in east Durham [The Gaston Gang ]
16 Apr RTHU in east Durham ["Kim Peacock" ]
16 Apr Re: ADMIN: Yahoo email list subscribers [Will Cook ]
16 Apr Re: Re: Spartanburg Greater White-fronted Goose []
16 Apr test [Monroe Pannell ]
16 Apr ADMIN: Yahoo email list subscribers [Will Cook ]
16 Apr Prothonotary Warbler at Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville, SC [Bradley Dalton ]
16 Apr Re: Spartanburg Greater White-fronted Goose [Derek Aldrich ]
16 Apr Sandy Creek, Durham, NC [David Anderson ]
16 Apr Little Blue Heron right now at Yates Mill Pond in Raleigh [Tom Snow ]
16 Apr April 19 Birding on the Barony [Jerry Walls ]
16 Apr Help ID solved- Ruby Crowned Kinglet. [Paul Hubert ]
16 Apr Barn Owl flight photos, more Ruff shots posted [Nate Dias ]
16 Apr Go bird [David Anderson ]
16 Apr RUFF - Bear Island WMA - 4/13/2014 - Video Post [Mark McShane ]
15 Apr re: research project on bird window collisions at Duke [Scott Winton ]
15 Apr Re: Thoughts? ["KC Foggin" ]
15 Apr Re: Help ID a birdsong. []
15 Apr Re: Help ID a birdsong. [JILL ]
15 Apr Re: Help ID a birdsong. [Kent Fiala ]
15 Apr Re: Help ID a birdsong. [Marilyn Westphal ]
15 Apr Help ID a birdsong. [Paul Hubert ]
15 Apr Horned Lark, Barn Owl, in Beaufort County [Alan Meijer ]
15 Apr Hilton Pond 04/07/14 (Belize Hummingbirds) ["Bill Hilton Jr." ]
15 Apr Citizen Scientist Project in Western NC monitoring BATS [Jennifer Horton ]
15 Apr Spartanburg Greater White-fronted Goose ["Jeff Lemons" ]
15 Apr FW: eBird Report - Bear Island WMA, Apr 14, 2014 []
15 Apr Re: Hummers [Marty Wall ]
15 Apr Fwd: FW: [Ontbirds] Eastern Ontario: Snowy Owl northbound [Marcus Simpson ]
15 Apr no Black Rails Sunday ["John Fussell" ]
14 Apr American Bittern [Philip Dickinson ]
14 Apr Re: Thoughts? [Marie LaSalle ]
14 Apr Re: Thoughts? ["KC Foggin" ]
14 Apr Re: Thoughts? [Ryan Justice ]
14 Apr Re: Thoughts? [Clyde Smith ]
14 Apr Re: Thoughts? [Matt Janson ]
14 Apr Blue Jay Point County Park & Falls Lake, Wake Co., NC [Tom Snow ]
14 Apr RE: More Escarpment Birding - Jocassee Gorges, SC ["Jeff Click" ]
14 Apr Jackson Park [Blayne & Anne ]
14 Apr Re: Thoughts? [Ryan Justice ]
14 Apr a little help please [C Talkington ]
14 Apr Re: Thoughts? [Matt Janson ]
14 Apr Re: Hummers [Marty Wall ]
14 Apr Re: What is the turkey eating??? [Marty Wall ]
14 Apr Thoughts? ["KC Foggin" ]
14 Apr Hooded Merganser chicks, Clarendon County, SC []
14 Apr Purple Gallinule and Common Gallinule -- Buxton, NC [J Gard ]
14 Apr research project on bird window collisions at Duke [Scott Winton ]
14 Apr Re: CATBIRD & Yard Report ["KC Foggin" ]
14 Apr Chuck-wills- widow [William Burke ]
14 Apr Ruff Bear Island relocated Monday [Steve Compton scompton1251 ]
14 Apr RE: Merchats Mill Pond question abt swallows ["Isabel Reddy" ]
13 Apr Iceland Gull, Cape Hatteras ["Elizabeth Wilkins/vanMontfrans" ]
13 Apr Mountains birding [Ryan Justice ]
13 Apr Mountains birding [Ryan Justice ]
13 Apr RE: Bear Island Ruff today - moving target []
13 Apr More Escarpment Birding - Jocassee Gorges, SC [Marilyn Westphal ]
13 Apr Sunday Outside in Northern Wake County [Brian Pendergraft ]
13 Apr first hummer! [jessie dale ]
13 Apr Bear Island Ruff today - moving target [Nate Dias ]
13 Apr Re: Scarlet Tanager [David Howell ]
13 Apr Scarlet Tanager [Jerry Fishman ]
13 Apr Alligator refuge birds []
13 Apr What is the turkey eating??? [David Gardner ]
13 Apr CATBIRD & Yard Report [Kaye Fenlon ]
13 Apr Howell Woods, Johnston Co., NC [Eddie Owens ]
13 Apr Mason Farm biological reserve [David Anderson ]
13 Apr Ruff Bear Island WMA ["Buddy Campbell" ]
13 Apr Yard bird #97 []
13 Apr RE: Hummers (FOY Male RTH) ["Randy Dunson" ]
13 Apr RE: Hummers ["Randy Dunson" ]
13 Apr RE: Hummers ["Randy Dunson" ]
13 Apr FOS Brunswick County Saturday [John Ennis ]
13 Apr Cliff Swallow WMA Canal St Stephen [Pamela Ford ]

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

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


Brad Dalton
Greenville, SC

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

Ladybug,
Hyco Lake, NC


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

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




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

Yahoo users feel free to post for now.

Will


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

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


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




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


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

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

Sorry for the inconvenience!

See further explanation in this message from Birdchat below:

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

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

Good day BirdChat!

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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


Derek Aldrich
Taylors, SC


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

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


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

David Anderson 
Durham, NC 

Sandy Creek, Durham, NC
April 16, 2014

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



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


Tom Snow
Raleigh

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nathan Dias - Charleston, SC

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

David Anderson 
Durham, NC 

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

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

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

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

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

-----

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

041314 RUFF Bear Island WMA SC

-----

The Box site address for the folder is:

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

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

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

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

-----

Good Birding All, and thanks,

Mark

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

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

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

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

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


K.C.

K.C. Foggin
Socastee
Myrtle Beach SC

www.birdforum.net

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


Always love a birdsong quiz.

Brad Dalton
Greenville, SC



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

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


Sent from my Samsung Galaxy SÂŽIII

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

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

Marilyn


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

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

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

Thanks,
Paul Hubert
Garner N.C.




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

Kent Fiala

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

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


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

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


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

http://youtu.be/bn6iFHoC5Hg

This is my first video and it shows- sorry.

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

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

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

Thanks,

Paul Hubert

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

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


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


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


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

Happy (Neotropical) Nature Watching!

BILL

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


========

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for your time,
Emilie

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

Happy spring! (freeze warning notwithstanding...)

Jennifer Horton

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


Jeff Lemons
Charlotte, NC


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

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

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

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

Steve Compton
Greenville,SC

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


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

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

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

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

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

Sorry,
MW


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

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

Mark

Marcus B. Simpson, Jr.
Hendersonville, NC

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

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

Hi Everyone

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Phil Dickinson
Winston-Salem

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

Marie


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

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


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

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

K.C.

K.C. Foggin
Socastee
Myrtle Beach SC

www.birdforum.net

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




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

I agree with Ryan on this one.

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

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


  Ryan Justice

  Sent from my iPhone

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

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



-- 

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

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

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


Ryan Justice

Sent from my iPhone

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

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


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

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



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


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


Matthew Janson

Charlotte NC
Currently in Ashe County, NC 



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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Thanks,

Jeff Click
Easley, SC



 

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

 

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

Worm-eating - 36

Hooded - 35

Black-throated Green - 59

Black-and-white - 21

Northern Parula - 5

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

Ovenbird - 4

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

Yellow-throated Warbler - 2

Prairie - 1 (in the power line cut)

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

Yellow-rumped Warbler - 1

American Redstart - 2

 

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

Marilyn Westphal

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


Thank you.

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

Ryan Justice

Sent from my iPhone

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

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

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


Matthew Janson

Charlotte NC
Currently in Ashe County NC

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

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

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

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

Marty Wall
Eden, NC


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

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

Marty Wall
Eden, NC


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

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


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


K.C.

K.C. Foggin
Socastee
Myrtle Beach SC

www.birdforum.net

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

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


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







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


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


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

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

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


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

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

Thanks for your interest in bird conservation!


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


K.C.

K.C. Foggin
Socastee
Myrtle Beach SC

www.birdforum.net

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




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

C-BIRDERS

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

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

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

Not hearing  many warblers yet.  

Katie Fenlon
Clemson, SC
Lake Hartwell=
Subject: Chuck-wills- widow
From: William Burke <lewisburkej AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 06:04:57 -0700 (PDT)
Last evening we had a FOY chuck in suburban Columbia.  It called for about five 
minutes.  It was  a new yard bird.  I had a whip-poor-will last weekend in 
rural Saluda County.  


Lewis Burke, Columbia, SC    
Subject: Ruff Bear Island relocated Monday
From: Steve Compton scompton1251 <scompton1251 AT charter.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:42:05 -0400
On Ruff now 0838 Lower Hog Island 
With field herpetologist Brad O'Hanlon.

Steve Compton

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone
Subject: RE: Merchats Mill Pond question abt swallows
From: "Isabel Reddy" <belreddy AT earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 06:44:32 -0400
Hello Birders,

I was at Merchants Mill Pond and saw many swallows.

I couldn't get a good look because they were in flight.

Is it likely they were Barn swallows?

Another bird question came up while there. A Great Blue Heron began
squawking and croaking very loudly, and it went on for some 3-5 minutes.

Any guesses about that behavior? Could it have been because of an alligator?

Thank you & happy Spring birding.

Here are the birds I was able to see or hear:

Canada Goose  X
Wild Turkey  X
Pied-billed Grebe  X
Double-crested Cormorant  X
Great Blue Heron  X
Great Egret  X
Turkey Vulture  X
Cooper's Hawk  X
Red-shouldered Hawk  X
Broad-winged Hawk  X
King Rail  X
Mourning Dove  X
Eastern Screech-Owl  X
Barred Owl  X
Belted Kingfisher  X
Red-bellied Woodpecker  X
Hairy Woodpecker  X
Northern Flicker  X
Pileated Woodpecker  X
Eastern Phoebe  X
Great Crested Flycatcher  X
Eastern Kingbird  X
White-eyed Vireo  X
Yellow-throated Vireo  X
Blue Jay  X
American Crow  X
Fish Crow  X
Carolina Chickadee  X
Tufted Titmouse  X
Carolina Wren  X
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  X
Golden-crowned Kinglet  X
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  X
Eastern Bluebird  X
Gray-cheeked/Bicknell's Thrush  X
Hermit Thrush  X
American Robin  X
Northern Mockingbird  X
Ovenbird  X
Louisiana Waterthrush  X
Prothonotary Warbler  X
Hooded Warbler  X
Northern Parula  X
Pine Warbler  X
Yellow-rumped Warbler  X
Yellow-throated Warbler  X
Prairie Warbler  X
Chipping Sparrow  X
White-throated Sparrow  X
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Brown-headed Cowbird  X


Isabel Reddy
Bahama, NC

Subject: Iceland Gull, Cape Hatteras
From: "Elizabeth Wilkins/vanMontfrans" <vanwilkins AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 23:29:05 -0400
A fantastic morning at Cape Point -- with the whole point area closed to
driving, we had the entire place to ourselves...perfect weather and no
trucks!!  So we had a morning of private fishing and birding on acres and
acres of beautiful beach...the best time to be out there for sure.

Unlike yesterday, today the camera came with us, and the Iceland gull
cooperated by staying on so as to be duly documented:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17882925

A lovely bird.

Elizabeth Wilkins
Yorktown, VA
Subject: Mountains birding
From: Ryan Justice <blackburnian151 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 20:12:09 -0400
Just to let y'all know, I do realize it is a bit early for my before mentioned 
targets, just trying to catch an early arrival :) 


Ryan Justice

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Mountains birding
From: Ryan Justice <blackburnian151 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 18:49:25 -0400
Next Monday, the 21, I'm going to be birding around Watauga and Avery Counties. 
My targets are any migrant shorebirds and passerines (mainly Willow Flycatcher 
and Blue-winged Warbler). Here are the locations I'm planning on hitting: 


Meat Camp Environmental Center
Trout Lake
Boone Greenway
Price Lake
Valle Crucis Park
Grandfather Mountain and surrounding trails

Does anyone have any advice in any other places to go or tips?

Ryan Justice

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: RE: Bear Island Ruff today - moving target
From: scompton1251 AT charter.net
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 18:39:00 -0400 (EDT)
Nate,

Thanks for the detailed update. I plan to try for the Ruff tomorrow AM 
(Monday) driving down from Greenville.  I hope to arrive on the Hog 
Island dike around 0730. I'll have my KOWA scope but would be glad to 
have help. I will post a full report.

Steve Compton
Greenville,SC
843-709-2554 (cell)

On Sun, Apr 13, 2014 at 4:34 PM, Nate Dias wrote:

  I met Mark McShane and Max Medley at 7:15 in the fog at the entrance 
to Bear Island WMA this morning.  We hustled to the gate on Hog Island 
Road.  After a few minutes, the poor visibility and the ferocious Sand 
Gnats drove us back to our cars for some bug spray.  

As we got back to the dike, Aija Konrad said "I think I have it, is this 
it?"   Yes, it was.    After watching it a few minutes and getting some 
distant digiscope shots and video, I talked Mark and Max into following 
me through the marshy margins to get a better look.  By the time we got 
there, muddier and wetter from the dewy reeds, the Ruff was gone.

When we got back to the dike, the 4-5 people had departed and Kaylee and 
Andrew were looking for the bird in vain.  I suggested heading down the 
dike and to the left, around the perimeter of the impoundment.  As we 
got around to the dike between Sara Pond and Lower Hog Island Pond, Sara 
Pond had nice looking shallow water levels.  But no Ruff.  We headed the 
length of the dike and were about to leave a group of Yellowlegs on a 
flat in Lower Hog Island Pond, and I spotted the Ruff!

After getting a few photos, I walked back to my truck and drove to the 
end of the road to let Irvin Pitts and Kent Bedenbaugh know.

The Ruff proceeded to spend the next 3 hours alternating between feeding 
on the flats and flying over the dike to Sara Pond to wash and preen.  A 
couple of times it hid, but reappeared.  I kept track of it until Pierre 
Howard arrived around 11:30, and we got some photo ops with Keith 
McCullough and a fellow named Jim.

Nice bird - hope it sticks around.  I just wish we had not lost track of 
it during the best light of the day...

Nathan Dias - Charleston, SC
Subject: More Escarpment Birding - Jocassee Gorges, SC
From: Marilyn Westphal <mjwestph AT ret.unca.edu>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 17:30:29 -0400
Mark and I really love birdiing the Blue Ridge Escarpment at this time of
year because that's where a lot of the mountain birds show up first.  We
followed the loop around using Canebrake Rd to Jackie's Ridge to Dawkins Rd
to Horsepasture Rd - a total of 18.5 miles.  We had 13 species of warbler
this morning and huge numbers of some of them.  Also had our first of the
year Scarlet Tanager and Red-eyed Vireos.  The escarpment is a great place
for Worm-eating Warblers in general, but I swear Jocassee Gorges is the
epicenter.  Here are our totals.
Worm-eating - 36
Hooded - 35
Black-throated Green - 59
Black-and-white - 21
Northern Parula - 5
Swainson's - 1 (just the beginning.  There are lots of them in this area of
the escarpment)
Ovenbird - 4
La Waterthrush - 1 (Waterthrushes are already starting to quiet down some)
Yellow-throated Warbler - 2
Prairie - 1 (in the power line cut)
Pine - 2 (this section of JG doesn't have the large, open stands of Pine
trees as some other areas of the park, so you don't get as many Pine and
Prairie Warblers and Chipping Sparrows here as in some other areas)
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 1
American Redstart - 2

This is an underutilized birding area that is great at this time of year.
It's biggest problem is that much of it closes down in mid-May, but best
birding is in April anyway.
-- 
Marilyn Westphal
Hendersonville, NC
Subject: Sunday Outside in Northern Wake County
From: Brian Pendergraft <bkpendergraft AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 17:25:55 -0400
Folks,

Woke up this morning and added Red-eyed Vireo and the loud-mouth
(Great-crested Flycatcher) to my yard list for the spring.  Then hiked with
a work friend near Holly Point campground, and one of the trails behind my
house.  Hiked 9.5 miles (GPS via phone confirmed it), and YES I'm a
attempting to lessen the pain with a "beverage" currently.  The heard or
seen list is below:

Hooded Warbler - 3
Louisiana Waterthrush - 2
Northern Parula - 8-10
Ovenbird - 12+
Pine Warbler - 4
Yellow-throated Warbler - 2
Red-eyed Vireo - 3+
Yellow-throated Vireo - 2
Pileated Woodpecker - 1
Northern Flicker - 1
Downy Woodpecker - 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 2
Hairy Woodpecker - 1
Brown Thrasher - 2
Chipping Sparrow - 3
Northern Cardinal - 10+
Carolina Chickadee - 8
Tufted Titmouse - 5
Carolina Wren - 4
Red-shouldered Hawk - 2
Eastern Towhee - 6
Brown-headed Cowbird - 2
Turkey Vulture - 3
Brown-headed Nuthatch - 2
White-breasted Nuthatch - 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 2
White-throated Sparrow - 10+
Osprey - 3
Bonaparte's Gull - 1 (Black head)
Great-blue Heron - 1
American Goldfinch - 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - 8-9
Blue Jay - 2
American Crow - 5
Fish Crow - 3


Brian Pendergraft
Falls Lake NC
loveforbirds.com
Subject: first hummer!
From: jessie dale <jessiedale AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:42:39 -0400
i put my feeder up this morning and just had my first ruby throat- a gorgeous 
male- come for a drink. 


jessie dale
linville, nc
avery county
Subject: Bear Island Ruff today - moving target
From: Nate Dias <offshorebirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:34:36 -0400
I met Mark McShane and Max Medley at 7:15 in the fog at the entrance to
Bear Island WMA this morning.  We hustled to the gate on Hog Island Road.
 After a few minutes, the poor visibility and the ferocious Sand Gnats
drove us back to our cars for some bug spray.

As we got back to the dike, Aija Konrad said "I think I have it, is this
it?"   Yes, it was.    After watching it a few minutes and getting some
distant digiscope shots and video, I talked Mark and Max into following me
through the marshy margins to get a better look.  By the time we got there,
muddier and wetter from the dewy reeds, the Ruff was gone.

When we got back to the dike, the 4-5 people had departed and Kaylee and
Andrew were looking for the bird in vain.  I suggested heading down the
dike and to the left, around the perimeter of the impoundment.  As we got
around to the dike between Sara Pond and Lower Hog Island Pond, Sara Pond
had nice looking shallow water levels.  But no Ruff.  We headed the length
of the dike and were about to leave a group of Yellowlegs on a flat in
Lower Hog Island Pond, and I spotted the Ruff!

After getting a few photos, I walked back to my truck and drove to the end
of the road to let Irvin Pitts and Kent Bedenbaugh know.

The Ruff proceeded to spend the next 3 hours alternating between feeding on
the flats and flying over the dike to Sara Pond to wash and preen.  A
couple of times it hid, but reappeared.  I kept track of it until Pierre
Howard arrived around 11:30, and we got some photo ops with Keith
McCullough and a fellow named Jim.

Nice bird - hope it sticks around.  I just wish we had not lost track of it
during the best light of the day...

Nathan Dias - Charleston, SC
Subject: Re: Scarlet Tanager
From: David Howell <polo.david AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:26:28 -0400
I had my first of the year Scarlet Tanager as well!  At Cedarock Park in
Alamance County.  His voice really traveled through the forest.  Beautiful
bird.

David Howell
Elon, NC


On Sun, Apr 13, 2014 at 4:17 PM, Jerry Fishman  wrote:

> A beautiful Scarlet Tanager seen on Green River Cove Rd.  Just 2/10th
> miles from start of road.
>
> Jerry Fishman
> Hendersonville NC
>
Subject: Scarlet Tanager
From: Jerry Fishman <rvbirder2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:17:27 -0400
A beautiful Scarlet Tanager seen on Green River Cove Rd.  Just 2/10th miles
from start of road.

Jerry Fishman
Hendersonville NC
Subject: Alligator refuge birds
From: binsandlens AT yahoo.com
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:35:25 -0700 (PDT)


Joan and I took a ride down Milltail road on the Alligator River NWR this morning and found a lot of singing warblers. Conservative numbers: 5 Pine Warblers, 33 Prothonotary Warblers, 22 Common Yellowthroats, 14 Yellow-rumps (not singing), 27 Prairies, 2 Northern Parulas, 3 Hooded Warblers, 2 Worm-eating Warblers, 2 Yellow-throated Warblers, 1 Black-and-white Warbler. Non-warblers included 2 White-eyed Vireos, several Great-crested Flycatchers and 3 Barred Owls.

Picked up FOS Eastern Kingbird and 2 Alligators (canal along hwy 64) on the way home.

Jeff Lewis
Manteo, NC

Sent from Yahoo! Mail for iPad
Subject: What is the turkey eating???
From: David Gardner <davidgardner14 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:44:51 -0400
For the past two weeks a hen turkey has been seen for multiple hours each day 
feasting on something in the middle of our rec field which is basically sand 
with a grass that never gets long enough to seed due to mowing. My only guess 
would be that the turkey has developed a taste for Fire Ants. 

Is this a normal diet for turkeys? Is she cramming full of ant protein for egg 
laying? Or is there another dietary item in the field that I may be missing? 

I guess one other possibility is mushrooms. However, those are few and far 
between on the field... A lot more in the woods only 100ft away. 

Let me know your thoughts.
Thanks
David

Director of Environmental Ed.
St. Christopher Camp & Conference Center
Seabrook Island, SC

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: CATBIRD & Yard Report
From: Kaye Fenlon <ktfenlon AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:41:23 -0400
C-BIRDERS

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

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

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

Not hearing  many warblers yet.  

Katie Fenlon
Clemson, SC
Lake Hartwell
Subject: Howell Woods, Johnston Co., NC
From: Eddie Owens <banjoman_57 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:38:35 -0400
A long hike today but the weather demanded it! Highlights include:

*12 warbler sp.
* Swainson's Warbler that almost hit me in the face as it flew past.
* A Scarlet Tanager along w/ the Summers
* Great Crested Flycatchers
* Lots of White-eyed Vireos!

I hiked these trails: Howell woods Dr to Rachel Carson to Monkey Ridge to 
Sawdust Pile to Plantation, then the Diversity trail systems. I guessed 7 miles 
but could be more. 


Monkey Ridge is amazing for warblers, snakes, frogs, & hungry skeeters!

List below.

Eddie Owens
Cary NC


Apr 13, 2014
Howell Woods Env. Learning Center
Traveling
7 miles
334 Minutes
Observers: 1


11 Canada Goose
6 Wood Duck
2 Ruddy Duck
2 Great Blue Heron
6 Black Vulture
16 Turkey Vulture
3 Red-shouldered Hawk
12 Mourning Dove
2 Barred Owl
1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
6 Red-headed Woodpecker
20 Red-bellied Woodpecker
3 Downy Woodpecker
9 Pileated Woodpecker
1 Eastern Phoebe
6 Great Crested Flycatcher -- heard only, while I hiked.
24 White-eyed Vireo -- Seen, mostly heard only.
3 Yellow-throated Vireo
14 Red-eyed Vireo
35 Blue Jay
16 American Crow
26 Carolina Chickadee
29 Tufted Titmouse
5 White-breasted Nuthatch
3 Brown-headed Nuthatch
35 Carolina Wren
35 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
6 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
4 Eastern Bluebird
2 Wood Thrush
3 American Robin
4 Northern Mockingbird
10 European Starling
6 Northern Parula
25 Yellow-rumped Warbler
9 Yellow-throated Warbler
6 Pine Warbler
10 Prairie Warbler
1 Palm Warbler (Yellow)
5 American Redstart
16 Prothonotary Warbler
2 Swainson's Warbler -- Both heard, one seen.
2 Ovenbird
6 Common Yellowthroat
11 Hooded Warbler
22 Eastern Towhee
9 Chipping Sparrow
9 Field Sparrow
50 White-throated Sparrow
2 Dark-eyed Junco
4 Summer Tanager
1 Scarlet Tanager
35 Northern Cardinal
25 Common Grackle
20 Brown-headed Cowbird
4 American Goldfinch


Subject: Mason Farm biological reserve
From: David Anderson <d47anders AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:25:44 -0400
Pretty good morning out at Mason Farm. Lots of birds and birders. Saw my FOY 
red-eyed vireo, gray catbird and ovenbird. Lots of spring singing, chasing and 
nesting. 

David Anderson 
Durham, NC 

Mason Farm biological reserve
April 13, 2014

Northern mockingbird 2
Chipping sparrow 6
Northern cardinal 30+
Blue jay 15+
Carolina wren 10+
Mallard 2
Great blue heron 3
Hooded merganser 2
Carolina chickadee 12+ 
White-eyed vireo 15+ 
Northern rough-winged swallow  4
Red-bellied woodpecker 25+
Short-billed dowitcher 4
Killdeer 2
American goldfinch 5
Fish crow 2
American crow 15+
Ruby-crowned kinglet 7
Tufted titmouse 30+
Blue-gray gnatcatcher 20+
Eastern bluebird 2
Red-headed woodpecker 8+
Northern flicker 2
Yellow-rumped warbler 20+
Brown-headed cowbird 11
Red-eyed vireo 2
White-throated sparrow 40+
Eastern towhee 10
Brown thrasher 1
Gray catbird 1
Red-shouldered hawk 2
Song sparrow 2
Canada goose 6+
Yellow-bellied sapsucker 2
Ovenbird 1
Downy woodpecker 6
Wood duck 2 
Pileated woodpecker 2
Barred owl 3 
Common yellowthroat 1
Swamp sparrow 2
Black-and-white warbler 2
Northern parula 1
Black vulture 3
Red-tailed hawk 3
Turkey vulture 2
Morning dove 2
American robin 1


Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Ruff Bear Island WMA
From: "Buddy Campbell" <blacksnake6 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:49:48 -0400
All;
The Ruff was seen this morning at 7:45 seven birders.
Seen for approximately 15 minutes and then all birds flew and relocated.
I left around 8:30 and the bird had not been spotted.
The gnats and no-seeums  were as bad as I remember.


Buddy Campbell
Ladys Island
Beaufort, SC
Subject: Yard bird #97
From: jackpateck AT comcast.net
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:56:35 +0000 (UTC)
A male scarlet Tanager was in a wild cherry tree this morning. Gold finches are 
still here. The brown-headed nuthatches still working on excavating. 

Jack and Pat Eckstine 
Hanahan, SC 
Subject: RE: Hummers (FOY Male RTH)
From: "Randy Dunson" <trdunson AT nc.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 09:30:11 -0400
Surreal. Not 5 minutes passed after I sent you a response & what lands on why 
window feeder…first male RTH of the year! 


 

Regards,

 

Randy Dunson

Hillsborough, NC (just west of...; +36° 1' 1.38", -79° 7' 50.84")

 

 

From: Dwayne Martin [mailto:redxbill AT gmail.com] 
Sent: Sunday, April 13, 2014 9:19 AM
To: Randy Dunson
Cc: Susan Campbell
Subject: Re: Hummers

 

Randy, don't feel bad, I just saw my first one this morning.




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 Sun, Apr 13, 2014 at 9:17 AM, Randy Dunson  wrote:

I've yet to see a hummer this year...latest on record for my habitat.

Regards,

Randy Dunson
Hillsborough, NC (just west of...; +36° 1' 1.38", -79° 7' 50.84")


-----Original Message-----
From: susan AT ncaves.com [mailto:susan AT ncaves.com]
Sent: Saturday, April 12, 2014 6:22 PM
To: Mary McDaniel; carolinabirds AT duke.edu; MAS List
Subject: RE: Hummers

Indeed! Yes, hummers will take advantage of soft materials with which to line 
their nests. It is amazing to me how quickly females get down to business (of 
the family kind)once they return. 


You were lucky to observe that tiny gal gathering material. That is pretty 
rare! 


Susan Campbell
Whispering Pines, NC

 
Subject: RE: Hummers
From: "Randy Dunson" <trdunson AT nc.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 09:22:47 -0400
Well Dwayne, that does make me feel a bit better since you’re much further 
west. 


 

Regards,

 

Randy Dunson

Hillsborough, NC (just west of...; +36° 1' 1.38", -79° 7' 50.84")

 

 

From: Dwayne Martin [mailto:redxbill AT gmail.com] 
Sent: Sunday, April 13, 2014 9:19 AM
To: Randy Dunson
Cc: Susan Campbell
Subject: Re: Hummers

 

Randy, don't feel bad, I just saw my first one this morning.




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 Sun, Apr 13, 2014 at 9:17 AM, Randy Dunson  wrote:

I've yet to see a hummer this year...latest on record for my habitat.

Regards,

Randy Dunson
Hillsborough, NC (just west of...; +36° 1' 1.38", -79° 7' 50.84")


-----Original Message-----
From: susan AT ncaves.com [mailto:susan AT ncaves.com]
Sent: Saturday, April 12, 2014 6:22 PM
To: Mary McDaniel; carolinabirds AT duke.edu; MAS List
Subject: RE: Hummers

Indeed! Yes, hummers will take advantage of soft materials with which to line 
their nests. It is amazing to me how quickly females get down to business (of 
the family kind)once they return. 


You were lucky to observe that tiny gal gathering material. That is pretty 
rare! 


Susan Campbell
Whispering Pines, NC

 
Subject: RE: Hummers
From: "Randy Dunson" <trdunson AT nc.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 09:17:26 -0400
I've yet to see a hummer this year...latest on record for my habitat.

Regards,

Randy Dunson
Hillsborough, NC (just west of...; +36° 1' 1.38", -79° 7' 50.84")


-----Original Message-----
From: susan AT ncaves.com [mailto:susan AT ncaves.com] 
Sent: Saturday, April 12, 2014 6:22 PM
To: Mary McDaniel; carolinabirds AT duke.edu; MAS List
Subject: RE: Hummers

Indeed! Yes, hummers will take advantage of soft materials with which to line 
their nests. It is amazing to me how quickly females get down to business (of 
the family kind)once they return. 


You were lucky to observe that tiny gal gathering material. That is pretty 
rare! 


Susan Campbell
Whispering Pines, NC
Subject: FOS Brunswick County Saturday
From: John Ennis <jxennis AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 08:29:45 -0400
I've seen many returning species on Fri-Sat...most have been reported by
one or more birder...so I will not repeat...

Yesterday's FOS lot included GC Flycatcher, Prairie Warbler, and
my first free-range  Ruby-throated Hummingbird of the year...plus an
Ovenbird that I could not find in about 15 minutes...so I gave up...he
won...

Nifty Prothonotary cavity for later photography...

Wonderful, beautiful day...

John Ennis
Leland, NC
Subject: Cliff Swallow WMA Canal St Stephen
From: Pamela Ford <jford6 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 08:04:24 -0400
Cliff Swallows back, at least 70 nests under highway 45 bridge in St Stephen 
SC. The Dewitt Williams bridge crosses the canal and has parking area with a 
short easy walk to bridge. Photo below shows "headlight" on bird's head, poking 
out nest. Thanks to Elisa Enders for the earlier scout of these birds. 

Pam Ford
Charleston
https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/82113160 AT N07/13808224365/


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