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Dark-eyed Junco,©Barry Kent Mackay

31 Oct Birds at Fort Fisher on 10/21/14 []
30 Oct Re: Birds of NC Website [Paul Taillie ]
30 Oct Re: Birds of NC Website [Paul Taillie ]
30 Oct Re: Birds of NC Website [Harry LeGrand ]
30 Oct Banded Piping Plover - Pea Island [Jeff Lemons ]
30 Oct Birds of NC Website [Paul Taillie ]
30 Oct Interesting Birds At Rocky Face Mtn Park [Dwayne Martin ]
30 Oct Sandy Creek, Durham, North Carolina [David Anderson ]
30 Oct Re: Franklins Gull status update? [Simon Thompson ]
30 Oct Holly Shelter and Lea-Hutaff CBC [Carson Wood ]
30 Oct Franklins Gull status update? [Jamie Adams ]
30 Oct RE: My first Red-breasted Nuthatch in two years [Kenneth MacDonald ]
30 Oct White-crowned Sparrows Mecklenburg County, NC [John Scavetto ]
29 Oct ENC L. Mattamuskeet: Eurasian Wigeon - 10/29/14 [Steve Ritt ]
29 Oct Chuck-Will's-Widow, Seabrook Isl, SC [David Gardner ]
29 Oct Henderson Cty. N. C. Christmas Bird Count ["Wayne K. Forsythe" ]
29 Oct Henderson Cty., NC- Christmas Bird Count ["Wayne K. Forsythe" ]
29 Oct Junco's in Black Mountain, NC [stu ]
29 Oct and more and more ["John Fussell" ]
29 Oct Henderson Cty., N. C. FRANKLIN'S GULL ["Wayne K. Forsythe" ]
29 Oct Re: My first Red-breasted Nuthatch in two years [Jeff Lewis ]
29 Oct My first Red-breasted Nuthatch in two years [Harry LeGrand ]
29 Oct Re: Almost Christmas [Philip Dickinson ]
29 Oct Falls Lake - Beaver Dam and Hwy 98 Waterfowl Impou [David Anderson ]
29 Oct Interesting migration behavior and questions [Jeff Lewis ]
29 Oct Four Holes Swamp Christmas Bird Count (Dorchester County, SC) ["Johnson, Matthew" ]
29 Oct Virginia Rail Brookshire Park Boone [Badger ]
29 Oct Catawba Valley Christmas Bird Count [Dwayne Martin ]
28 Oct Almost Christmas [Kent Fiala ]
28 Oct Re: Northern Harrier - Backyard Bird! [Irvin Pitts ]
28 Oct Black-hooded Parakeet continues ["John Fussell" ]
28 Oct Re: Northern Harrier - Backyard Bird! [Dwayne Martin ]
28 Oct Re: Northern Harrier - Backyard Bird! [Brian Patteson ]
28 Oct Northern Harrier - Backyard Bird! [Brian Pendergraft ]
28 Oct Pine Siskins, etc. in Durham (17 Acre Wood) [Daniel Kaplan ]
28 Oct Sparrows at Valle Crusis Park [william haddad ]
28 Oct Backyard Birds and Invite to Program [Lena Gallitano ]
27 Oct Wood Thrush photos [Jack Rogers ]
27 Oct Re: Brewer's Blackbird?? [Ryan Justice ]
27 Oct Brewer's Blackbird?? [KC Foggin ]
27 Oct Re: Winter Yard Birds [Chris Clarke ]
27 Oct 70 Species - October (Backyard) [Brian Pendergraft ]
26 Oct Greensboro Red-necked Grebe [Henry Link ]
26 Oct Greensboro Surf Scoter, etc. [Henry Link ]
26 Oct Saluda Shoals Park birds [Irvin Pitts ]
26 Oct Saluda Shoals Park, SC Oct 25, 2014 []
25 Oct Swainson's Thrushes at Yates Mill [Brendan Klick ]
25 Oct RTHU update from Hatteras Island ["am.hummingbird.photos AT gmail.com" ]
25 Oct Brunswick County 10/25 [John Ennis ]
25 Oct Merlin at Tanglewood Park ["Ron Morris" ]
25 Oct Winter Yard Birds [TNT Sanders ]
25 Oct Re: Surprise [John Register ]
25 Oct Finches and Grosbeak Riverbend Park [Dwayne Martin ]
25 Oct Bell's Vireo on Pea Island [Jeff Lewis ]
25 Oct Wings over water oregon inlet fishing center obx nc [Bb ]
25 Oct Re: pine siskins, linville, nc [Dwayne Martin ]
25 Oct Red-necked Grebe, Duck, NC [Kent Fiala ]
25 Oct pine siskins, linville, nc [jessie dale ]
25 Oct Re: Henslow's Sparrow, Ft. Moultrie, Sullivan's Island, South Carolina [Nate Dias ]
24 Oct Henslow's Sparrow, Ft. Moultrie, Sullivan's Island, South Carolina [Craig ]
24 Oct Hermit Thrushes [TNT Sanders ]
24 Oct Re: Mattamuskeet reddish egrets? [Will Cook ]
24 Oct first of the year pine siskin and other winter arrivals [Irvin Pitts ]
24 Oct from: amber.r.mccune@gmail.com ["amber.r.mccune AT gmail.com" ]
24 Oct Winter birds in Raleigh [Tom Snow ]
24 Oct Sparrows, wrens, Bittern - Fort Fisher, NC [KD Edwards ]
24 Oct Vesper & Clay-colored Sparrows, New Hanover County, NC [Bruce Smithson ]
24 Oct Re: Purple Finch at Riverbend Park [Dwayne Martin ]
24 Oct Purple Finch at Riverbend Park [Dwayne Martin ]
24 Oct Wood thrush at Congaree [Jack Rogers ]
24 Oct Re: Great Horned Owl [Derek Aldrich ]
24 Oct Great Horned Owl [Shannon Groff ]
24 Oct RTHummer [Rich Boyd ]
23 Oct Upcoming Chapel Hill Bird Club meeting, Oct. 27 [Eddie Owens ]
23 Oct White-crowned Sparrow - Charlotte area [Kevin Metcalf ]
23 Oct Corolla and Duck birds October 23 [Jeff Lewis ]

Subject: Birds at Fort Fisher on 10/21/14
From: dorothypugh AT aol.com
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:31:33 -0400
On October 21, 2014, I saw 10+ Short-billed Dowitchers, at least two American 
Oystercatchers, and one Ruddy Turnstone on the jetty at the Battery Buchanan 
Tour Stop at the Fort Fisher State Rec Area. I also saw two small plovers, 
which I at first figured were Semipalmated Plovers, but their neck rings 
especially didn't match any plovers in Sibley's: I'd appreciate ID help. 



I also saw several Savannah Sparrows in the boat ramp area.



www.dpughphoto.com/critters_october_2014.html


Dorothy Pugh
Durham, NC


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

Subject: Re: Birds of NC Website
From: Paul Taillie <paultaillie AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:36:39 -0400
Correction: As stated on the very website I was referring to, Sedge Wren is
not a breeder in NC.  Lazy assumption on my part, but a wonderful
demonstration of how helpful the site can be, should you actually take a
minute to look.

On Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 9:02 PM, Paul Taillie  wrote:

> All,
>
> Because there are always new users of the listserv, I thought now would be
> a good time to remind people of the Birds of NC website.
>
> http://www.carolinabirdclub.org/ncbirds/accounts.php
>
> Anyone birding in NC should be grateful to the people who put lots of time
> and effort into the project because not every state has something like
> this.  Come to think of it I'm not sure if SC does (yet?)  I know when I
> have lived in other states temporarily, it can be really hard to know what
> deserves reporting sometimes.
>
> I have found the website to serve as an extremely helpful complement to
> this listserv, especially if you're going to post.  For pretty much any
> species that has ever occurred in North Carolina, most importantly those
> that are uncommon or vagrant, you can find information about previous
> records, when they occurred, where they occurred, and even find helpful
> hints on where to find birds.
>
> So when you find something really good, like the Bell's Vireo that was
> recently heard singing at Pea Island, you could look at Birds of NC and see
> that there are only a few records of this species, all from counties around
> Pea Island, all sometime in the fall.  From that you conclude that the
> sighting is certainly worth reporting, and it also gives you a little more
> confidence that what you found is at least slightly plausible (though this
> should never be a substitute for field observations, obviously).
>
> A slightly more common example, one for which I personally used the site
> is when I found a Sedge Wren at Mason Farm (Orange Co.) a while back.
> Sedge Wrens breed in NC and are pretty readily found in many parts of the
> coastal plain, but I wasn't sure what their distribution in the Piedmont
> was.  Fortunately, the species accounts on Birds of NC are broken up by the
> three regions, so you can really get a good idea of how likely a certain
> bird is in given place.
>
> Anyway, I find myself checking back at the site all the time and learning
> more each time I do, so I thought I would remind the list.
>
> Good birding,
>
> Paul Taillie
> Orange Co. NC
>
Subject: Re: Birds of NC Website
From: Paul Taillie <paultaillie AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:31:28 -0400
No, I didn't mix them up.  I think I just assumed Sedge Wrens were resident
down there.  I probably should have consulted the site on that one.  Always
more to learn I guess.

Thanks again.

On Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 10:28 PM, Harry LeGrand 
wrote:

> Thanks for the compliment on the website. However, you are confusing Sedge
> Wren with Marsh Wren. Marsh Wren breeds in NC, in coastal marshes. Sedge
> Wren does not nest in NC, at least has never been reported yet. It does
> winter in coastal areas.
>
> Harry LeGrand
> Birds of North Carolina website -- species accounts compiler
>
> On Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 9:02 PM, Paul Taillie 
> wrote:
>
>> All,
>>
>> Because there are always new users of the listserv, I thought now would
>> be a good time to remind people of the Birds of NC website.
>>
>> http://www.carolinabirdclub.org/ncbirds/accounts.php
>>
>> Anyone birding in NC should be grateful to the people who put lots of
>> time and effort into the project because not every state has something like
>> this.  Come to think of it I'm not sure if SC does (yet?)  I know when I
>> have lived in other states temporarily, it can be really hard to know what
>> deserves reporting sometimes.
>>
>> I have found the website to serve as an extremely helpful complement to
>> this listserv, especially if you're going to post.  For pretty much any
>> species that has ever occurred in North Carolina, most importantly those
>> that are uncommon or vagrant, you can find information about previous
>> records, when they occurred, where they occurred, and even find helpful
>> hints on where to find birds.
>>
>> So when you find something really good, like the Bell's Vireo that was
>> recently heard singing at Pea Island, you could look at Birds of NC and see
>> that there are only a few records of this species, all from counties around
>> Pea Island, all sometime in the fall.  From that you conclude that the
>> sighting is certainly worth reporting, and it also gives you a little more
>> confidence that what you found is at least slightly plausible (though this
>> should never be a substitute for field observations, obviously).
>>
>> A slightly more common example, one for which I personally used the site
>> is when I found a Sedge Wren at Mason Farm (Orange Co.) a while back.
>> Sedge Wrens breed in NC and are pretty readily found in many parts of the
>> coastal plain, but I wasn't sure what their distribution in the Piedmont
>> was.  Fortunately, the species accounts on Birds of NC are broken up by the
>> three regions, so you can really get a good idea of how likely a certain
>> bird is in given place.
>>
>> Anyway, I find myself checking back at the site all the time and learning
>> more each time I do, so I thought I would remind the list.
>>
>> Good birding,
>>
>> Paul Taillie
>> Orange Co. NC
>>
>
>
Subject: Re: Birds of NC Website
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:28:20 -0400
Thanks for the compliment on the website. However, you are confusing Sedge
Wren with Marsh Wren. Marsh Wren breeds in NC, in coastal marshes. Sedge
Wren does not nest in NC, at least has never been reported yet. It does
winter in coastal areas.

Harry LeGrand
Birds of North Carolina website -- species accounts compiler

On Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 9:02 PM, Paul Taillie  wrote:

> All,
>
> Because there are always new users of the listserv, I thought now would be
> a good time to remind people of the Birds of NC website.
>
> http://www.carolinabirdclub.org/ncbirds/accounts.php
>
> Anyone birding in NC should be grateful to the people who put lots of time
> and effort into the project because not every state has something like
> this.  Come to think of it I'm not sure if SC does (yet?)  I know when I
> have lived in other states temporarily, it can be really hard to know what
> deserves reporting sometimes.
>
> I have found the website to serve as an extremely helpful complement to
> this listserv, especially if you're going to post.  For pretty much any
> species that has ever occurred in North Carolina, most importantly those
> that are uncommon or vagrant, you can find information about previous
> records, when they occurred, where they occurred, and even find helpful
> hints on where to find birds.
>
> So when you find something really good, like the Bell's Vireo that was
> recently heard singing at Pea Island, you could look at Birds of NC and see
> that there are only a few records of this species, all from counties around
> Pea Island, all sometime in the fall.  From that you conclude that the
> sighting is certainly worth reporting, and it also gives you a little more
> confidence that what you found is at least slightly plausible (though this
> should never be a substitute for field observations, obviously).
>
> A slightly more common example, one for which I personally used the site
> is when I found a Sedge Wren at Mason Farm (Orange Co.) a while back.
> Sedge Wrens breed in NC and are pretty readily found in many parts of the
> coastal plain, but I wasn't sure what their distribution in the Piedmont
> was.  Fortunately, the species accounts on Birds of NC are broken up by the
> three regions, so you can really get a good idea of how likely a certain
> bird is in given place.
>
> Anyway, I find myself checking back at the site all the time and learning
> more each time I do, so I thought I would remind the list.
>
> Good birding,
>
> Paul Taillie
> Orange Co. NC
>
Subject: Banded Piping Plover - Pea Island
From: Jeff Lemons <birdsalot AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:18:06 -0400
Audrey Whitlock, Jessica Miller and I found a banded Piping Plover at the
south end of Pea Island near New Inlet during Wings Over Water last
weekend.  I was able to get some photos of the band and Jessica sent the
information to the Great Lakes team that banded the bird.  This bird is a
like a little miracle bird.

Here is a link to my photos and a couple from the Bander during the bird's
initial release.
http://bit.ly/1v1y3Es

Here is the reply from the Bander:

"This plover was captive-reared in 2014 after its nest was deserted. It's
likely that the female was predated. The eggs were collected and
captive-raised at our facility at the University of Michigan Biological
Station near Pellston, MI. When they were flying well they were released at
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. I was there for the release and
took photos. I'll attach a couple; one of the two chicks leaving the
transport container and the other of "your" chick trying out its freedom.
It's very exciting to hear that one of those plovers beat the odds and made
it to the coast.

Thanks again,
Alice Van Zoeren
Great Lakes Piping Plover Conservation Team"

Good Birding,
Jeff Lemons
Charlotte, NC
Subject: Birds of NC Website
From: Paul Taillie <paultaillie AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:02:00 -0400
All,

Because there are always new users of the listserv, I thought now would be
a good time to remind people of the Birds of NC website.

http://www.carolinabirdclub.org/ncbirds/accounts.php

Anyone birding in NC should be grateful to the people who put lots of time
and effort into the project because not every state has something like
this.  Come to think of it I'm not sure if SC does (yet?)  I know when I
have lived in other states temporarily, it can be really hard to know what
deserves reporting sometimes.

I have found the website to serve as an extremely helpful complement to
this listserv, especially if you're going to post.  For pretty much any
species that has ever occurred in North Carolina, most importantly those
that are uncommon or vagrant, you can find information about previous
records, when they occurred, where they occurred, and even find helpful
hints on where to find birds.

So when you find something really good, like the Bell's Vireo that was
recently heard singing at Pea Island, you could look at Birds of NC and see
that there are only a few records of this species, all from counties around
Pea Island, all sometime in the fall.  From that you conclude that the
sighting is certainly worth reporting, and it also gives you a little more
confidence that what you found is at least slightly plausible (though this
should never be a substitute for field observations, obviously).

A slightly more common example, one for which I personally used the site is
when I found a Sedge Wren at Mason Farm (Orange Co.) a while back.  Sedge
Wrens breed in NC and are pretty readily found in many parts of the coastal
plain, but I wasn't sure what their distribution in the Piedmont was.
Fortunately, the species accounts on Birds of NC are broken up by the three
regions, so you can really get a good idea of how likely a certain bird is
in given place.

Anyway, I find myself checking back at the site all the time and learning
more each time I do, so I thought I would remind the list.

Good birding,

Paul Taillie
Orange Co. NC
Subject: Interesting Birds At Rocky Face Mtn Park
From: Dwayne Martin <redxbill AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:17:02 -0400
I did one last day of hawk watching up on Rocky Face Mtn in NE Alexander Co
today. Not a lot of hawks moving through, mostly Turkey Vultures. I was
hoping for a Golden Eagle, but one was not to be seen there today. I did,
however, have some interesting non-raptors. I had a couple flocks of Pine
Siskins and Purple Finches fly over. Then I had a "flock" of 9 Common
Ravens flying SW. That is the largest group of Ravens I have ever seen
outside of Alaska. With the 2 local Ravens, I had a total of 11 Ravens
today. Not bad for the Piedmont of NC! The oddest sighting of the day came
about 3:00. As I was packing up to leave, I look over and flying right at
eye level passed the mountain was a Bonaparte's Gull!! This was certainly a
new species for the park and most unexpected for our hawk watch.


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: Sandy Creek, Durham, North Carolina
From: David Anderson <d47anders AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:29:44 -0400
Another beautiful fall day at Sandy Creek. Lots of birds even though the 
variety was limited. A very patient HERMIT THRUSH posed nicely. Great number of 
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS. And good to see a couple of PINE WARBLERS sticking 
around. WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS seem to be there to stay now. And a 
GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET was a welcome sight. Lots of DOWNY WOODPECKERS out 
today. Plus two pairs of YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS. 

Happy birding,
David Anderson 
Durham, NC

Sandy Creek, Durham, North Carolina
October 30, 2014

Eastern towhee 2
Red-bellied woodpecker 11
Northern cardinal 10
Northern flicker 7
American crow 8
Brown thrasher 1
Eastern phoebe 5
Song sparrow 5
Carolina wren 13
Tufted titmouse 9
Hermit thrush 1
Great blue heron 1
Blue jay 5
Red-shouldered hawk 1
Ruby-crowned kinglet 9
White-throated sparrow 4
Yellow-rumped warbler 14
Black vulture 1
Downy woodpecker 10
Carolina chickadee 8
Yellow-bellied sapsucker 4
Eastern bluebird 5
American robin 4
Pine warbler 2
White-breasted nuthatch 2
Brown-headed nuthatch 3
Golden-crowned kinglet 1
Northern mockingbird 1
Red-tailed hawk 1



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Subject: Re: Franklins Gull status update?
From: Simon Thompson <simonrbt AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:24:52 -0400
Not as far as I know- let me check with Wayne as he lives close
Simon
Asheville NC

Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 30, 2014, at 1:17 PM, Jamie Adams  wrote:
> 
> A couple of us on the coast are waiting for an update before we chase, has 
anyone seen the Franklins today? 

> 
> Jamie Adams
> Wilmington, MC
> 
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Subject: Holly Shelter and Lea-Hutaff CBC
From: Carson Wood <cdwood AT coastalplaincg.org>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:19:26 -0400
Hi All,

The Holly Shelter and Lea-Hutaff Christmas Bird Count will be held Sunday 
December 14th, 2014. I am going to be dividing the circle up this year into 
discrete areas to ensure maximum coverage. 


For those that have participated in the past and would like to cover their 
usual area please let me know so I can check those off. 


In addition to this, I am looking for 10 volunteers to participate in a trial 
run count that will encompass northern Pender and southern Onslow Counties, it 
will be held Sunday January 4th, 2015. Some unique natural areas will be 
covered in this circle that are otherwise missed. 


If you'd like to participate in either count please contact me at 
cdwood AT coastalplaincg.org 


Best Regards,

Carson

Carson Wood
Biologist
Coastal Plain Conservation Group
PO Box 1008
Hampstead, NC 28443
910-859-9425
cdwood AT coastalplaincg.org
www.coastalplaincg.org


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Subject: Franklins Gull status update?
From: Jamie Adams <Jamie.Adams AT quintiles.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:17:14 +0000
A couple of us on the coast are waiting for an update before we chase, has 
anyone seen the Franklins today? 


Jamie Adams
Wilmington, MC

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Subject: RE: My first Red-breasted Nuthatch in two years
From: Kenneth MacDonald <kwmac AT duke.edu>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:26:07 +0000
I saw my FOS red-breasted nuthatch climbing around on an oak in my back garden 
last weekend. 


Ken Macdonald
Durham, NC

From: Harry LeGrand [mailto:hlegrandjr AT gmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 3:39 PM
To: carolinabirds listserve
Subject: My first Red-breasted Nuthatch in two years

Today, while doing field work in the Camp Butner area in southern Granville 
County, NC, I heard a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH. I had gone all last winter without 
noting any, as did many or most of us downstate. Other winter birds noted were 
2 WINTER WRENS, a number of GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, and 2 YELLOW-BELLIED 
SAPSUCKERS. I was listening for Pine Siskins, but none for me -- yet. Let's 
hope this is the start of a good "finch" winter -- yes, the Nuthatch has always 
been an honorary winter finch! 


Harry LeGrand
Raleigh, NC
Subject: White-crowned Sparrows Mecklenburg County, NC
From: John Scavetto <johnscavetto AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:03:56 -0400
It's official after 3 consecutive days this week I have had multiple
White-crowned Sparrows at the Miller Road location in Pineville,  NC.  This
is the 6th and possibly last year to see them at this location. Developers
have destroyed this once amazing habitat. The most reliable spot
early morning has been directly across from the two tan trailers. They
responded to a recording almost immediately and come out to the road as a
rule. At least three are calling while posting this.

John Scavetto
P.O.Box 77171
Charlotte, NC 28271
Cell  704-989-6763
Home. 980-207-2674
Subject: ENC L. Mattamuskeet: Eurasian Wigeon - 10/29/14
From: Steve Ritt <stevenmritt AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 23:25:23 -0400
One adult, male Eurasian Wigeon was in the main lake, east of the south end of 
the causeway at Lake Mattamuskeet this evening. 


YB Cuckoos and Green Herons still linger along with thinly scattered, but 
diverse, warblers, while Brown Creepers feed on the beach (on the sand, like 
wintering Rock Wrens!) and Old Coast Guard Station. And all the wintering stuff 
Jeff mentioned, plus WT Sparrows, YB Sapsuckers, and (one) Winter Wren are all 
in good numbers already along the coast. Both kinglets are everywhere. 


An early Bufflehead was in the Albermarle Sound (by Harbinger) on Monday with 9 
Horned Grebes. 


Steve Ritt
Asheville, NC

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Subject: Chuck-Will's-Widow, Seabrook Isl, SC
From: David Gardner <davidgardner14 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:04:48 -0400
Hi folks,
A female Chuck Wills Widow was found by two field groups of 25 sixth graders in 
the middle of a soccer field at 4pm. 

After many photos, assuming the bird may just be taking a rest from migration 
and be flushed with too close an approach, I finally approached with a towel to 
determine if it was injured and needed to be rescued. The poor girl didn't 
budge. She had no fat, and virtually no muscle on the chest. She did put up 
enough fight, that we are holding out hope that she will make it through the 
night to go to the Birds of Prey rescue center in Awandaw in the morning. 

One positive that came from this injured bird is that I was able to do an 
impromptu educational talk on the adaptations that nightjars have, with up 
close views of the exceptionally large mouth and the bristles on either side. 

Very cool, but equally sad. Here is hoping that the folks at Birds of Prey can 
work some magic. 

David

David Gardner 
Director of Environmental Education
St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center
Seabrook Island, SC

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Subject: Henderson Cty. N. C. Christmas Bird Count
From: "Wayne K. Forsythe" <wforsythe AT morrisbb.net>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:54:38 -0400
Folks,
 Correction, the Henderson Cty. Christmas Bird Count is being held on Sunday, 
January 4, 2015, not Jan. 5, 2015 as posted previously. Sorry for the mix up! 

Wayne
 Wayne K. Forsythe
16 Colonial Way
Hendersonville, N. C. 28791
wforsytheATmorrisbb.net
Subject: Henderson Cty., NC- Christmas Bird Count
From: "Wayne K. Forsythe" <wforsythe AT morrisbb.net>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:50:28 -0400
Folks,
 The 115th National Audubon, Christmas Bird Count for Henderson Cty, N. C. will 
take place on Sunday, January 5, 2015. If interested, please contact me via 
e-mail at wforsythe AT morrisbb.net 

Wayne
 Wayne K. Forsythe
16 Colonial Way
Hendersonville, N. C. 28791
wforsytheATmorrisbb.net
Subject: Junco's in Black Mountain, NC
From: stu <sgibeau AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:17:23 -0400
Temps are dropping and Junco's are here. Brrrr!

Stu Gibeau
Subject: and more and more
From: "John Fussell" <jfuss AT clis.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:55:57 -0400
A little while ago, while driving in the downtown area of Morehead City 
(NC), I saw a large number of Eurasian Collared-Doves on power lines in a 
one-block area.  I got out and counted 80 of them.

Then, out of curiosity I drove down a few adjacent streets to see how many 
more I might see.  My final count was 158 collared-doves (and 4 Mourning 
Doves).    The collared-doves must have a roost in that area.

John Fussell
Morehead City, NC 
Subject: Henderson Cty., N. C. FRANKLIN'S GULL
From: "Wayne K. Forsythe" <wforsythe AT morrisbb.net>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:39:10 -0400
Folks,
 At about 12:45 P. M. this afternoon I had an adult FRANKLIN'S GULL on the 
front pond of the Water Treatment Plant on Rt. #191 in the Mills River area of 
Henderson County. I took many photos in poor light, but will send the best to 
the CBC photo gallery. This is my 4th Henderson Cty. record for this species. 
Richard Jackson, Simon Thompson & Ron Selvey were able to see the bird as well. 

Wayne
 Wayne K. Forsythe
16 Colonial Way
Hendersonville, N. C. 28791
wforsytheATmorrisbb.net
Subject: Re: My first Red-breasted Nuthatch in two years
From: Jeff Lewis <jlewisbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:03:27 -0400
On the Outer Banks this past "Wings Over Water" week, we had many, many
Pine Siskins, a couple of Purple Finches, several Brown Creepers and only a
very few Red-breasted Nuthatches, surprisingly, for what it's worth.
Jeff Lewis
Manteo, NC

On Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 3:38 PM, Harry LeGrand  wrote:

> Today, while doing field work in the Camp Butner area in southern
> Granville County, NC, I heard a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH. I had gone all last
> winter without noting any, as did many or most of us downstate. Other
> winter birds noted were 2 WINTER WRENS, a number of GOLDEN-CROWNED
> KINGLETS, and 2 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS.  I was listening for
> Pine Siskins, but none for me -- yet. Let's hope this is the start of a
> good "finch" winter -- yes, the Nuthatch has always been an honorary winter
> finch!
>
> Harry LeGrand
> Raleigh, NC
>
Subject: My first Red-breasted Nuthatch in two years
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:38:51 -0400
Today, while doing field work in the Camp Butner area in southern Granville
County, NC, I heard a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH. I had gone all last winter
without noting any, as did many or most of us downstate. Other winter birds
noted were 2 WINTER WRENS, a number of GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, and 2
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS.  I was listening for Pine Siskins, but none for
me -- yet. Let's hope this is the start of a good "finch" winter -- yes,
the Nuthatch has always been an honorary winter finch!

Harry LeGrand
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Re: Almost Christmas
From: Philip Dickinson <pdickins AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:16:48 -0400
Hanging Rock SP CBC will be Sunday Dec. 21.

Phil Dickinson, compiler
Winston-Salem

On 10/28/14 10:28 PM, "Kent Fiala"  wrote:

>With Christmas Count season less than two months away, as usual I am
>collecting dates of counts in the Carolinas at
>http://www.carolinabirdclub.org/christmas/ . Already many count dates are
>listed, but there are many more to go. If you are a Carolina Bird Club
>member you can add your count date yourself; otherwise just send it to me
>and I'll do it.
>
>-- 
>Kent Fiala
>

Subject: Falls Lake - Beaver Dam and Hwy 98 Waterfowl Impou
From: David Anderson <d47anders AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:12:37 -0400
Nice to be out in beautiful Fall weather. Leaves finally all turning luscious 
colors. Pretty quiet at Falls Lake. Though two BALD EAGLES circled low giving a 
fun show. Likely both 2nd year juveniles. Nice to see so many RUBY-CROWNED 
KINGLETS again and especially GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS. The osprey seem to be 
gone. Never heard nor saw one. 

The Impoundment was literally hopping with birds as I arrived. Numerous EASTERN 
BLUEBIRDS and a good many WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS. Only a lone YELLOW-RUMPED 
WARBLER to represent the warblers. A bit surprising. 

Happy birding,
David Anderson 
Durham, NC 

Falls Lake - Beaver Dam and Hwy 98 Waterfowl Impoundment, North Carolina
October 29, 2014

Great blue heron 3
Pileated woodpecker 2
Belted kingfisher 2 
Red-shouldered hawk 1
Red-bellied woodpecker 5
Fish crow 2
Carolina chickadee 8
Ruby-crowned kinglet 9
Golden-crowned kinglet 3
Ring-billed gull 1
American crow 7
Pied-billed grebe 2
Bald eagle 2
Eastern bluebird 10
Northern flicker 3

Hwy 98 Waterfowl Impoundment 
Downy woodpecker 2
Turkey vulture 1
Eastern phoebe 3
White-throated sparrow 9
Eastern towhee 1
Yellow-rumped warbler 1
Song sparrow 3
Gray catbird 1
Northern cardinal 4
Blue jay 3
American goldfinch 1
Tufted titmouse 2




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Subject: Interesting migration behavior and questions
From: Jeff Lewis <jlewisbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:20:18 -0400
Steve Ritt and I hung out in the tower in Sanderling on Sunday afternoon in
hopes of seeing the fork-tailed flycatcher that had been up in Cape May. In
this particular location the strip of land is very narrow and you can
theoretically see every bird in flight from the dunes to the sound. Lots of
yellow-rumps and palm warblers, flocks of robins, siskins, tree swallows,
blackbirds, waxwings... and virtually everything was flying north! It was
as if they were back-tracking in an effort to get off of the outer banks
entirely. Obviously these birds are migrating south, so I wonder how far
they go before they turn around? Do they hit Knotts Island and then head
west and south through the mainland? Almost everything stopped flying about
a half hour before sunset. Do they then get up and fly back south after
dark?

Great seeing you folks at Wings Over Water!

Jeff Lewis
Manteo, NC
Subject: Four Holes Swamp Christmas Bird Count (Dorchester County, SC)
From: "Johnson, Matthew" <mgjohnson AT audubon.org>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:47:34 +0000
Hi All,

The Four Holes Swamp Christmas Bird Count will be held on Monday, December 15th 
this year. Please contact me if you are interested in participating. 


Good birding,

Matt


Matt Johnson
Education Manager
Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest
336 Sanctuary Road
Harleyville, SC 29448
(843) 462-2150
http://beidlerforest.audubon.org
Subject: Virginia Rail Brookshire Park Boone
From: Badger <badgerboy AT wilkes.net>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:15:49 -0400
A Virginia Rail reported on the High Country Audubon Listserve  
yesterday was still at Brookshire Park today.  It was in the small  
marshy pond directly behind the second pro-type soccer field.   
According to Birds of NC, this is only the second VA Rail reported  
above 2500 feet elevation in NC, and it is a first county report for  
Watauga County in that system.

It was with a couple Sora, one of which seemed to be much plainer and  
possibly a juvenile or first year bird.  Also, a pair of Purple  
Finches showed up.  The sparrows also continue in force there, with a  
Lincoln's, a White-crowned, several Swamps, and slews of Song.

Guy McGrane
Deep Gap, NC
Subject: Catawba Valley Christmas Bird Count
From: Dwayne Martin <redxbill AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:18:47 -0400
This year's Catawba Valley CBC will be held on Tuesday, December 30, 2014.
If you would like to help out, please let me know.

-- 
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: Almost Christmas
From: Kent Fiala <kent.fiala AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 22:28:44 -0400
With Christmas Count season less than two months away, as usual I am collecting 
dates of counts in the Carolinas at http://www.carolinabirdclub.org/christmas/ 
. Already many count dates are listed, but there are many more to go. If you 
are a Carolina Bird Club member you can add your count date yourself; otherwise 
just send it to me and I'll do it. 


-- 
Kent Fiala
Subject: Re: Northern Harrier - Backyard Bird!
From: Irvin Pitts <pittsjam AT windstream.net>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:11:22 -0500
Northern harriers move through for an extended period in the fall. Records from 
the Caesars Head hawk watch in northern Greenville County, SC have August 13 
(1995) as the early arrival date and 17 November as the recorded late departure 
date. I saw a high-flying harrier today at the Santee NWR visitor center. 


Irvin Pitts
Lexington, SC

---- Brian Pendergraft  wrote: 
> Folks
> 
> While recovering at home from a minor stomach ailment I was on my back deck
> and I got a great look at soaring male Northern Harrier heading eastward.
> I knew it wasn't a gull the moment I saw it.
> 
> The black wing tips and black tips on the secondaries was very obvious.
> There's an excellent drawing of what I saw in the 5th edition National
> Geographic book.
> 
> I've seen bunches of Marsh Hawks but rarely in migration.
> 
> Are they still coming through?  Is this odd for Wake County?   Thoughts?
> 
> New yard bird for me.
> 
> Brian Pendergraft
> Falls Lake NC
Subject: Black-hooded Parakeet continues
From: "John Fussell" <jfuss AT clis.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:09:28 -0400
The Black-hooded Parakeet continues to fly in Morehead City (NC).

It has been in the wild for over 5 years now.

John Fussell
Morehead City, NC
Subject: Re: Northern Harrier - Backyard Bird!
From: Dwayne Martin <redxbill AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:06:22 -0400
Yep, had one last week at our hawk watch site on Rocky Face Mtn in NE
Alexander Co.

On Tuesday, October 28, 2014, Brian Pendergraft 
wrote:

> Folks
>
> While recovering at home from a minor stomach ailment I was on my back
> deck and I got a great look at soaring male Northern Harrier heading
> eastward.   I knew it wasn't a gull the moment I saw it.
>
> The black wing tips and black tips on the secondaries was very obvious.
> There's an excellent drawing of what I saw in the 5th edition National
> Geographic book.
>
> I've seen bunches of Marsh Hawks but rarely in migration.
>
> Are they still coming through?  Is this odd for Wake County?   Thoughts?
>
> New yard bird for me.
>
> Brian Pendergraft
> Falls Lake NC
>


-- 
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: Northern Harrier - Backyard Bird!
From: Brian Patteson <patteson1 AT embarqmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:03:08 -0400
Right on time, it seems. Looking at the VA "Gold Book" I see a good count from 
the Northern VA Blue Ridge in early November, and it says late Oct. to early 
Nov. is a good time for them on the ridges up there. 


Brian Patteson
Hatteras, NC
 
On Oct 28, 2014, at 3:30 PM, Brian Pendergraft wrote:

> Folks
> 
> While recovering at home from a minor stomach ailment I was on my back deck 
and I got a great look at soaring male Northern Harrier heading eastward. I 
knew it wasn't a gull the moment I saw it. 

> 
> The black wing tips and black tips on the secondaries was very obvious. 
There's an excellent drawing of what I saw in the 5th edition National 
Geographic book. 

> 
> I've seen bunches of Marsh Hawks but rarely in migration.
> 
> Are they still coming through?  Is this odd for Wake County?   Thoughts?
> 
> New yard bird for me.
> 
> Brian Pendergraft
> Falls Lake NC
> 
Subject: Northern Harrier - Backyard Bird!
From: Brian Pendergraft <bkpendergraft AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 15:30:20 -0400
Folks

While recovering at home from a minor stomach ailment I was on my back deck
and I got a great look at soaring male Northern Harrier heading eastward.
I knew it wasn't a gull the moment I saw it.

The black wing tips and black tips on the secondaries was very obvious.
There's an excellent drawing of what I saw in the 5th edition National
Geographic book.

I've seen bunches of Marsh Hawks but rarely in migration.

Are they still coming through?  Is this odd for Wake County?   Thoughts?

New yard bird for me.

Brian Pendergraft
Falls Lake NC
Subject: Pine Siskins, etc. in Durham (17 Acre Wood)
From: Daniel Kaplan <danmaxkaplan AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:18:19 -0400
The much anticipated Pine Siskins have arrived - a half dozen or so near
the bridge in 17 AW this morning. Together with the resident Red-breasted
Nuthatch (heading into its second or perhaps 3rd winter here) there was a
boreal feel about the place.
There were also a couple of Blue-headed Vireos and a late Cape May Warbler.

Sandy Creek Park late afternoon yesterday had several Palm Warblers and
Savannah Sparrows along the field / wetland border.

Dan Kaplan
Durham
Subject: Sparrows at Valle Crusis Park
From: william haddad <photobill9 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:48:26 -0400
Haven't seen Sparrows at the cabin this Fall and leaving for Fl. soon, so I
drove over to Valle Crusis yesterday morning. Got there just before 8 am
and found the park alive with Sparrows and other birds. Saw seven species
of Sparrow: Song, Lincoln's, Chipping, White-throated, Field, Swamp, and
White-crowned. Also saw a few House Sparrows - which would make eight
species if that Finch-like species can be counted as Sparrows. I looked
hard for Savannahs but couldn't find any yesterday.

Other species seen there were Amer. Goldfinch, C. Chickadee, Amer. Crow,
Red bellied and Downy Woodpeckers, W. B. Nuthatches, Robins, Yellow-rumped
Warblers, Pine Siskens, Starlings, Purple Finches, Cedar Waxwings, E.
Bluebirds, Belted Kingfisher, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Tufted Titmouse,
Cardinal, Dark-eyed Junco, C. Wren, M. Doves, E. Pheobe and Canada Goose.

Some of the Siskens were foraging in the wet mud on one end of the small
pond. The best place for most of the sparrows was the back of the parking
lot and further down past the small stage but there were also sparrows in
other places in the park.

I got a brief partial look at a male Finch there that looked like it may
have been a House Finch. The last few days I have had Purple Finches at the
feeder. Is it possible that there would be House Finches here this late in
the year?

Needless to say, I was happy to get my "Sparrow fix" before heading south!

Bill Haddad
Spruce Pine, N.C.
Subject: Backyard Birds and Invite to Program
From: Lena Gallitano <lbg AT ncsu.edu>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:05:17 -0400
Hello Carolinabirders,

After a busy week at Wings Over Water, it's nice to be home and looking 
out my window at Baltimore Orioles.  Three beautiful males and a 
female/immature were here to greet me this morning.  My last 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird left on October 15 but I will continue to look 
and hope that one of the Rufous from last year will return.

If you live in the Triangle area, I'd like to invite you to this program 
at my church on  the National Audubon Society's Birds and Climate Change 
Report:

Community United Church of Christ
814 Dixie Trail, Raleigh, NC
Sunday Forum, November 2, 2014, 9:15 AM

"Birds and Climate Change:  Save the Songs"
Chris Canfield

North America's birds are and will continue to be affected by the impact 
of climate change on their existing and future habitats. Many species 
that breed, nest, migrate or winter in North Carolina are among those at 
risk.  According to a landmark study released by The National Audubon 
Society, hundreds of species will be threatened or endangered in our 
children's lifetime.  Of the 588 continental United States and Canadian 
bird species examined in the seven-year study, 314 species are at risk.  
214 of these species spend time in North Carolina.

Chris Canfield, Vice-President, Gulf Coast and Mississippi Flyway, 
National Audubon Society and former Executive Director of Audubon North 
Carolina will lead a discussion on the Birds and Climate Change report 
and help us explore the important role faith communities can play to 
make positive changes.

Lena

-- 
Lena Gallitano
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Wood Thrush photos
From: Jack Rogers <jack AT 4rogers.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 17:23:10 -0400
Here
 is
one of the pics of the Wood Thrush I saw Friday afternoon.  Flagged as rare
on ebird.

-- 
Jack Rogers
Mt Pleasant, SC
My Flickr page 
Subject: Re: Brewer's Blackbird??
From: Ryan Justice <blackburnian151 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:15:31 -0400
Looks like it to me! Nice bird.

Ryan 

Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 27, 2014, at 1:25 PM, KC Foggin  wrote:
> 
> On my way home from Johns Island yesterday afternoon I came through Market 
Commons and stopped at Airpark Drive off Farrow Pkway. 

> 
> I'm seeing Brewer's Blackbird in this image and if y'all tell me it's a 
Grackle, I'm giving up birding ;) 

> 
> http://upload.pbase.com/kcfoggin/image/158002617
> 
> K.C.
> 
> K.C. Foggin
> Socastee
> Myrtle Beach SC
> 
> www.birdforum.net
> 
> www.pbase.com/kcfoggin/nikon_d50_pages
Subject: Brewer's Blackbird??
From: KC Foggin <kcfoggin AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 13:25:02 -0400
On my way home from Johns Island yesterday afternoon I came through Market
Commons and stopped at Airpark Drive off Farrow Pkway.

I'm seeing Brewer's Blackbird in this image and if y'all tell me it's a
Grackle, I'm giving up birding ;)

http://upload.pbase.com/kcfoggin/image/158002617

K.C.

K.C. Foggin
Socastee
Myrtle Beach SC

www.birdforum.net

www.pbase.com/kcfoggin/nikon_d50_pages
Subject: Re: Winter Yard Birds
From: Chris Clarke <jclarke9 AT nc.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:41:23 -0400
Woke this morning to a singing White-throated Sparrow.   Good to have 'em
back in town.

Chris
Apex, NC

On Sat, Oct 25, 2014 at 7:02 PM, TNT Sanders  wrote:

> We had our first of the season *Winter Wren* in the yard today along with
> our first *White-throated Sparrows* of the season.
> The wren beat our record early date for the yard by five days but the
> sparrows were late by two weeks.
>
> Tom and Tammy Sanders
> Charlotte, NC
>
Subject: 70 Species - October (Backyard)
From: Brian Pendergraft <bkpendergraft AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:47:46 -0400
Folks,

I finally did it. 70 Species in a month in the backyard with the addition
of 2 Dark - eyed Juncos this morning.  I've been chasing 70 for a few years
with near misses in 2012 and 2013.  No doubt the thrush program gets me out
more now in October,  so it was bound to happen.

Now if I could get a flock of waxwings I could squeeze one more in.
Basketball starts Wednesday though so I'm probably done adding anything.

Brian Pendergraft
Falls Lake NC
Subject: Greensboro Red-necked Grebe
From: Henry Link <linkh AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 20:30:05 -0400
Elizabeth and I scoped Lake Townsend from the Yanceyville Street causeway late 
this afternoon. We saw a distant, but identifiable RED-NECKED GREBE on the 
south shore near the golf course. It was much larger than nearby Pied-billed 
Grebes, with a dark body, long neck, wedge shaped head with a dark cap, whitish 
cheek and long yellowish bill. 


Also present on the lake:

9 Horned Grebes
20-30 Pied-billed Grebes
20-30 Gadwall
4 American Widgeon
15 Ruddy Ducks 
50-100 American Coot
A few gulls too distant for ID

Henry Link
Greensboro NC

Subject: Greensboro Surf Scoter, etc.
From: Henry Link <linkh AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 12:57:49 -0400
Elizabeth and I saw an immature SURF SCOTER this morning from the Lake Brandt 
Marina in Greensboro. There was also a small raft of Ruddy Ducks, American 
Coots and a single REDHEAD. 

 
On Lake Townsend this past week there were 12 Ring-billed Gulls and 3 Common 
Loons present on Monday and 8 Bonaparte's Gulls and a Horned Grebe on Thursday. 


Henry Link
Greensboro NC
Subject: Saluda Shoals Park birds
From: Irvin Pitts <pittsjam AT windstream.net>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 11:44:40 -0500
Good morning,
I couldn't make yesterday's bird walk but spent about an hour this morning at 
Saluda Shoals Park in Lexington County, SC and found another flyover pine 
siskin along with an assortment of recently arrived winter birds including a 
blue-headed vireo, golden-crowned kinglets, two hermit thrushes and my first of 
the season dark-eyed juncos. 


A few wood warblers were also present including a magnolia warbler, a female 
black-throated blue warbler and a orange-crowned warbler. 


Irvin Pitts
Lexington, SC
Subject: Saluda Shoals Park, SC Oct 25, 2014
From: amaspirit AT aol.com
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 12:04:39 -0400
 I'd had FOY White-throat Sparrow in my yard Friday, Oct. 24, and was thrilled 
with how many winter birds we had yesterday on our monthly walk. 


 



 

-----Original Message-----
From: ebird-checklist 
To: AmaSpirit 
Sent: Sun, Oct 26, 2014 9:01 am
Subject: eBird Report - Saluda Shoals Park, Oct 25, 2014


Saluda Shoals Park, Lexington, US-SC
Oct 25, 2014 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: Monthly walk with Steve and Susan, Leland, Sue and Lynn, Judy, Ann 

and Roz, and Patricia. First checked that Barred Owl is in the courting tree on 

the Challenge Course. He is. Walked part of meadow behind dog park and had FOY 

White-throated Sparrows singing as well as call and response Eastern Towhees.  
Back to first parking lot then down to wetland pond. A Great Blue Heron sitting 

on a pine limb in full sunlight was beautiful.  Lots of bird activity high in 
trees here. Steve finally saw the yellow that told us Yellow-rump Warblers were 

part of the birdiness.  Beautiful day, chilly but clear sky.
25 species

Great Blue Heron  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Mourning Dove  29
Barred Owl  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Eastern Phoebe  3
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  1
Carolina Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  2
Carolina Wren  4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
Eastern Bluebird  9
Northern Mockingbird  3
Pine Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Eastern Towhee  3
Chipping Sparrow  12
White-throated Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  4
Common Grackle  5

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20341409 


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

 
Subject: Swainson's Thrushes at Yates Mill
From: Brendan Klick <brendan.klick AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 23:18:16 -0400
Still two Swainson's Thrushes at Yates Mill Pond in Raleigh today.

Brendan Klick
Durham, NC
Subject: RTHU update from Hatteras Island
From: "am.hummingbird.photos AT gmail.com" <am.hummingbird.photos@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 20:56:19 -0400
19 uniquely identifiable ruby throated hummers in the yard. 
Susan was here Thursday morning and banded 8 of them: 2 of which were adult 
males and 2 others were adult females. One HY female and 3 HY males. 

Will the same percentage of banded ones remain here through March as in past 
years? 



AM.Hummingbirds
Buxton, NC

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID
Subject: Brunswick County 10/25
From: John Ennis <jxennis AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 20:06:14 -0400
It was a slow morning at Ft Fisher today so I took the ferry and worked my
way through Brunswick County on my way home.

Saw my FOS YR Warblers today (100+), FOS YB Sapsucker, and FOS
White-throated Sparrow. Also 20+ Palm Warblers around Shepard Road I
Southport.

-- 
John Ennis
Leland, NC
Subject: Merlin at Tanglewood Park
From: "Ron Morris" <ronmorris AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 19:16:19 -0400
During a late afternoon walk at Tanglewood, I found a Merlin perched on the
power lines that cross the Yadkin River at the meadow.  As I approached, the
bird took flight and made a big circle, soaring right over me at low
altitude. The lack of tail-bobbing behavior when perched, weaker moustache
markings, slightly larger size and vermiculated underparts distinguished it
from a Kestrel.

I also had a Brown Creeper at the walnut grove near Mallard Lake.

 

Ron Morris

Winston-Salem, NC
Subject: Winter Yard Birds
From: TNT Sanders <tsanders1993 AT msn.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 19:02:01 -0400
We had our first of the season Winter Wren in the yard today along with our 
first White-throated Sparrows of the season.The wren beat our record early date 
for the yard by five days but the sparrows were late by two weeks. 

Tom and Tammy SandersCharlotte, NC 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: Surprise
From: John Register <jregister4 AT suddenlink.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 16:29:11 -0400
C-birders...
     Had a good look this afternoon at a migrating Swainson's Thrush, 
eye rings and all, at Pamlico Plantation, about 10 miles east of 
Washington, NC.
John Register
Washington, NC
Subject: Finches and Grosbeak Riverbend Park
From: Dwayne Martin <redxbill AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 16:13:50 -0400
It's not often that I see Purple Finch and Rose-breasted Grosbeak on the
feeders at the same time, but that happened this afternoon here at
Riverbend Park (northern Catawba Co).  The Purple Finch was an female/imm
male and the RB Grosbeak was a female, so there was a nice comparison.  Of
course my camera was a home, so no photos.  As stated earlier, we have also
had several fly over Pine Siskins today as well.


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: Bell's Vireo on Pea Island
From: Jeff Lewis <jlewisbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 15:04:58 -0400
Audrey Whitlock, Jeff Lemons and I heard a Bell's Vireo singing this
morning at the old Coast Guard Station. The bird sang 3 or 4 times from the
thick vegetation, almost right in front of us. At first I thought that one
of us was playing a recording - it was dead-on for the Stoke's CD Bell's
Vireo song. We could not see the bird. A few minutes later it sang again,
this time only once, from about a hundred feet away. Several of us tried
hard for hours but could never relocate the bird. It was possibly heard
scolding in another dense area a couple of hours later but that was not
confirmed.
Lots of siskins flying over, lots of kinglets, several juncos, a
white-crowned and vesper sparrow also were seen. Also the white-winged dove
from yesterday was easy to find for a few hours and then vanished.
I had a purple finch yesterday on Bodie Island.
Jeff Lewis
Manteo, NC
Subject: Wings over water oregon inlet fishing center obx nc
From: Bb <birdranger248 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 13:38:40 -0400
Interesting morning, before boarding boat to pelican island we had a black 
throated green warbler, red breasted nuthatch, dark eyed junco and a white 
throated sparrow in brush by bathroom. From boat a flyby american bittern was 
quite a surprise. Usual suspects rest of trip. No loon today but present last 2 
days one still in breeding plumes! Cormorant caught an eel right in front of 
boat, dolphins, eagle showing off. Fun! Cant wait to see what others found 
today! 


Brian Bockhahn
Durham NC
Subject: Re: pine siskins, linville, nc
From: Dwayne Martin <redxbill AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:17:00 -0400
We have had several Pine Siskins fly over here at Riverbend Park 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 Sat, Oct 25, 2014 at 10:21 AM, jessie dale  wrote:

> after dwayne martin's post earlier in the week i knew it was just a matter
> of time... sure enough, i came across a flock of pine siskins eating seeds
> in a tree near my house this morning. i counted 62 of them along with a
> handful of goldfinches.
> also in the neighborhood i found a hermit thrush and a brown creeper.
>
> jessie dale
> linville, nc
> avery county
>
>
>
Subject: Red-necked Grebe, Duck, NC
From: Kent Fiala <kent.fiala AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:37:18 -0400
I had one Red-necked Grebe at the Duck boardwalk this morning. I haven't
been paying close attention but I think this may be the first report of the
season. I was only carrying binoculars and by the time I could return with
my scope it was nowhere to be seen. A big grebe with a big head, hint of a
crest, long heavy yellow bill.

I also had a flyover of one of the yellow-bellied Kingbirds but it kept on
going far out of sight.

Also heard a couple of Pine Siskins and saw my first Junco of the season.

Kent Fiala
Subject: pine siskins, linville, nc
From: jessie dale <jessiedale AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:21:28 -0400
after dwayne martin's post earlier in the week i knew it was just a matter of 
time... sure enough, i came across a flock of pine siskins eating seeds in a 
tree near my house this morning. i counted 62 of them along with a handful of 
goldfinches. 

also in the neighborhood i found a hermit thrush and a brown creeper. 

jessie dale
linville, nc
avery county

Subject: Re: Henslow's Sparrow, Ft. Moultrie, Sullivan's Island, South Carolina
From: Nate Dias <offshorebirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:01:05 -0400
Awesome Craig.

That gives me hope that the Henslow's Sparrow(s) might be spending the
winter at Fort Moultrie.

* But birders should resist the urge to go tromping through the grass in
search of it, to avoid trampling and beating down the limited grassy
habitat it and other birds need.

With patience and proper fieldcraft, birders should be able to get looks at
it from the mowed paths.  Try some gentle pishing and a little subdued
squeaking.  Or Common Yellowthroat calls or scolding Vireo imitation.
Early on cool mornings, staking out a sunny patch of mature grasses
and wildflower/shrub perches and piquing Ammodramus Sparrows' interest can
have them posing in the sun if you get lucky.

It might take multiple visits before seeing them, but if we play our cards
right, they could be there a while to provide repeat chances for everyone.

Nathan Dias, Charleston, SC

On Friday, October 24, 2014, Craig > wrote:

> Among many sparrows and Palm Warblers at Ft. Moultrie, I had good long
> looks at a Henslow's Sparrow this afternoon.  It was observed near where
> Nathan saw this sparrow earlier.  It was perched about 8" up on a grass
> stalk about midway between the large cannons on the left side of the mowed
> grass path to the beach, from the cannons.  It was good light, there were
> lots of Savannah Sparrows and Palm Warblers there, but this bird perched
> for good looks.  As I was trying to get my camera out, it flew a short
> distance away into a patch of higher vegetation and dipped down.  I also
> thought I saw another one at the same location on the right side of the
> path, but it flew pretty quickly.  Green head with dark stripes, streaked
> sides, it was a beauty.
>
> Craig Watson
> Mt. Pleasant, SC
>
> Sent from my iPad
Subject: Henslow's Sparrow, Ft. Moultrie, Sullivan's Island, South Carolina
From: Craig <jcraigw1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:46:03 -0400
Among many sparrows and Palm Warblers at Ft. Moultrie, I had good long looks at 
a Henslow's Sparrow this afternoon. It was observed near where Nathan saw this 
sparrow earlier. It was perched about 8" up on a grass stalk about midway 
between the large cannons on the left side of the mowed grass path to the 
beach, from the cannons. It was good light, there were lots of Savannah 
Sparrows and Palm Warblers there, but this bird perched for good looks. As I 
was trying to get my camera out, it flew a short distance away into a patch of 
higher vegetation and dipped down. I also thought I saw another one at the same 
location on the right side of the path, but it flew pretty quickly. Green head 
with dark stripes, streaked sides, it was a beauty. 


Craig Watson
Mt. Pleasant, SC

Sent from my iPad
Subject: Hermit Thrushes
From: TNT Sanders <tsanders1993 AT msn.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:42:22 -0400
We spied two Hermit Thrush in the backyard this afternoon checking out the 
water baths and Beautyberry bushes.Right on time, our earliest date is October 
19th but the average date over seven years is October 27th. 

Tom SandersCharlotte, NC 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: Mattamuskeet reddish egrets?
From: Will Cook <cwcook AT duke.edu>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:59:29 -0400
Folks, please be careful about what you post. Sending private emails 
back to the Carolinabirds is never a good idea and is likely to make the 
people who sent what they thought were private emails quite irritated. 
Remember that each message goes out to almost 1400 subscribers and is 
archived indefinitely. There's nothing wrong with sending private snarky 
emails, but be careful who you send them to.

There is a line in the Carolinabirds guidelines about this:

7. Do not send replies to private messages to Carolinabirds without 
confirming that the author of the private message wanted it to be posted.

If a subscriber violates this repeatedly or intentionally, blocking 
posts from that subscriber is an option (of last resort), but I think 
Mike's slip-up may have been a careless mistake, since previous messages 
in this thread were posted publicly.

Good birding,

Will Cook
carolinabirds-owner AT duke.edu


On 10/21/2014 9:34 PM, mtove AT deltaforce.net wrote:
> I agree with all this cautious commentary. Maybe there were multiple
> Reddish Egrets but if so, the documentation really needs to be far
> better than is presently available. However, I confess Ive seen them
> that way before. Oh wait. That was south Florida. Never mind.
>
> Mike Tove
>
> Cary, NC

[rest deleted]

-- 
Charles W. (Will) Cook
Nicholas School of the Environment
Division of Environmental Science & Policy
Box 90328, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708
http://www.duke.edu/~cwcook
Subject: first of the year pine siskin and other winter arrivals
From: Irvin Pitts <pittsjam AT windstream.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:53:35 -0500
Birders,
I saw my first of the year pine siskin today at Lee State Park in Lee County, 
South Carolina. I was very pleased! Winter birds have arrived in numbers to the 
South Carolina midlands. Today at Lee I encountered golden-crowned kinglets at 
several locations, a total of four hermit thrushes including three birds 
together eating tupelo berries, three blue-headed vireos, a winter wren and 15 
to 20 yellow-rumped warblers along with ruby-crowned kinglets and a 
yellow-bellied sapsucker which have been around for several weeks now. My sole 
migrant wood warbler today was a male black-throated blue warbler. Also, 
white-throated sparrows made their first appearance to my Lexington County yard 
on October 20. 


Irvin Pitts
Lexington, SC
Subject: from: amber.r.mccune@gmail.com
From: "amber.r.mccune AT gmail.com" <amber.r.mccune@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 22:50:31 +0200


Hi carolinabirds

http://snowblowersrepairdenver.com/clear.php?isnt=dst35yfumswkb1kwdfr3



amber.r.mccune AT gmail.com
Subject: Winter birds in Raleigh
From: Tom Snow <tsnow6065 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:29:44 -0400
Saw my FOS Golden-crowned Kinglet today at the Beaverdam Rec Area of Falls Lake 
north of Raleigh and this afternoon the White-throated Sparrows and Juncos have 
arrived in force at our backyard feeders here in Raleigh. While I’m typing, 
this happened a week or so ago but I had 4 Flickers in view at the same time. 
Our yard has become a popular spot! 


Have a great weekend everybody.

Tom Snow
Raleigh
Flickr page http://goo.gl/z6EO3A  
Subject: Sparrows, wrens, Bittern - Fort Fisher, NC
From: KD Edwards <sparverius AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:14:15 -0400
Birded the Basin Trail at Ft Fisher SRA in New Hanover Co, NC on Friday morning 
(24 Oct) during high tide. The trail was flooded by the tide beyond the 
battery. Best area was at the marsh behind the Aquarium where the trail runs 
alongside the 4x4 road to the spit. All highlights are from there unless noted. 


American Bittern, 1 flying over and then disappearing into the marsh, my second 
in as many days 


A very pale grey Savannah Sparrow that I'm calling an Ipswich. Will try to post 
my poor photos later. Was hanging around in the dunes by the marsh and 4x4 road 
with "normal" Savannah's and Palm Warblers. 


Saltmarsh, Nelson's, and Seaside Sparrows, but only got good photo of a 
Saltmarsh 


Marsh Wren, bunches

Sedge Wren, 1 at the long boardwalk section, almost too close to focus binocs

N Harriers, Cooper's, and Sharp-shins were patrolling the area but no falcons.

Also a Eurasian Collared-Dove in Kure Beach.

Dean Edwards
Knoxville, TN



Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Vesper & Clay-colored Sparrows, New Hanover County, NC
From: Bruce Smithson <brucesmithson AT netscape.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:56:01 -0400
Sherry Lane and I birded the Ft. Fisher area late Thursday morning and found 
the continuing Clay-colored Sparrow at the NC Aquarium parking lot. Later we 
birded the Ferry parking lot and found one, maybe two Vesper Sparrows there. 
One was perched on the hurricane-type fence adjacent to the highway. It flew 
into a Cedar tree next to the fence and we lost it. Shortly thereafter we moved 
over to the sunflower field that has been mowed and disked. There we found 
another or the same Vesper Sparrow associating with a Savannah Sparrow and 
foraging in some straw which may have been scattered or may be the remains of 
the sunflowers. We later had an immature White-crowned Sparrow on Battery 
Buchanan south of the Ferry Terminal and a couple of Song Sparrows. 


Some pictures here: 
https://picasaweb.google.com/108682023475248921354/FortFisherSparrows?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCIP9revAi_X5xQE&feat=directlink 

 

Bruce Smithson
Wilmington, New Hanover County
North Carolina
Subject: Re: Purple Finch at Riverbend Park
From: Dwayne Martin <redxbill AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:47:30 -0400
By the way, Pine Siskins are very much on the move south.  Hawk Ridge in
Duluth, Mn has had 27,000 Pine Siskins fly through this season so far.

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 Fri, Oct 24, 2014 at 2:34 PM, Dwayne Martin  wrote:

> Just saw our first Purple Finch of the season at the feeders here at
> Riverbend Park (northern Catawba Co).  It was an female/imm male. Bring on
> the Siskins!!
>
>
> 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 Finch at Riverbend Park
From: Dwayne Martin <redxbill AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:34:50 -0400
Just saw our first Purple Finch of the season at the feeders here at
Riverbend Park (northern Catawba Co).  It was an female/imm male. Bring on
the Siskins!!


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: Wood thrush at Congaree
From: Jack Rogers <jack AT 4rogers.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:12:10 -0400
Just left Congaree NP, not too much there. I did, however, have at least
one Wood Thrush on the swamp Boardwalk. Will post pictures when available.

-- 
Jack Rogers
Mt Pleasant, SC
My Flickr page 
Subject: Re: Great Horned Owl
From: Derek Aldrich <derekaldrich AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:28:56 -0400
Very nice. I had a pair calling yesterday evening while we ate outside.

Derek Aldrich
Taylors, SC

On Fri, Oct 24, 2014 at 11:07 AM, Shannon Groff  wrote:

> Awoke to a Great Horned Owl hooting outside my window early this morning
> in downtown Chapel Hill. Lovely way to start a day!
>
> Cheers - Shannon Groff
>
Subject: Great Horned Owl
From: Shannon Groff <scgroff AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:07:52 -0400
Awoke to a Great Horned Owl hooting outside my window early this morning in
downtown Chapel Hill. Lovely way to start a day!

Cheers - Shannon Groff
Subject: RTHummer
From: Rich Boyd <rcsaboyd AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:37:29 -0400
We have had a Ruby Throated Hummer all week.  It is a first year or female
and feeds regularly all day long. This is among the latest dates we have
had one in the fall.

Susan and Rich Boyd
Beaufort, NC
Subject: Upcoming Chapel Hill Bird Club meeting, Oct. 27
From: Eddie Owens <birdingbanjoman AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:43:19 -0400
The Chapel Hill Bird Club will hold its regular monthly meeting on Monday,
October 27, at 7:30 p.m. The featured speaker will be Tom Driscoll who will
speak about birding in Uganda.

Location: Binkley Baptist Church, 1712 Willow Dr., Chapel Hill, NC
Date/Time: Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

Tom's trip to Uganda was a naturalist's dream. He began his 3 weeks in
Uganda by seeing the enigmatic Shoebill and ended his journey with the
Mountain Gorillas! In between, he saw over 420 species of birds, 40 species
of mammals (including several lions and 10 species of monkeys), and a
Spitting Cobra. Join us as Tom shares his stories and photos of Uganda's
amazing birds.

Tom Driscoll is the current president of the New Hope Audubon Society,
which serves Durham, Chatham, and Orange counties in the central part of
North Carolina. When he is not traveling the globe in search of birds and
animals, Tom enjoys leading local bird walks and strives to ensure that
participants find the birds they want to see.

Regards,
Eddie Owens
Chapel Hill Bird Club
Subject: White-crowned Sparrow - Charlotte area
From: Kevin Metcalf <skermetcalf AT earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:15:38 -0400
Had a first for the backyard, an immature White-crowned Sparrow feeding with 
two Swamp Sparrows. Locally (Charlotte area) White-crowned is generally hard to 
find, so this was a bit of a surprise. 


Kevin Metcalf
Mecklenburg Co., NC

Subject: Corolla and Duck birds October 23
From: Jeff Lewis <jlewisbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:52:11 -0400
Had a good Wings Over Water field trip today considering the strong winds.
Had 8 species of warblers, none outstanding. Also had a red-eyed vireo,
winter wren, 2 sapsuckers, pine siskin, brown creeper. Raptors included
harrier, sharp-shinned, Merlin, bald eagle. Best bird was a late Warbling
Vireo seen in Duck.
Jeff Lewis
Manteo, NC