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18 Dec A Snowy Owl too late to chase [Harry LeGrand ]
18 Dec WETA at Lake James State Park []
18 Dec Snow Goose - Mills River WTP - Henderson County NC [Marilyn Westphal ]
18 Dec Re: Snowy Owl [Chris Clarke ]
18 Dec Southern Lake Norman CBC []
18 Dec Wake Up Call- Purple Finches [Brian Pendergraft ]
18 Dec RE: North Greenville (SC) Christmas Count, Saturday, Dec. 27 ["Jeff Click" ]
17 Dec Common Mergansers Kerr Scott [Badger ]
17 Dec Re: Ebirding Christmas Counts [Kent Fiala ]
17 Dec Re: Snowy Owl [Ken Yount ]
17 Dec Snowy Owl [Kent Fiala ]
17 Dec Re: Ebirding Christmas Counts [Kent Fiala ]
17 Dec Ross's Goose - Veterans Park [Daniel Hueholt ]
17 Dec RE: Sighting of Snowy white owl in NC ["Canfield, Chris" ]
17 Dec Snow Goose on Plainfield Rd in Greensboro [" L Skrabec" ]
17 Dec No Snowy Owl [Ken Yount ]
17 Dec Re: Sandhill Cranes at Santee NWR, SC [Pamela Ford ]
17 Dec Sandhill Cranes at Santee NWR, SC [Pamela Ford ]
17 Dec Ross's Geese [Philip Dickinson ]
17 Dec Re: CommonEiders_EdistoBeachAx [Cherrie Sneed ]
17 Dec CommonEiders_EdistoBeachAx [Cherrie Sneed ]
17 Dec Ross's Geese - Davie County [Philip Dickinson ]
17 Dec Lake Murray Lesser Black-backed Gull [Irvin Pitts ]
17 Dec Ross's Goose Continues in Lenoir [Dwayne Martin ]
17 Dec RE: Sighting of Snowy white owl in NC ["Canfield, Chris" ]
17 Dec Requesting suggestions for a modest priced camera for starting some bird photography [Peter Perlman ]
17 Dec RE: Ross's Goose Wilmington, NC [Jamie Adams ]
17 Dec Ross's Goose at Quail Roost Farm in Bahama, Nc [Tom Krakauer ]
17 Dec Long-tailed Ducks still present [Jim Gould ]
17 Dec North Greenville (SC) Christmas Count, Saturday, Dec. 27 ["Jeff Click" ]
16 Dec Roseate Spoonbills, White Pelicans, Avocets, rails, Black Skimmers - Yawkey Wildlife Center 12-15 [Nate Dias ]
16 Dec Least Bittern, Cave Swallow, Am. Bitterns, 855 Snow Geese, White Pelicans, Prairie Warbler - Murphy Island 12/14 [Nate Dias ]
16 Dec Re: Sighting of Snowy white owl in NC [Beth Garver ]
16 Dec RE: Sighting of Snowy white owl in NC [Paul Glass ]
16 Dec Re: Sighting of Snowy white owl in NC [Ken Yount ]
16 Dec Outer Banks birds, Tuesday [Linda Ward ]
16 Dec Re: Sighting of Snowy white owl in NC [Borrors ]
16 Dec Ross's Goose [Tom k ]
16 Dec Re: Sighting of Snowy white owl in NC [Rbakelaar ]
16 Dec Re: Ebirding Christmas Counts [Chris Hill ]
16 Dec Re: Ebirding Christmas Counts [Badger ]
16 Dec White-winged Gull, Horry County Landfill [Chris Hill ]
16 Dec Re: Ebirding Christmas Counts [Chris Hill ]
16 Dec Re: Sighting of Snowy white owl in NC [Beth Garver ]
16 Dec Re: Sighting of Snowy white owl in NC [Marty Wall ]
16 Dec Re: Sighting of Snowy white owl in NC [Ken Yount ]
16 Dec Re: Ebirding Christmas Counts [Brian Pendergraft ]
16 Dec First Balt oriole of the season in my yard James Island SC ["Herbert, Teri Lynn" ]
16 Dec Re: Ebirding Christmas Counts [Norman Budnitz ]
16 Dec Fwd: Sighting of Snowy white owl in NC [Kent Fiala ]
16 Dec Re: Ebirding Christmas Counts [Marilyn Westphal ]
16 Dec Re: Ebirding Christmas Counts [Kent Fiala ]
16 Dec Re: EBird Christmas Counts [Kent Fiala ]
16 Dec Ross's Goose Wilmington, NC [Andy Fairbanks ]
16 Dec Re: EBird Christmas Counts [Lois Stacey ]
16 Dec Re: EBird Christmas Counts [Dwayne Martin ]
16 Dec RE: EBird Christmas Counts [Tim Lewis ]
16 Dec Lincoln's Sparrows in Craven County NC ["John Fussell" ]
15 Dec EBird Christmas Counts [stu ]
15 Dec Re: Ebirding Christmas Counts [Jeff Lemons ]
15 Dec Re: Long-eared owl question [Cherrie Sneed ]
15 Dec Re: Yellow-rumped Warblers [Brian Patteson ]
15 Dec Re: Long-eared owl question [Tom Krakauer ]
15 Dec feeder birds [WALTER KENT ]
15 Dec Re: Long-eared owl question [Jamie Adams ]
15 Dec Re: Long-eared owl question [Cherrie Sneed ]
15 Dec Re: Yellow-rumped Warblers [Peter Doherty ]
15 Dec Re: Ebirding Christmas Counts [Lois Stacey ]
15 Dec Re: Yellow-rumped Warblers [Marilyn Westphal ]
15 Dec Yellow-rumped Warblers ["Mathis" ]
15 Dec Long-eared owl question ["Ron" ]
15 Dec Re: Yellow-rumped Warbler and Robin numbers [Pamela Ford ]
15 Dec Yellow-rumped Warbler and Robin numbers [Ron & ann ]
15 Dec Re: Ebirding Christmas Counts [Dennis Forsythe ]
15 Dec Holly Shelter/Lea-Hutaff CBC, Pender and New Hanover Co, NC [Carson Wood ]
15 Dec RE: Ebirding Christmas Counts []

Subject: A Snowy Owl too late to chase
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:56:28 -0500
I just got an e-mail from Brian O'Shea, the Collections Manager for
Ornithology at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. The Museum just received
(yesterday) a carcass of a Snowy Owl that had struck by a vehicle on the NC
94 bridge across Albemarle Sound, NC. It was found by Doug Lequire
(Pettigrew SP superintendent) on January 11, 2014.

I'll get this entered on the Birds of North Carolina website, and probably
on the county listing. I forwarded this on to Josh Southern, as it might
well be worthy of a Briefs for the Files. Of course, last winter there were
quite a few (10 or more) records for NC, so it isn't quite a newsworthy as
it would be in another winter.

Harry LeGrand
Raleigh
Subject: WETA at Lake James State Park
From: <jamie.cameron AT ncparks.gov>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:41:49 -0500 (EST)
Watching the Lake James State Park western tanager as I type this. The bird
continues to be reliable in the dogwoods at the Catawba River Area office in
McDowell Co.

Jamie Cameron
Black Mountain, NC
Subject: Snow Goose - Mills River WTP - Henderson County NC
From: Marilyn Westphal <mjwestph AT ret.unca.edu>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:09:13 -0500
Sorry for the late report, but we were on our way up to Asheville yesterday
afternoon around 2pm and saw a white head sticking up as we passed the
Mills River WRP off NC 191, so we turned around and checked it out and it
was a Snow Goose (white phase) on the grass next to the pond.
Marilyn
-- 
Marilyn Westphal
Hendersonville, NC
Subject: Re: Snowy Owl
From: Chris Clarke <jclarke9 AT nc.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:25:34 -0500
THAT... was very funny.   Thank you.for some humor.

On Wed, Dec 17, 2014 at 8:29 PM, Ken Yount  wrote:
>
> And a Very Merry Christmas to us all!
>
> On Wed, Dec 17, 2014 at 6:41 PM, Kent Fiala  wrote:
>>
>> I received this message from the person who reported the Snowy Owl.
>>
>> Please remove my post of the Snowy owl. I've been away on business and
>> returned to hear about trespassers on our private road, extensive phone
>> calls between 7:30 am until 10 pm and numerous emails. I don't doubt the
>> sincerity of everyone, but my privacy is being invaded. I am requesting no
>> more contact with me and absolutely no trespassing on private property. I
>> initallly granted permission to post the sighting and unfortunately did not
>> remove my personal contacts. This is considered a legal notification to
>> everyone.
>>
>>
>> --
>> Kent Fiala
>>
>>
Subject: Southern Lake Norman CBC
From: piephofft AT aol.com
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:12:33 -0500
The Southern Lake Norman CBC was held Sunday December 14. A record 40 
participants were in the field, and the total species tally of 101 reflected 
that effort. 

A good list of local winter rarities was turned in, including red-throated loon 
and red-necked grebe at Lake Norman, American wigeon (long absence on this 
count), Selasphorus hummingbird from Davidson, blue-headed vireo at Davidson 
College, loggerhead shrike ( long absence) from Huntersville, black and white 
warbler from Huntersville, orange-crowned warbler from Birkdale Golf Course, 
and common yellowthroat from Cowan's Ford Refuge. 

Thanks to David Wright once again for the use of his boat to cover the lake in 
the early AM and late PM, and for hosting the tally-up supper afterwards. 

 
Taylor Piephoff 
Matthews, NC 
PiephoffT AT aol.com
Subject: Wake Up Call- Purple Finches
From: Brian Pendergraft <bkpendergraft AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:30:58 -0500
Out on back deck observing 28 Purple Finches on feeders and Bradford Pear
tree.  Five males.

Most I've ever had.

Brian Pendergraft
Falls Lake NC
Subject: RE: North Greenville (SC) Christmas Count, Saturday, Dec. 27
From: "Jeff Click" <clickbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:08:46 -0500
Apparently I posted a link for the North Greenville Christmas Count that was
slightly incorrect.  Here's the correct one.  Hope some of you can come join
us.  

http://gcbirdclub.org/cbc.html

Thanks,

Jeff Click
Easley, SC


-----Original Message-----
From: Jeff Click [mailto:clickbirder AT gmail.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 12:56 AM
To: CarolinaBirds
Subject: North Greenville (SC) Christmas Count, Saturday, Dec. 27

Birders,

The North Greenville, SC Christmas Bird Count will be held on Saturday,
December 27th.  We hope many of you will be able to join us to help out with
the count.  Birders of all skill levels are welcome.  Beginning birders will
be paired with experienced leaders.  If you are interested, please contact
JB Hines (jbhines3 AT chesnet.net).  

For more detailed information on the count, including historical results and
a map of the count area, please visit the count page on the Greenville
County Bird Club website at http://gcbirdclub.org/cbc.html.  

Good birding,

Jeff Click
Easley, SC
Subject: Common Mergansers Kerr Scott
From: Badger <badgerboy AT wilkes.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:59:34 -0500
A pair of female Common Mergansers have been at the Lake for the past  
few days, though the overall numbers of waterfowl dropped  
precipitously after Yahoo (er, I mean hunting) season began.

Guy McGrane
Millers Creek, NC


Subject: Re: Ebirding Christmas Counts
From: Kent Fiala <kent.fiala AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:31:09 -0500
Interesting. eBird spells out the difference pretty clearly at 
http://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/1010523-can-i-enter-my-christmas-bird-count-into-ebird- 
"Unlike the CBC, you should subtract your miles spent backtracking." 


However, they are mistaken. The actual CBC rule at 
http://birds.audubon.org/sites/default/files/documents/guidetocbcpartymileshours_0.pdf 
is "A route re-traced on foot should only include the one-way distance. For 
example: If a field party walks out a path through a woodland to a distance of 
1 1/2 miles and returns the same way, the distance is reported as 1 1/2 miles , 
not 3. The entire time spent on the path should be reported, not just that of 
the one-way distance." which is exactly the eBird rule. 


Kent Fiala

On 12/16/2014 10:37 AM, Marilyn Westphal wrote:
> I don't think you're supposed to count backtracked miles on CBC unless you're 
actually covering the area again just looking for new species. I know a lot of 
people do because it's easier and it's easy to forget if you're in a car, but I 
think the instructions are only to count one way. 

Subject: Re: Snowy Owl
From: Ken Yount <kyount23 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:29:36 -0500
And a Very Merry Christmas to us all!

On Wed, Dec 17, 2014 at 6:41 PM, Kent Fiala  wrote:
>
> I received this message from the person who reported the Snowy Owl.
>
> Please remove my post of the Snowy owl. I've been away on business and
> returned to hear about trespassers on our private road, extensive phone
> calls between 7:30 am until 10 pm and numerous emails. I don't doubt the
> sincerity of everyone, but my privacy is being invaded. I am requesting no
> more contact with me and absolutely no trespassing on private property. I
> initallly granted permission to post the sighting and unfortunately did not
> remove my personal contacts. This is considered a legal notification to
> everyone.
>
>
> --
> Kent Fiala
>
>
Subject: Snowy Owl
From: Kent Fiala <kent.fiala AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:41:46 -0500
I received this message from the person who reported the Snowy Owl. 

Please remove my post of the Snowy owl. I've been away on business and returned 
to hear about trespassers on our private road, extensive phone calls between 
7:30 am until 10 pm and numerous emails. I don't doubt the sincerity of 
everyone, but my privacy is being invaded. I am requesting no more contact with 
me and absolutely no trespassing on private property. I initallly granted 
permission to post the sighting and unfortunately did not remove my personal 
contacts. This is considered a legal notification to everyone. 



-- 
Kent Fiala
Subject: Re: Ebirding Christmas Counts
From: Kent Fiala <kent.fiala AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:27:21 -0500
So if I were driving at speed on I-40 and I saw a Common Raven fly by, would 
you say that I should be barred from counting it because I was outside the 
specifications for being able to bird? 


Kent Fiala


On 12/16/2014 11:20 AM, Norman Budnitz wrote:
> As compiler on our Jordan Lake (NC) CBC, I include the following note
> for people to record their car miles:
> 
> "driving slowly enough to bird (<15 mph), not just traveling between stops."
> 
> Not sure how well people heed my request, but that's how I try to get
> reasonable data.
> 
Subject: Ross's Goose - Veterans Park
From: Daniel Hueholt <jasjedi AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:15:59 -0500
My dad and I went to Veterans Park around noon today and successfully found the 
continuing Ross's Goose. It was feeding the same fields as reported earlier by 
Jamie Adams. Looks like it might stick around for a while! 


Daniel Hueholt
Wilmington, NC
Subject: RE: Sighting of Snowy white owl in NC
From: "Canfield, Chris" <CCANFIELD AT audubon.org>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:24:04 +0000
Spent two hours (12-2) today looking everywhere around Blanch and Milton I 
could think of and get to (even on the other side of the Dan River exactly 
north of where it seems to have been sighted) . No luck. 


Without more details it is difficult, to say the least. Checked in with Paul 
Glass and Ken Yount, both of whom had same outcome it seems. Thanks for the 
encouragements. 


Should I find out more from Ms. Vitale (I left messages) I will share it. And 
likewise, still game to go out again over the weekend if anyone else has better 
leads. Would be a nice holiday present! 


Chris

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

From: Beth Garver [mailto:bethgarver AT gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 5:10 PM
To: Paul Glass
Cc: carolinabirds AT duke.edu
Subject: Re: Sighting of Snowy white owl in NC

Thanks. I'll appreciate the info. Hope someone can relocate it!


On Tuesday, December 16, 2014, Paul Glass 
> wrote: 

I'm going to be near that area tomorrow, and could probably spare a few minutes 
to check if we can get an exact location. 


Paul Glass
South Boston, VA

________________________________
From: Ken Yount 
[mailto:kyount23 AT gmail.com] 

Sent: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 4:38 PM
To: Borrors
Cc: Beth Garver; Marty Wall; 
carolinabirds AT duke.edu 

Subject: Re: Sighting of Snowy white owl in NC

Did anyone ever get specific directions?

On Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 3:56 PM, Borrors 
> wrote: 

If you can go by all means go -was lucky enough to see the one in No FL last 
winter and is awesome! 


Sent from my iPhone

On Dec 16, 2014, at 1:48 PM, Beth Garver 
> 
wrote: 

I just wondered if it was still in the area or up in Virginia now. I would like 
to chase it! 



On Tuesday, December 16, 2014, Marty Wall 
> 
wrote: 

35 miles away...might as well be 3500 this week!  Arghhh!!!
Marty Wall
Eden, NC

On Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 10:39 AM, Kent Fiala 
> 
wrote: 


Kent Fiala
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "Ann Russell Roberts" 
> 

Date: Dec 16, 2014 9:52 AM
Subject: Sighting of Snowy white owl in NC
To: 
> 

Cc:

Hi,



The Chapel Hill Audobon Society gave me your site to report a sighting this 
morning at 9AM of a Snowy white owl in Blanch, NC (near the Va. border.) I 
looked out the back window and saw an enormous white owl sitting on the fence. 
This is cow country with a lot of open areas and lots of rabbits. I found the 
pic and description in my Audobon bird book and could not believe it! 
Re-checking with binoculars confirmed the identity. 


It stayed in the spot for at least  5 minutes. Absolutely beautiful.



Thought you might want to know!



Ann Roberts Vitale (Blanch, NC)  Caswell Co.
336-234-9033


--
God is Love
*Beth*


--
God is Love
*Beth*
Subject: Snow Goose on Plainfield Rd in Greensboro
From: " L Skrabec" <lskrabec AT att.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:34:41 -0500
A single Snow Goose was observed with a large flock of Canada Geese this
afternoon in Greensboro on Lake Townsend. It was moving around on the mud
flats and the shallow part of the lake between Plainfield Rd and Church St.
It was observed from the causeways on both roads. The latest report was from
Church St around 4:00pm.

I will post a photo to the CBC gallery.

Lou Skrabec

Piedmont Bird Club
Subject: No Snowy Owl
From: Ken Yount <kyount23 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:37:01 -0500
Spent two hours in the Blanch area searching for the Snowy today. Cris
Canfield was in the area as well. Neither of us had any luck locating the
bird. It's a pretty large area to search with "Blanch" being the only clue.
I have left messages and sent e-mails to the original poster asking for
directions, but have received no response.
Ken Yount
Wentworth, NC
Subject: Re: Sandhill Cranes at Santee NWR, SC
From: Pamela Ford <jford6 AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:36:13 -0500
 22 Cranes being viewed on Cantey Bay in scope, seen from viewing dock on the 
water. More than likely 18 were from the open field, as I left the tower when 
they took flight heading East. 

Pam Ford
Charleston SC
Sent from my iPhone
Bird On!

> On Dec 17, 2014, at 2:11 PM, Pamela Ford  wrote:
> 
> I am presently viewing 18 Sandhill Cranes, being observed from the 
observation deck at the Bluff Unit. I have distant photos for documentation. 
This is great news for the CBC on Saturday at Santee. 

> Pam Ford
> Charleston SC
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> Bird On!
Subject: Sandhill Cranes at Santee NWR, SC
From: Pamela Ford <jford6 AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:11:32 -0500
I am presently viewing 18 Sandhill Cranes, being observed from the observation 
deck at the Bluff Unit. I have distant photos for documentation. This is great 
news for the CBC on Saturday at Santee. 

Pam Ford
Charleston SC

Sent from my iPhone
Bird On!
Subject: Ross's Geese
From: Philip Dickinson <pdickins AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:59:23 -0500
David Hastings reports that the geese returned to the pond at Oak Valley GC
in Davie Co. and brought a Great Egret with them.

Phil Dickinson
Winston-Salem

Subject: Re: CommonEiders_EdistoBeachAx
From: Cherrie Sneed <sneedcb AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:53:36 -0500
2 more Common Eiders on Edisto Beach between beach accesses 3 &4.

Cherrie 

Cherrie Sneed
Meggett, SC
Charleston County

> On Dec 17, 2014, at 12:05 PM, Cherrie Sneed  wrote:
> 
> 2 immature male Common Eiders are hanging out at the groin to the right of 
the yellow restaurant that is adjacent to Edisto Beach SP entrance as of noon 
today. 

> 
> Cherrie
> 
> Cherrie Sneed
> Meggett, SC
> Charleston County
Subject: CommonEiders_EdistoBeachAx
From: Cherrie Sneed <sneedcb AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:05:23 -0500
2 immature male Common Eiders are hanging out at the groin to the right of the 
yellow restaurant that is adjacent to Edisto Beach SP entrance as of noon 
today. 


Cherrie

Cherrie Sneed
Meggett, SC
Charleston County
Subject: Ross's Geese - Davie County
From: Philip Dickinson <pdickins AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:51:55 -0500
Two Ross's Geese were still at the Oak Valley GC near Bermuda Run in Davie
County this morning. Blower activity at the edge of the pond made the large
flock of Canadas and the 2 Ross's skittish, and they eventually flew as I
approached from the other side. They likely will return, but they also might
show up at Bermuda Run or the lake at Kinderton.

Phil Dickinson

Subject: Lake Murray Lesser Black-backed Gull
From: Irvin Pitts <pittsjam AT windstream.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 9:26:01 -0600
Good morning,

Since spotting last week's "white-winged" gull I've made several trips to the 
SCE&G Park on the north side of the Lake Murray Dam in Lexington County, SC and 
was pleased this morning to find an adult lesser black-backed gull amongst a 
floating raft of ring-billed and herring gulls. A county bird for sure! I took 
several photos though not sure how they'll turn out. 


Last week I saw thousands of gulls at Lake Murray (when the possible Iceland 
gull appeared) including as many herring gulls as I've ever seen there. Though 
numbers have significantly tapered, I've consistently seen around 150 to 300 
birds on the water beyond the park. With the sun's angle, morning is best for 
viewing. 


Irvin Pitts
Lexington, SC
Subject: Ross's Goose Continues in Lenoir
From: Dwayne Martin <redxbill AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:25:41 -0500
The Ross's Goose is with its Canada Goose cousins at the Broyhill Walking
Park in Lenoir 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
Subject: RE: Sighting of Snowy white owl in NC
From: "Canfield, Chris" <CCANFIELD AT audubon.org>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:23:35 +0000
I'm going to head up there now to be there about noon and see if I can find. 
Left message with Ms Vitale. Looks like she lives on Woodduck Rd. Anyone 
(Paul?) have info or want to rendezvous my cell is 504-344-4328. 


Have scope and iphone photo adapter but still not best equipment for photos.

Missed the darned snowy all over the country last year.  Determined this year.

Chris

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

From: Paul Glass [mailto:pag AT gcrcompany.com]
Sent: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 5:07 PM
To: carolinabirds AT duke.edu
Subject: RE: Sighting of Snowy white owl in NC

I'm going to be near that area tomorrow, and could probably spare a few minutes 
to check if we can get an exact location. 


Paul Glass
South Boston, VA

________________________________
From: Ken Yount [mailto:kyount23 AT gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 4:38 PM
To: Borrors
Cc: Beth Garver; Marty Wall; 
carolinabirds AT duke.edu 

Subject: Re: Sighting of Snowy white owl in NC

Did anyone ever get specific directions?

On Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 3:56 PM, Borrors 
> wrote: 

If you can go by all means go -was lucky enough to see the one in No FL last 
winter and is awesome! 


Sent from my iPhone

On Dec 16, 2014, at 1:48 PM, Beth Garver 
> wrote: 

I just wondered if it was still in the area or up in Virginia now. I would like 
to chase it! 



On Tuesday, December 16, 2014, Marty Wall 
> wrote: 

35 miles away...might as well be 3500 this week!  Arghhh!!!
Marty Wall
Eden, NC

On Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 10:39 AM, Kent Fiala 
> wrote: 


Kent Fiala
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "Ann Russell Roberts" 
> 

Date: Dec 16, 2014 9:52 AM
Subject: Sighting of Snowy white owl in NC
To: >
Cc:

Hi,



The Chapel Hill Audobon Society gave me your site to report a sighting this 
morning at 9AM of a Snowy white owl in Blanch, NC (near the Va. border.) I 
looked out the back window and saw an enormous white owl sitting on the fence. 
This is cow country with a lot of open areas and lots of rabbits. I found the 
pic and description in my Audobon bird book and could not believe it! 
Re-checking with binoculars confirmed the identity. 


It stayed in the spot for at least  5 minutes. Absolutely beautiful.



Thought you might want to know!



Ann Roberts Vitale (Blanch, NC)  Caswell Co.
336-234-9033


--
God is Love
*Beth*
Subject: Requesting suggestions for a modest priced camera for starting some bird photography
From: Peter Perlman <pperlman AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:05:11 -0500
Hi All,

After a few years of telling myself that there are so many great photos of
birds by so many folks that I don't need to take any pictures, I find
myself wanting to explore taking some pictures of the birds I see. I'm
looking for something in the "not more that $200" zone. Was thinking of
something like a Canon Powershot SX510HS. Would appreciate your thoughts
and suggestions. Given this is a bit sideways from most of our listserv
communications, I'm thinking it might be best to contact me back channel?

Thanks in advance!

Peter

Peter Perlman
Chapel HIll
Subject: RE: Ross's Goose Wilmington, NC
From: Jamie Adams <Jamie.Adams AT quintiles.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:23:15 +0000
Hello all,

The Ross’s Goose at Veterans Park is still around and seen well in the first 
soccer field. 


Jamie Adams
Wilmington, NC


From: Andy Fairbanks [mailto:Andy.Fairbanks AT wilmingtonnc.gov]
Sent: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 8:44 AM
To: carolinabirds AT duke.edu
Subject: Ross's Goose Wilmington, NC


​Late yesterday afternoon I located a Ross's Goose mixed in with some 
Canada's at Veterans Park. It was in the pond behind Ashley High School next to 
the baseball fields. 




The goose is still present this morning feeding in the soccer fields.



It's also worth noting yesterday there was a Loggerhead Shrike at this location 
as well. 




Andy Fairbanks

Wilmington, NC
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Subject: Ross's Goose at Quail Roost Farm in Bahama, Nc
From: Tom Krakauer <thkrakauer AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:14:43 -0500
I went out this morning (wed) at first light with Jim Capel and Caroline 
Gilmore. The goose was in the large pond along Quail Roost farm rd with about 
170 Canada's. This time and place seems to be most reliable. The geese all 
departed around 8:00 after we had already departed. 


That being said , it has been seen in the same pond mid afternoon.

We noticed that the birds were at the far end of the pond while we were 
scoping, but spread out throughout the pond as soon as we returned to the car. 
Hint. Don't crowd it. 


Tom Krakauer
Bahama, NC

Sent from my iPad
Subject: Long-tailed Ducks still present
From: Jim Gould <jgouldoz AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:00:35 -0500
Good morning,

The pair of male and female Long-tailed Ducks are still present near the
green number 13 channel marker at the Coast Guard Station at Oregon Inlet
marina in Nags Head North Carolina . They are beautiful!  While I was
observing them, about 24 Pine Siskins flew over. Thank you Linda and Skip
for finding the long-tailed ducks.

Jim Gould
Kill Devil Hills, NC
Subject: North Greenville (SC) Christmas Count, Saturday, Dec. 27
From: "Jeff Click" <clickbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:55:41 -0500
Birders,

The North Greenville, SC Christmas Bird Count will be held on Saturday,
December 27th.  We hope many of you will be able to join us to help out with
the count.  Birders of all skill levels are welcome.  Beginning birders will
be paired with experienced leaders.  If you are interested, please contact
JB Hines (jbhines3 AT chesnet.net).  

For more detailed information on the count, including historical results and
a map of the count area, please visit the count page on the Greenville
County Bird Club website at http://gcbirdclub.org/cbc.html.  

Good birding,

Jeff Click
Easley, SC
Subject: Roseate Spoonbills, White Pelicans, Avocets, rails, Black Skimmers - Yawkey Wildlife Center 12-15
From: Nate Dias <offshorebirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:27:28 -0500
Roger Smith, Richard Wyndham and I enjoyed some nice birds during a
shorebird survey (and pre-CBC scouting) at the Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center
(restricted access) yesterday.

Highlight was 8 Roseate Spoonbills.  Neither the Yawkey staff nor I had
seen any Spoonbills in the past 3 weeks, but they magically reappeared
yesterday (just in time for the CBC this Thursday).  We were standing on a
dike in the "Goose Pasture" complex and I spotted the spoonbills flying at
a great height.  It looked like they might have been coming from the Hobcaw
/ North Inlet area.  They flew in and landed about 100 yards in front of us
- very obliging of them.

We were also relieved to see increasing numbers of American Avocets, good
numbers of other shorebirds, and two Black Skimmers in a
gull/tern/shorebird roost out on the north tip of Sand Island.

We also had several Virginia Rails, a couple of King Rails, several Sora
and several Clapper Rails.  Decent duck variety, but as with many places in
the northern half of the SC coast, a lot of the ducks present around
Thanksgiving seem to have departed.

Nathan Dias - Charleston, SC
Subject: Least Bittern, Cave Swallow, Am. Bitterns, 855 Snow Geese, White Pelicans, Prairie Warbler - Murphy Island 12/14
From: Nate Dias <offshorebirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:12:57 -0500
Tommy Graham and I had a nice bunch of birds covering our part of Murphy
Island during the McClellanville CBC this past Sunday.

Highlight was 2 heard and 1 seen LEAST BITTERN.  After hearing Least
Bittern's "Kek Kek Kek" call in 2 different locations and questioning my
sanity, we had an Alligator flush a Least Bittern as the gator crashed into
the water.  We also got several rail responses (King, Virginia, and
Sora) from splashing Alligators.

We had a single Cave Swallow feeding with scattered Tree Swallows over a
small freshwater impoundment, a Prairie Warbler amid thousands of Myrtle
Warblers (Ann Shahid - I guess all your Yellow-rumped Warblers at Santee
Coastal were across the water at Murphy Island), and three American
Bitterns (a pretty low total for Murphy Island this time of year).  Of
local interest, we also had two Field Sparrows among many Song, Savannah
and Swamp Sparrows in the small grassy field between the beach and the
secret dike entrance.

Though duck numbers were way down, and phragmites acreage is at an all-time
high, Murphy Island still produced 855 Snow Geese.   One of the Snow Geese
looked tiny compared to its flock mates, but it was a distant bird in
flight and I could not see enough details to call it a Ross's Goose for
sure.  So it goes.  We had some nice looks at Canvasbacks, but could not
find any Redhead or Goldeneye in the big ocean pond.

We also had high numbers of American White Pelicans on Murphy.   And while
we were launching the boat at the Santee Coastal Reserve, we had 600+ White
Pelicans fly over, heading inland.

We had some wonderful mammal encounters as well.  While Felicia Sanders was
launching the boat, Larry Wood, Tommy Graham and I enjoyed some
strand-feeding Bottlenose Dolphins using a mudflat just upriver from the
boat landing.

And Tommy and I had a long + close encounter with a Bobcat on southeast
Murphy Island.  We first saw it at a distance coming down a dike toward us,
and it went stalking down into the reeds beside the dike.  We knew better
than to try and sneak up on it - so we stood still, with Tommy edging
behind me to hide (as usual I was wearing camouflage perfectly matched to
the surroundings).  After 3-4 minutes, the Bobcat came back onto the dike
and kept walking toward us.  When it got to about 30-40 yards, it scented
us and stopped, tail twitching, then inched closer, then turned and boogied
out of there.  We both think we may have been the first humans it had ever
seen.

Some photos of the Bobcat are on my Flickr page:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/offshorebirder2

Nathan Dias - Charleston, SC
Subject: Re: Sighting of Snowy white owl in NC
From: Beth Garver <bethgarver AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:09:48 -0500
Thanks. I'll appreciate the info. Hope someone can relocate it!


On Tuesday, December 16, 2014, Paul Glass  wrote:

>     I'm going to be near that area tomorrow, and could probably spare a
> few minutes to check if we can get an exact location.
>
>
>
> Paul Glass
>
> South Boston, VA
>
>
>  ------------------------------
>
> *From:* Ken Yount [mailto:kyount23 AT gmail.com
> ]
> *Sent:* Tuesday, December 16, 2014 4:38 PM
> *To:* Borrors
> *Cc:* Beth Garver; Marty Wall; carolinabirds AT duke.edu
> 
> *Subject:* Re: Sighting of Snowy white owl in NC
>
>
>
> Did anyone ever get specific directions?
>
>
>
> On Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 3:56 PM, Borrors  > wrote:
>
> If you can go by all means go -was lucky enough to see the one in No FL
> last winter and is awesome!
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>
> On Dec 16, 2014, at 1:48 PM, Beth Garver  > wrote:
>
>  I just wondered if it was still in the area or up in Virginia now. I
> would like to chase it!
>
>
>
> On Tuesday, December 16, 2014, Marty Wall  > wrote:
>
> 35 miles away...might as well be 3500 this week!  Arghhh!!!
>
> Marty Wall
>
> Eden, NC
>
>
>
> On Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 10:39 AM, Kent Fiala  > wrote:
>
> Kent Fiala
>
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: "Ann Russell Roberts"  >
> Date: Dec 16, 2014 9:52 AM
> Subject: Sighting of Snowy white owl in NC
> To:  >
> Cc:
>
>   Hi,
>
>
>
> The Chapel Hill Audobon Society gave me your site to report a sighting
> this morning at 9AM of a Snowy white owl in Blanch, NC (near the Va.
> border.) I looked out the back window and saw an enormous white owl sitting
> on the fence. This is cow country with a lot of open areas and lots of
> rabbits. I found the pic and description in my Audobon bird book and could
> not believe it! Re-checking with binoculars confirmed the identity.
>
> It stayed in the spot for at least  5 minutes. Absolutely beautiful.
>
>
>
> Thought you might want to know!
>
>
>
> Ann Roberts Vitale (Blanch, NC)  Caswell Co.
> 336-234-9033
>
>
>
> --
> God is Love
> *Beth*
>
>

-- 
God is Love
*Beth*
Subject: RE: Sighting of Snowy white owl in NC
From: Paul Glass <pag AT gcrcompany.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:07:26 -0500
I'm going to be near that area tomorrow, and could probably spare a few
minutes to check if we can get an exact location.

 

Paul Glass

South Boston, VA

 

  _____  

From: Ken Yount [mailto:kyount23 AT gmail.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 4:38 PM
To: Borrors
Cc: Beth Garver; Marty Wall; carolinabirds AT duke.edu
Subject: Re: Sighting of Snowy white owl in NC

 

Did anyone ever get specific directions?

 

On Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 3:56 PM, Borrors  > wrote:

If you can go by all means go -was lucky enough to see the one in No FL last
winter and is awesome!

Sent from my iPhone


On Dec 16, 2014, at 1:48 PM, Beth Garver  > wrote:

I just wondered if it was still in the area or up in Virginia now. I would
like to chase it!



On Tuesday, December 16, 2014, Marty Wall  > wrote:

35 miles away...might as well be 3500 this week!  Arghhh!!!

Marty Wall

Eden, NC

 

On Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 10:39 AM, Kent Fiala  wrote:

Kent Fiala 

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "Ann Russell Roberts" 
Date: Dec 16, 2014 9:52 AM
Subject: Sighting of Snowy white owl in NC
To: 
Cc: 



Hi,

 

The Chapel Hill Audobon Society gave me your site to report a sighting this
morning at 9AM of a Snowy white owl in Blanch, NC (near the Va. border.) I
looked out the back window and saw an enormous white owl sitting on the
fence. This is cow country with a lot of open areas and lots of rabbits. I
found the pic and description in my Audobon bird book and could not believe
it! Re-checking with binoculars confirmed the identity.

It stayed in the spot for at least  5 minutes. Absolutely beautiful.

 

Thought you might want to know!

 

Ann Roberts Vitale (Blanch, NC)  Caswell Co.
336-234-9033  



-- 
God is Love
*Beth*


Subject: Re: Sighting of Snowy white owl in NC
From: Ken Yount <kyount23 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:37:49 -0500
Did anyone ever get specific directions?

On Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 3:56 PM, Borrors  wrote:
>
> If you can go by all means go -was lucky enough to see the one in No FL
> last winter and is awesome!
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Dec 16, 2014, at 1:48 PM, Beth Garver  wrote:
>
> I just wondered if it was still in the area or up in Virginia now. I would
> like to chase it!
>
>
> On Tuesday, December 16, 2014, Marty Wall  wrote:
>
>> 35 miles away...might as well be 3500 this week!  Arghhh!!!
>> Marty Wall
>> Eden, NC
>>
>> On Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 10:39 AM, Kent Fiala 
>> wrote:
>>>
>>> Kent Fiala
>>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>>> From: "Ann Russell Roberts" 
>>> Date: Dec 16, 2014 9:52 AM
>>> Subject: Sighting of Snowy white owl in NC
>>> To: 
>>> Cc:
>>>
>>> Hi,
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> The Chapel Hill Audobon Society gave me your site to report a sighting
>>> this morning at 9AM of a Snowy white owl in Blanch, NC (near the Va.
>>> border.) I looked out the back window and saw an enormous white owl sitting
>>> on the fence. This is cow country with a lot of open areas and lots of
>>> rabbits. I found the pic and description in my Audobon bird book and could
>>> not believe it! Re-checking with binoculars confirmed the identity.
>>>
>>> It stayed in the spot for at least  5 minutes. Absolutely beautiful.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Thought you might want to know!
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Ann Roberts Vitale (Blanch, NC)  Caswell Co.
>>> 336-234-9033
>>>
>>
>
> --
> God is Love
> *Beth*
>
>
>
Subject: Outer Banks birds, Tuesday
From: Linda Ward <tankapoet2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:34:34 -0800
Some highlights:

At Oregon Inlet Fishing Center Marina, and just out in the linlet in front
of the active Coast Guard Station: a male/female pair of long tail
ducks...excellent close up view...the male in full plumage.

Pea Island had the million redheads in S. Pond...looked llike a blanket of
them. Never saw this many before, even in S. Tx. Also about 100 avocets.
White pelicans still present; great sighting of a pair directly overhead,
flying very low.

At Bodie Isalnd, a marsh wren popped out of the reeds twice for an up close
look.  Lots of nice ducks and swans there also.

A horned grebe on the canal beside the high rise bridge to Roanoke Island

Linda Ward
Skip Hancock
Coinjock, NC
Subject: Re: Sighting of Snowy white owl in NC
From: Borrors <borrors AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:56:58 -0500
If you can go by all means go -was lucky enough to see the one in No FL last 
winter and is awesome! 


Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 16, 2014, at 1:48 PM, Beth Garver  wrote:
> 
> I just wondered if it was still in the area or up in Virginia now. I would 
like to chase it! 

> 
> 
>> On Tuesday, December 16, 2014, Marty Wall  wrote:
>> 35 miles away...might as well be 3500 this week!  Arghhh!!!
>> Marty Wall
>> Eden, NC
>> 
>>> On Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 10:39 AM, Kent Fiala  wrote:
>>> Kent Fiala
>>> 
>>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>>> From: "Ann Russell Roberts" 
>>> Date: Dec 16, 2014 9:52 AM
>>> Subject: Sighting of Snowy white owl in NC
>>> To: 
>>> Cc: 
>>> 
>>> Hi,
>>> 
>>>  
>>> 
>>> The Chapel Hill Audobon Society gave me your site to report a sighting this 
morning at 9AM of a Snowy white owl in Blanch, NC (near the Va. border.) I 
looked out the back window and saw an enormous white owl sitting on the fence. 
This is cow country with a lot of open areas and lots of rabbits. I found the 
pic and description in my Audobon bird book and could not believe it! 
Re-checking with binoculars confirmed the identity. 

>>> 
>>> It stayed in the spot for at least  5 minutes. Absolutely beautiful.
>>> 
>>>  
>>> 
>>> Thought you might want to know!
>>> 
>>>  
>>> 
>>> Ann Roberts Vitale (Blanch, NC)  Caswell Co.
>>> 336-234-9033
>>> 
> 
> 
> -- 
> God is Love
> *Beth*
> 
> 
Subject: Ross's Goose
From: Tom k <thkrakauer AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:07:42 -0500
The goose was in the large pond at Quail Roost Farm , Bahama, nc, but it flew 
when about 85 Canada geese flew off 


I will check the Hopkins Rd pond

It seems to be sticking around

Tom Krakauer
Bahama, NC

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Re: Sighting of Snowy white owl in NC
From: Rbakelaar <rbakelaar AT aol.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:48:43 -0500
Hello all,

Regarding this location and rumors of an unconfirmed Snowy being present last 
winter in the vicinity of where the Lapwing was found........ 


The same observer that reported this Snowy last winter found its carcass on the 
road close to where it was originally reported in March 2014, the apparent 
victim of a collision with a car. The specimen was salvaged and is currently in 
my freezer awaiting some spare time for specimen prep and deposition at the NC 
Museum of Nat. Sci. It was one of two Snowy specimens the museum received last 
year, with the other from Bladen County. The Person Co bird appears to be 
emaciated. The Bladen Co bird is VERY fat. Interesting. 


I will post findings after both specimens are prepped.


Ryan Bakelaar
Durham, NC

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Re: Ebirding Christmas Counts
From: Chris Hill <chill AT coastal.edu>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:23:36 -0500
There is nothing now.  Ebird hints they may work at it in the future.

CH

> On Dec 16, 2014, at 2:22 PM, Badger  wrote:
> 
> Now if we can just get an automated way to transfer Ebird data into  
> the Audubon database for the CBC's!  Is there such a thing or is  
> anyone working on it?
> 
> Guy McGrane
> Deep Gap, NC
> 
> 
> On Dec 16, 2014, at 2:07 PM, Chris Hill wrote:
> 
>> Thanks to everyone who responded on this thread - Jeff Lemons was  
>> particularly helpful to me, but I got something from all the  
>> responses.
>> 
>> I created an account for Litchfield-Pawleys CBC Data.   EBird  
>> asks you to use the last name data for accounts that compile data  
>> from multiple observers, which is why I chose that particular name:
>> 
>> http://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/973960-entering- 
>> historic-data
>> 
>> I will ask the participants in the count I compile who ebird their  
>> days to share their checklists with that account.  Then I will get  
>> the data out of there and compile it for entering into the  
>> Christmas Count website.  If I remember correctly from the last  
>> time I checked, ebird and the CBC site still used different names  
>> for species (e.g. Yellow-rumped Warbler vs Yellow-rumped (Myrtle)  
>> Warbler, stuff like that), so some hand-massaging of the data will  
>> be necessary.
>> 
>> My main concern has been how can I make ebird work for me during  
>> the Christmas count compiling process rather than how can I get  
>> my counters' data into ebird.  The latter is desirable as well,  
>> and there are certainly best practices that I should probably  
>> encourage the counters to follow, but this year Im mostly going to  
>> let the counters figure that out themselves.  Well, maybe Ill put  
>> a link in the email Im about to send to area leaders to this  
>> article (points 4,5, and 6 seem most important if people are going  
>> to enter a day list.
>> 
>> http://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/1010523-can-i-enter- 
>> my-christmas-bird-count-into-ebird-?b_id=1928
>> 
>> Thanks again, all of you!
>> 
>> Best,
>> 
>> Chris
>> 
>> 
>> ********************************************************************** 
>> **
>> Christopher E. Hill
>> Biology Department
>> Coastal Carolina University
>> Conway, SC 29528-1954
>> 843-349-2567
>> chill AT coastal.edu
>> http://ww2.coastal.edu/chill/chill.htm
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
> 
> 

************************************************************************
Christopher E. Hill
Biology Department
Coastal Carolina University
Conway, SC 29528-1954
843-349-2567
chill AT coastal.edu
http://ww2.coastal.edu/chill/chill.htm




Subject: Re: Ebirding Christmas Counts
From: Badger <badgerboy AT wilkes.net>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:22:10 -0500
Now if we can just get an automated way to transfer Ebird data into  
the Audubon database for the CBC's!  Is there such a thing or is  
anyone working on it?

Guy McGrane
Deep Gap, NC


On Dec 16, 2014, at 2:07 PM, Chris Hill wrote:

> Thanks to everyone who responded on this thread - Jeff Lemons was  
> particularly helpful to me, but I got something from all the  
> responses.
>
> I created an account for Litchfield-Pawleys CBC Data.   EBird  
> asks you to use the last name data for accounts that compile data  
> from multiple observers, which is why I chose that particular name:
>
> http://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/973960-entering- 
> historic-data
>
> I will ask the participants in the count I compile who ebird their  
> days to share their checklists with that account.  Then I will get  
> the data out of there and compile it for entering into the  
> Christmas Count website.  If I remember correctly from the last  
> time I checked, ebird and the CBC site still used different names  
> for species (e.g. Yellow-rumped Warbler vs Yellow-rumped (Myrtle)  
> Warbler, stuff like that), so some hand-massaging of the data will  
> be necessary.
>
> My main concern has been how can I make ebird work for me during  
> the Christmas count compiling process rather than how can I get  
> my counters' data into ebird.  The latter is desirable as well,  
> and there are certainly best practices that I should probably  
> encourage the counters to follow, but this year Im mostly going to  
> let the counters figure that out themselves.  Well, maybe Ill put  
> a link in the email Im about to send to area leaders to this  
> article (points 4,5, and 6 seem most important if people are going  
> to enter a day list.
>
> http://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/1010523-can-i-enter- 
> my-christmas-bird-count-into-ebird-?b_id=1928
>
> Thanks again, all of you!
>
> Best,
>
> Chris
>
>
> ********************************************************************** 
> **
> Christopher E. Hill
> Biology Department
> Coastal Carolina University
> Conway, SC 29528-1954
> 843-349-2567
> chill AT coastal.edu
> http://ww2.coastal.edu/chill/chill.htm
>
>
>
>
>

Subject: White-winged Gull, Horry County Landfill
From: Chris Hill <chill AT coastal.edu>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:19:22 -0500
Hi again,

I spent 8-10 am today at the Horry County Landfill, and it had changed a lot 
since my last visit on November 25. Lots of larger gulls (Herring, Great 
Black-backed, etc) have come in, so there was much more to scope for rarities 
than when it was almost all Laughing and Ring-billed. I didn’t count, but 
Herring numbers are almost certainly in the thousands by now. I spent about an 
hour just scoping a bunch of first-cycle Herrings, none of which would consent 
to being turned into a Thayers candidate, but they gave me an opportunity to 
focus on details of mantle feathering and molt. I think in a few more decades I 
may have this gull thing figured out if I keep at it. 


I saw one white-winged gull, an apparent Iceland, though it was pretty far 
away, and the coloring was not classic first-year Iceland (instead of a uniform 
beige, the wing coverts on the perched bird seemed especially, contrastingly 
white). It might have been a second-cycle bird. I had a brief look at it, then 
stayed another hour and did not refind it. 


I saw about 5 Lesser Black-backs. Some Bald Eagles posed for photos. An 
American Pipit flew overhead. I’m hearing Pipits much more often this winter 
than I usually do. I have hardly been birding at all, but can think of five 
occasions in the last month or two I’ve heard them. 


The dump has changed its layout, so the account on the Carolina Bird Club page 
is obsolete in many details. I’ll try to revise that some time. If you are 
going any time soon and want details you can email me. 


CH

************************************************************************
Christopher E. Hill
Biology Department
Coastal Carolina University
Conway, SC 29528-1954
843-349-2567
chill AT coastal.edu
http://ww2.coastal.edu/chill/chill.htm




Subject: Re: Ebirding Christmas Counts
From: Chris Hill <chill AT coastal.edu>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:07:08 -0500
Thanks to everyone who responded on this thread - Jeff Lemons was particularly 
helpful to me, but I got something from all the responses. 


I created an account for “Litchfield-Pawleys CBC Data.” EBird asks you to 
use the last name “data” for accounts that compile data from multiple 
observers, which is why I chose that particular name: 


http://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/973960-entering-historic-data

I will ask the participants in the count I compile who ebird their days to 
share their checklists with that account. Then I will get the data out of there 
and compile it for entering into the Christmas Count website. If I remember 
correctly from the last time I checked, ebird and the CBC site still used 
different names for species (e.g. Yellow-rumped Warbler vs Yellow-rumped 
(Myrtle) Warbler, stuff like that), so some hand-massaging of the data will be 
necessary. 


My main concern has been “how can I make ebird work for me during the 
Christmas count compiling process” rather than “how can I get my counters' 
data into ebird.” The latter is desirable as well, and there are certainly 
“best practices” that I should probably encourage the counters to follow, 
but this year I’m mostly going to let the counters figure that out 
themselves. Well, maybe I’ll put a link in the email I’m about to send to 
area leaders to this article (points 4,5, and 6 seem most important if people 
are going to enter a “day list.” 



http://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/1010523-can-i-enter-my-christmas-bird-count-into-ebird-?b_id=1928 


Thanks again, all of you!

Best,

Chris


************************************************************************
Christopher E. Hill
Biology Department
Coastal Carolina University
Conway, SC 29528-1954
843-349-2567
chill AT coastal.edu
http://ww2.coastal.edu/chill/chill.htm




Subject: Re: Sighting of Snowy white owl in NC
From: Beth Garver <bethgarver AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:48:45 -0500
I just wondered if it was still in the area or up in Virginia now. I would
like to chase it!


On Tuesday, December 16, 2014, Marty Wall  wrote:

> 35 miles away...might as well be 3500 this week!  Arghhh!!!
> Marty Wall
> Eden, NC
>
> On Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 10:39 AM, Kent Fiala  > wrote:
>>
>> Kent Fiala
>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>> From: "Ann Russell Roberts" > >
>> Date: Dec 16, 2014 9:52 AM
>> Subject: Sighting of Snowy white owl in NC
>> To: > >
>> Cc:
>>
>> Hi,
>>
>>
>>
>> The Chapel Hill Audobon Society gave me your site to report a sighting
>> this morning at 9AM of a Snowy white owl in Blanch, NC (near the Va.
>> border.) I looked out the back window and saw an enormous white owl sitting
>> on the fence. This is cow country with a lot of open areas and lots of
>> rabbits. I found the pic and description in my Audobon bird book and could
>> not believe it! Re-checking with binoculars confirmed the identity.
>>
>> It stayed in the spot for at least  5 minutes. Absolutely beautiful.
>>
>>
>>
>> Thought you might want to know!
>>
>>
>>
>> Ann Roberts Vitale (Blanch, NC)  Caswell Co.
>> 336-234-9033
>>
>

-- 
God is Love
*Beth*
Subject: Re: Sighting of Snowy white owl in NC
From: Marty Wall <mwbirdmail AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:15:10 -0500
35 miles away...might as well be 3500 this week!  Arghhh!!!
Marty Wall
Eden, NC

On Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 10:39 AM, Kent Fiala  wrote:
>
> Kent Fiala
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: "Ann Russell Roberts" 
> Date: Dec 16, 2014 9:52 AM
> Subject: Sighting of Snowy white owl in NC
> To: 
> Cc:
>
> Hi,
>
>
>
> The Chapel Hill Audobon Society gave me your site to report a sighting
> this morning at 9AM of a Snowy white owl in Blanch, NC (near the Va.
> border.) I looked out the back window and saw an enormous white owl sitting
> on the fence. This is cow country with a lot of open areas and lots of
> rabbits. I found the pic and description in my Audobon bird book and could
> not believe it! Re-checking with binoculars confirmed the identity.
>
> It stayed in the spot for at least  5 minutes. Absolutely beautiful.
>
>
>
> Thought you might want to know!
>
>
>
> Ann Roberts Vitale (Blanch, NC)  Caswell Co.
> 336-234-9033
>
Subject: Re: Sighting of Snowy white owl in NC
From: Ken Yount <kyount23 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:27:25 -0500
This would be very near the spot a Snowy was reported but never confirmed
last year and the Northern Lapwing was observed a couple of years ago.

Ken Yount
Wentworth, NC

On Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 10:39 AM, Kent Fiala  wrote:
>
> Kent Fiala
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: "Ann Russell Roberts" 
> Date: Dec 16, 2014 9:52 AM
> Subject: Sighting of Snowy white owl in NC
> To: 
> Cc:
>
> Hi,
>
>
>
> The Chapel Hill Audobon Society gave me your site to report a sighting
> this morning at 9AM of a Snowy white owl in Blanch, NC (near the Va.
> border.) I looked out the back window and saw an enormous white owl sitting
> on the fence. This is cow country with a lot of open areas and lots of
> rabbits. I found the pic and description in my Audobon bird book and could
> not believe it! Re-checking with binoculars confirmed the identity.
>
> It stayed in the spot for at least  5 minutes. Absolutely beautiful.
>
>
>
> Thought you might want to know!
>
>
>
> Ann Roberts Vitale (Blanch, NC)  Caswell Co.
> 336-234-9033
>
Subject: Re: Ebirding Christmas Counts
From: Brian Pendergraft <bkpendergraft AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:28:22 -0500
During the Brickhouse Road CBC last year, and again this year, I had one
area whereby I had to backtrack on my route.  Total coverage there and back
was about a mile.
I ONLY COUNTED NEW SPECIES WHEN RETURNING, OR if I saw 10 American
Goldfinches going out, and 14 coming back, I counted 14 total for that
piece.

During the GBBC in my yard, a similar rules applies:  I only count the
highest species count during the day.

So far......no eBird in my life.

Brian Pendergraft
Falls Lake, NC

On Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 9:33 AM, Kent Fiala  wrote:
>
> Just curious, eBird and the CBC have conflicting criteria for reporting
> mileage where backtracking is involved (eBird counts it once, CBC twice).
> How do compilers reconcile this when reports are submitted via eBird?
>
> Kent Fiala
>


-- 
Thanks!
Brian Pendergraft
919-270-5311
Subject: First Balt oriole of the season in my yard James Island SC
From: "Herbert, Teri Lynn" <herbertl AT musc.edu>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:24:49 +0000
Saw my first pair of Baltimore Orioles in the backyard this morning at the 
grape jelly! 

Only a male and either female or immature male so far.
James Island, Ellis Creek   SC

Teri Lynn Herbert
Subject: Re: Ebirding Christmas Counts
From: Norman Budnitz <nbudnitz AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:20:44 -0500
As compiler on our Jordan Lake (NC) CBC, I include the following note
for people to record their car miles:

"driving slowly enough to bird (<15 mph), not just traveling between stops."

Not sure how well people heed my request, but that's how I try to get
reasonable data.

On Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 10:37 AM, Marilyn Westphal
 wrote:
> I don't think you're supposed to count backtracked miles on CBC unless
> you're actually covering the area again just looking for new species.  I
> know a lot of people do because it's easier and it's easy to forget if
> you're in a car, but I think the instructions are only to count one way.  I
> don't count getting from one location to another either if all I'm doing is
> going back somewhere and not birding on the way.  It's a little unclear
> what's expected, but not very useful information anyway, so I don't worry a
> lot about it.
> Marilyn
>
>
> On Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 9:33 AM, Kent Fiala  wrote:
>>
>> Just curious, eBird and the CBC have conflicting criteria for reporting
>> mileage where backtracking is involved (eBird counts it once, CBC twice).
>> How do compilers reconcile this when reports are submitted via eBird?
>>
>> Kent Fiala
>
>
>
> --
> Marilyn Westphal
> Hendersonville, NC



-- 
Norm Budnitz
Orange County
North Carolina
Subject: Fwd: Sighting of Snowy white owl in NC
From: Kent Fiala <kent.fiala AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:39:46 -0500
Kent Fiala
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "Ann Russell Roberts" 
Date: Dec 16, 2014 9:52 AM
Subject: Sighting of Snowy white owl in NC
To: 
Cc:

Hi,



The Chapel Hill Audobon Society gave me your site to report a sighting this
morning at 9AM of a Snowy white owl in Blanch, NC (near the Va. border.) I
looked out the back window and saw an enormous white owl sitting on the
fence. This is cow country with a lot of open areas and lots of rabbits. I
found the pic and description in my Audobon bird book and could not believe
it! Re-checking with binoculars confirmed the identity.

It stayed in the spot for at least  5 minutes. Absolutely beautiful.



Thought you might want to know!



Ann Roberts Vitale (Blanch, NC)  Caswell Co.
336-234-9033
Subject: Re: Ebirding Christmas Counts
From: Marilyn Westphal <mjwestph AT ret.unca.edu>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:37:07 -0500
I don't think you're supposed to count backtracked miles on CBC unless
you're actually covering the area again just looking for new species.  I
know a lot of people do because it's easier and it's easy to forget if
you're in a car, but I think the instructions are only to count one way.  I
don't count getting from one location to another either if all I'm doing is
going back somewhere and not birding on the way.  It's a little unclear
what's expected, but not very useful information anyway, so I don't worry a
lot about it.
Marilyn


On Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 9:33 AM, Kent Fiala  wrote:
>
> Just curious, eBird and the CBC have conflicting criteria for reporting
> mileage where backtracking is involved (eBird counts it once, CBC twice).
> How do compilers reconcile this when reports are submitted via eBird?
>
> Kent Fiala
>


-- 
Marilyn Westphal
Hendersonville, NC
Subject: Re: Ebirding Christmas Counts
From: Kent Fiala <kent.fiala AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 09:33:04 -0500
Just curious, eBird and the CBC have conflicting criteria for reporting
mileage where backtracking is involved (eBird counts it once, CBC twice).
How do compilers reconcile this when reports are submitted via eBird?

Kent Fiala
Subject: Re: EBird Christmas Counts
From: Kent Fiala <kent.fiala AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 09:25:40 -0500
I have used both BirdLog and Birdwatcher's Diary on Android, and although I
have complaints about both of them, I'll just say that I quit using
Birdwatcher's Diary and went back to BirdLog.

Kent Fiala
On Dec 16, 2014 8:30 AM, "Lois Stacey"  wrote:

> So is Birdwatcher's Diary.
>
> Lois Stacey
> North Augusta, SC
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Dec 16, 2014, at 7:48 AM, Dwayne Martin  wrote:
>
> BirdLog is for both IOS and Android.
>
> On Tuesday, December 16, 2014, Tim Lewis  wrote:
>
>> Many of us don't have an iPhone and this seems to be only for IOS. Are
>> there similar apps for all of the smart phones?
>>
>>
>> Tim Lewis, Jackson Co. NC
>>
>>
>>
>> ------------------------------
>>
>
>
Subject: Ross's Goose Wilmington, NC
From: Andy Fairbanks <Andy.Fairbanks AT wilmingtonnc.gov>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:44:28 +0000
?Late yesterday afternoon I located a Ross's Goose mixed in with some Canada's 
at Veterans Park. It was in the pond behind Ashley High School next to the 
baseball fields. 



The goose is still present this morning feeding in the soccer fields.


It's also worth noting yesterday there was a Loggerhead Shrike at this location 
as well. 



Andy Fairbanks

Wilmington, NC

E-mail correspondence to and from this address is subject to the North Carolina 
Public Records Law and may be disclosed to third parties. 
Subject: Re: EBird Christmas Counts
From: Lois Stacey <croakie AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 08:30:27 -0500
So is Birdwatcher's Diary.

Lois Stacey
North Augusta, SC

Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 16, 2014, at 7:48 AM, Dwayne Martin  wrote:
> 
> BirdLog is for both IOS and Android.
> 
>> On Tuesday, December 16, 2014, Tim Lewis  wrote:
>> Many of us don't have an iPhone and this seems to be only for IOS. Are there 
similar apps for all of the smart phones? 

>> 
>> 
>> Tim Lewis, Jackson Co. NC
>> 
>> 
> 
Subject: Re: EBird Christmas Counts
From: Dwayne Martin <redxbill AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 07:48:19 -0500
BirdLog is for both IOS and Android.

On Tuesday, December 16, 2014, Tim Lewis  wrote:

> Many of us don't have an iPhone and this seems to be only for IOS. Are
> there similar apps for all of the smart phones?
>
>
> Tim Lewis, Jackson Co. NC
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
> Subject: EBird Christmas Counts
> From: sgibeau AT bellsouth.net
> 
> Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 20:38:06 -0500
> To: carolinabirds AT duke.edu
> 
>
>
> Jeff, you should encourage your teams to get Lifebirds Journal. It's an
> app for listing. You can easily create a checklist specific to a count.
> Record the number of birds per siting, and mark each point with GPS
> coordinates. Then when your done you can email a report in the eBird format
> including point locations. I use it daily with multiple lists from state
> down to specific parks and even a yard list. Best of all the creator of the
> app is right here in NC. Oh, even if you find a bird not on the checklist
> you can still record it fairly quickly. It even has IOC world birds just in
> case you get a Jackdaw!
>
>
>
> Stu Gibeau
> Black Mountain, NC
>
>
> On Dec 15, 2014, at 20:26, Jeff Lemons  > wrote:
>
> Three years ago I started requesting groups to submit eBird lists for the
> Charlotte Spring Bird Count.  The Mecklenburg Audubon created a group eBird
> account and I use this account to manage the Count lists.   The groups
> "share" their checklists and I "accept" the checklists into the Mecklenburg
> group account.
>
> The first hurdle was getting groups to record point counts for every
> location they counted instead of submitting a single list for the day for
> their region.  I created a spreadsheet that had about 10 columns for each
> species for groups to record their location counts. The first year, just
> over 50% of groups entered their counts into eBird. Most of these were
> already regular eBird users.  I entered the remaining groups data into
> eBird using the group account.  The first year, one group didn't record
> location counts so I entered a region checklist for that group.  The second
> year about 75% of the groups entered their own data, and last year 100% of
> the groups entered their own checklists for every location they counted.
> If the groups submit their counts via eBird, I no longer require them to
> submit a worksheet for the day. Many of the groups are using the BirdLog
> app to submit their counts and this had made it easier for all.
>
> I enter any Count Week Birds as single birds on a checklist. Once all the
> data is into the eBird group account, I run an eBird report for count week
> to summarize and total the count. This gives species lists, species counts
> and  total birds for the count.  I then submit the report to Marilyn for
> her to compile with other counts for the Chat.
>
> I helped with a CBC count last weekend and entered my eBird checklists
> throughout the day into the BirdLog app.  At the end of the day I used the
> Birdlog Trip Summary to total my checklists for the day.  It made
> submitting totals to the Count Compiler easy.
>
> Jeff Lemons
> Charlotte, NC
>
>
> On Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 11:07 AM, Chris Hill  > wrote:
>
> Hi,
>
> This question is for the christmas bird count compilers out there.
>
> Do any of your participants want to share ebird lists instead of using
> paper or email or excel sheets or any other more traditional format for
> getting their day’s results to you?  If so, how do you respond to that?
> I’m not much of an ebirder myself, but have an account.
>
> I’m just thinking ahead - I sort of remember this cropping up the last
> year or two, and if it does (“my” count isn’t for another couple weeks)
> I’ll have an idea if there’s a good workflow.
>
> And for you count participants, if I can put in a request on behalf of
> compilers - your private note-taking style is fine for the field, but if
> you take 15 minutes to submit your lists in the form the compiler asks of
> you, it will save your compiler having to take 15 or 20 minutes TIMES the
> number of participants who submit idiosyncratic lists, just to get your
> numbers entered (in addition to all the other small duties of the
> compiler).  I sometime spend a whole day gathering, collating, printing,
> recopying into correct order, and entering numbers into the computer, and
> then I have to use Audubon’s none-too-friendly web interface to get the
> final data submitted.  Time I’d rather be birding.
>
> Best,
>
> CH
>
> ************************************************************************
> Christopher E. Hill
> Biology Department
> Coastal Carolina University
> Conway, SC 29528-1954
> 843-349-2567
> chill AT coastal.edu
> http://ww2.coastal.edu/chill/chill.htm
>
>
>
>
>
>

-- 
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: EBird Christmas Counts
From: Tim Lewis <timlewis6 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 07:41:11 -0500
Many of us don't have an iPhone and this seems to be only for IOS. Are there 
similar apps for all of the smart phones? 


Tim Lewis, Jackson Co. NC


Subject: EBird Christmas Counts
From: sgibeau AT bellsouth.net
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 20:38:06 -0500
To: carolinabirds AT duke.edu


Jeff, you should encourage your teams to get Lifebirds Journal. It's an app for 
listing. You can easily create a checklist specific to a count. Record the 
number of birds per siting, and mark each point with GPS coordinates. Then when 
your done you can email a report in the eBird format including point locations. 
I use it daily with multiple lists from state down to specific parks and even a 
yard list. Best of all the creator of the app is right here in NC. Oh, even if 
you find a bird not on the checklist you can still record it fairly quickly. It 
even has IOC world birds just in case you get a Jackdaw! 



Stu GibeauBlack Mountain, NC


On Dec 15, 2014, at 20:26, Jeff Lemons  wrote:

Three years ago I started requesting groups to submit eBird lists for the 
Charlotte Spring Bird Count. The Mecklenburg Audubon created a group eBird 
account and I use this account to manage the Count lists. The groups "share" 
their checklists and I "accept" the checklists into the Mecklenburg group 
account. 

The first hurdle was getting groups to record point counts for every location 
they counted instead of submitting a single list for the day for their region. 
I created a spreadsheet that had about 10 columns for each species for groups 
to record their location counts. The first year, just over 50% of groups 
entered their counts into eBird. Most of these were already regular eBird 
users. I entered the remaining groups data into eBird using the group account. 
The first year, one group didn't record location counts so I entered a region 
checklist for that group. The second year about 75% of the groups entered their 
own data, and last year 100% of the groups entered their own checklists for 
every location they counted. If the groups submit their counts via eBird, I no 
longer require them to submit a worksheet for the day. Many of the groups are 
using the BirdLog app to submit their counts and this had made it easier for 
all. 

I enter any Count Week Birds as single birds on a checklist. Once all the data 
is into the eBird group account, I run an eBird report for count week to 
summarize and total the count. This gives species lists, species counts and 
total birds for the count. I then submit the report to Marilyn for her to 
compile with other counts for the Chat. 

I helped with a CBC count last weekend and entered my eBird checklists 
throughout the day into the BirdLog app. At the end of the day I used the 
Birdlog Trip Summary to total my checklists for the day. It made submitting 
totals to the Count Compiler easy. 

Jeff LemonsCharlotte, NC

On Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 11:07 AM, Chris Hill  wrote:Hi,



This question is for the christmas bird count compilers out there.



Do any of your participants want to share ebird lists instead of using paper or 
email or excel sheets or any other more traditional format for getting their 
days results to you? If so, how do you respond to that? Im not much of an 
ebirder myself, but have an account. 




Im just thinking ahead - I sort of remember this cropping up the last year or 
two, and if it does (my count isnt for another couple weeks) Ill have an 
idea if theres a good workflow. 




And for you count participants, if I can put in a request on behalf of 
compilers - your private note-taking style is fine for the field, but if you 
take 15 minutes to submit your lists in the form the compiler asks of you, it 
will save your compiler having to take 15 or 20 minutes TIMES the number of 
participants who submit idiosyncratic lists, just to get your numbers entered 
(in addition to all the other small duties of the compiler). I sometime spend a 
whole day gathering, collating, printing, recopying into correct order, and 
entering numbers into the computer, and then I have to use Audubons 
none-too-friendly web interface to get the final data submitted. Time Id 
rather be birding. 




Best,



CH



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

Christopher E. Hill

Biology Department

Coastal Carolina University

Conway, SC 29528-1954

843-349-2567

chill AT coastal.edu

http://ww2.coastal.edu/chill/chill.htm












 		 	   		  
Subject: Lincoln's Sparrows in Craven County NC
From: "John Fussell" <jfuss AT clis.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 03:53:07 -0500
Yesterday John Voight and I found 3 Lincoln's Sparrows in a large clearcut 
in Craven County, during the New Bern CBC.

This was along the state secondary road that runs from Riverdale to the 
Craven/Jones line.  The clearcut is posted (and overlooked by a deer stand) 
but the 3 sparrows were all within sight from the state road.  (It makes one 
wonder how many total birds there might be there?)

John Fussell
Morehead City, NC 
Subject: EBird Christmas Counts
From: stu <sgibeau AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 20:38:06 -0500
Jeff, you should encourage your teams to get Lifebirds Journal. It's an app for 
listing. You can easily create a checklist specific to a count. Record the 
number of birds per siting, and mark each point with GPS coordinates. Then when 
your done you can email a report in the eBird format including point locations. 
I use it daily with multiple lists from state down to specific parks and even a 
yard list. Best of all the creator of the app is right here in NC. Oh, even if 
you find a bird not on the checklist you can still record it fairly quickly. It 
even has IOC world birds just in case you get a Jackdaw! 




Stu Gibeau
Black Mountain, NC


On Dec 15, 2014, at 20:26, Jeff Lemons  wrote:

Three years ago I started requesting groups to submit eBird lists for the 
Charlotte Spring Bird Count. The Mecklenburg Audubon created a group eBird 
account and I use this account to manage the Count lists. The groups "share" 
their checklists and I "accept" the checklists into the Mecklenburg group 
account. 


The first hurdle was getting groups to record point counts for every location 
they counted instead of submitting a single list for the day for their region. 
I created a spreadsheet that had about 10 columns for each species for groups 
to record their location counts. The first year, just over 50% of groups 
entered their counts into eBird. Most of these were already regular eBird 
users. I entered the remaining groups data into eBird using the group account. 
The first year, one group didn't record location counts so I entered a region 
checklist for that group. The second year about 75% of the groups entered their 
own data, and last year 100% of the groups entered their own checklists for 
every location they counted. If the groups submit their counts via eBird, I no 
longer require them to submit a worksheet for the day. Many of the groups are 
using the BirdLog app to submit their counts and this had made it easier for 
all. 


I enter any Count Week Birds as single birds on a checklist. Once all the data 
is into the eBird group account, I run an eBird report for count week to 
summarize and total the count. This gives species lists, species counts and 
total birds for the count. I then submit the report to Marilyn for her to 
compile with other counts for the Chat. 


I helped with a CBC count last weekend and entered my eBird checklists 
throughout the day into the BirdLog app. At the end of the day I used the 
Birdlog Trip Summary to total my checklists for the day. It made submitting 
totals to the Count Compiler easy. 


Jeff Lemons
Charlotte, NC


> On Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 11:07 AM, Chris Hill  wrote:
> Hi,
> 
> This question is for the christmas bird count compilers out there.
> 
> Do any of your participants want to share ebird lists instead of using paper 
or email or excel sheets or any other more traditional format for getting their 
day’s results to you? If so, how do you respond to that? I’m not much of an 
ebirder myself, but have an account. 

> 
> I’m just thinking ahead - I sort of remember this cropping up the last year 
or two, and if it does (“my” count isn’t for another couple weeks) I’ll 
have an idea if there’s a good workflow. 

> 
> And for you count participants, if I can put in a request on behalf of 
compilers - your private note-taking style is fine for the field, but if you 
take 15 minutes to submit your lists in the form the compiler asks of you, it 
will save your compiler having to take 15 or 20 minutes TIMES the number of 
participants who submit idiosyncratic lists, just to get your numbers entered 
(in addition to all the other small duties of the compiler). I sometime spend a 
whole day gathering, collating, printing, recopying into correct order, and 
entering numbers into the computer, and then I have to use Audubon’s 
none-too-friendly web interface to get the final data submitted. Time I’d 
rather be birding. 

> 
> Best,
> 
> CH
> 
> ************************************************************************
> Christopher E. Hill
> Biology Department
> Coastal Carolina University
> Conway, SC 29528-1954
> 843-349-2567
> chill AT coastal.edu
> http://ww2.coastal.edu/chill/chill.htm
Subject: Re: Ebirding Christmas Counts
From: Jeff Lemons <birdsalot AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 20:26:39 -0500
Three years ago I started requesting groups to submit eBird lists for the
Charlotte Spring Bird Count.  The Mecklenburg Audubon created a group eBird
account and I use this account to manage the Count lists.   The groups
"share" their checklists and I "accept" the checklists into the Mecklenburg
group account.

The first hurdle was getting groups to record point counts for every
location they counted instead of submitting a single list for the day for
their region.  I created a spreadsheet that had about 10 columns for each
species for groups to record their location counts. The first year, just
over 50% of groups entered their counts into eBird. Most of these were
already regular eBird users.  I entered the remaining groups data into
eBird using the group account.  The first year, one group didn't record
location counts so I entered a region checklist for that group.  The second
year about 75% of the groups entered their own data, and last year 100% of
the groups entered their own checklists for every location they counted.
If the groups submit their counts via eBird, I no longer require them to
submit a worksheet for the day. Many of the groups are using the BirdLog
app to submit their counts and this had made it easier for all.

I enter any Count Week Birds as single birds on a checklist. Once all the
data is into the eBird group account, I run an eBird report for count week
to summarize and total the count. This gives species lists, species counts
and  total birds for the count.  I then submit the report to Marilyn for
her to compile with other counts for the Chat.

I helped with a CBC count last weekend and entered my eBird checklists
throughout the day into the BirdLog app.  At the end of the day I used the
Birdlog Trip Summary to total my checklists for the day.  It made
submitting totals to the Count Compiler easy.

Jeff Lemons
Charlotte, NC


On Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 11:07 AM, Chris Hill  wrote:
>
> Hi,
>
> This question is for the christmas bird count compilers out there.
>
> Do any of your participants want to share ebird lists instead of using
> paper or email or excel sheets or any other more traditional format for
> getting their day’s results to you?  If so, how do you respond to that?
> I’m not much of an ebirder myself, but have an account.
>
> I’m just thinking ahead - I sort of remember this cropping up the last
> year or two, and if it does (“my” count isn’t for another couple weeks)
> I’ll have an idea if there’s a good workflow.
>
> And for you count participants, if I can put in a request on behalf of
> compilers - your private note-taking style is fine for the field, but if
> you take 15 minutes to submit your lists in the form the compiler asks of
> you, it will save your compiler having to take 15 or 20 minutes TIMES the
> number of participants who submit idiosyncratic lists, just to get your
> numbers entered (in addition to all the other small duties of the
> compiler).  I sometime spend a whole day gathering, collating, printing,
> recopying into correct order, and entering numbers into the computer, and
> then I have to use Audubon’s none-too-friendly web interface to get the
> final data submitted.  Time I’d rather be birding.
>
> Best,
>
> CH
>
> ************************************************************************
> Christopher E. Hill
> Biology Department
> Coastal Carolina University
> Conway, SC 29528-1954
> 843-349-2567
> chill AT coastal.edu
> http://ww2.coastal.edu/chill/chill.htm
>
>
>
>
>
>
Subject: Re: Long-eared owl question
From: Cherrie Sneed <sneedcb AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:51:41 -0500
An oops!  The Townville bird was a Short-eared Owl and I even went to see
it.

Cherrie

On Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 4:33 PM, Cherrie Sneed  wrote:
>
> Why not release it I'm Townville at dobbins farm where last years
> long-eared was seen from Dec-Jan
>
> Cherrie Sneed
> Meggett, SC
> Charleston County
>
> > On Dec 15, 2014, at 11:59 AM, "Ron"  wrote:
> >
> > Carolina Raptor Center got in a Long-eared owl with minor eye injuries
> from the Columbia, SC area. No idea why it was there. I saw the bird this
> morning. It is doing fine, active and flying well. It should be releasable
> soon. The question is where. Northwest seems the best direction. Looking
> for specific ideas and open for suggestions.
> >
> > Ron Clark
> > Kings Mtn.  NC
>


-- 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
*Cherrie & Dan Sneed*
Meggett, SC
St. Paul's Parish
Southern Coastal Charleston County
                       &
Robbinsville, NC
Snowbird Mountains
Graham County
Subject: Re: Yellow-rumped Warblers
From: Brian Patteson <patteson1 AT embarqmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:51:36 -0500
I suspect there are plenty of Yellow-rumps on Ocracoke by now. There is no 
shortage of them on the south end of Hatteras Island right now. They do move 
around a bit but if you know their call and check a few spots, it's usually not 
too hard to locate large numbers of them, especially in the maritime dune 
scrub. They are especially noisy and active on warm afternoons. They are 
generally much more conspicuous in calm warm weather than during cold, cloudy, 
windy days. Find the sun and the lee and you will see them down here after mid 
October. 


Brian Patteson
Hatteras, NC

On Dec 15, 2014, at 1:57 PM, Mathis wrote:

> It's been interesting hearing about the low numbers of Yellow-rumped 
Warblers. 

> 
> 1. I was at Ocracoke Island off the North Carolina coast in January of this 
year where the Yellow-rumps seemed to be everywhere and in large numbers. Of 
course, I had nothing to compare this to since I'd never been there before. 
They were feasting on the berries of coastal red cedar. 

> 
> 
> 2. When I returned to Ocracoke there were very few of the Yellow-rumps.
> 
> 3. Question: Do we have any members on Ocracoke who can keep us informed of 
the migration/number of the Yellow-rumped Warblers on the island? 

> 
> Cecelia Mathis
> Blue Ridge Mts. of NC
> 
> 
Subject: Re: Long-eared owl question
From: Tom Krakauer <thkrakauer AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:48:46 -0500
Why not look for their preferred habitat. Very dense pine thicket, and not 
worry about the zip code. 


Tom Krakauer
Bahama, Nc


Sent from my iPad

> On Dec 15, 2014, at 5:28 PM, Jamie Adams  wrote:
> 
> Or my back yard! Sorry I couldn't resist.
> 
> Jamie Adams
> Wilmington, NC
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
>> On Dec 15, 2014, at 4:34 PM, "Cherrie Sneed"  wrote:
>> 
>> Why not release it I'm Townville at dobbins farm where last years long-eared 
was seen from Dec-Jan 

>> 
>> Cherrie Sneed
>> Meggett, SC
>> Charleston County
>> 
>>> On Dec 15, 2014, at 11:59 AM, "Ron"  wrote:
>>> 
>>> Carolina Raptor Center got in a Long-eared owl with minor eye injuries from 
the Columbia, SC area. No idea why it was there. I saw the bird this morning. 
It is doing fine, active and flying well. It should be releasable soon. The 
question is where. Northwest seems the best direction. Looking for specific 
ideas and open for suggestions. 

>>> 
>>> Ron Clark
>>> Kings Mtn.  NC
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Subject: feeder birds
From: WALTER KENT <tneklw AT aol.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:30:08 -0500
Have some unusual and uncommon birds to report. I have a House Finch which is 
yellow where it should e red. Have a Tufted Titmouse that has a very dark 
throat and breast For uncommon birds I have about a dozen White-crowned 
Sparrows, The Sparrows are here every winter. 

                                         Walt Kent 
                                        Lenoir N.C,
Subject: Re: Long-eared owl question
From: Jamie Adams <Jamie.Adams AT quintiles.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 22:28:43 +0000
Or my back yard! Sorry I couldn't resist.

Jamie Adams
Wilmington, NC

Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 15, 2014, at 4:34 PM, "Cherrie Sneed"  wrote:
>
> Why not release it I'm Townville at dobbins farm where last years long-eared 
was seen from Dec-Jan 

>
> Cherrie Sneed
> Meggett, SC
> Charleston County
>
>> On Dec 15, 2014, at 11:59 AM, "Ron"  wrote:
>>
>> Carolina Raptor Center got in a Long-eared owl with minor eye injuries from 
the Columbia, SC area. No idea why it was there. I saw the bird this morning. 
It is doing fine, active and flying well. It should be releasable soon. The 
question is where. Northwest seems the best direction. Looking for specific 
ideas and open for suggestions. 

>>
>> Ron Clark
>> Kings Mtn.  NC
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Subject: Re: Long-eared owl question
From: Cherrie Sneed <sneedcb AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:33:29 -0500
Why not release it I'm Townville at dobbins farm where last years long-eared 
was seen from Dec-Jan 


Cherrie Sneed
Meggett, SC
Charleston County

> On Dec 15, 2014, at 11:59 AM, "Ron"  wrote:
> 
> Carolina Raptor Center got in a Long-eared owl with minor eye injuries from 
the Columbia, SC area. No idea why it was there. I saw the bird this morning. 
It is doing fine, active and flying well. It should be releasable soon. The 
question is where. Northwest seems the best direction. Looking for specific 
ideas and open for suggestions. 

> 
> Ron Clark
> Kings Mtn.  NC 
Subject: Re: Yellow-rumped Warblers
From: Peter Doherty <leasttern AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:42:39 -0500
Peter Vankevich is the fellow to contact. He runs CBC and lives on Ocracoke. P 
Doherty 


--- Original Message ---

From: "Marilyn Westphal" 
Sent: December 15, 2014 2:26 PM
To: "Mathis" 
Cc: "Pamela Ford" , "Ron & ann" , 
"carolinabirds"  

Subject: Re: Yellow-rumped Warblers

Okracoke does a Christmas Bird count, so you can check those numbers every
year from the CBC data on the Audubon website, or any other area that does
a count as well.  You can also make a guess if weather was a factor on any
particular count by comparing data and dates from a period of years for
other counts in that area as well as Okracoke.  You might better check for
real trends by doing that as weather and effort can be major factors in
results.
Marilyn

On Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 1:57 PM, Mathis  wrote:
>
> It's been interesting hearing about the low numbers of Yellow-rumped
> Warblers.
>
> 1. I was at Ocracoke Island off the North Carolina coast in January of
> this year where the Yellow-rumps seemed to be everywhere and in large
> numbers. Of course, I had nothing to compare this to since I'd never been
> there before. They were feasting on the berries of coastal red cedar.
>
>
> 2. When I returned to Ocracoke there were very few of the Yellow-rumps.
>
> 3.  Question: Do we have any members on Ocracoke who can keep us informed
> of the migration/number of the Yellow-rumped Warblers on the island?
>
> Cecelia Mathis
> Blue Ridge Mts. of NC
>
>
>

--
Marilyn Westphal
Hendersonville, NC
Subject: Re: Ebirding Christmas Counts
From: Lois Stacey <croakie AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:16:25 -0500
I personally submit all of my CBC counts to ebird but many don't. Augusta and 
Aiken have a tally sheet that we pass out so that each team can list their 
counts the same way and then mail, or turn, it in and it makes compiling much 
easier. 


Lois Stacey
North Augusta, SC

Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 15, 2014, at 11:07 AM, Chris Hill  wrote:
> 
> Hi,
> 
> This question is for the christmas bird count compilers out there.  
> 
> Do any of your participants want to share ebird lists instead of using paper 
or email or excel sheets or any other more traditional format for getting their 
day’s results to you? If so, how do you respond to that? I’m not much of an 
ebirder myself, but have an account. 

> 
> I’m just thinking ahead - I sort of remember this cropping up the last year 
or two, and if it does (“my” count isn’t for another couple weeks) I’ll 
have an idea if there’s a good workflow. 

> 
> And for you count participants, if I can put in a request on behalf of 
compilers - your private note-taking style is fine for the field, but if you 
take 15 minutes to submit your lists in the form the compiler asks of you, it 
will save your compiler having to take 15 or 20 minutes TIMES the number of 
participants who submit idiosyncratic lists, just to get your numbers entered 
(in addition to all the other small duties of the compiler). I sometime spend a 
whole day gathering, collating, printing, recopying into correct order, and 
entering numbers into the computer, and then I have to use Audubon’s 
none-too-friendly web interface to get the final data submitted. Time I’d 
rather be birding. 

> 
> Best,
> 
> CH
> 
> ************************************************************************
> Christopher E. Hill
> Biology Department
> Coastal Carolina University
> Conway, SC 29528-1954
> 843-349-2567
> chill AT coastal.edu
> http://ww2.coastal.edu/chill/chill.htm
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
Subject: Re: Yellow-rumped Warblers
From: Marilyn Westphal <mjwestph AT ret.unca.edu>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 14:26:00 -0500
Okracoke does a Christmas Bird count, so you can check those numbers every
year from the CBC data on the Audubon website, or any other area that does
a count as well.  You can also make a guess if weather was a factor on any
particular count by comparing data and dates from a period of years for
other counts in that area as well as Okracoke.  You might better check for
real trends by doing that as weather and effort can be major factors in
results.
Marilyn

On Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 1:57 PM, Mathis  wrote:
>
> It's been interesting hearing about the low numbers of Yellow-rumped
> Warblers.
>
> 1. I was at Ocracoke Island off the North Carolina coast in January of
> this year where the Yellow-rumps seemed to be everywhere and in large
> numbers. Of course, I had nothing to compare this to since I'd never been
> there before. They were feasting on the berries of coastal red cedar.
>
>
> 2. When I returned to Ocracoke there were very few of the Yellow-rumps.
>
> 3.  Question: Do we have any members on Ocracoke who can keep us informed
> of the migration/number of the Yellow-rumped Warblers on the island?
>
> Cecelia Mathis
> Blue Ridge Mts. of NC
>
>
>

-- 
Marilyn Westphal
Hendersonville, NC
Subject: Yellow-rumped Warblers
From: "Mathis" <weer AT skybest.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:57:31 -0500
It's been interesting hearing about the low numbers of Yellow-rumped 
Warblers.

1. I was at Ocracoke Island off the North Carolina coast in January of this 
year where the Yellow-rumps seemed to be everywhere and in large numbers. Of 
course, I had nothing to compare this to since I'd never been there before. 
They were feasting on the berries of coastal red cedar.


2. When I returned to Ocracoke there were very few of the Yellow-rumps.

3.  Question: Do we have any members on Ocracoke who can keep us informed of 
the migration/number of the Yellow-rumped Warblers on the island?

Cecelia Mathis
Blue Ridge Mts. of NC

Subject: Long-eared owl question
From: "Ron" <waxwing AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:59:57 -0500
Carolina Raptor Center got in a Long-eared owl with minor eye injuries from 
the Columbia, SC area. No idea why it was there. I saw the bird this 
morning. It is doing fine, active and flying well. It should be releasable 
soon. The question is where. Northwest seems the best direction. Looking for 
specific ideas and open for suggestions.

Ron Clark
Kings Mtn.  NC 
Subject: Re: Yellow-rumped Warbler and Robin numbers
From: Pamela Ford <jford6 AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:53:33 -0500
Arch Mccallum and I covered the Waterhorn CBC district in Francis Marion 
Forest, yesterday and we had the same experience. Unfortunately I heard them 
also in my sleep! Yes it was a distraction! 

Pam Ford
Charleston

Sent from my iPhone
Bird On!

> On Dec 15, 2014, at 11:39 AM, Ron & ann  wrote:
> 
> Yesterday, in a party of 3, I participated in the CBC at Santee Coastal 
Reserve, a part of the McClellanville, SC Count. 

> The Yellow-rumped Warblers were way down...only 20 or so, when we always have 
hundreds. On the other hand, we had and invasion of Robins. 

> We stopped estimating at 7000+. I have never seen or heard so many Robins in 
one area. They were distracting from the smaller and less vocal birds. Did 
anyone else have high Robin numbers in the low country? 

> Ann Shahid
> Ridgeville, SC
Subject: Yellow-rumped Warbler and Robin numbers
From: Ron & ann <rashahid AT att.net>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:39:07 -0500
Yesterday, in a party of 3, I participated in the CBC at Santee Coastal 
Reserve, a part of the McClellanville, SC Count.
The Yellow-rumped Warblers were way down...only 20 or so, when we always 
have hundreds. On the other hand, we had and invasion of Robins.
We stopped estimating at 7000+. I have never seen or heard so many 
Robins in one area. They were distracting from the  smaller and less 
vocal birds. Did anyone else have high Robin numbers in the low country?
Ann Shahid
Ridgeville, SC
Subject: Re: Ebirding Christmas Counts
From: Dennis Forsythe <dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:27:52 -0500
About 1/2 of the Santee NWR CBC leaders send in Ebird list.  I send in
Ebird list for all the counts I participate in and there is a growing
number of others who do the same.

Ebird has a link to advice about submitting you Ebird CBC list.
http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/ebirding-your-cbc/

Dennis

On Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 11:07 AM, Chris Hill  wrote:
>
> Hi,
>
> This question is for the christmas bird count compilers out there.
>
> Do any of your participants want to share ebird lists instead of using
> paper or email or excel sheets or any other more traditional format for
> getting their day’s results to you?  If so, how do you respond to that?
> I’m not much of an ebirder myself, but have an account.
>
> I’m just thinking ahead - I sort of remember this cropping up the last
> year or two, and if it does (“my” count isn’t for another couple weeks)
> I’ll have an idea if there’s a good workflow.
>
> And for you count participants, if I can put in a request on behalf of
> compilers - your private note-taking style is fine for the field, but if
> you take 15 minutes to submit your lists in the form the compiler asks of
> you, it will save your compiler having to take 15 or 20 minutes TIMES the
> number of participants who submit idiosyncratic lists, just to get your
> numbers entered (in addition to all the other small duties of the
> compiler).  I sometime spend a whole day gathering, collating, printing,
> recopying into correct order, and entering numbers into the computer, and
> then I have to use Audubon’s none-too-friendly web interface to get the
> final data submitted.  Time I’d rather be birding.
>
> Best,
>
> CH
>
> ************************************************************************
> Christopher E. Hill
> Biology Department
> Coastal Carolina University
> Conway, SC 29528-1954
> 843-349-2567
> chill AT coastal.edu
> http://ww2.coastal.edu/chill/chill.htm
>
>
>
>
>
>

-- 
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South Carolina Ebird Reviewer
Emeritus Professor of Biology
The Citadel
171 Moultrie St,
Charleston, SC 29409
843.795.3996-home
843.953.7264-fax
843.708.1605-cell
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Subject: Holly Shelter/Lea-Hutaff CBC, Pender and New Hanover Co, NC
From: Carson Wood <cdwood AT coastalplaincg.org>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:23:41 -0500
Hi All,

We had beautiful weather for this years NCHL CBC, which meant we had to work 
for our birds yesterday. We had some pretty noticeable misses in the duck, 
sparrow, and wren categories. However we made up for it with some exceptional 
coastal finds including: Purple Finch, Pine Siskin, and a male Western Tanager 
found by Derb Carter; all notables come with photos. All told we managed a 
preliminary count of total of 138 species. Still waiting on some reports so 
hopefully we can bump that up a little bit. 


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: RE: Ebirding Christmas Counts
From: scompton1251 AT charter.net
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 09:17:42 -0700

	Chris,

	I am a former count complier and I use e-bird. I think the electronic
capacity of e-bird gives speed and efficiency to the compilation
process. Most information is captured, and can be easily appended in a
message with the e list attached. And, of course, the ebird process
supports accuracy the names of birds, their likely occurrence, and so
on.

	Steve Compton

	Greenville, SC

	-----------------------------------------From: "Chris Hill" 
To: "carolinabirds" 
Cc: 
Sent: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:07:57 -0500
Subject: Ebirding Christmas Counts

Hi,

 This question is for the christmas bird count compilers out there. 

 Do any of your participants want to share ebird lists instead of
using paper or email or excel sheets or any other more traditional
format for getting their day’s results to you? If so, how do you
respond to that? I’m not much of an ebirder myself, but have an
account.

 I’m just thinking ahead - I sort of remember this cropping up the
last year or two, and if it does (“my” count isn’t for another
couple weeks) I’ll have an idea if there’s a good workflow.

 And for you count participants, if I can put in a request on behalf
of compilers - your private note-taking style is fine for the field,
but if you take 15 minutes to submit your lists in the form the
compiler asks of you, it will save your compiler having to take 15 or
20 minutes TIMES the number of participants who submit idiosyncratic
lists, just to get your numbers entered (in addition to all the other
small duties of the compiler). I sometime spend a whole day gathering,
collating, printing, recopying into correct order, and entering
numbers into the computer, and then I have to use Audubon’s
none-too-friendly web interface to get the final data submitted. Time
I’d rather be birding.

 Best,

 CH

 ************************************************************************
 Christopher E. Hill
 Biology Department
 Coastal Carolina University
 Conway, SC 29528-1954
 843-349-2567
 chill AT coastal.edu
 http://ww2.coastal.edu/chill/chill.htm