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23 Nov Re: Brewer's blackbird [Jesse Pope ]
23 Nov Re: Brewer's blackbird ["J. Merrill Lynch" ]
23 Nov Brewer's blackbird [Jesse Pope ]
23 Nov North River Preserve (Carteret County), NC this morning ["John Fussell" ]
23 Nov Western NC sightings ["Wayne K. Forsythe" ]
23 Nov Re: Common Mergnaser- lake Crabtree Raleigh nc [Ryan Justice ]
23 Nov Common Mergnaser- lake Crabtree Raleigh nc [Ryan Justice ]
23 Nov Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked Ducks, Mt. Pleasant, SC [Craig ]
23 Nov Re: COMMON MERGANSER (female) at Lake Crabtree County Park, Raleigh, Wake County NC, Nov 22 [Brendan Klick ]
23 Nov Pine Siskins - Charlotte, NC area [Kevin Metcalf ]
23 Nov Kerr Lake fall migration count results [Brian Bockhahn ]
23 Nov Common Goldeneye- NCSU dairy pond, Wake Co NC [Ryan Justice ]
22 Nov Eared Grebe, Onslow County ["Jim ODonnell" ]
23 Nov WNC Waynesville, Asheville: Ross's, Snow, Greater WF Geese! - 11/22/14 [Steve Ritt ]
22 Nov Greensboro, Lake Townsend Laughing Gull Today [Henry Link ]
22 Nov Re: Ross's Goose Savannah NWR [Craig ]
22 Nov R-b Mergansers on Jordan Lake [Robert Rybczynski ]
22 Nov Blue-gray gnatcatcher Cape Fear river, Harnnet co. [Paul Hubert ]
22 Nov Wake County ducks--Common Merganser and Common Goldeneye [Samuel Jolly ]
22 Nov COMMON MERGANSER (female) at Lake Crabtree County Park, Raleigh, Wake County NC, Nov 22 [Lynn Erla Beegle ]
22 Nov Kerr Scott Dam and Slaughterhouse this morning [Badger ]
22 Nov Re: Ross's Goose Savannah NWR [James Fleullan ]
22 Nov WNC Asheville: Ross' Goose - 11/22/14 [Steve Ritt ]
22 Nov Just a reminder - Re: Ross's Goose ["KC Foggin" ]
22 Nov Re: Ross's Goose Savannah NWR [andrew thornton ]
22 Nov FOS Goldfinches []
21 Nov Re: Wake Co., NC-Lake Raleigh-11/21/2014 [Tommy McDonell ]
21 Nov Wake Co., NC-Lake Raleigh-11/21/2014 [Mike Turner ]
21 Nov Ross's Goose continues Sav NWR [James Fleullan ]
21 Nov Fwd: House Select Committee on the Use of Off-Road Vehicles on Cape Lookout National Seashore Committee Meeting Notice for Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Public Hearing) [Jennifer Schrand ]
21 Nov Re: Not pure Ross's Re: Ross's Goose Savannah NWR [Bradley Dalton ]
21 Nov Not pure Ross's Re: Ross's Goose Savannah NWR [Nate Dias ]
20 Nov Chatham Co., NC-Jordan Lake, Parker's Creek-11/20/2014 [Mike Turner ]
20 Nov Ross's Goose Savannah NWR [James Fleullan ]
20 Nov RE: Woodcock on Grandfather Mountain [Elizabeth Faison ]
20 Nov Inland Black Scoter at Salem Lake [John Haire ]
20 Nov Hickory Rufous Hummingbird [Dwayne Martin ]
20 Nov Tennessee Warbler at Conestee, Greenville SC [Paul Serridge ]
20 Nov Horned Grebe - Jennette's Pier Nags Head [Jim Gould ]
20 Nov Re: Woodcock on Grandfather Mountain [Marcus Simpson ]
20 Nov Re: North Beach of Seabrook Island now a hotspot [Derek Aldrich ]
20 Nov North Beach of Seabrook Island now a hotspot [David Gardner ]
19 Nov Rolling View, Falls Lake, NC- 11/19 [KR ]
19 Nov Chapel Hill Bird Club meeting [Eddie Owens ]
19 Nov Miami area birding (Florida) [David Lenat ]
19 Nov Woodcock on Grandfather Mountain [Jesse Pope ]
19 Nov CBC CBBT field trip Jan 2015 ["Steve Shultz" ]
19 Nov Purple Finches at Conestee, Greenville County, SC [Paul Serridge ]
18 Nov Purple Finches [Beth Garver ]
18 Nov Re: Rufous Hummingbird Hickory, NC ["Mathis" ]
18 Nov Rolling View, Falls Lake, NC- 11/18‏ [KR ]
19 Nov WNC Lake Julian: Bald Eagle courtship - 11/18/14 [Steve Ritt ]
18 Nov CBC dates, Falls and Kerr Lake, Cumberland and Rockingham County, Rocky Mount [Brian Bockhahn ]
18 Nov MAS December Meeting (Thursday 12/04): Save the Songs: Climate Change and Birds [Christy Hill ]
18 Nov 2014 Lower Saluda CBC, Dec. 27, Columbia SC [Kent Bedenbaugh ]
18 Nov Stone Mountain CBC--Tuesday, Dec. 30 [Badger ]
18 Nov Ruby-throats in Guanacaste, Costa Rica ["Bill Hilton Jr." ]
18 Nov Re: yellow-bellied sapsuckers are back [Helen Kalevas ]
18 Nov Peregrine Falcons on Ocracoke this fall (2014) [Peter Vankevich ]
17 Nov Rusty blackbirds near Boone today [Badger ]
17 Nov 2014 York/Rock Hill SC Christmas Bird Count (CBC) ["Bill Hilton Jr." ]
17 Nov FOS Junco [Judy Halleron ]
17 Nov Purple Finches [Edith Tatum ]
17 Nov Rufous Hummingbird Hickory, NC [Dwayne Martin ]
17 Nov Purple Finch [Anne Olsen ]
17 Nov Falls Lake (north of Raleigh, NC) fall migration count results [Brian Bockhahn ]
16 Nov Re: WNC Waynesville: late Tree Swallows - 11/16/14 [Steve Ritt ]
17 Nov WNC Waynesville: late Tree Swallows - 11/16/14 [Steve Ritt ]
17 Nov Le Conte's Sparrow pics North River Farms, Carteret County NC [Jamie Adams ]
16 Nov Rolling View, Falls Lake birds- 11/16 [KR ]
16 Nov Re: Pine Siskin - Raleigh [Patricia Tice ]
16 Nov Banded_YTWarbler_MeggettSC_Chas.Co [Cherrie Sneed ]
16 Nov Re: Brewer's Blackbirds, Watauga Co., NC ["J. Merrill Lynch" ]
16 Nov Ross's Goose at Fountain Lake, Columbia SC []
16 Nov Pine Siskin - Raleigh [Tom Snow ]
16 Nov Tundra Swans, Roseate Spoonbill, Black-bellied Whistling-ducks, Prairie Warblers, 121 spp - Yawkey Wildlife Center [Nate Dias ]

Subject: Re: Brewer's blackbird
From: Jesse Pope <highcountrybirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 17:40:41 -0500
Very cool! Common merganser and Brewer's blackbird. Fun day to say the least!

Jesse Pope 

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

> On Nov 23, 2014, at 5:00 PM, J. Merrill Lynch  
wrote: 

> 
> Jesse, I had a flock of Brewer's last week in Watauga Co. First ones I've 
seen in this area. 

> 
> J. Merrill Lynch
> Conservation Biologist
> Echo Valley Farm
> Watauga County, NC
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
>> On Nov 23, 2014, at 4:08 PM, Jesse Pope  wrote:
>> 
>> Hey folks, 
>> 
>> What a day! I've just gotten home this evening and have a female Brewer's 
blackbird at my feeder! I watched it for several minutes from about 50 feet 
away with binoculars. I never get any blackbirds, so seeing any species of 
blackbirds here is a real treat. The bird was slightly smaller than the rw 
blackbirds it was feeding on the ground with. It had an obviously dark eye and 
a darker brown/chocolate color, appearing slightly darker than the red-wings it 
was with. It isn't rufous/rusty colored as I would expect with a rusty, and of 
course the eye color seals it for me. The birds are very skittish, even getting 
near the window causes them to take flight. I will attempt to get a picture if 
they come back down. Currently they are perched in some trees near the house 
and on the edge of a large hay field. I have seen Brewer's before but never in 
Avery County!! If O can get a picture I'll post it. Stay tuned. 

>> 
>> Jesse Pope 
>> 
>> Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation 
>> (C) 828-898-3012
>> (W) 828-733-2013
>> Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Re: Brewer's blackbird
From: "J. Merrill Lynch" <jmerrilllynch AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 17:00:04 -0500
Jesse, I had a flock of Brewer's last week in Watauga Co. First ones I've seen 
in this area. 


J. Merrill Lynch
Conservation Biologist
Echo Valley Farm
Watauga County, NC
Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 23, 2014, at 4:08 PM, Jesse Pope  wrote:
> 
> Hey folks, 
> 
> What a day! I've just gotten home this evening and have a female Brewer's 
blackbird at my feeder! I watched it for several minutes from about 50 feet 
away with binoculars. I never get any blackbirds, so seeing any species of 
blackbirds here is a real treat. The bird was slightly smaller than the rw 
blackbirds it was feeding on the ground with. It had an obviously dark eye and 
a darker brown/chocolate color, appearing slightly darker than the red-wings it 
was with. It isn't rufous/rusty colored as I would expect with a rusty, and of 
course the eye color seals it for me. The birds are very skittish, even getting 
near the window causes them to take flight. I will attempt to get a picture if 
they come back down. Currently they are perched in some trees near the house 
and on the edge of a large hay field. I have seen Brewer's before but never in 
Avery County!! If O can get a picture I'll post it. Stay tuned. 

> 
> Jesse Pope 
> 
> Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation 
> (C) 828-898-3012
> (W) 828-733-2013
> Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Brewer's blackbird
From: Jesse Pope <highcountrybirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 16:08:42 -0500
Hey folks, 

What a day! I've just gotten home this evening and have a female Brewer's 
blackbird at my feeder! I watched it for several minutes from about 50 feet 
away with binoculars. I never get any blackbirds, so seeing any species of 
blackbirds here is a real treat. The bird was slightly smaller than the rw 
blackbirds it was feeding on the ground with. It had an obviously dark eye and 
a darker brown/chocolate color, appearing slightly darker than the red-wings it 
was with. It isn't rufous/rusty colored as I would expect with a rusty, and of 
course the eye color seals it for me. The birds are very skittish, even getting 
near the window causes them to take flight. I will attempt to get a picture if 
they come back down. Currently they are perched in some trees near the house 
and on the edge of a large hay field. I have seen Brewer's before but never in 
Avery County!! If O can get a picture I'll post it. Stay tuned. 


Jesse Pope 

Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation 
(C) 828-898-3012
(W) 828-733-2013
Sent from my iPhone
Subject: North River Preserve (Carteret County), NC this morning
From: "John Fussell" <jfuss AT clis.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:53:17 -0500
Several of us birded North River Preserve (=North River Farms) this morning.

Highlights were three LeConte's Sparrows, two Clay-colored Sparrows, and an 
American Bittern.

We spotted only one LeConte's Sparrow at the site where we had seen three 
LeConte's last week and the week before.  The other two of today's LeConte's 
were at a totally different site, almost two miles away.  (Apparently there 
are several LeConte's at the preserve this year.)

John Fussell
Morehead City, NC



Subject: Western NC sightings
From: "Wayne K. Forsythe" <wforsythe AT morrisbb.net>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:26:09 -0500
Folks,
 Thinking I needed Greater-white Fronted Goose for my year list, I called Bob 
Olthoff in Haywood County to see if I could track down the location of these 
geese that were mentioned yesterday, on this list. Bob gave me a location and 
was going to meet me there. While enroute, Bob called me back to say that 
Connie & Stan Wulkowicz of Haywood County, have just reported, 3 AMERICAN 
AVOCETS at Lake Junaluska in Haywood County. Of course, this was a species I 
had never seen during my 28 years here, so it takes priorty over the geese. Ron 
Selvey and I arrived at Lake Junaluska and the 3 Avocets were sitting on the 
water like gulls! Thank you Connie, Stan, and Bob! 

 We then headed out Rt.#276 and saw 4 Greater-white-Fronted Geese and 1, Blue 
phase Snow Goose. As it turns out, I didn't need either but Ron did need the 
White-fronted Geese for his year list! 

 We then headed to 1414 Riverside Drive in Asheville for the reported Ross's 
Goose that was reported there yesterday. While checking out this location, 
about 150 Canada Geese dropped in, but no Ross's Goose. :-( 

Wayne
 Wayne K. Forsythe
16 Colonial Way
Hendersonville, N. C. 28791
wforsytheATmorrisbb.net
Subject: Re: Common Mergnaser- lake Crabtree Raleigh nc
From: Ryan Justice <blackburnian151 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:10:16 -0500
Just a heads up to anyone looking for that bird this afternoon, it can be best 
viewed from the floating dock in front of the tower. A scope is essential. It 
was associating with two Red-breasted Mergansers and gave a good comparison. 
The Common was larger and had a distinct white chin patch. Make sure you look 
for that. It wasn't all that easy to pick it out. 


Ryan Justice
Raleigh


Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 23, 2014, at 2:45 PM, Ryan Justice  wrote:
> 
> Looking at it in the middle of the lake right now.
> 
> Ryan Justice
> Raleigh
> Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Common Mergnaser- lake Crabtree Raleigh nc
From: Ryan Justice <blackburnian151 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:45:02 -0500
Looking at it in the middle of the lake right now.

Ryan Justice
Raleigh
Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked Ducks, Mt. Pleasant, SC
From: Craig <jcraigw1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 13:59:40 -0500
While running errands in the rain, I stopped by the MUSC Pond on Midway drive 
off Hungryneck Blvd. and found 2 Redheads, 2 Lesser Scaup, 6 Canvasback, and 
about 65 Ring-necked Ducks. Last year there were some Greater Scaup here, and 
it's a treat to see Canvasbacks here. This is very near the Watermark Pond 
hotspot where numerous diving ducks were recorded throughout the winter the 
past year. Other species present were Pied-billed Grebes, Double-crested 
Cormorants, and 1 adult Bald Eagle. 


Craig Watson
Mt. Pleasant, SC

Sent from my iPad
Subject: Re: COMMON MERGANSER (female) at Lake Crabtree County Park, Raleigh, Wake County NC, Nov 22
From: Brendan Klick <brendan.klick AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 13:29:02 -0500
Today, November 23, I saw the Common Merganser in flight near the
playground at Lake Crabtree but I never did manage to find it sitting
on the water. Also, at the playground was a Spotted Sandpiper and on
the East side of Lake Crabtree there were 3 Red-breasted Mergansers
and a Gray Catbird.

Brendan
Durham, NC

On Sat, Nov 22, 2014 at 2:37 PM, Lynn Erla Beegle  wrote:
> COMMON MERGANSER (female) at Lake Crabtree County Park, Raleigh, Wake
> County NC, Nov 22. Sam Jolly found this bird in another part of Lake
> Crabtree earlier this morning and when it flushed, he followed it. The
> Common Merganser flew in low, right in front of our Wake Audubon
> Meetup group, and landed in the water near the shoreline of the Open
> Play field (first parking lot), at about 9:15 a.m. Fortunately, Bob
> Oberfelder took a diagnostic photo of this female, showing the abrupt
> border between her cinnamon head and her light breast. We could not
> locate the bird after that, but Sam might have found it again. Other
> highlights of our birding this morning include two SPOTTED SANDPIPER
> (rare for this time of year), who flew right in front of us and landed
> on the rocks just past the main boardwalk (the boardwalk with the
> tower and restrooms). These are the rocks CLOSER to the dam (to your
> left as you face the lake). Out on the lake there were also dozens of
> HORNED GREBES, several REDHEAD (ducks), and CANVASBACK, among others
> (perfect viewing conditions this morning).  A couple of PINE SISKIN
> were in the trees along the Open Play field, and several GREAT EGRET
> were on the far shore of the lake, along with a BALD EAGLE. Our
> groups' checklist can be found at:
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20634565
> Thanks, Sam - we owe you for that identification.  (Sam Jolly writes a
> good blog, too, with his co-author, Lucas Bobay):
> http://birdersconundrum.blogspot.com/
>
> Lynn Erla Beegle, Raleigh, NC
> Find us on Wake Audubon Meetup:
> http://www.meetup.com/Wake-Audubon-Meetup/
Subject: Pine Siskins - Charlotte, NC area
From: Kevin Metcalf <skermetcalf AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:28:01 -0500
Had a flock of 65-70 Pine Siskins this morning at Cowan’s Ford W.R. NW of 
Charlotte, and a few other stragglers. There is a small flock around my 
neighborhood as well, but they aren’t showing up at my feeders - yet. 


Kevin Metcalf
Huntersville, NC
Subject: Kerr Lake fall migration count results
From: Brian Bockhahn <birdranger248 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 09:48:18 -0500
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE KERR LAKE CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT FRIDAY JANUARY
2, 2015.



KERR LAKE Fall 2014 results



The ninth Kerr Lake FALL bird count was held on 9/18/2014 under mostly
clear skies and temperatures from 63-76 degrees .  11 counters (average 12)
in 4 parties tallied 87 species (average 95) and 1,873 total birds (average
2984).  Led by our usual most numerous fall birds 230 Canada Goose and 172
Black Vultures, the only other bird found in triple digits was Tufted
Titmouse at 123.  A long bout of calm warm weather contributed to the lack
of bird diversity and numbers.



But some goodies did show up as they always do, with a string of singleton
rarities including RED-BREASTED MERGANSER below the dam; a late EASTERN
KINGBIRD at Eagle Point; MERLIN above the dam; OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER at
Henderson Point; a posing for photos BANK SWALLOW on a wire below the dam;
MARSH WREN at Dick Cross WMA; ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER below the dam.



Misses are very easy in fall: Wild Turkey, Pied-billed Grebe, Great Egret,
Sharp-shinned and Coopers Hawk (need to find a hawk watch site at the
lake), Rose-breasted Grosbeak and any blackbird other than Meadowlark!  With
nine years of data, I think I may make our own frequency codes from that
count data, I had borrowed from Chatham County’s migration checklist but am
noticing a few different trends.



Thanks to all the counters that helped out!
Let me know if you would like a full copy of the results in Excel.

-- 
Brian Bockhahn
birdranger248 AT gmail.com
Subject: Common Goldeneye- NCSU dairy pond, Wake Co NC
From: Ryan Justice <blackburnian151 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 08:06:09 -0500
Relocated the goldeneye about 30 min ago.

White-crowned Sparrow on Mid Pines.

Ryan Justice
Raleigh 

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Eared Grebe, Onslow County
From: "Jim ODonnell" <odjljl AT charter.net>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 22:15:15 -0500
Jim O'Donnell & Andy Webb spent a long, but very nice day birding Onslow county 
Saturday. We had (84) species total. Highlights were a very nice look at an 
Eared Grebe, two Lesser Black-backed Gulls, and a first time at this location, 
and what I think is a very late Cattle Egret at the Jacksonville sewage 
treatment ponds in southwest Onslow county. The egret seamed in good health. 
The Grebe has been fairly reliable at this location in winter for the last 
eight or nine years. We later had a great look at an American Bittern near the 
New River inlet at North Topsail beach. A great day with very nice weather. 

Subject: WNC Waynesville, Asheville: Ross's, Snow, Greater WF Geese! - 11/22/14
From: Steve Ritt <stevenmritt AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 03:36:07 +0100
What a cool day for geese! Jim Poling photographed a Snow Goose and two
Greater White-fronted Geese "near Waynesville" today (no further details).
Along with the Ross's from this morning, that makes four species found here
in one day, which is pretty remarkable for WNC! Looks like things are
getting exciting here just as I'm about to leave.

I wasn't planning on birding at all today, but my curiosity drove me out to
check Lake Julian and the Mills River Valley late this evening after having
found the Ross's this morning.

Lake Julian:
Red-breasted Merganser - 36
Redhead - 21
Ruddy Duck - 3
Bufflehead - 1
Horned Grebe - 8

I did not see any eagles during my quick stop today, but did have both
present again on 11/19/14. One bird does not have any easily-identifiable,
individual features (unlike the other with the notch on the wing).

Hooper Lane:
Merlin - 1
Ring-billed Gull - 4 flyover

Mills River RWTF (Regional Water Treatment Facility, aka. the usual pond):
Gadwall - 3
Hooded Merganser - 1
Bufflehead - 1

Steve Ritt
Asheville, NC
Subject: Greensboro, Lake Townsend Laughing Gull Today
From: Henry Link <linkh AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19:14:11 -0500
Dark gray-brown juvenile, sticking out like a sore thumb among the other gulls. 
Seen between 3-3:30 from the west end of the west Doggett Road causeway. Spent 
a little time loafing with the gull flock on the shore of the golf course. Last 
seen in the water toward the marina. 


A single Greater Yellowlegs was still at the north end of the east Doggett Road 
causeway. Yesterday there was a single Rusty Blackbird near the Yellowlegs. 


Many of the same ducks, grebes and loons from the last few days are still on 
the main body of the lake, including 50+ Horned Grebes and Bonaparte's Gulls 
and100+ Redheads. About 25 Red-breasted Mergansers came in today. 


Also today there was a Rusty Blackbird, a Least Sandpiper and about 20 American 
Pipits on the Reedy Fork Trail mudflats. 


Henry Link
Greensboro, NC
Subject: Re: Ross's Goose Savannah NWR
From: Craig <jcraigw1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 18:50:08 -0500
Did you find those ducks again? And decide what they were? Were they the same 
ones you posted in another photo of FB, one with two ducks? 


Sent from my iPad

> On Nov 22, 2014, at 12:17 PM, James Fleullan  wrote:
> 
> I've uploaded a short video of the ROGO. The link is below.
> 
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&persist_app=1&v=6AlcZrw2Uiw
> 
> James Fleullan
> Pooler, Ga
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
>> On Nov 22, 2014, at 11:08, andrew thornton  
wrote: 

>> 
>> Looks fine for juvenile Ross's to me. The head/neck structure look fine, the 
little bit of coloration on the bill is completely normal for a juvenile bird, 
and the gap is slim just as you would expect from a Ross's. The bill also looks 
fine structurally for Ross's to me, even hybrids start to look "beaky." 

>> 
>> Here's another photo (not mine) of a presumed hybrid for comparison: 
http://www.schmoker.org/BirdPics/Photos/Waterfowl/ROGOxSNGO5.jpg 

>> 
>> Andrew Thornton
>> Julian, NC
>> 
>> -- 
>>  
Subject: R-b Mergansers on Jordan Lake
From: Robert Rybczynski <rob.rybczy AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 18:00:56 -0500
The Chapel Hill Bird Club’s trip this morning encountered a nice diversity of 
ducks on Jordan Lake, mainly at Ebenezer Pt. Notable, based on my local 
experience, was the number of Red-breasted Merganser (about 45) seen at the 
point on the water and in fly-over 3 flocks. Also seen were 12 Redheads, as 
well as Black and Ruddy Ducks, Pintails and Lesser Scaups. We watched 3 
immature Bald Eagles try to take down a 1st winter Herring Gull. They were 
unsuccessful with the chase lasting several minutes. Gull numbers were modest: 
Herring, Ring-billed and Bonaparte’s. Horned Grebes numbered 50+ and 5 Common 
Loons were seen from the point. 


Good birding!
Bob Rybczynski
Cary, NC
Subject: Blue-gray gnatcatcher Cape Fear river, Harnnet co.
From: Paul Hubert <paulhubert123 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:29:53 -0500
Saw a Blue-gray gnatcatcher on the bank of the Cape Fear Saturday afternoon
while kayaking same.  Blurry photo posted to Carolina bird club website to
appease doubters.  Otherwise pretty slow day.
Paul Hubert
Raleigh, N.C.
Subject: Wake County ducks--Common Merganser and Common Goldeneye
From: Samuel Jolly <samrjolly AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:37:20 -0500
Lynn Erla Beegle already sent out an email about the COMMON MERGANSER on
Lake Crabtree. High numbers of HORNED GREBES on the lake, I counted at
least 41.
Also today, I relocated the female COMMON GOLDENEYE on the small dairy pond
across from Yates Mill County Park on Lake Wheeler Road. It was associating
with the Bufflehead and Scaup on the pond. Also present were three
Bonaparte's Gulls.

Samuel Jolly
Raleigh, NC
Subject: COMMON MERGANSER (female) at Lake Crabtree County Park, Raleigh, Wake County NC, Nov 22
From: Lynn Erla Beegle <optmystc1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 14:37:35 -0500
COMMON MERGANSER (female) at Lake Crabtree County Park, Raleigh, Wake
County NC, Nov 22. Sam Jolly found this bird in another part of Lake
Crabtree earlier this morning and when it flushed, he followed it. The
Common Merganser flew in low, right in front of our Wake Audubon
Meetup group, and landed in the water near the shoreline of the Open
Play field (first parking lot), at about 9:15 a.m. Fortunately, Bob
Oberfelder took a diagnostic photo of this female, showing the abrupt
border between her cinnamon head and her light breast. We could not
locate the bird after that, but Sam might have found it again. Other
highlights of our birding this morning include two SPOTTED SANDPIPER
(rare for this time of year), who flew right in front of us and landed
on the rocks just past the main boardwalk (the boardwalk with the
tower and restrooms). These are the rocks CLOSER to the dam (to your
left as you face the lake). Out on the lake there were also dozens of
HORNED GREBES, several REDHEAD (ducks), and CANVASBACK, among others
(perfect viewing conditions this morning).  A couple of PINE SISKIN
were in the trees along the Open Play field, and several GREAT EGRET
were on the far shore of the lake, along with a BALD EAGLE. Our
groups' checklist can be found at:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20634565
Thanks, Sam - we owe you for that identification.  (Sam Jolly writes a
good blog, too, with his co-author, Lucas Bobay):
http://birdersconundrum.blogspot.com/

Lynn Erla Beegle, Raleigh, NC
Find us on Wake Audubon Meetup:
http://www.meetup.com/Wake-Audubon-Meetup/
Subject: Kerr Scott Dam and Slaughterhouse this morning
From: Badger <badgerboy AT wilkes.net>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 14:13:22 -0500
For years I'd wondered why there are so few waterbirds hanging around  
this large, remote lake.  This morning, a partial answer presented  
itself, as a couple of fat guys in full camo and in a small green  
boat snuck up on the back side of a sitting raft of mostly gulls with  
some grebes and ducks mixed in, then proceeded to roar into the mass  
of birds while blasting away several times with a shotgun.  Many  
birds were killed and injured including a horned grebe I observed  
bleeding from the side and a ring-billed gull I saw dead in the water.

Enforcement came pretty quickly after we called and they didn't seem  
at all surprised, so I'm guessing this is a common occurrence.  The  
culprits were detained and charged, and they will likely lose their  
hunting licenses and be fined, which in my opinion is really a slap  
on the wrist for a heinous crime.

If only the hunting community was capable of real enforcement, maybe  
we could get some ducks back here.  Now brace yourselves for specious  
arguments thought up by the spin doctors in the NRA!

Guy McGrane
Deep Gap, NC

Subject: Re: Ross's Goose Savannah NWR
From: James Fleullan <jrfleullan AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:17:14 -0500
I've uploaded a short video of the ROGO. The link is below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&persist_app=1&v=6AlcZrw2Uiw

James Fleullan
Pooler, Ga

Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 22, 2014, at 11:08, andrew thornton  
wrote: 

> 
> Looks fine for juvenile Ross's to me. The head/neck structure look fine, the 
little bit of coloration on the bill is completely normal for a juvenile bird, 
and the gap is slim just as you would expect from a Ross's. The bill also looks 
fine structurally for Ross's to me, even hybrids start to look "beaky." 

> 
> Here's another photo (not mine) of a presumed hybrid for comparison: 
http://www.schmoker.org/BirdPics/Photos/Waterfowl/ROGOxSNGO5.jpg 

> 
> Andrew Thornton
> Julian, NC
> 
> -- 
>  
Subject: WNC Asheville: Ross' Goose - 11/22/14
From: Steve Ritt <stevenmritt AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 11:13:58 -0500
At 1414 Riverside Drive, on FB River. 10:55 am. Pics.

2 Ring-billed Gulls, Hooded Mergs, etc.

Steve Ritt
Asheville, NC

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Just a reminder - Re: Ross's Goose
From: "KC Foggin" <KCFoggin AT sc.rr.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 11:14:11 -0500
For the last two years it has been the last week of Dec and the first week of 
Jan that these guys show up in Market Commons, Myrtle Beach Hoping they stick 
to their previous schedules . 


K.C.

K.C. Foggin
Socastee
Myrtle Beach SC

www.birdforum.net

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




From: James Fleullan 
Sent: Friday, November 21, 2014 5:29 PM
To: carolinabirds AT duke.edu 
Subject: Ross's Goose continues Sav NWR

Seen again today by several birders in the same location as yesterday around 
mile marker 3. A discussion has surfaced about whether this is a pure ROGO. 
Refuge staff collected the head of the dead bird and there is no question 
there. This other bird is most likely it's offspring. I've been told that 
juvenile birds show a slight grin patch. It isn't so pronounced as in a hybrid 
or SNGO. 


Glad to share.

James Fleullan
Pooler, Ga

Sent from my iPhone=
Subject: Re: Ross's Goose Savannah NWR
From: andrew thornton <andrew.k.thornton AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 11:08:20 -0500
Looks fine for juvenile Ross's to me.  The head/neck structure look fine,
the little bit of coloration on the bill is completely normal for a
juvenile bird, and the gap is slim just as you would expect from a Ross's.
The bill also looks fine structurally for Ross's to me, even hybrids start
to look "beaky."

Here's another photo (not mine) of a presumed hybrid for comparison:
http://www.schmoker.org/BirdPics/Photos/Waterfowl/ROGOxSNGO5.jpg

Andrew Thornton
Julian, NC

--
Subject: FOS Goldfinches
From: jackpateck AT comcast.net
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:01:45 +0000 (UTC)
This week 2 goldfinches arrived. No Juncos yet. 

Jack & Pat Eckstine 
Hanahan,SC 
Subject: Re: Wake Co., NC-Lake Raleigh-11/21/2014
From: Tommy McDonell <tbmcdonell AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:30:22 -0500
I have always seen buffleheads on Lake Pinehurst in September at least. I 
haven't seen any yet and find it really weird. And I miss them. They are my 
favorites. 


T

Tommy B. McDonell, Ph.D.
Pinehurst, NC 28374
http://tbmcdonellart.com
Remember to have your colonoscopy. 

Some typos are courtesy of my iPhone 6. Other mistakes are due to being tired. 

> On Nov 21, 2014, at 9:33 PM, Mike Turner  wrote:
> 
> From 12:30 to 5:40 this afternoon I paddled about 1 mile around the lake and 
walked about 1 mile along the greenway. The highlight was a Merlin, first seen 
diving at a soaring Red-shouldered Hawk. I lost track of it until a few minutes 
later when I flushed some snipe from the marsh and it swooped down from out of 
nowhere in chase. The Merlin's chase was unsuccessful but I got to see it at 
eye level from ~50' away. Awesome. I also saw a lot of waterfowl. See my 
complete list below. Good birding. 

> 
> Mike Turner
> Raleigh, NC
> 
> Lake Raleigh, Wake, US-NC
> Nov 21, 2014 12:30 PM - 5:40 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 2.0 mile(s)
> Comments: I paddled ~1 mile and walked ~ 1 mile. Weather sunny and 48F. 
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.7.6 > 54 species (+1 other taxa) > > Canada Goose 321 > Mute Swan 2 Feral residents. > Wood Duck 1 > Gadwall 26 > American Black Duck 1 > Mallard (Domestic type) 71 > Northern Shoveler 1 > Green-winged Teal 5 > Ring-necked Duck 12 > Lesser Scaup 1 > Bufflehead 3 > Hooded Merganser 3 > Ruddy Duck 2 > Pied-billed Grebe 8 > Double-crested Cormorant 107 > Great Blue Heron 7 > Turkey Vulture 3 > Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 > Bald Eagle 1 > Red-shouldered Hawk 1 > Red-tailed Hawk 1 > American Coot 6 > Killdeer 3 > Wilson's Snipe 7 > Ring-billed Gull 10 > Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 4 > Mourning Dove 20 > Belted Kingfisher 1 > Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 > Downy Woodpecker 1 > Northern Flicker 2 > Merlin 1 > Eastern Phoebe 2 > Blue Jay 1 > American Crow 6 > Carolina Chickadee 5 > Tufted Titmouse 5 > Winter Wren 4 > Carolina Wren 3 > Golden-crowned Kinglet 1 > Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 > Hermit Thrush 2 > American Robin 3 > Brown Thrasher 1 > Northern Mockingbird 2 > Yellow-rumped Warbler 7 > Eastern Towhee 2 > Song Sparrow 26 > Swamp Sparrow 5 > White-throated Sparrow 15 > Northern Cardinal 2 > Red-winged Blackbird 154 > Common Grackle 85 > House Finch 2 > American Goldfinch 5 > > View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20627214 > > This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) > >
Subject: Wake Co., NC-Lake Raleigh-11/21/2014
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:33:40 -0500
From 12:30 to 5:40 this afternoon I paddled about 1 mile around the lake
and walked about 1 mile along the greenway. The highlight was a Merlin,
first seen diving at a soaring Red-shouldered Hawk. I lost track of it
until a few minutes later when I flushed some snipe from the marsh and it
swooped down from out of nowhere in chase. The Merlin's chase was
unsuccessful but I got to see it at eye level from ~50' away. Awesome. I
also saw a lot of waterfowl. See my complete list below. Good birding.

Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC

Lake Raleigh, Wake, US-NC
Nov 21, 2014 12:30 PM - 5:40 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:     I paddled ~1 mile and walked ~ 1 mile. Weather sunny and 48F.

Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.7.6 54 species (+1 other taxa) Canada Goose 321 Mute Swan 2 Feral residents. Wood Duck 1 Gadwall 26 American Black Duck 1 Mallard (Domestic type) 71 Northern Shoveler 1 Green-winged Teal 5 Ring-necked Duck 12 Lesser Scaup 1 Bufflehead 3 Hooded Merganser 3 Ruddy Duck 2 Pied-billed Grebe 8 Double-crested Cormorant 107 Great Blue Heron 7 Turkey Vulture 3 Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 Bald Eagle 1 Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Red-tailed Hawk 1 American Coot 6 Killdeer 3 Wilson's Snipe 7 Ring-billed Gull 10 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 4 Mourning Dove 20 Belted Kingfisher 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 Downy Woodpecker 1 Northern Flicker 2 Merlin 1 Eastern Phoebe 2 Blue Jay 1 American Crow 6 Carolina Chickadee 5 Tufted Titmouse 5 Winter Wren 4 Carolina Wren 3 Golden-crowned Kinglet 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 Hermit Thrush 2 American Robin 3 Brown Thrasher 1 Northern Mockingbird 2 Yellow-rumped Warbler 7 Eastern Towhee 2 Song Sparrow 26 Swamp Sparrow 5 White-throated Sparrow 15 Northern Cardinal 2 Red-winged Blackbird 154 Common Grackle 85 House Finch 2 American Goldfinch 5 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20627214 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Ross's Goose continues Sav NWR
From: James Fleullan <jrfleullan AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:29:56 -0500
Seen again today by several birders in the same location as yesterday around 
mile marker 3. A discussion has surfaced about whether this is a pure ROGO. 
Refuge staff collected the head of the dead bird and there is no question 
there. This other bird is most likely it's offspring. I've been told that 
juvenile birds show a slight grin patch. It isn't so pronounced as in a hybrid 
or SNGO. 


Glad to share.

James Fleullan
Pooler, Ga

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Fwd: House Select Committee on the Use of Off-Road Vehicles on Cape Lookout National Seashore Committee Meeting Notice for Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Public Hearing)
From: Jennifer Schrand <jen AT cutestgrandkids.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:29:23 -0500
This topic has been discussed on here before so I thought I would pass 
along this meeting notice.
Committee Notices

*
*

*NORTH CAROLINA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES*

*NOTICE OF  PUBLIC HEARING*

*2013-2014**SESSION*

The *House Select Committee on the Use of Off-Road Vehicles on Cape 
Lookout National Seashore *will hold a *Public Hearing.*

*DAY & DATE: *Tuesday, December 16, 2014

*TIME:                  1:00 PM - 4:00 PM*

*LOCATION:       Roanoke Island Campus, College of the Albemarle*

The views of interested parties will be heard concerning:

The House Select Committee on the Use of Off-Road Vehicles on Cape 
Lookout National Seashore will hold a meeting on Tuesday, December 16, 
2014, from 1:00 to 4:00 p. m., in the auditorium at the Roanoke Island 
Campus of the College of the Albemarle (205 Highway 64 S. Business) in 
Manteo.

The meeting agenda will consist of:

1. Presentations related to economic impacts that may result from the 
National Park Service's (NPS) Draft Off-Road Vehicle Management 
Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (Plan) for the Cape Lookout National 
Seashore, which "evaluates whether to allow ORV use at the Seashore. If 
ORV use is permitted, the Plan/DEIS addresses how to manage that use in 
compliance with the Seashore's enabling legislation, executive orders, 
NPS management policies, and other laws and regulations to ensure 
protection of the natural, cultural, and recreational values of the 
Seashore's dynamic coastal barrier island environment for present and 
future generations."

2. Opportunity for public comment on the Plan.

Approximately 1 ½ hours of the meeting will be devoted to public 
comment. As many persons as possible will be scheduled and heard within 
the time reserved. Because of time limitations, however, it may not be 
possible to schedule all who request to speak.

Speakers will be heard in the order in which they sign-up, and are 
therefore urged to sign-up in advance by notifying the Committee Clerk, 
Nancy Fox at (919) 733-6275 or mcelraftla AT ncleg.net, prior to 6:00 p.m. 
Friday, December 12, 2014. In addition, speakers may sign-up onsite at 
the meeting; however, in order to facilitate orderly procession of the 
Committee, the opportunity for onsite sign-up will conclude promptly at 
2:00 p.m. on the date of the meeting.  Again, because of time 
limitations, it may not be possible to schedule all who request to speak.

In order that their statements may be made a part of the record, 
speakers are encouraged to provide the Committee with a copy of their 
prepared remarks at the time of the hearing; however, written remarks 
are not required. Speakers are encouraged to bring additional copies of 
written remarks for the public and press.

Oral presentations will be strictly limited to a maximum of three (3) 
minutes. Persons who wish to present additional information to the 
Committee, and any person who cannot be scheduled or heard in the time 
provided, may submit a copy of their statement to the Committee Clerk 
prior to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 16, 2014, for inclusion in the record.

Persons having questions about the Committee meeting or other matters 
related to the Committee may contact Jennifer McGinnis, Committee 
Counsel, at (919) 733-2578, or Nancy Fox, Committee Clerk, at (919) 
733-6275.

**

Respectfully,



Representative Pat McElraft, Chair

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Subject: Re: Not pure Ross's Re: Ross's Goose Savannah NWR
From: Bradley Dalton <bradley.dalt AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:06:09 -0500
Here's a thorough comparison with a hybrid as well from the Kentucky
Ornithological Society.

http://biology.eku.edu/kos/goose_id.htm

Brad Dalton
Greenville, SC

On Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 9:22 AM, Nate Dias  wrote:

> James,
>
> Your bird seems to be showing something of a "grin patch" and seems to
> have more "overbite" than a pure Ross's Goose would show.
>
> Not enough to be a pure Snow Goose, but I do not think your bird is a
> pure Ross's either.
>
> It looks good to me for a hybrid Ross's X Snow Goose.
>
> Nathan Dias - Charleston, SC
>
> On Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 8:32 PM, James Fleullan 
> wrote:
> > I was able to find a ROGO at about mile marker 3 on the right side of
> The Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive. There was most likely two Ross's Geese if
> it wasn't for a presumed Bobcat. Images below. Also a nice assortment of
> ducks including Canvasbacks, Redheads, American Wigeon, Gadwall, Mallards,
> Mottled Ducks, Lesser Scaup, Shovelers, Ring-necked, and both Teal.
> >
> > https://www.flickr.com/photos/fleetphotos/15837489935/
> > https://www.flickr.com/photos/fleetphotos/15651839298/
> > https://www.flickr.com/photos/fleetphotos/15652416190/
> > https://www.flickr.com/photos/fleetphotos/15651449539/
> > https://www.flickr.com/photos/fleetphotos/15813857506/
> >
> > Glad to share.
> >
> > James Fleullan
> > Pooler, Ga
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone
>
Subject: Not pure Ross's Re: Ross's Goose Savannah NWR
From: Nate Dias <offshorebirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:22:01 -0500
James,

Your bird seems to be showing something of a "grin patch" and seems to
have more "overbite" than a pure Ross's Goose would show.

Not enough to be a pure Snow Goose, but I do not think your bird is a
pure Ross's either.

It looks good to me for a hybrid Ross's X Snow Goose.

Nathan Dias - Charleston, SC

On Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 8:32 PM, James Fleullan  wrote:
> I was able to find a ROGO at about mile marker 3 on the right side of The 
Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive. There was most likely two Ross's Geese if it wasn't 
for a presumed Bobcat. Images below. Also a nice assortment of ducks including 
Canvasbacks, Redheads, American Wigeon, Gadwall, Mallards, Mottled Ducks, 
Lesser Scaup, Shovelers, Ring-necked, and both Teal. 

>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/fleetphotos/15837489935/
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/fleetphotos/15651839298/
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/fleetphotos/15652416190/
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/fleetphotos/15651449539/
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/fleetphotos/15813857506/
>
> Glad to share.
>
> James Fleullan
> Pooler, Ga
>
> Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Chatham Co., NC-Jordan Lake, Parker's Creek-11/20/2014
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 22:03:46 -0500
I spent the afternoon from 12:45 to 5:30pm at Parker's Creek scoping the
lake from various spots. Highlights were Wood Ducks, Gadwall, Mallards,
Redheads, L. Scaup, Buffleheads, Hooded and Red-breasted Mergansers, Ruddy
Ducks, Common Loon, and Horned Grebes. My complete list is below. Good
birding.

Jordan Lake--Parker's Creek, Chatham, US-NC
Nov 20, 2014 12:45 PM - 5:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Weather sunny and 55F. 
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.7.6 39 species Canada Goose 1 Wood Duck 9 Gadwall 1 Mallard 3 Redhead 3 Lesser Scaup 28 Bufflehead 8 Hooded Merganser 26 Red-breasted Merganser 1 Ruddy Duck 6 Common Loon 1 Pied-billed Grebe 14 Horned Grebe 27 Double-crested Cormorant 1200 Great Blue Heron 9 Turkey Vulture 5 Bald Eagle 1 Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Killdeer 3 Bonaparte's Gull 75 Ring-billed Gull 425 Herring Gull 1 Mourning Dove 4 Belted Kingfisher 1 Red-headed Woodpecker 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 Eastern Phoebe 1 American Crow 5 White-breasted Nuthatch 1 Brown-headed Nuthatch 6 Carolina Wren 2 Golden-crowned Kinglet 1 Hermit Thrush 1 Brown Thrasher 1 Song Sparrow 10 White-throated Sparrow 17 Dark-eyed Junco 9 Northern Cardinal 4 Red-winged Blackbird 12 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20618261 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) -- Mike Turner Raleigh, NC
Subject: Ross's Goose Savannah NWR
From: James Fleullan <jrfleullan AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:32:22 -0500
I was able to find a ROGO at about mile marker 3 on the right side of The 
Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive. There was most likely two Ross's Geese if it wasn't 
for a presumed Bobcat. Images below. Also a nice assortment of ducks including 
Canvasbacks, Redheads, American Wigeon, Gadwall, Mallards, Mottled Ducks, 
Lesser Scaup, Shovelers, Ring-necked, and both Teal. 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/fleetphotos/15837489935/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fleetphotos/15651839298/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fleetphotos/15652416190/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fleetphotos/15651449539/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fleetphotos/15813857506/

Glad to share.

James Fleullan
Pooler, Ga

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: RE: Woodcock on Grandfather Mountain
From: Elizabeth Faison <eliza.faison AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:03:32 -0500
Jessie (et alia) - Bob Cherry was/is looking into earlier presence of woodcock 
in our area - I was to start looking for them in February at several known 
places. give him a call. 

-Elizabeth FaisonBoone, NC

Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:47:02 -0500
Subject: Re: Woodcock on Grandfather Mountain
From: mbsmjw63 AT gmail.com
To: highcountrybirder AT gmail.com; carolinabirds AT duke.edu; 
highcountryaudubon AT yahoogroups.com 


Jesse,
Interesting record. I suspect that Woodcock are present in the higher 
elevations during fall and winter more often than we realize. There are not 
very many birders up there once the fall migration is over, and the species is 
easily overlooked. There are reports of the species for every month of the year 
at Stepp's Gap (el 6000 ft) just west of the entrance gate to Mt. Mitchell 
State Park. Most of the winter reports there are from park personnel, mainly in 
previous decades going back into the 1950s.. 

Mark
Marcus B. Simpson, Jr.Hendersonville, NC.

On Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 5:22 PM, Jesse Pope  
wrote: 

We had a woodcock hanging out near the picnic shelter beside the Nature Museum 
today. It was very cooperative and allowed a few pictures before heading back 
into the rhododendron. This is only the second one I've seen inside the park! 
At 4,700 ft. In near the edge of a parking area and a dense rhodo/northern 
hardwood forest; that seems to be a noteworthy sighting for this time of year. 
The other bird I saw here was in January, 2006 near the woods walk. I flushed 
it while doing hemlock health evaluations in a similar habitat. Neat birds to 
see up here for sure! 




Jesse Pope



Newland, NC

(C) 828-898-3012

(W) 828-733-3224

Sent from my iPhone
 		 	   		  
Subject: Inland Black Scoter at Salem Lake
From: John Haire <johnhaire AT starpower.net>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:33:52 -0500
I found a female Black Scoter at Salem Lake late this afternoon. Luckily 
some other local birders made it over before sunset and saw it also.  
This is the first record for Forsyth County.   There were some other 
ducks there (Redhead, Hooded Merg, L. Scaup, Gadwall, etc.), and a nice 
treat was hearing a Common Loon vocalize one time, pretty unusual around 
here!

Good birding ---

John Haire
Winston-Salem
Subject: Hickory Rufous Hummingbird
From: Dwayne Martin <redxbill AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:59:31 -0500
I have been asked by several folks about the female Rufous Hummingbird at
St Stephens Park in Hickory.  She is still here as of 1:00pm this
afternoon. The park is open 8am to 6pm Friday through Monday for anyone who
wants to drop by to see her.  The address to the park is 2247 36th Ave NE
Hickory, NC 28601.



-- 
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: Tennessee Warbler at Conestee, Greenville SC
From: Paul Serridge <paulserridge AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:19:01 -0500
A Tennessee Warbler was a surprise at Lake Conestee Nature Park this
morning. The previous latest date for this species in the Fall had been Nov
9.

Details can be found on my eBird report at:
 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/email?subID=S20615846

Paul Serridge
Greenville, SC
Subject: Horned Grebe - Jennette's Pier Nags Head
From: Jim Gould <jgouldoz AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:14:19 -0500
Good Morning,

Right now, there is a HORNED GREBE at Jennette's Pier, Nags Head, NC.

It's the most interesting bird we've seen since the common eider during
Wings Over Water in late October.



-- 
Jim Gould
Kill Devil Hills, NC
Subject: Re: Woodcock on Grandfather Mountain
From: Marcus Simpson <mbsmjw63 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:47:02 -0500
Jesse,

Interesting record. I suspect that Woodcock are present in the higher
elevations during fall and winter more often than we realize. There are not
very many birders up there once the fall migration is over, and the species
is easily overlooked. There are reports of the species for every month of
the year at Stepp's Gap (el 6000 ft) just west of the entrance gate to Mt.
Mitchell State Park. Most of the winter reports there are from park
personnel, mainly in previous decades going back into the 1950s..

Mark

Marcus B. Simpson, Jr.
Hendersonville, NC.

On Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 5:22 PM, Jesse Pope 
wrote:

> We had a woodcock hanging out near the picnic shelter beside the Nature
> Museum today. It was very cooperative and allowed a few pictures before
> heading back into the rhododendron. This is only the second one I've seen
> inside the park! At 4,700 ft. In near the edge of a parking area and a
> dense rhodo/northern hardwood forest; that seems to be a noteworthy
> sighting for this time of year. The other bird I saw here was in January,
> 2006 near the woods walk.  I flushed it while doing hemlock health
> evaluations in a similar habitat. Neat birds to see up here for sure!
>
> Jesse Pope
>
> Newland, NC
> (C) 828-898-3012
> (W) 828-733-3224
> Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Re: North Beach of Seabrook Island now a hotspot
From: Derek Aldrich <derekaldrich AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 08:24:17 -0500
Not just this one, but I periodically go through and accept new hotspots
throughout South Carolina. Unfortunately as of yet, there is no easy to way
to let people know that they have a personal location that corresponds with
a new hotspot.

Derek Aldrich
Taylors SC (SC ebird Hotspot Admin

On Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 7:46 AM, David Gardner 
wrote:

> Hi folks,
> I don't know why it took me this long to request the southern end of Capt.
> Sam's inlet and surrounding marsh/lagoon and beach to be a hotspot, but it
> has just gotten approved. What that means is that anyone that has a
> personal location for that area can now merge with the hotspot so we can
> all have a better understanding of the birds found year round in that area.
> Please merge your personal location with the hotspot. If you aren't aware
> of how to do it, the ebird website explains it well.
> Thanks,
> David
>
> Sent from my iPhone
Subject: North Beach of Seabrook Island now a hotspot
From: David Gardner <davidgardner14 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 07:46:44 -0500
Hi folks,
I don't know why it took me this long to request the southern end of Capt. 
Sam's inlet and surrounding marsh/lagoon and beach to be a hotspot, but it has 
just gotten approved. What that means is that anyone that has a personal 
location for that area can now merge with the hotspot so we can all have a 
better understanding of the birds found year round in that area. 

Please merge your personal location with the hotspot. If you aren't aware of 
how to do it, the ebird website explains it well. 

Thanks,
David

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Rolling View, Falls Lake, NC- 11/19
From: KR <krkit AT mindspring.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 23:34:26 -0500 (GMT-05:00)




Subject: Chapel Hill Bird Club meeting
From: Eddie Owens <birdingbanjoman AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 22:39:09 -0500
Please join us this coming Monday at 7:30pm for a fascinating talk by John
Gerwin about the birds of northern Ecuador. Come a few minutes early for
snacks and meet & greet. The meeting location is Binkley Baptist Church,
1712 Willow Dr., Chapel Hill, NC.

This event is free & open to the public.


   - *November 24 2014* John Gerwin — Ecuador Hummingbirds and Tanagers and
   Manakins—Oh, My!

   NC Museum of Natural Sciences bird curator and Wake Audubon board member
   John Gerwin will recap his 17 days of birding in northern Ecuador. He will
   discuss and show images of many of the 60 species of hummingbirds seen,
   plus many of the colorful tanagers and other notable tropical birds.

Eddie Owens
CHBC
Subject: Miami area birding (Florida)
From: David Lenat <Lenatbks AT mindspring.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20:16:56 -0500
I just returned from 3 days birding the Miami area, searching for a few 
target birds. Terry Anderson (CBC member in KY) and I found most of 
these, with about 100 species over 3 days.  We went with 2 young guides 
from "Nature Is Awesome", which I highly recommend.  More information 
can be had by emailing me (not the group!).
   Dave Lenat, Raleigh
Subject: Woodcock on Grandfather Mountain
From: Jesse Pope <highcountrybirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:22:34 -0500
We had a woodcock hanging out near the picnic shelter beside the Nature Museum 
today. It was very cooperative and allowed a few pictures before heading back 
into the rhododendron. This is only the second one I've seen inside the park! 
At 4,700 ft. In near the edge of a parking area and a dense rhodo/northern 
hardwood forest; that seems to be a noteworthy sighting for this time of year. 
The other bird I saw here was in January, 2006 near the woods walk. I flushed 
it while doing hemlock health evaluations in a similar habitat. Neat birds to 
see up here for sure! 


Jesse Pope 

Newland, NC
(C) 828-898-3012
(W) 828-733-3224
Sent from my iPhone
Subject: CBC CBBT field trip Jan 2015
From: "Steve Shultz" <sshultz AT nc.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:13:20 -0500
The Carolina Bird Club is offering a chance to bird one of the more interesting 
sites along the mid-Atlantic coast, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel (CBBT) in 
Virginia. 


The CBBT complex's four manmade rocky islands act as a magnet for sea ducks, 
gulls, and other birds. With luck we should be able to leisurely study each of 
America's three scoter species (birds more often than not seen in distant, 
fast-moving lines), enjoy the spectacularly plumaged male Long-tailed Duck, 
search for shorebirds (including Purple Sandpiper) on the rocks, compare the 
various plumages of Great and Double-crested Cormorants, and hope for a rarity 
or two like Common Eider, Common Goldeneye, King Eider, or one of the uncommon 
gulls. 


After spending the morning birding the islands we plan to head south and visit 
Mackay NWR on the NC/VA border for wintering waterfowl and whatever else we can 
find. We’ll spend the night in Nags Head and bird the area until early 
afternoon. 


Dates: Saturday/Sunday, January 3-4, 2015

Cost: $50

Limit: 12 participants

Logistics: The trip will begin at 7:15 a.m. Saturday at the south toll terminal 
at the CBBT in Virginia Beach, VA. The $50 registration fee covers the police 
escort on the CBBT and guided birding throughout the weekend. Not included are 
lodging, meals, tolls, or fuel expenses. Participants will likely wish to spend 
Friday night in Virginia Beach. Reservations should also be made for Saturday 
night in Nags Head, NC. Detailed, additional information will be provided upon 
registration. 


Please note that the CBBT authorities require picture identification upon 
arrival and perform background checks on all birding program visitors prior to 
arrival. For this reason, the registration form requests driver’s license (or 
equivalent state issued identification card) information including license 
number and expiration date. The CBC only collects this information to forward 
to the CBBT and will not retain or share the information with any other entity. 
If you prefer not to provide this information, we regret that we cannot 
accommodate you on this bonus trip. 


To Sign Up: E-mail Steve Shultz for a registration form (sshultz at nc.rr.com) 
or if you have questions. The form and trip fee must be received by the CBC HQ 
Secretary no later than 12/13 in order to provide the Bridge Tunnel Authority 
with a listing of participants. 



The CBBT and coast of NC can be great places to bird! If you've never been, it 
is a rewarding experience. Even if the birding is slow (which is usually not 
the case) the possibility of seals, seagoing ships, and spectacular scenery 
make the trip worthwhile. Participation is limited to CBC members (but you can 
join at the same time as you register for the trip!) 



Please let Steve know of any questions and look forward to seeing you there! 

Subject: Purple Finches at Conestee, Greenville County, SC
From: Paul Serridge <paulserridge AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 06:31:51 -0500
Purple Finches were first reported at Lake Conestee Nature Park this season
on Nov 3rd. Since then they have been reported on 5 different dates.
Yesterday morning there were at least 8 on or near the feeders at a
residence whose property backs up to the paved trail about half a mile from
the Spanco Drive trail-head.
At one point I counted 5 on the feeders and 3 foraging on the ground
directly below. All were females or immature males. I have seen an adult
male at the same feeders on 3 occasions recently, but could not find him
yesterday.
House Finches use the feeders and provide a good opportunity to compare the
two finch species.

I also saw 5 Buffleheads on the lake in the East Bay - 1 male, 4 females.

I spent 15 minutes watching 4 River Otters very close to the observation
deck in the West Bay. One of them caught a fish and climbed up on to the
adjacent beaver dam to enjoy its meal.

Paul Serridge
Greenville, SC
Subject: Purple Finches
From: Beth Garver <bethgarver AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 23:19:45 -0500
I had 4 female Purple Finches at my feeder today.  The most I've ever seen
here at once.  :)

-- 
God is Love
*Beth*
Subject: Re: Rufous Hummingbird Hickory, NC
From: "Mathis" <weer AT skybest.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 20:21:02 -0500
Dwayne,

What is the latest on the female Rufous? Is she still there? Please keep us 
posted of her and also of the park’s openings. I’d like to drive down there 
if you’ll send directions from Hwy 16 or I-40. 


Thanks,
Cecelia Mathis

From: Dwayne Martin 
Sent: Monday, November 17, 2014 1:35 PM
To: Carolinabirds AT duke.edu ; FBC-Birds 
Subject: Rufous Hummingbird Hickory, NC

This morning I banded an adult female Rufous Hummingbird at St Stephens Park in 
NE Hickory. It had been coming to the feeders since this past Friday. She 
weighed a healthy 3.76g and had some fat on her, so she should do just find 
with our cold weather. She returned to feeding at the feeder 20 minutes after 
release. Here are a couple photos of her. 
http://www.carolinabirdclub.org/gallery/Martin/ruhu_2.html 




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: Rolling View, Falls Lake, NC- 11/18‏
From: KR <krkit AT mindspring.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 20:00:13 -0500 (GMT-05:00)




Subject: WNC Lake Julian: Bald Eagle courtship - 11/18/14
From: Steve Ritt <stevenmritt AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 01:21:41 +0100
I stopped by Lake Julian (really this time!) this evening, as Wayne
Forsythe had an odd duck there yesterday (and a Red-breasted Merganser). I
saw neither tonight, but most interesting to me were two adult Bald Eagles,
one of which carried a large stick past the other, landed in a tree with
it, and eventually dropped it after about a minute. At least one adult BAEA
has been continuing here for possibly a few months now (it has a notch
missing on the right wing around S1), and it seems like it's about time
they finally nest around here considering their recent recovery and the
glut that has been around WNC this fall/winter. Wayne had an adult BAEA in
Mills River this afternoon that could've easily been one of these birds (or
not).

Also of interest at Julian:
Ring-billed Gull - 63 (mostly adults)
Bonaparte's Gull - 5 (4 ad., 1 1st-c)
Horned Grebe - 6
Bufflehead - 8

Wayne had 10 RBGUs at the Mills River WTP today (and assorted, expected
waterfowl).

Yesterday, Scott Winton, Natalia Ocampo-Penuela, Tom Bush, and I birded
Warren Wilson College, but had no luck with rarities. We did however have a
Fox Sparrow at the west end of Owen Park.

For what it's worth, single Fish Crows have still been hanging around Lake
Julian, Lake Junaluska, Beaver Lake, and WWC recently.

Steve Ritt
Asheville, NC
Subject: CBC dates, Falls and Kerr Lake, Cumberland and Rockingham County, Rocky Mount
From: Brian Bockhahn <birdranger248 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 14:11:41 -0500
Surprisingly many of my counters are NOT on carolinabirds, so I better
recruit some more help here!

Dec 18 Cumberland County,  NC
Dec 19 Rocky Mount, NC
Dec 22 Rockingham County, NC
Jan 2 Kerr Lake
Jan 5 Falls Lake

Contact me if interested, there are plenty of walking, paddling or driving
options in areas that need coverage!

Thanks!

-- 
Brian Bockhahn
birdranger248 AT gmail.com
Subject: MAS December Meeting (Thursday 12/04): Save the Songs: Climate Change and Birds
From: Christy Hill <chill2k5 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 13:51:13 -0500 (EST)
MAS presents – Save The Songs
Speaker - Kim Brand, Bird Friendly Communities Coordinator
When **NEW EARLIER TIME**  - Thurs, Dec. 4th at 7:15 PM (Refreshments begin at
6:45 pm)
Where - Tyvola Rd Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Rd, Charlotte, NC 28210
More info - http://meckbirds.org

*** NEW EARLIER MEETING TIME***

MAS will begin our meetings a little earlier to help the Senior Center
accommodate us better. Fellowship with snacks and refreshments will begin at
6:45pm. The meeting will start promptly at 7:15pm. We hope this new meeting
time will give us a little extra time to chirp and chat. As always, we
appreciate any help in set-up beforehand and clean-up afterwards. 

For our December meeting, Kim Brand, Bird Friendly Communities Coordinator with
Audubon NC, will present “Save the Songs: Climate Change and Birds.” Kim
will present Audubon's new science that quantifies the specific risk to North
America's birds in a greater level of detail and clarity than has been
available so far: which birds are most threatened by climate change and where.
She will discuss what we will do together in North Carolina to protect our
birds today and tomorrow as our climate changes. This new information about the
threat global warming poses to birds will add urgency and clarity to our work
in a way that few things have before.

Visit our merch tables for a nice selection of club and birding merchandise
including Brown-headed Nuthatch boxes ($15 each) and new 2015 MAS Calendars
($20 each). Be sure to sample some Birds & Beans Bird Friendly® coffee during
the meeting then purchase a bag for yourself or a friend. Feel free to contact
Jan Fowler at janmfowler AT gmail.com or Bill Duston at bduston AT carolina.rr.com if
you have any questions about Birds & Beans and fulfilling your Bird Friendly®
coffee needs. Help the birds by drinking great tasting Bird Friendly® coffee! 
Although we offer disposable cups, if you think of it beforehand, please
consider bringing your own cup or mug to ease the burden on the environment.
Ice will be provided. Help MAS stay on the Go Green pathway!

Look forward to seeing you Thursday December 4th at our new meeting time,
6:45pm at the Tyvola Road Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte, NC 28210.
The meeting will start promptly at 7:15pm. If you know of others you think may
be interested, please let them know.
 
Christy Hill
MAS Publicity
Subject: 2014 Lower Saluda CBC, Dec. 27, Columbia SC
From: Kent Bedenbaugh <rkbbirder AT aol.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 13:33:44 -0500
All birders,
The 2014 Lower Saluda CBC will be held Dec. 27,
If interested please contact me for assignments as 
there will be on morning meeting.
This count covers from Lake Murray to the edge of
Downtown Columbia.

Kent Bedenbaugh
rkbbirder AT aol.com
Columbia SC
803.463.5872
Subject: Stone Mountain CBC--Tuesday, Dec. 30
From: Badger <badgerboy AT wilkes.net>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 12:36:39 -0500
The Stone Mountain CBC will be Tuesday, December 30.  Any and all  
levels of experience will be appreciated.  This is always a fun day  
of birding.

Guy McGrane
Deep Gap, NC
Subject: Ruby-throats in Guanacaste, Costa Rica
From: "Bill Hilton Jr." <hilton AT hiltonpond.org>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 12:24:59 -0500
Ever wonder where our Carolina Ruby-throated Hummingbirds go when the weather 
turns cold? Nobody knows for sure, so here’s a chance to possibly solve that 
mystery once and for all. 


Time is running out to join our upcoming Operation RubyThroat hummingbird 
expedition to Guanacaste Province on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, where my 
next group of citizen scientists will be enjoying warm, sunny weather while 
observing and photographing all sorts of exotic Neotropical plants and animals. 
Dates are 24 Jan-1 Feb 2015. Sign up today; you'll be very glad you did. 


See the detailed itinerary at 
http://www.hiltonpond.org/CostaRica(west)AnnounceMain15.html 


My report on our just-completed record-breaking trip to the Orosi Valley on 
Costa Rica's Caribbean slope will be posted soon. 


Happy (Neotropical) Birding!

BILL

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Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History
1432 DeVinney Road, York, South Carolina 29745 USA
office & cell (803) 684-5852

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


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


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

Subject: Re: yellow-bellied sapsuckers are back
From: Helen Kalevas <hkalevas AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 10:48:40 -0500
​First yellow-bellied sapsuckers today, watching them eat cedar berries.
Subject: Peregrine Falcons on Ocracoke this fall (2014)
From: Peter Vankevich <petevankevich AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 08:28:23 -0500
There is an article in the online Ocracoke Observer < ocracokeobserver.com >
   about raptor migration this fall (2014) on Ocracoke. Jann and Gil
Randell spent a couple of hours each day (with a few rain day exceptions)
from September 14 to October 26. The highlight is that Peregrine Falcons do
pass over Ocracoke in good numbers in the fall, with 123 being the highest
number in one day. The finally tally was eleven raptor species, 718
individuals including 290 Peregrines.


We hope to expand the coverage next fall. Life could be worse than sitting
in a beach chair on a beautiful fall day on the dunes of Ocracoke waiting
for that speck high over Hatteras Inlet to descend and morph into a gliding
Merlin or Peregrine.


Regards/ Peter Vankevich
Subject: Rusty blackbirds near Boone today
From: Badger <badgerboy AT wilkes.net>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 22:02:00 -0500
At a cornfield on the corner of Raven Rock and Roby Green Roads, on  
the New River Northeast of Boone, a couple miles or so southeast of  
Meatcamp, there was a sub-flock of 17 Rusty Blackbirds within a  
larger flock of Red-winged Blackbirds today.  The Rusties were easily  
separated from the Red-winged's, and the non-breeding plumage was  
very nice on both the males and females.  Had good close scope views  
too and some reasonable pics, a couple of which are here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/95231950 AT N08/15631574950/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/95231950 AT N08/15816450585/

Guy McGrane
Deep Gap, NC
Subject: 2014 York/Rock Hill SC Christmas Bird Count (CBC)
From: "Bill Hilton Jr." <hilton AT hiltonpond.org>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 16:39:15 -0500
The 24th annual York/Rock Hill SC Christmas Bird Count (CBC) will be held on 20 
Dec 2014. 


For details please see http://www.hiltonpond.org/ChristmasCountMain.html

Happy Birding!

BILL


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timely updates on nature topics, 

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Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History
1432 DeVinney Road, York, South Carolina 29745 USA
office & cell (803) 684-5852

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


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


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

Subject: FOS Junco
From: Judy Halleron <geojudyh AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:31:11 -0500
Finally saw our FOS Junco (just one) on the ground under the feeders. Also a 
lot of goldfinches acting very hungry. No Pine Siskins yet but we keep 
watching. 


Judy & George Halleron 
Marble, NC
 
 		 	   		  
Subject: Purple Finches
From: Edith Tatum <ektatum AT nc.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:48:27 -0500
While hanging out at my brothers house in Caswell County a pair of Purple
Finch females showed up at their sunflower feeder.  The rest of the birds
in his yard were Juncos, Tufted Titmouse, Downy Woodpeckers, White-breasted
Nuthatch  and Carolina Chickadee

Edith Tatum
Durham, NC
sent from my XOOM
Subject: Rufous Hummingbird Hickory, NC
From: Dwayne Martin <redxbill AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 13:35:47 -0500
This morning I banded an adult female Rufous Hummingbird at St Stephens
Park in NE Hickory.  It had been coming to the feeders since this past
Friday.  She weighed a healthy 3.76g and had some fat on her, so she should
do just find with our cold weather.  She returned to feeding at the feeder
20 minutes after release. Here are a couple photos of her.
http://www.carolinabirdclub.org/gallery/Martin/ruhu_2.html


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

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


Catawba County Park Ranger
Riverbend Park - Conover, NC
St. Stephens Park - Hickory, NC
jdmartin AT catawbacountync.gov
http://www.catawbacountync.gov/depts/parks/
http://www.weatherlink.com/user/riverbendpark
http://www.ncbirdingtrail.org/TrailGuide/Guide_CatawbaValley.pdf
Subject: Purple Finch
From: Anne Olsen <olsena187 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 11:03:28 -0500
I can finally add my yard to the list of sightings of Purple Finch.  I have
one male Purple Finch at my feeder this am.

Anne Olsen
Monroe, NC
Subject: Falls Lake (north of Raleigh, NC) fall migration count results
From: Brian Bockhahn <birdranger248 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:10:19 -0500
Quite delayed on my part, but still have one count form outstanding...

Let me know if you would like a copy of the full results in Excel.

The ninth Falls Lake FALL bird count was held on 9/16/2014 under mostly
clear skies with temperatures ranging from 65 to 81.  15 counters in 6
parties detected 87 species (average 94) and 1,835 total birds (average
2385).  A long bout of sunny mild weather preceding the count contributed
to the low number of migrants.



On the rare list were three Black Tern at lakes center; two parties found
Forter’s Terns; shorebirds were few but included Spotted and Least
Sandpiper and a Sanderling.  12 species of warblers were found including
Blue-winged and Chestnut-sided.



Misses are very easy in fall and none are terribly shameful: Wild Turkey,
Pied-billed Grebe, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cedar Waxwing, Red-winged Blackbird
and Common Grackle!?!



Thanks to all the counters that helped out!


THE FALLS LAKE CBC IS ET FOR MONDAY JANUARY 5TH, 2015

-- 
Brian Bockhahn
Durham, NC
birdranger248 AT gmail.com
Subject: Re: WNC Waynesville: late Tree Swallows - 11/16/14
From: Steve Ritt <stevenmritt AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 23:41:50 -0500
That should read "Lake Junaluska".

Steve Ritt
Asheville, NC

Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 16, 2014, at 10:26 PM, Steve Ritt  wrote:
> 
> Nicest surprise of the day was running into Ray Sharpton, and then the 
Wulkowiczs at Lake Julian. The most surprising birds of the day were two Tree 
Swallows over the lake! The coolest "surprised" bird was an Eastern Meadowlark 
captured in flight and eaten on the ground by a Sharp-shinned Hawk. 

> 
> I couldn't refind my mystery raptor. I spent time following Turkey Vulture 
kettles on and around I-40, but couldn't find any carrion. I finally got a 
friggin' FOS Vesper Sparrow. As Paul Serridge said, "the Rusties are back in 
force!" The Sapsuckers are as well (I had six). (Guy, my experience has been 
seeing large Robin and Waxwing flights like you mentioned decreasing over the 
past two weeks, but tons back then.) 

> 
> Lake Julian:
> Tree Swallow - 2
> Bonaparte's Gull - 1 adult
> Ring-billed Gull - 1 2nd-cycle (not adult)
> Bald Eagle - adult, 3rd-cycle, 1st-cycle
> Rusty Blackbird - 70
> Double-crested Cormorant - 4
> Waterfowl were about the same as yesterday, but today I saw the Redhead that 
Bill Steiner had yesterday. 

> The Wulkowiczs had a Common Loon (that I missed).
> 
> Raccoon Road:
> American Pipit - 40
> Rusty Blackbird - 50
> 
> Scattered ponds nearby had a similar mix of waterfowl as L. Julian, including 
American Wigeon (2), Redhead (1), Hooded Mergs, etc. A good number and 
diversity of the expected raptors, sparrows, and woodpeckers were about. 

> 
> Steve Ritt
> Asheville, NC
> 
> 
Subject: WNC Waynesville: late Tree Swallows - 11/16/14
From: Steve Ritt <stevenmritt AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 04:26:01 +0100
Nicest surprise of the day was running into Ray Sharpton, and then the
Wulkowiczs at Lake Julian. The most surprising birds of the day were two
Tree Swallows over the lake! The coolest "surprised" bird was an Eastern
Meadowlark captured in flight and eaten on the ground by a Sharp-shinned
Hawk.

I couldn't refind my mystery raptor. I spent time following Turkey Vulture
kettles on and around I-40, but couldn't find any carrion. I finally got a
friggin' FOS Vesper Sparrow. As Paul Serridge said, "the Rusties are back
in force!" The Sapsuckers are as well (I had six). (Guy, my experience has
been seeing large Robin and Waxwing flights like you mentioned decreasing
over the past two weeks, but tons back then.)

Lake Julian:
Tree Swallow - 2
Bonaparte's Gull - 1 adult
Ring-billed Gull - 1 2nd-cycle (not adult)
Bald Eagle - adult, 3rd-cycle, 1st-cycle
Rusty Blackbird - 70
Double-crested Cormorant - 4
Waterfowl were about the same as yesterday, but today I saw the Redhead
that Bill Steiner had yesterday.
The Wulkowiczs had a Common Loon (that I missed).

Raccoon Road:
American Pipit - 40
Rusty Blackbird - 50

Scattered ponds nearby had a similar mix of waterfowl as L. Julian,
including American Wigeon (2), Redhead (1), Hooded Mergs, etc. A good
number and diversity of the expected raptors, sparrows, and woodpeckers
were about.

Steve Ritt
Asheville, NC
Subject: Le Conte's Sparrow pics North River Farms, Carteret County NC
From: Jamie Adams <Jamie.Adams AT quintiles.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:55:27 +0000
Hello birders,

Some pictures from today at NCBigYear2014.blogspot.com

Pardon my grammar or poor spelling on the blog, I am exhausted and feeling 
lazy. 


Jamie Adams
Wilmington, NC

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Subject: Rolling View, Falls Lake birds- 11/16
From: KR <krkit AT mindspring.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 19:15:12 -0500 (GMT-05:00)
Hey everyone,

This evening I scoped the waters at Rolling View for waterfowl. A nice 
diversity of birds compared to a week ago. The sky was overcast, affecting 
visibility, and I left early when it began to rain, so I missed many of the 
birds coming in to roost for the night. Below is a list of what I was able to 
identify this evening, first listing those seen from the smaller swim beach, 
followed by those at the main swim beach. Some numbers are just estimates, and 
I was not able to get an accurate count for some species, such as the grebes. 


Gadwall (0)(16)
American Wigeon (4)(0)
Mallard (2)(0)
Northern Shoveler (0)(1)
Green-winged Teal (7)(6)
Ring-necked Duck (33)(0)
Lesser Scaup (1)(10)
Bufflehead (2)(4)
Hooded Merganser (4)(0)
Ruddy Duck (8)(19)
Common Loon (0)(2)
Pied-billed Grebe (23)(x)
Horned Grebe (22)(x)
American Coot (0)(x)
Bald Eagle (2)(0)
Bonaparte's Gull (x)(x)
Ring-billed Gull (x)(x)
Herring Gull (x)(x)

Cheers,
Kyle Kittelberger
Raleigh, NC
kkturtledude AT yahoo.com
Subject: Re: Pine Siskin - Raleigh
From: Patricia Tice <oksanaduck AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 19:15:10 -0500
I also had a single Pine Siskin this morning - first since winter before
last.  We had a few hundred a day for a while and they cost us a small
fortune in sunflower hearts and thistle seed!  We're near Falls Lake.

Patty Tice
Raleigh
On Nov 16, 2014 3:28 PM, "Tom Snow"  wrote:

> Had a single Pine Siskin visit our sunflower meat feeder mid morning
> today.  New yard bird for us since we moved here April of last year. We're
> near the intersection of Six Forks and Millbrook Rds here in Raleigh.
> Still waiting on the purple finches...
>
> Tom Snow
>
>
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Subject: Banded_YTWarbler_MeggettSC_Chas.Co
From: Cherrie Sneed <sneedcb AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 17:03:45 -0500
Greetings,

What a thrill to see my wintering Yellow-throated Warbler return a few days
ago.  Today I was able to see that it is banded thus confirming that it was
the same bird from last year.

During Baltimore Oriole banding at my home in Jan. 2014 Aaron Givens caught
and banded my little YTWA.  This is the fifth year I've had a wintering
YTWA and I'm hoping it is the same bird for all 5 years.  At least I know
it is the same one that was here last year.

The YTWA enjoys homemade suet, jelly and tonight I watched it take a
shelled sunflower seed.

Cherrie

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*Cherrie & Dan Sneed*
Meggett, SC
St. Paul's Parish
Southern Charleston County
                       &
Robbinsville, NC
Snowbird Mountains
Graham County
Subject: Re: Brewer's Blackbirds, Watauga Co., NC
From: "J. Merrill Lynch" <jmerrilllynch AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 16:42:43 -0500
I saw the flock of Brewer's Blackbirds again today at the same spot on my farm 
in northern Watauga Co. There were 9 birds today. 


J. Merrill Lynch
Conservation Biologist
Echo Valley Farm
Watauga County, NC
Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 15, 2014, at 2:07 PM, J. Merrill Lynch  
wrote: 

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> I had good looks at 5 Brewer's Blackbirds (incl 2 females) a few minutes ago 
at my farm in northern Watauga County (elevation 3,600'). They were feeding on 
the ground in an old pasture, a portion of which I keep mowed. My first record 
for the farm and the county. 

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> J. Merrill Lynch
> Conservation Biologist
> Echo Valley Farm
> Watauga County, NC
> Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Ross's Goose at Fountain Lake, Columbia SC
From: <jrgrego AT sc.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 16:07:02 -0500
I was scouting my sector (Horrell Hill) for the Columbia Christmas Bird Count 
and stopped by Fountain Lake off Garner's Ferry Road, which is currently 
drained. From the public access at the corner of East Lake Trail and Lake Way 
Lane, I saw a small goose in with a flock of Canada Goose--the bill seemed to 
have the right shape and color for Ross's Goose, and I couldn't see a gape. I 
drove around to the opposite shore for a better look, and again couldn't see a 
gape--the base of the upper bill, on the sides, was blue gray, while the bill 
was otherwise rose-pink. Other features were not diagnostic--snow white (even 
around the eye) with the exception of its black wing tips, and the legs were 
more gray than pink. I'm identifying it as a ROSS'S GOOSE based on the bill. 


Other good birds on the tour included EASTERN MEADOWLARK, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, 
VESPER SPARROW, and FIELD SPARROW. 


John Grego
Columbia, SC
Subject: Pine Siskin - Raleigh
From: Tom Snow <tsnow6065 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 15:27:53 -0500
Had a single Pine Siskin visit our sunflower meat feeder mid morning today. New 
yard bird for us since we moved here April of last year. We're near the 
intersection of Six Forks and Millbrook Rds here in Raleigh. Still waiting on 
the purple finches... 


Tom Snow


Subject: Tundra Swans, Roseate Spoonbill, Black-bellied Whistling-ducks, Prairie Warblers, 121 spp - Yawkey Wildlife Center
From: Nate Dias <offshorebirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 15:18:50 -0500
Roger Smith, Irvin Pitts, John Cox and I searched in vain for the
Townsend's Warbler at the Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center (restricted access)
yesterday morning.  Then the guys joined me for my shorebird survey from
11:30 onwards.  The wind and cold temps made it hard to track down
insectivore flocks.

We did have a couple of mixed-species flocks that produced 3 Prairie
Warblers, Orange-crowned Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, groups of Pine
Warblers, and a couple of pairs of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers - but
no Townsend's.

As we were assembling at the ferry landing, we had a pair of Tundra Swans
fly over.  Other waterfowl highlights included Redhead, Black-bellied
Whistling-ducks, Northern Pintails, Mottled Ducks and our first wild
Mallards of the fall.

We found White Pelicans in multiple spots and saw one of the Roseate
Spoonbills reported to us by Steve Coker.  We had multiple Virginia Rails,
several Sora, a King Rail and Clapper Rails too.  A few Glossy Ibis
lingered among the more numerous White Ibis and we had a couple of
Yellow-crowned Night Herons among the Black-crowned.  Plenty of Wood Storks
and a few Anhingas were also hanging around, as were all the usual egrets
and herons.

We had five wren species - Winter, Sedge, Marsh, House and Carolina.  Most
of the morning we had Red-cockaded Woodpeckers calling around us as we
searched pocosin edges for the Townsend's Warbler.   Marsh sparrows proved
elusive in the wind.

Avocet numbers were down from last week, as were most shorebird numbers.
We had some feeding Gannets off the beach, and some Brown Pelicans but only
a handful of Scoters and Lesser Scaup.

We also enjoyed a Barn Owl, a couple of American Kestrels, plenty of Bald
Eagles and Red-shouldered + Red-tailed + Cooper's + Sharp-shinned Hawks.

Nathan Dias - Charleston, SC