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25 Oct Re: Henslow's Sparrow, Ft. Moultrie, Sullivan's Island, South Carolina [Nate Dias ]
24 Oct Henslow's Sparrow, Ft. Moultrie, Sullivan's Island, South Carolina [Craig ]
24 Oct Hermit Thrushes [TNT Sanders ]
24 Oct Re: Mattamuskeet reddish egrets? [Will Cook ]
24 Oct first of the year pine siskin and other winter arrivals [Irvin Pitts ]
24 Oct from: amber.r.mccune@gmail.com ["amber.r.mccune AT gmail.com" ]
24 Oct Winter birds in Raleigh [Tom Snow ]
24 Oct Sparrows, wrens, Bittern - Fort Fisher, NC [KD Edwards ]
24 Oct Vesper & Clay-colored Sparrows, New Hanover County, NC [Bruce Smithson ]
24 Oct Re: Purple Finch at Riverbend Park [Dwayne Martin ]
24 Oct Purple Finch at Riverbend Park [Dwayne Martin ]
24 Oct Wood thrush at Congaree [Jack Rogers ]
24 Oct Re: Great Horned Owl [Derek Aldrich ]
24 Oct Great Horned Owl [Shannon Groff ]
24 Oct RTHummer [Rich Boyd ]
23 Oct Upcoming Chapel Hill Bird Club meeting, Oct. 27 [Eddie Owens ]
23 Oct White-crowned Sparrow - Charlotte area [Kevin Metcalf ]
23 Oct Corolla and Duck birds October 23 [Jeff Lewis ]
23 Oct Gannets and pelicans - Wrightsville Beach [KD Edwards ]
23 Oct Ovenbird [KC Foggin ]
23 Oct Winter birds in Charleston [Jack Rogers ]
23 Oct Common Eider, Jennettes Pier, nags head NC [Audrey ]
23 Oct Magnolia Warbler: Wake Co., NC- 10/23 [KR ]
21 Oct Re: Piping Plover Sullivan's Island SC []
23 Oct No CHBC bird walk Oct. 25 [Robert Rybczynski ]
23 Oct Black-throated Green Warblers on USC campus []
23 Oct Clarification [Tom ]
23 Oct American White Pelicans at Goose Creek SP? []
23 Oct Bittern and Saltmarsh Sparrows - Wrightsville Beach NC [KD Edwards ]
22 Oct Re: Mike Tove's terrible faux pas ["Elizabeth Wilkins/vanMontfrans" ]
22 Oct Mike Tove's terrible faux pas [Harry LeGrand ]
22 Oct Re: Mattamuskeet reddish egrets? [Brian Patteson ]
22 Oct Re: Mattamuskeet reddish egrets? ["Barbara Brooks" ]
22 Oct Re: Mattamuskeet reddish egrets? ["Elizabeth Wilkins/vanMontfrans" ]
22 Oct Re: New Hotspot; Merging Hotspots [Lois Stacey ]
22 Oct Re: New Hotspot; Merging Hotspots [Pamela Ford ]
22 Oct Re: New Hotspot; Merging Hotspots [Derek Aldrich ]
22 Oct Re: New Hotspot; Merging Hotspots [Bradley Dalton ]
22 Oct Hummingbirds in Costa Rica: An Opportunity ["Bill Hilton Jr." ]
22 Oct Wings over water big day [Bb ]
22 Oct Help document bird window collisions [Scott Winton ]
22 Oct Re: A birder marriage and far northeastern NC birds [Helmut Mueller ]
22 Oct Sparrows @ Franklin co, N.C. [Paul Hubert ]
21 Oct Fwd: Piping Plover Sullivan's Island SC [Pamela Ford ]
21 Oct Wake Co., NC-American Bittern-Prairie Ridge Ecostation-10/20/2014 []
21 Oct RE: Mattamuskeet reddish egrets? []
21 Oct Union County Anhinga [drivesa3 AT aol.com ]
21 Oct Re: Great birding and marine mammal watching at Captain Sam's Inlet 10/18 [Scott Jackson-Ricketts ]
21 Oct Re: Great birding and marine mammal watching at Captain Sam's Inlet 10/18 [Philip Dickinson ]
21 Oct Great birding and marine mammal watching at Captain Sam's Inlet 10/18 [Nate Dias ]
21 Oct Re: Mattamuskeet reddish egrets? [Nate Dias ]
21 Oct Re: Mattamuskeet reddish egrets? [Carson Wood ]
21 Oct Sora and Orange-crowned Warbler at Price Park [Henry Link ]
21 Oct re: Mattamuskeet reddish egrets? [Scott Winton ]
21 Oct Piping Plover Sullivan's Island SC [Pamela Ford ]
21 Oct Nashville Warbler at Conestee, Greenville, SC [Paul Serridge ]
21 Oct Lincoln's Sparrows continue at Brookshire Park Boone [Badger ]
21 Oct Re: A birder marriage and far northeastern NC birds ["John Fussell" ]
21 Oct Reddish Egrets observed at Mattamuseet NWR []
21 Oct North River Farms and Cape Lookout, NC on Sunday ["John Fussell" ]
20 Oct Union County, NC, Anhinga []
20 Oct RE: Pea Is. and Lake Mattamuskeet NWR, NC [Jamie Adams ]
20 Oct Wake Co., NC-American Bittern-Prairie Ridge Ecostation-10/20/2014 [Mike Turner ]
20 Oct Re: Pea Is. and Lake Mattamuskeet NWR, NC [Philip Dickinson ]
20 Oct Re: Pea Is. and Lake Mattamuskeet NWR, NC [Brian Patteson ]
20 Oct Butter-butts [KC Foggin ]
20 Oct Meck Audubon November Meeting (Thursday 11/06): Conserving Breeding Habitat for Grassland Birds in a Changing Agricultural Landscape [Christy Hill ]
20 Oct Bio blitz for St. Christopher, Seabrook Isl. 4/25/15 [David Gardner ]
20 Oct Ft Fisher NC [Ryan Justice ]
20 Oct Re: Pea Is. and Lake Mattamuskeet NWR, NC [Carson Wood ]
20 Oct Birds Out, Birds In [John Connors ]
20 Oct Pea Is. and Lake Mattamuskeet NWR, NC [Carson Wood ]
20 Oct sapsuckers return ["Olwen jarvis" ]
20 Oct correction on the Peanut feeder for warblers [Linda Ward ]
20 Oct Re: Siskins and Vultures at Grandfather Mountain [Dwayne Martin ]
20 Oct Siskins and Vultures at Grandfather Mountain [Jesse Pope ]

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

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

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

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

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

Nathan Dias, Charleston, SC

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

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


Craig Watson
Mt. Pleasant, SC

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

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

There is a line in the Carolinabirds guidelines about this:

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

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

Good birding,

Will Cook
carolinabirds-owner AT duke.edu


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

[rest deleted]

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


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


Hi carolinabirds

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



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


Have a great weekend everybody.

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


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


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


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


Marsh Wren, bunches

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

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

Also a Eurasian Collared-Dove in Kure Beach.

Dean Edwards
Knoxville, TN



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


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

 

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

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

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


Catawba County Park Ranger
Riverbend Park - Conover, NC
St. Stephens Park - Hickory, NC
jdmartin AT catawbacountync.gov
http://www.catawbacountync.gov/depts/parks/
http://www.weatherlink.com/user/riverbendpark
http://www.ncbirdingtrail.org/TrailGuide/Guide_CatawbaValley.pdf

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

> Just saw our first Purple Finch of the season at the feeders here at
> Riverbend Park (northern Catawba Co).  It was an female/imm male. Bring on
> the Siskins!!
>
>
> Dwayne
> *************
> Dwayne Martin
> Hickory, NC
> redxbill AT gmail.com
>
> 
http://naturalsciences.org/research-collections/research-specialties/birds/nc-hummingbirds 

>
> Catawba County Park Ranger
> Riverbend Park - Conover, NC
> St. Stephens Park - Hickory, NC
> jdmartin AT catawbacountync.gov
> http://www.catawbacountync.gov/depts/parks/
> http://www.weatherlink.com/user/riverbendpark
> http://www.ncbirdingtrail.org/TrailGuide/Guide_CatawbaValley.pdf
>
Subject: Purple Finch at Riverbend Park
From: Dwayne Martin <redxbill AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:34:50 -0400
Just saw our first Purple Finch of the season at the feeders here at
Riverbend Park (northern Catawba Co).  It was an female/imm male. Bring on
the Siskins!!


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

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


Catawba County Park Ranger
Riverbend Park - Conover, NC
St. Stephens Park - Hickory, NC
jdmartin AT catawbacountync.gov
http://www.catawbacountync.gov/depts/parks/
http://www.weatherlink.com/user/riverbendpark
http://www.ncbirdingtrail.org/TrailGuide/Guide_CatawbaValley.pdf
Subject: Wood thrush at Congaree
From: Jack Rogers <jack AT 4rogers.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:12:10 -0400
Just left Congaree NP, not too much there. I did, however, have at least
one Wood Thrush on the swamp Boardwalk. Will post pictures when available.

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

Derek Aldrich
Taylors, SC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Kevin Metcalf
Mecklenburg Co., NC

Subject: Corolla and Duck birds October 23
From: Jeff Lewis <jlewisbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:52:11 -0400
Had a good Wings Over Water field trip today considering the strong winds.
Had 8 species of warblers, none outstanding. Also had a red-eyed vireo,
winter wren, 2 sapsuckers, pine siskin, brown creeper. Raptors included
harrier, sharp-shinned, Merlin, bald eagle. Best bird was a late Warbling
Vireo seen in Duck.
Jeff Lewis
Manteo, NC
Subject: Gannets and pelicans - Wrightsville Beach
From: KD Edwards <sparverius AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:08:46 -0400
Afternoon highlights (Thurs, 23 Oct) from the north end of Wrightsville Beach 
(New Hanover Co, NC) included ... 


Northern Gannet, 2-4 working up and down the coast well offshore but well seen 
with 10x binocs. At least one 2nd-year bird and one 3rd-year or adult bird. My 
first this week. 


Am White Pelican, 3 birds over the marsh along N Lumina.

Dean Edwards
Knoxville, TN

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Ovenbird
From: KC Foggin <kcfoggin AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:49:37 -0400
Going through images I took the past week and I see, what I thought was a
Hermit Thrush, was actually an Ovenbird. I guess it was my wishful thinking
to see Hermie again but I'm quite happy with my once every year Ovenbird
too ;)

K.C.

K.C. Foggin
Socastee
Myrtle Beach SC

www.birdforum.net

www.pbase.com/kcfoggin/nikon_d50_pages
Subject: Winter birds in Charleston
From: Jack Rogers <jack AT 4rogers.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:41:33 -0400
Had 1 Butterbutt fly over me while I was waiting on the bus this morning,
and had 2 Bald Eagles (1 4th year & 1 Adult) fly over my bus!  Also, there
was a Kinglet singing nearby the house earlier this morning.  Prepare
yourselves, the Yellow-rumpeds are coming!

-- 
Jack Rogers
Mt Pleasant, SC
My Flickr page 
Subject: Common Eider, Jennettes Pier, nags head NC
From: Audrey <ajw AT earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:08:59 -0400
During a Wings Over Water morning field trip on Jennette's Pier, Bill E spotted 
a duck sitting on the water. Female Common Eider!!!!!! 

Simon Thimpson saw one later flying south in Avon.

Life is Great!

Audrey Whitlock
Nags Head NC & Merritt Island FL

Sent from iPhone
Subject: Magnolia Warbler: Wake Co., NC- 10/23
From: KR <krkit AT mindspring.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:11:31 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
Hey everyone,

I just had a late adult Magnolia Warbler touch down in our backyard. Nice to 
see that species again! 


Cheers,

Kyle Kittelberger
Raleigh, NC
(please send any replies to kkturtledude AT yahoo.com)
Subject: Re: Piping Plover Sullivan's Island SC
From: jford6 AT comcast.net
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:19:23 +0000 (UTC)




Subject: No CHBC bird walk Oct. 25
From: Robert Rybczynski <rob.rybczy AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:42:49 -0400
There will NOT be a Chapel Hill Bird Club trip this Saturday (Oct 25) since I 
will be traveling (outside of North Carolina) and my back-up leader is also 
away. 


Good birding!
Bob Rybczynski
Cary, NC
Subject: Black-throated Green Warblers on USC campus
From: <jrgrego AT sc.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:57:47 -0400
On my way for a coffee this morning, I paused along the USC Horseshoe to look 
for birds. The sound of chickadees led to a mixed flock, and I saw both a male 
BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER in breeding plumage and a female/immature 
Black-throated Green Warbler as well. Earlier, while looking at a BLUE-HEADED 
VIREO, I noticed another bird fluttering in the canopy of a live oak, and 
realized it was suspended with its feet tangled in the remnants of an old 
Golden Orb Weaver web--it was a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET and seemed hopelessly 
entangled. Sorry about the sad note, however natural the incident. 


John Grego
Columbia SC
Subject: Clarification
From: Tom <tledford1207 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:54:18 -0400
The fact that these emails were supposed to be private doesn't change the 
message, and it's the attitudes that are unacceptable. This certainly 
discourages newer birders from reporting sightings. I don't know Carson, nor do 
I have any idea of his level of birding experience, but any apologies should be 
directed to him. 


Tom Ledford 
Indian Trail, NC

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: American White Pelicans at Goose Creek SP?
From: <ed.corey AT ncparks.gov>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:37:22 -0400 (EDT)
I'm about a week or so late, and if I missed a post on this, I do apologize,
but apparently 8 American White Pelicans were observed feeding in Goose Creek,
a tributary of the Pamlico River between Washington and Bath, on October 15th. 
This is a first record for the park, and an interesting sighting on the whole. 
No clue how long they stayed, or where they went.

Ed Corey
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Bittern and Saltmarsh Sparrows - Wrightsville Beach NC
From: KD Edwards <sparverius AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:26:05 -0400
Spent a couple of hours at the north end of Wrightsville Beach (New Hanover Co, 
NC) during the new moon high tide on Thurs morning (23 Oct). Highlights (from 
TN-point-of-view) below: 


AMERICAN BITTERN, 1 flying over the marsh from the round-about at the end of N 
Lumina 


Saltmarsh Sparrow, 1-2, nice scope views, sitting in hammock out from the 
round-about 


Marsh Wren, 1, same spot

Bald Eagle, 2
N Harrier, at least 1 constantly covering the marsh

Black Skimmer, 300+
Caspian Tern, 2
Sandwich Tern, ~15
Common, Forsters, Royal Terns
Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1
Great Black-backed, Herring, Ring-billed, Laughing Gulls

American Oystercatcher, ~20
Piping Plover, about 5 huddled in dunes from wind so couldn't see any bands
Black-bellied, Semipalmated Plovers
Dunlin, ~15
Western Sandpipers
Short-billed Dowitchers
Willets
Sanderling
Ruddy Turnstones

Tricolored Heron, 3
White Ibis, 30+


Dean Edwards
Knoxville, TN

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Re: Mike Tove's terrible faux pas
From: "Elizabeth Wilkins/vanMontfrans" <vanwilkins AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:45:50 -0400
Harry,
Thanks for the helpful clarification.  Hopefully, we can all be more
careful going forward.
Elizabeth

On Wed, Oct 22, 2014 at 11:13 PM, Harry LeGrand 
wrote:

> Several of us are extremely upset that Mr. Tove presumably forgot to whom
> he was sending messages, and inadvertently ended up sending a bunch of
> personal messages to carolinabirds that he was not entitled to send.
>
> All of us send emails about birds and other subjects (politics, etc.) to
> our friends. But, when such "private" e-mails become public on a full
> listserve, then issues may arise, feelings get hurt, and others get very
> embarrassed. Obviously several of us in this string are very upset and now
> have been called hurtful names by some folks on this listserve. I am very
> sorry about this, but please note again that these were personal emails
> that were not sent to this listserve by me and several others.
>
> Mr. Tove called me just now from Duluth, MN, and we explained what had
> happened. He told me that he had assumed that these personal emails had
> already been sent to carolinabirds, or at least as they were not expressly
> stated not to be sent to the listserve, it was OK for him to forward them
> on to all of you readers. That was a huge mistaken assumption on his part.
>
> He wanted me to say that he apologizes for this error, and that when he
> returns to NC on Monday will be able to further comment on this.
>
> Harry LeGrand
>
>
>
>
>
Subject: Mike Tove's terrible faux pas
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:13:53 -0400
Several of us are extremely upset that Mr. Tove presumably forgot to whom
he was sending messages, and inadvertently ended up sending a bunch of
personal messages to carolinabirds that he was not entitled to send.

All of us send emails about birds and other subjects (politics, etc.) to
our friends. But, when such "private" e-mails become public on a full
listserve, then issues may arise, feelings get hurt, and others get very
embarrassed. Obviously several of us in this string are very upset and now
have been called hurtful names by some folks on this listserve. I am very
sorry about this, but please note again that these were personal emails
that were not sent to this listserve by me and several others.

Mr. Tove called me just now from Duluth, MN, and we explained what had
happened. He told me that he had assumed that these personal emails had
already been sent to carolinabirds, or at least as they were not expressly
stated not to be sent to the listserve, it was OK for him to forward them
on to all of you readers. That was a huge mistaken assumption on his part.

He wanted me to say that he apologizes for this error, and that when he
returns to NC on Monday will be able to further comment on this.

Harry LeGrand
Subject: Re: Mattamuskeet reddish egrets?
From: Brian Patteson <patteson1 AT embarqmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:21:05 -0400
How about anyone who wants to comment on this, reply to THIS MESSAGE, w/o 
repeatedly copying the PRIVATE comments that were forwarded to the LISTSERVE by 
Mike Tove. Fair enough? 


Brian Patteson
Hatteras, NC



On Oct 22, 2014, at 8:09 PM, Barbara Brooks wrote:

> I concur
>  
> barb brooks
> NE Orange Co. NC
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Elizabeth Wilkins/vanMontfrans
> To: mtove AT deltaforce.net
> Cc: carolinabirds AT duke.edu
> Sent: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 7:36 PM
> Subject: Re: Mattamuskeet reddish egrets?
> 
> At the risk of annoying the sender, Mike Tove, and maybe others, I need to 
object to the blatant takedowns of birders posting unsubstantiated, or even 
incorrect, sightings to Carolina Birds. What was obviously and deliberately a 
private (though snarky) exchange among experts HAD to be re-posted to the 
entire listserve? For the sole purpose of humiliation, or so it seems, of a 
birder who in good faith dared to put something out there that was possibly (oh 
no!) inaccurate. This is what gives "elite birders" a bad name, and keeps too 
many of us in the "relative novice" category...yes, such comments are 
intimidating and discouraging, and the folks being disparaged are likely just 
as smart as you are, if less expert at bird identification. Gentle correction 
and skepticism are helpful and necessary (as in the initial responses), but we 
should all be appalled when disrespect and humiliation are used to put fellow 
enthusiastic birders "in their place". 

> 
> Furthermore, email rule number one : Never intentionally re-post a private 
conversation to a public listserve.... 

> 
> Respectfully,
> 
> Elizabeth Wilkins
> Yorktown, VA 
> 
> 
> 
> 
Subject: Re: Mattamuskeet reddish egrets?
From: "Barbara Brooks" <brooksba1 AT frontier.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:09:57 -0400
I concur

barb brooks
NE Orange Co. NC
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Elizabeth Wilkins/vanMontfrans 
  To: mtove AT deltaforce.net 
  Cc: carolinabirds AT duke.edu 
  Sent: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 7:36 PM
  Subject: Re: Mattamuskeet reddish egrets?


 At the risk of annoying the sender, Mike Tove, and maybe others, I need to 
object to the blatant takedowns of birders posting unsubstantiated, or even 
incorrect, sightings to Carolina Birds. What was obviously and deliberately a 
private (though snarky) exchange among experts HAD to be re-posted to the 
entire listserve? For the sole purpose of humiliation, or so it seems, of a 
birder who in good faith dared to put something out there that was possibly (oh 
no!) inaccurate. This is what gives "elite birders" a bad name, and keeps too 
many of us in the "relative novice" category...yes, such comments are 
intimidating and discouraging, and the folks being disparaged are likely just 
as smart as you are, if less expert at bird identification. Gentle correction 
and skepticism are helpful and necessary (as in the initial responses), but we 
should all be appalled when disrespect and humiliation are used to put fellow 
enthusiastic birders "in their place". 



 Furthermore, email rule number one : Never intentionally re-post a private 
conversation to a public listserve.... 



  Respectfully,


  Elizabeth Wilkins
  Yorktown, VA 


  On Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 9:34 PM,  wrote:

 I agree with all this cautious commentary. Maybe there were multiple Reddish 
Egrets but if so, the documentation really needs to be far better than is 
presently available. However, I confess I’ve seen them that way before. Oh 
wait. That was south Florida. Never mind. 




    Mike Tove

    Cary, NC



    From: Brian Patteson [mailto:patteson1 AT embarqmail.com] 
    Sent: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 7:38 PM
    To: Harry LeGrand
    Cc: Nate Dias; Scott Winton; Mike Tove
    Subject: Re: Mattamuskeet reddish egrets?



    Harry,



 Yeah, only THREE! LMAO. I'm afraid there are many people out there who do not 
"get it" as well. Like the guy who said maybe he saw them at Pea Island. Makes 
you feel like all that work on the status and distribution of NC birds was 
worth it, I suppose. 




    Brian







    On Oct 21, 2014, at 7:00 PM, Harry LeGrand wrote:





 I almost fell off my chair when, right after Scott questioned the report of 
"several" Reddish Egrets, Carson came back on and said, and I copy: "to clarify 
for everyone there were only three birds seen, not seven." 




 He still doesn't get that the species is very rare there, especially this late 
in the season He still thinks that three Reddish Egrets there is not a big 
deal, for after all, he or they saw Little Blues as well. This guy is still a 
relative novice, and I'm glad each of you has saved Mike Tove and me from 
having to do the same on the listserve. Mike and I have questioned a lot of 
folks over the years, and this was certainly something that I said "highly 
unlikely". I questioned Steve Patterson about the reported Wilson's Plover way 
inland recently near Clemson, I think. I don't know what became of all that. 




 With WOW starting any day now, I expect a bunch of birders will be combing the 
refuge daily now. We shall see if any Reddish Egrets are really there. I doubt 
it. 




    Harry





 On Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 3:08 PM, Nate Dias  wrote: 




    I agree with Scott in being a little hesitant to accept multiple
    Reddish Egrets showing up at Mattamuskeet out of the blue.
    Particularly without any details covering plumage, eye color, bill
    characteristics, etc.

    This is because I have never seen a Reddish Egret in fresh water -
    always salt or brackish water, including all the times I have seen
    them in (coastal brackish) impoundments.

    Reddish Egrets are on occasion seen in pure fresh water in Florida and
    along the Gulf Coast, but it is by no means a common occurrence.

    So without photos or other documentation, or a report from a
    walks-on-water witness like John Fussell, or any details at all, who
    can blame someone for being skeptical?

    Carson - if you had provided a few details that led you to that
    conclusion, it might have cut down on the accusatory emails...

    Nathan Dias - Charleston, SC


 On Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 1:20 PM, Scott Winton  wrote: 

    > I have to jump on the jerky skeptical bandwagon on this one...
    >
    > 1) In the original post there was no mention of Little Blue Herons, which
 > are common in the impoundments. Little Blues superficially resemble Reddish 

    > Egrets with their reddish necks and pale blue bodies.  They've definitely
    > made me look twice before and I've had other people call me saying they
 > found a Reddish Egret at Mattamuskeet only to later realize it was a Little 

    > Blue.  It's an easy mistake to make.
    >
 > 2) the wording of "...several reddish egrets..." suggests that the observer 

    > didn't give this observation a whole lot of critical thought and is
    > unfamiliar with their rarity in this part of the state.  One or a few
 > Reddish Egrets is always worth a mention anywhere in NC, but "several" would 

    > imply 5+ which would be a possible high count for NC. They also have a
    > preference for tidal habitats over impoundments.
    >
    > Of course birds can do strange things...but if 7 Reddish Egrets really
    > showed up at Mattamuskeet all at once, that's something that ought to be
    > pretty carefully documented rather than casually reported and accepted.
    > --
    > Scott Winton - Durham, NC
    > http://birdaholic.blogspot.com
    >





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Subject: Re: Mattamuskeet reddish egrets?
From: "Elizabeth Wilkins/vanMontfrans" <vanwilkins AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:36:43 -0400
At the risk of annoying the sender, Mike Tove, and maybe others, I need to
object to the blatant takedowns of birders posting unsubstantiated, or even
incorrect, sightings to Carolina Birds.  What was obviously and
deliberately a private (though snarky) exchange among experts *HAD* to be
re-posted to the entire listserve?  For the sole purpose of humiliation, or
so it seems, of a birder who in good faith dared to put something out there
that was possibly (oh no!) inaccurate.  This is what gives "elite birders"
a bad name, and keeps too many of us in the "relative novice"
category...yes, such comments are intimidating and discouraging, and the
folks being disparaged are likely just as smart as you are, if less expert
at bird identification.  Gentle correction and skepticism are helpful and
necessary (as in the initial responses), but we should all be appalled when
disrespect and humiliation are used to put fellow enthusiastic birders "in
their place".

Furthermore, email rule number one : Never intentionally re-post a private
conversation to a public listserve....

Respectfully,

Elizabeth Wilkins
Yorktown, VA

On Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 9:34 PM,  wrote:

> I agree with all this cautious commentary. Maybe there were multiple
> Reddish Egrets but if so, the documentation really needs to be far better
> than is presently available. However, I confess I’ve seen them that way
> before. Oh wait. That was south Florida. Never mind.
>
>
>
> Mike Tove
>
> Cary, NC
>
>
>
> *From:* Brian Patteson [mailto:patteson1 AT embarqmail.com]
> *Sent:* Tuesday, October 21, 2014 7:38 PM
> *To:* Harry LeGrand
> *Cc:* Nate Dias; Scott Winton; Mike Tove
> *Subject:* Re: Mattamuskeet reddish egrets?
>
>
>
> Harry,
>
>
>
> Yeah, only THREE!  LMAO. I'm afraid there are many people out there who do
> not "get it" as well.  Like the guy who said maybe he saw them at Pea
> Island.  Makes you feel like all that work on the status and distribution
> of NC birds was worth it, I suppose.
>
>
>
> Brian
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> On Oct 21, 2014, at 7:00 PM, Harry LeGrand wrote:
>
>
>
> I almost fell off my chair when, right after Scott questioned the report
> of "several" Reddish Egrets, Carson came back on and said, and I copy:  "to
> clarify for everyone there were only *three* birds seen, not seven."
>
>
>
> He still doesn't get that the species is very rare there, especially this
> late in the season He still thinks that three Reddish Egrets there is not a
> big deal, for after all, he or they saw Little Blues as well.   This guy is
> still a relative novice, and I'm glad each of you has saved Mike Tove and
> me from having to do the same on the listserve. Mike and I have questioned
> a lot of folks over the years, and this was certainly something that I said
> "highly unlikely". I questioned Steve Patterson about the reported Wilson's
> Plover way inland recently near Clemson, I think.  I don't know what became
> of all that.
>
>
>
> With WOW starting any day now, I expect a bunch of birders will be combing
> the refuge daily now. We shall see if any Reddish Egrets are really there.
> I doubt it.
>
>
>
> Harry
>
>
>
>
>
> On Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 3:08 PM, Nate Dias 
> wrote:
>
> I agree with Scott in being a little hesitant to accept multiple
> Reddish Egrets showing up at Mattamuskeet out of the blue.
> Particularly without any details covering plumage, eye color, bill
> characteristics, etc.
>
> This is because I have never seen a Reddish Egret in fresh water -
> always salt or brackish water, including all the times I have seen
> them in (coastal brackish) impoundments.
>
> Reddish Egrets are on occasion seen in pure fresh water in Florida and
> along the Gulf Coast, but it is by no means a common occurrence.
>
> So without photos or other documentation, or a report from a
> walks-on-water witness like John Fussell, or any details at all, who
> can blame someone for being skeptical?
>
> Carson - if you had provided a few details that led you to that
> conclusion, it might have cut down on the accusatory emails...
>
> Nathan Dias - Charleston, SC
>
>
> On Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 1:20 PM, Scott Winton 
> wrote:
> > I have to jump on the jerky skeptical bandwagon on this one...
> >
> > 1) In the original post there was no mention of Little Blue Herons, which
> > are common in the impoundments.  Little Blues superficially resemble
> Reddish
> > Egrets with their reddish necks and pale blue bodies.  They've definitely
> > made me look twice before and I've had other people call me saying they
> > found a Reddish Egret at Mattamuskeet only to later realize it was a
> Little
> > Blue.  It's an easy mistake to make.
> >
> > 2) the wording of "...several reddish egrets..." suggests that the
> observer
> > didn't give this observation a whole lot of critical thought and is
> > unfamiliar with their rarity in this part of the state.  One or a few
> > Reddish Egrets is always worth a mention anywhere in NC, but "several"
> would
> > imply 5+ which would be a possible high count for NC. They also have a
> > preference for tidal habitats over impoundments.
> >
> > Of course birds can do strange things...but if 7 Reddish Egrets really
> > showed up at Mattamuskeet all at once, that's something that ought to be
> > pretty carefully documented rather than casually reported and accepted.
> > --
> > Scott Winton - Durham, NC
> > http://birdaholic.blogspot.com
> >
>
>
>
>
>
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Subject: Re: New Hotspot; Merging Hotspots
From: Lois Stacey <croakie AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:28:56 -0400
I merge mine once or twice a year but recently found that it appears that 
capitalization counts. Several of the hot spots I have in my phone are spelled 
correctly but are not capitalized and when I uploaded they formed their own 
point. I have changed them to match exactly now. 


Lois Stacey
North Augusta, SC

Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 22, 2014, at 5:56 PM, Derek Aldrich  wrote:
> 
> Also, Please feel free to suggest a location as a hotspot if it is not 
already one. 

> 
> Derek
> 
>> On Wed, Oct 22, 2014 at 5:08 PM, Bradley Dalton  
wrote: 

>> Merging personal sighting with a hotspot is something that everyone using 
ebird should take a look at, especially if they've been using it for more than 
a couple of years. It is a very easy process and would be very beneficial to 
all birders who use the site. If one does not merge their own location with the 
hotspot (likely of the same name), their sightings are effectively unnoticed 
unless a person is searching by species instead of location. I took a look at 
mine about a year ago and noticed there were nearly a dozen new hotspots where 
I had a personal location. It is an easy process. Just type "merge" in the 
search box and it will show you what to do. If you want to check if you have 
any spots that need merging, just go to submit an observation and 'find it on a 
map.' Enter the state and then zoom in. It helps to open two windows. 

>> 
>> Brad Dalton
>> Greenville, SC
>> 
>>> On Mon, Oct 20, 2014 at 7:54 AM, Dennis Forsythe 
 wrote: 

>>> Hi All,
>>> 
>>> Derek Aldrich has just created a new hotspot:
>>> 
>>>  Name:  Hy 17 below spoil site
>>>    State/Province:  US-SC
>>>    County:  US-SC-Jasper
>>>    Latitude:  32.121
>>>    Longitude:  -81.065
>>> 
>>> This is the spot on Speedway Blvd ( Hy 17) below the spoil site were you 
can look over the marsh. Currently there are a number or Roseate Spoonbills 
there. In the past you could see shorebirds like Avocets and Stilt Sandpipers. 
If you have any checklist for this site pelase move them to the new hotspot. 

>>> 
>>> Thanks,
>>> 
>>> Dennis
>>> 
>>> -- 
>>> Dennis M. Forsythe PhD
>>> South Carolina Ebird Reviewer
>>> Emeritus Professor of Biology
>>> The Citadel
>>> 171 Moultrie St,
>>> Charleston, SC 29409
>>> 843.795.3996-home
>>> 843.953.7264-fax
>>> 843.708.1605-cell
>>> dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com
> 
Subject: Re: New Hotspot; Merging Hotspots
From: Pamela Ford <jford6 AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:19:14 -0400
Brad has an excellent point. I too have made the mistake of not picking HOT 
SPOT for list location, my first sighting of the Scissor-tail Flycatcher in 
Greenville SC. I accidentally dropped the pin 10 miles from actual location. 
This data could be lost and also causes much grief for someone who relies on a 
map to chase a bird. 

Another point, if you use the BIRDLOG APP on your smartphone and don't pick a 
Hot Spot, do to Internet connection, you want to go back and change location to 
the Hot Spot. It benefits everyone, especially if retrieving info for early or 
late sightings or last reported, from previous years. 

Pam Ford
Charleston

Sent from my iPhone

Bird On!


> On Oct 22, 2014, at 5:56 PM, Derek Aldrich  wrote:
> 
> Also, Please feel free to suggest a location as a hotspot if it is not 
already one. 

> 
> Derek
> 
>> On Wed, Oct 22, 2014 at 5:08 PM, Bradley Dalton  
wrote: 

>> Merging personal sighting with a hotspot is something that everyone using 
ebird should take a look at, especially if they've been using it for more than 
a couple of years. It is a very easy process and would be very beneficial to 
all birders who use the site. If one does not merge their own location with the 
hotspot (likely of the same name), their sightings are effectively unnoticed 
unless a person is searching by species instead of location. I took a look at 
mine about a year ago and noticed there were nearly a dozen new hotspots where 
I had a personal location. It is an easy process. Just type "merge" in the 
search box and it will show you what to do. If you want to check if you have 
any spots that need merging, just go to submit an observation and 'find it on a 
map.' Enter the state and then zoom in. It helps to open two windows. 

>> 
>> Brad Dalton
>> Greenville, SC
>> 
>>> On Mon, Oct 20, 2014 at 7:54 AM, Dennis Forsythe 
 wrote: 

>>> Hi All,
>>> 
>>> Derek Aldrich has just created a new hotspot:
>>> 
>>>  Name:  Hy 17 below spoil site
>>>    State/Province:  US-SC
>>>    County:  US-SC-Jasper
>>>    Latitude:  32.121
>>>    Longitude:  -81.065
>>> 
>>> This is the spot on Speedway Blvd ( Hy 17) below the spoil site were you 
can look over the marsh. Currently there are a number or Roseate Spoonbills 
there. In the past you could see shorebirds like Avocets and Stilt Sandpipers. 
If you have any checklist for this site pelase move them to the new hotspot. 

>>> 
>>> Thanks,
>>> 
>>> Dennis
>>> 
>>> -- 
>>> Dennis M. Forsythe PhD
>>> South Carolina Ebird Reviewer
>>> Emeritus Professor of Biology
>>> The Citadel
>>> 171 Moultrie St,
>>> Charleston, SC 29409
>>> 843.795.3996-home
>>> 843.953.7264-fax
>>> 843.708.1605-cell
>>> dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com
> 
Subject: Re: New Hotspot; Merging Hotspots
From: Derek Aldrich <derekaldrich AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:56:14 -0400
Also, Please feel free to suggest a location as a hotspot if it is not
already one.

Derek

On Wed, Oct 22, 2014 at 5:08 PM, Bradley Dalton 
wrote:

> Merging personal sighting with a hotspot is something that everyone using
> ebird should take a look at, especially if they've been using it for more
> than a couple of years.  It is a very easy process and would be very
> beneficial to all birders who use the site.  If one does not merge their
> own location with the hotspot (likely of the same name), their sightings
> are effectively unnoticed unless a person is searching by species instead
> of location.  I took a look at mine about a year ago and noticed there were
> nearly a dozen new hotspots where I had a personal location.  It is an easy
> process. Just type "merge" in the search box and it will show you what to
> do.  If you want to check if you have any spots that need merging, just go
> to submit an observation and 'find it on a map.'  Enter the state and then
> zoom in. It helps to open two windows.
>
> Brad Dalton
> Greenville, SC
>
> On Mon, Oct 20, 2014 at 7:54 AM, Dennis Forsythe <
> dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> Hi All,
>>
>> Derek Aldrich has just created a new hotspot:
>>
>>  Name:  Hy 17 below spoil site
>>    State/Province:  US-SC
>>    County:  US-SC-Jasper
>>    Latitude:  32.121
>>    Longitude:  -81.065
>>
>> This is the spot on Speedway Blvd ( Hy 17) below the spoil site were you
>> can look over the marsh.  Currently there are a number or Roseate
>> Spoonbills there.  In the past you could see shorebirds like Avocets and
>> Stilt Sandpipers.  If you have any checklist for this site pelase move them
>> to the new hotspot.
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> Dennis
>>
>> --
>> Dennis M. Forsythe PhD
>> South Carolina Ebird Reviewer
>> Emeritus Professor of Biology
>> The Citadel
>> 171 Moultrie St,
>> Charleston, SC 29409
>> 843.795.3996-home
>> 843.953.7264-fax
>> 843.708.1605-cell
>> dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com
>>
>
>
Subject: Re: New Hotspot; Merging Hotspots
From: Bradley Dalton <bradley.dalt AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:08:02 -0400
Merging personal sighting with a hotspot is something that everyone using
ebird should take a look at, especially if they've been using it for more
than a couple of years.  It is a very easy process and would be very
beneficial to all birders who use the site.  If one does not merge their
own location with the hotspot (likely of the same name), their sightings
are effectively unnoticed unless a person is searching by species instead
of location.  I took a look at mine about a year ago and noticed there were
nearly a dozen new hotspots where I had a personal location.  It is an easy
process. Just type "merge" in the search box and it will show you what to
do.  If you want to check if you have any spots that need merging, just go
to submit an observation and 'find it on a map.'  Enter the state and then
zoom in. It helps to open two windows.

Brad Dalton
Greenville, SC

On Mon, Oct 20, 2014 at 7:54 AM, Dennis Forsythe 
wrote:

> Hi All,
>
> Derek Aldrich has just created a new hotspot:
>
>  Name:  Hy 17 below spoil site
>    State/Province:  US-SC
>    County:  US-SC-Jasper
>    Latitude:  32.121
>    Longitude:  -81.065
>
> This is the spot on Speedway Blvd ( Hy 17) below the spoil site were you
> can look over the marsh.  Currently there are a number or Roseate
> Spoonbills there.  In the past you could see shorebirds like Avocets and
> Stilt Sandpipers.  If you have any checklist for this site pelase move them
> to the new hotspot.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Dennis
>
> --
> Dennis M. Forsythe PhD
> South Carolina Ebird Reviewer
> Emeritus Professor of Biology
> The Citadel
> 171 Moultrie St,
> Charleston, SC 29409
> 843.795.3996-home
> 843.953.7264-fax
> 843.708.1605-cell
> dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com
>
Subject: Hummingbirds in Costa Rica: An Opportunity
From: "Bill Hilton Jr." <hilton AT hiltonpond.org>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:12:47 -0400
There may be a few Ruby-throated Hummingbirds (RTHU) lingering in the Carolina 
Piedmont this week, but by now nearly all of our Carolina hummers have flown 
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education for students of all ages. 


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============
Subject: Wings over water big day
From: Bb <birdranger248 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:00:10 -0400
Yesterday audrey and i led 6 die hard attendees on the 15 hr big day from lake 
phelps to pea island. We ended up with 115 species, shorebird areas that were 
kind the day before were unkind on count day! 20 species could have been added 
from 9/20 scouting. 


Highlights were barn owl, magnolia warbler, lesser scaup, am white pelican, fos 
tundra swan, 7 piping plover, surf and black scoter. 


Did not find the eurasian wigeon but afternoon winds moved the ducks far. Also 
did no see the am golden plover reported from the new inlet, lighting is tough 
out there! 


Red wolf, coyote, raccoon, deer, squirrel and a big dead nutria were neat too. 
As was hundreds of migrating monarchs, see carolinaleps for that post! 


Brian Bockhahn
Durham NC
Subject: Help document bird window collisions
From: Scott Winton <scott.winton AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:26:19 -0400
We've just finished intensive fall surveys on Duke University's campus and
while not all the data has been processed yet, there has been an
interesting diversity among the casualties:

Swainson's Thrush
Hermit Thrush
Veery
Gray-cheeked Thrush
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Chesnut-sided Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Swamp Sparrow

...are all birds that generally take a bit of birding effort to find around
Durham, yet have turned up at our feet on campus dead over the past several
weeks.  The first step in addressing this kind of problem is by gathering
good information.  All birders can help by reporting any window collision
victims to the citizen science database inaturalist.org.

See more details from Natalia Ocampo-Penuela:

*Bird-window collisions are a big problem all over the world. In the US
alone, an estimated 1 billion birds die annually. Reporting this collisions
helps us quantify this threat to move forward in preventing this
collisions. If you find a bird that hit a window, please take some time to
report it. And help us spread the word. Here's how:*

* If you have a smart phone, download the iNaturalist app so you can report
the bird-window collision easily, add a picture, and create a geotag for
the place you found the bird, at the bottom of your observation submission,
under projects choose "Bird-window collisions". If you don't know the ID of
this bird, turn on the "Need ID help" button. *

* If you don't have a smartphone, go to the iNaturalist webpage
www.inaturalist.org

 

and add your observation. Upload a picture and specify the place you found
the bird. Once you've added the observation, it gives you an option to "add
to project", choose "Bird-window collisions". If you don't know the ID of
this bird, turn on the "Need ID help" button. *

* Thank you for contributing to the science that will help us prevent these
collisions in the future!*


-- 
Scott Winton - Durham, NC
http://birdaholic.blogspot.com
Subject: Re: A birder marriage and far northeastern NC birds
From: Helmut Mueller <helmutmueller AT att.net>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:18:47 -0400
May your marriage last longer than ours (55 years).

Helmut & Nancy Mueller
409 Moonridge Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
919-942-4937
hmueller AT live.unc.edu

On Oct 19, 2014, at 11:03 PM, Bruce Smithson wrote:

> Congratulations Elisa and Nick!!   Wish you a long and loving  
> marriage filled with birdsong and a fledgling or two.
>
> Bruce Smithson
> Wilmington, New Hanover County
> North Carolina
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Scott Winton 
> To: carolinabirds 
> Sent: Sun, Oct 19, 2014 10:12 pm
> Subject: A birder marriage and far northeastern NC birds
>
> I'm happy to report the successful Union of two preeminent NC  
> birders, Nick Flanders and Elisa Enders, who were joined in holy  
> matrimony on the edge of Great Dismal Swamp in southern Va. on  
> Saturday!
>
> The newly weds joined Mark K., Natalia Ocampo-Penuela and I for some  
> birding in Mackay Island NWR and some other far northeastern NC  
> areas today.
>
> Scott Winton - Durham, NC
> http://birdaholic.blogspot.com
>

Subject: Sparrows @ Franklin co, N.C.
From: Paul Hubert <paulhubert123 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:21:32 -0400
Yesterday at work I saw and heard the first sparrows of the season- a
handfull of Song Sparrows and White-throats.  As usual, the White-throats
were singing snippets of their
"Maids, maids, maids, put on your tea kettle, ettle, ettle".  They seem to
do this for he first few weeks after arriving before hushing for the Winter.
The exact locaton of this event was the power line right-of-way on state
road 1138.
Also saw the first Hermit Thrush of the season last week in the back yard.
Paul Hubert
Raleigh, N.C.
Subject: Fwd: Piping Plover Sullivan's Island SC
From: Pamela Ford <jford6 AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:08:57 -0400

> From: jford6 AT comcast.net
> Date: October 21, 2014 at 7:19:23 PM EDT
> To: Pamela Ford , CarolinaBirds 
> Subject: Re: Piping Plover Sullivan's Island SC
> 
> I need to apologize for bashing dog owners. I was unaware of October leash 
law hours on Sullivan's, dogs are allowed off leash until 12 noon, this was 
time I was there. 

> Pam Ford
> Charleston
> 
> Sent from XFINITY Connect Mobile App
> 
> 
> ------ Original Message ------
> 
> From: Pamela Ford
> To: CarolinaBirds
> Sent: October 21, 2014 at 12:48 PM
> Subject: Piping Plover Sullivan's Island SC
> 
> Saw 3 Piping Plovers today on Sullivan's Island at Station 29. One juvenile, 
another one banded and flagged, green band orange flag on left leg and a 
returning Plover reported by John Cox last winter. The third bird, green band 
left leg was also crippled, right lower leg turned under. I had photographed 
this bird last year and remember it well. Unfortunately did not have my camera 
with me. 

> If we could just get dog owners to obey leash law, we all might enjoy beach 
birding more! 

> Pam Ford
> Charleston SC 
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
> Bird On!
> 
Subject: Wake Co., NC-American Bittern-Prairie Ridge Ecostation-10/20/2014
From: <ed.corey AT ncparks.gov>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:41:19 -0400 (EDT)
Very cool!  Wonder if A) this is the same one from last year and B) if it will
hang out all winter again?

Ed Corey
Raleigh, NC
Subject: RE: Mattamuskeet reddish egrets?
From: <mtove AT deltaforce.net>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:34:58 -0400
I agree with all this cautious commentary. Maybe there were multiple Reddish
Egrets but if so, the documentation really needs to be far better than is
presently available. However, I confess I've seen them that way before. Oh
wait. That was south Florida. Never mind.

 

Mike Tove

Cary, NC

 

From: Brian Patteson [mailto:patteson1 AT embarqmail.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 7:38 PM
To: Harry LeGrand
Cc: Nate Dias; Scott Winton; Mike Tove
Subject: Re: Mattamuskeet reddish egrets?

 

Harry,

 

Yeah, only THREE!  LMAO. I'm afraid there are many people out there who do
not "get it" as well.  Like the guy who said maybe he saw them at Pea
Island.  Makes you feel like all that work on the status and distribution of
NC birds was worth it, I suppose.

 

Brian

 

 

 

On Oct 21, 2014, at 7:00 PM, Harry LeGrand wrote:





I almost fell off my chair when, right after Scott questioned the report of
"several" Reddish Egrets, Carson came back on and said, and I copy:  "to
clarify for everyone there were only three birds seen, not seven."

 

He still doesn't get that the species is very rare there, especially this
late in the season He still thinks that three Reddish Egrets there is not a
big deal, for after all, he or they saw Little Blues as well.   This guy is
still a relative novice, and I'm glad each of you has saved Mike Tove and me
from having to do the same on the listserve. Mike and I have questioned a
lot of folks over the years, and this was certainly something that I said
"highly unlikely". I questioned Steve Patterson about the reported Wilson's
Plover way inland recently near Clemson, I think.  I don't know what became
of all that.

 

With WOW starting any day now, I expect a bunch of birders will be combing
the refuge daily now. We shall see if any Reddish Egrets are really there. I
doubt it.

 

Harry

 

 

On Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 3:08 PM, Nate Dias  wrote:



I agree with Scott in being a little hesitant to accept multiple
Reddish Egrets showing up at Mattamuskeet out of the blue.
Particularly without any details covering plumage, eye color, bill
characteristics, etc.

This is because I have never seen a Reddish Egret in fresh water -
always salt or brackish water, including all the times I have seen
them in (coastal brackish) impoundments.

Reddish Egrets are on occasion seen in pure fresh water in Florida and
along the Gulf Coast, but it is by no means a common occurrence.

So without photos or other documentation, or a report from a
walks-on-water witness like John Fussell, or any details at all, who
can blame someone for being skeptical?

Carson - if you had provided a few details that led you to that
conclusion, it might have cut down on the accusatory emails...

Nathan Dias - Charleston, SC


On Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 1:20 PM, Scott Winton 
wrote:
> I have to jump on the jerky skeptical bandwagon on this one...
>
> 1) In the original post there was no mention of Little Blue Herons, which
> are common in the impoundments.  Little Blues superficially resemble
Reddish
> Egrets with their reddish necks and pale blue bodies.  They've definitely
> made me look twice before and I've had other people call me saying they
> found a Reddish Egret at Mattamuskeet only to later realize it was a
Little
> Blue.  It's an easy mistake to make.
>
> 2) the wording of "...several reddish egrets..." suggests that the
observer
> didn't give this observation a whole lot of critical thought and is
> unfamiliar with their rarity in this part of the state.  One or a few
> Reddish Egrets is always worth a mention anywhere in NC, but "several"
would
> imply 5+ which would be a possible high count for NC. They also have a
> preference for tidal habitats over impoundments.
>
> Of course birds can do strange things...but if 7 Reddish Egrets really
> showed up at Mattamuskeet all at once, that's something that ought to be
> pretty carefully documented rather than casually reported and accepted.
> --
> Scott Winton - Durham, NC
> http://birdaholic.blogspot.com  
>

 

 

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     Forgot to mention that I was at Cane Creek Park lake.
George AndrewsIndian Tail, NC


Subject: Re: Great birding and marine mammal watching at Captain Sam's Inlet 10/18
From: Scott Jackson-Ricketts <scottjr AT ls.net>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:39:33 -0400
Amen.  Inspiring photos!

Scott J-R

On Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 6:34 PM, Philip Dickinson 
wrote:

> Very cool. Nate, thanks for sharing the wonderful photos.
>
> Phil Dickinson
> Winston-Salem
>
> From: Nate Dias 
> Date: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 6:02 PM
> To: Carolinabirds 
> Subject: Great birding and marine mammal watching at Captain Sam's Inlet
> 10/18
>
> Sorry for the belated report, but I felt it worth mentioning.
>
> This past Saturday I met Marilyn Blizard and Pam Cohen for a birding and
> nature walk on west Kiawah Island down to Captain Sam's Inlet.  Pam is a
> professional photographer and biologist and Marilyn is a staunch defender
> of Kiawah's wildlife, particularly Diamondback Terrapins.
>
> Throughout the morning, we had multiple Merlins in sight almost
> constantly.  The most we had in view at once was three but based on plumage
> differences I think there were at least 5 Merlin present.
>
> Other birding highlights were two Reddish Egrets (immatures), White
> Pelicans, Piping Plovers, Clapper Rails chasing each other around a
> mudflat, a couple of hundred Black Skimmers, three Bald Eagles, Lesser
> Black-backed Gulls, several common shorebird species, and common terns and
> gulls.
>
> We also had the pleasure of running into Ed and Aija Konrad.  Though Aija
> was out on the point at the time, Ed was with us when we saw several
> sessions of strand feeding by Bottlenose Dolphins.  One of them surprised
> us and exploded right at our feet - too close to capture with even a small
> zoom lens!
>
> Words cannot describe the electric feeling of excitement one gets when
> watching this event close at hand.
>
> A few photos are on my Flickr page:
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/offshorebirder2
>
> If anyone is interested in visiting Captain Sam's Inlet early before
> Beachwalker Park is open - or wants to avoid paying the entrance fee, shoot
> me an email and I will describe how you can park nearby for free and walk
> to the beach.
>
> Nathan Dias - Charleston, SC
>
Subject: Re: Great birding and marine mammal watching at Captain Sam's Inlet 10/18
From: Philip Dickinson <pdickins AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:34:01 -0400
Very cool. Nate, thanks for sharing the wonderful photos.

Phil Dickinson
Winston-Salem

From:  Nate Dias 
Date:  Tuesday, October 21, 2014 6:02 PM
To:  Carolinabirds 
Subject:  Great birding and marine mammal watching at Captain Sam's Inlet
10/18

Sorry for the belated report, but I felt it worth mentioning.

This past Saturday I met Marilyn Blizard and Pam Cohen for a birding and
nature walk on west Kiawah Island down to Captain Sam's Inlet.  Pam is a
professional photographer and biologist and Marilyn is a staunch defender of
Kiawah's wildlife, particularly Diamondback Terrapins.

Throughout the morning, we had multiple Merlins in sight almost constantly.
The most we had in view at once was three but based on plumage differences I
think there were at least 5 Merlin present.

Other birding highlights were two Reddish Egrets (immatures), White
Pelicans, Piping Plovers, Clapper Rails chasing each other around a mudflat,
a couple of hundred Black Skimmers, three Bald Eagles, Lesser Black-backed
Gulls, several common shorebird species, and common terns and gulls.

We also had the pleasure of running into Ed and Aija Konrad.  Though Aija
was out on the point at the time, Ed was with us when we saw several
sessions of strand feeding by Bottlenose Dolphins.  One of them surprised us
and exploded right at our feet - too close to capture with even a small zoom
lens!

Words cannot describe the electric feeling of excitement one gets when
watching this event close at hand.

A few photos are on my Flickr page:

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

If anyone is interested in visiting Captain Sam's Inlet early before
Beachwalker Park is open - or wants to avoid paying the entrance fee, shoot
me an email and I will describe how you can park nearby for free and walk to
the beach. 

Nathan Dias - Charleston, SC

Subject: Great birding and marine mammal watching at Captain Sam's Inlet 10/18
From: Nate Dias <offshorebirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:02:18 -0400
Sorry for the belated report, but I felt it worth mentioning.

This past Saturday I met Marilyn Blizard and Pam Cohen for a birding and
nature walk on west Kiawah Island down to Captain Sam's Inlet.  Pam is a
professional photographer and biologist and Marilyn is a staunch defender
of Kiawah's wildlife, particularly Diamondback Terrapins.

Throughout the morning, we had multiple Merlins in sight almost
constantly.  The most we had in view at once was three but based on plumage
differences I think there were at least 5 Merlin present.

Other birding highlights were two Reddish Egrets (immatures), White
Pelicans, Piping Plovers, Clapper Rails chasing each other around a
mudflat, a couple of hundred Black Skimmers, three Bald Eagles, Lesser
Black-backed Gulls, several common shorebird species, and common terns and
gulls.

We also had the pleasure of running into Ed and Aija Konrad.  Though Aija
was out on the point at the time, Ed was with us when we saw several
sessions of strand feeding by Bottlenose Dolphins.  One of them surprised
us and exploded right at our feet - too close to capture with even a small
zoom lens!

Words cannot describe the electric feeling of excitement one gets when
watching this event close at hand.

A few photos are on my Flickr page:

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

If anyone is interested in visiting Captain Sam's Inlet early before
Beachwalker Park is open - or wants to avoid paying the entrance fee, shoot
me an email and I will describe how you can park nearby for free and walk
to the beach.

Nathan Dias - Charleston, SC
Subject: Re: Mattamuskeet reddish egrets?
From: Nate Dias <offshorebirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:08:16 -0400
I agree with Scott in being a little hesitant to accept multiple
Reddish Egrets showing up at Mattamuskeet out of the blue.
Particularly without any details covering plumage, eye color, bill
characteristics, etc.

This is because I have never seen a Reddish Egret in fresh water -
always salt or brackish water, including all the times I have seen
them in (coastal brackish) impoundments.

Reddish Egrets are on occasion seen in pure fresh water in Florida and
along the Gulf Coast, but it is by no means a common occurrence.

So without photos or other documentation, or a report from a
walks-on-water witness like John Fussell, or any details at all, who
can blame someone for being skeptical?

Carson - if you had provided a few details that led you to that
conclusion, it might have cut down on the accusatory emails...

Nathan Dias - Charleston, SC

On Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 1:20 PM, Scott Winton  wrote:
> I have to jump on the jerky skeptical bandwagon on this one...
>
> 1) In the original post there was no mention of Little Blue Herons, which
> are common in the impoundments.  Little Blues superficially resemble Reddish
> Egrets with their reddish necks and pale blue bodies.  They've definitely
> made me look twice before and I've had other people call me saying they
> found a Reddish Egret at Mattamuskeet only to later realize it was a Little
> Blue.  It's an easy mistake to make.
>
> 2) the wording of "...several reddish egrets..." suggests that the observer
> didn't give this observation a whole lot of critical thought and is
> unfamiliar with their rarity in this part of the state.  One or a few
> Reddish Egrets is always worth a mention anywhere in NC, but "several" would
> imply 5+ which would be a possible high count for NC. They also have a
> preference for tidal habitats over impoundments.
>
> Of course birds can do strange things...but if 7 Reddish Egrets really
> showed up at Mattamuskeet all at once, that's something that ought to be
> pretty carefully documented rather than casually reported and accepted.
> --
> Scott Winton - Durham, NC
> http://birdaholic.blogspot.com
>
Subject: Re: Mattamuskeet reddish egrets?
From: Carson Wood <cdwood AT coastalplaincg.org>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:36:58 -0400
To clarify for everyone I did not fully edit my email before sending. I have 
been dealing with numerous accusatory emails regarding my observation; to 
clarify for everyone there were only three birds seen, not seven. 


There were plenty of Little Blues there at Mattamuskeet that day.

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


This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended 
solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If 
you have received this email in error please notify the sender immediately. 



> On Oct 21, 2014, at 13:20, Scott Winton  wrote:
> 
> I have to jump on the jerky skeptical bandwagon on this one...
> 
> 1) In the original post there was no mention of Little Blue Herons, which are 
common in the impoundments. Little Blues superficially resemble Reddish Egrets 
with their reddish necks and pale blue bodies. They've definitely made me look 
twice before and I've had other people call me saying they found a Reddish 
Egret at Mattamuskeet only to later realize it was a Little Blue. It's an easy 
mistake to make. 

> 
> 2) the wording of "...several reddish egrets..." suggests that the observer 
didn't give this observation a whole lot of critical thought and is unfamiliar 
with their rarity in this part of the state. One or a few Reddish Egrets is 
always worth a mention anywhere in NC, but "several" would imply 5+ which would 
be a possible high count for NC. They also have a preference for tidal habitats 
over impoundments. 

> 
> Of course birds can do strange things...but if 7 Reddish Egrets really showed 
up at Mattamuskeet all at once, that's something that ought to be pretty 
carefully documented rather than casually reported and accepted. 

> -- 
> Scott Winton - Durham, NC
> http://birdaholic.blogspot.com
> 
Subject: Sora and Orange-crowned Warbler at Price Park
From: Henry Link <linkh AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:28:48 -0400
This morning Ann Walter-Fromson, Jean Murdick, Sue Cole and I found an 
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER on the Highwwoods Trail across Hobbs Road from Price 
Park in Greensboro. It was working the brushy hillside up from the trail about 
100 yards south of the big stairs and just south of the field of drainage 
rocks. In the park we found a SORA at the upper end of the marshy depression up 
the hill from the intersection of Price Park Road and the library entrance. 


Henry Link
Greensboro NC
Subject: re: Mattamuskeet reddish egrets?
From: Scott Winton <scott.winton AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:20:16 -0400
I have to jump on the jerky skeptical bandwagon on this one...

1) In the original post there was no mention of Little Blue Herons, which
are common in the impoundments.  Little Blues superficially resemble
Reddish Egrets with their reddish necks and pale blue bodies.  They've
definitely made me look twice before and I've had other people call me
saying they found a Reddish Egret at Mattamuskeet only to later realize it
was a Little Blue.  It's an easy mistake to make.

2) the wording of "...several reddish egrets..." suggests that the observer
didn't give this observation a whole lot of critical thought and is
unfamiliar with their rarity in this part of the state.  One or a few
Reddish Egrets is always worth a mention anywhere in NC, but "several"
would imply 5+ which would be a possible high count for NC. They also have
a preference for tidal habitats over impoundments.

Of course birds can do strange things...but if 7 Reddish Egrets really
showed up at Mattamuskeet all at once, that's something that ought to be
pretty carefully documented rather than casually reported and accepted.
-- 
Scott Winton - Durham, NC
http://birdaholic.blogspot.com
Subject: Piping Plover Sullivan's Island SC
From: Pamela Ford <jford6 AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:47:28 -0400
Saw 3 Piping Plovers today on Sullivan's Island at Station 29. One juvenile, 
another one banded and flagged, green band orange flag on left leg and a 
returning Plover reported by John Cox last winter. The third bird, green band 
left leg was also crippled, right lower leg turned under. I had photographed 
this bird last year and remember it well. Unfortunately did not have my camera 
with me. 

If we could just get dog owners to obey leash law, we all might enjoy beach 
birding more! 

Pam Ford
Charleston SC 

Sent from my iPhone

Bird On!
Subject: Nashville Warbler at Conestee, Greenville, SC
From: Paul Serridge <paulserridge AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:35:22 -0400
Jane Kramer and I had excellent close looks at a Nashville Warbler foraging
in low shrubbery in the native plants lot near the ball fields at Lake
Conestee Park this morning.
Other birds of note:
A first-of-season female Blue-winged Teal near the West Bay obs. deck.
Two Double-crested Cormorants on the lake at the East Bay.

Paul Serridge
Greenville, SC
Subject: Lincoln's Sparrows continue at Brookshire Park Boone
From: Badger <badgerboy AT wilkes.net>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:50:20 -0400
Had two there this morning about 8 AM, behind the 2nd (last)  
professional-type soccer field.  Swamp sparrows also still present,  
two at this same location, and another by the last small soccer  
field, at the little gravel parking lot.

Guy McGrane
Deep Gap, NC
Subject: Re: A birder marriage and far northeastern NC birds
From: "John Fussell" <jfuss AT clis.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:49:56 -0400
Congratulations to Elisa and Nick!

(This reminds me of when two birders--forget their names--got married [by Rich 
Boyd] on the Pamlico County Christmas Bird Count, back in the 1980's.) 


John Fussell
Morehead City, NC


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Scott Winton 
  To: carolinabirds AT duke.edu 
  Sent: Sunday, October 19, 2014 10:11 PM
  Subject: A birder marriage and far northeastern NC birds


 I'm happy to report the successful Union of two preeminent NC birders, Nick 
Flanders and Elisa Enders, who were joined in holy matrimony on the edge of 
Great Dismal Swamp in southern Va. on Saturday! 



 The newly weds joined Mark K., Natalia Ocampo-Penuela and I for some birding 
in Mackay Island NWR and some other far northeastern NC areas today. High winds 
kept the rails silent at Mackay, but we saw Virginia, Sora and King all fly out 
of the marsh at dusk at Back Bay NWR (Va.) on Saturday. Maybe this is a normal 
occurrence with rails during fall migration, but I had never seen them all just 
emerge from a marsh like this before! 



 Best birds today were a late Black Tern following behind the ferry to 
Currituck and a Gray-cheeked Thrush at Merchant's Millpond SP. 



 Yesterday we picked a Cave Swallow out from the Trees at Back Bay NWR, so keep 
an eye out! 



  -- 
  Scott Winton - Durham, NC
  http://birdaholic.blogspot.com
Subject: Reddish Egrets observed at Mattamuseet NWR
From: <susan AT ncaves.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:44:14 -0700
All,

Although Caron Wood's report of multiple Reddish Egrets at Mattamuskeet
is unprecedented, I find it believable.  The habitat is certainly
appropriate.  The Mattamuskeet area is a popular destination but I
personally believe is underbirded--even in winter.  As many of you know,
"odd" waders (Great White Herons, White-faced Ibis) have been showing up
there in recent years. 
 
Now I suspect more of us will be looking a lot more closely at each
white bird we see at the refuge...

Susan Campbell
Whispering Pines, NC
Subject: North River Farms and Cape Lookout, NC on Sunday
From: "John Fussell" <jfuss AT clis.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:10:41 -0400
On Sunday, several of us checked North River Farms and Cape Lookout.

We went into North River Farms first thing in the morning, for about an 
hour.  Birds there included an American Bittern standing in the middle of 
the road for several minutes, 4 White-crowned Sparrows, and my 
first-of-season Orange-crowned Warbler.

We were hoping for another migrant fallout (like the one we had two weeks 
ago) at Cape Lookout.  The ferry (which doesn't leave until 0915 this time 
of year) made a couple of side trips on the way out, and we didn't get to 
start birding until about 1000.  Plus, variety wasn't quite what we hoped 
for, with the dreaded shift to most warblers being Yellow-rumpeds and Palms.

Still, we had a fun time out there.  Warbler species, in addition to the 
Yellow-rumpeds, Palms, and Yellowthroats, were American Redstart, Cape May, 
Northern Parula, Magnolia, Black-throated Blue, and Black-throated Green. 
The Black-throated Green put on a nice extended show for us, very low and 
close and in nice light, as we sat eating lunch on a cottage porch.  Other 
migrants included 15 Yellow-billed Cuckoos and 2 Swainson's Thrushes.

As expected, there were many "winter birds" as well, including 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (about 30), Eastern Phoebe (only about 50 this 
week), Blue-headed Vireo, House Wren (15), Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned 
Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and Cedar Waxwing.

John Fussell
Morehead City, NC 
Subject: Union County, NC, Anhinga
From: drivesa3 AT aol.com
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:26:12 -0400
 Kayaking on this windy afternoon, I passed a cove that held the usual 4 
immature Double-crested Cormorants and also, 4 Anhingas! I would love to say 
that they were there when I left, but after a couple of not-so-good pics taken 
on the choppy main lake, I tried to sneak into the cove on some calmer water 
for a better pic. I did get a better pic, but it was of one airborne as they 
bugged out! 

 Pics here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/95580865 AT N07/15564416646/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/95580865 AT N07/14967362194/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/95580865 AT N07/15588948002/

 I also saw a "water dance" (who makes up these names?!) of 7 Pied-billed 
Grebes, the largest group I've seen on the lake. 


 George Andrews
 Indian Trail, NC
Subject: RE: Pea Is. and Lake Mattamuskeet NWR, NC
From: Jamie Adams <Jamie.Adams AT quintiles.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:54:05 +0000
Maybe Carson mixed his notes with Pea Island?

Shun and I did not see any Reddish at Mattamuskeet and we scanned the 
impoundments right after you guys left. Tons of other egrets including Cattle, 
Great, Snowy, Little Blue (White and Blue morphs) a couple Tricolor and a 
couple Great Blues. That being said it's a pretty big place and there has been 
a lot of Reddish in the coastal marshes lately. It's possible 3 were traveling 
together after the rude cold snap and stopped for a snack. 


We did get the Tundra Swans and they even flew right over us hooting as they do 
which is always impressive. 


Jamie Adams
Wilmington, NC


From: Philip Dickinson [mailto:pdickins AT triad.rr.com]
Sent: Monday, October 20, 2014 6:33 PM
To: Brian Patteson; Carson Wood
Cc: CBC
Subject: Re: Pea Is. and Lake Mattamuskeet NWR, NC

I just did an ebird check for all Mattamuskeet ebird hotspots. The only 
previous Reddish Egret reported at the lake on ebird was on 12/9/07. So, I must 
agree with Brian. 


Phil Dickinson
Winston-Salem

From: Brian Patteson 
> 

Date: Monday, October 20, 2014 6:26 PM
To: Carson Wood >
Cc: Carolinabirds >
Subject: Re: Pea Is. and Lake Mattamuskeet NWR, NC

"Several" Reddish Egrets sounds pretty strong for Mattamuskeet.

Brian Patteson
Hatteras

On Oct 20, 2014, at 10:51 AM, Carson Wood wrote:


Correction we were at New Field between North and South Pond, thanks to Kent 
Fiala for clarifying. 

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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On Oct 20, 2014, at 9:35, Carson Wood 
> wrote: 

Hi All,

Spent a very windy morning on Pea Is. yesterday enjoying the great duck weather 
with James Abbott. We re-sighted the EURASIAN WIGEON on the north side of South 
Pond from the third observation platform looking south at approximately 0800. 
He was mixed with AMERICAN WIGEON, NORTHERN PINTAIL, and AMERICAN BLACK DUCK. 
Along with them were 5 AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN and 11 AMERICAN AVOCET. We 
estimated that between the two ponds there were approximately 15000 mixed duck 
species! Along the edge of the North Pond James sighted a GOLDEN-CROWNED 
KINGLET. 


We then proceeded to Lake Mattamuskeet NWR where along the way we counted 40 
AMERICAN KESTREL perched on power lines. Upon arriving at Mattamuskeet we 
stopped at the refuge entrance and scopped the marshy area there. There were 
several REDDISH EGRETS and the best spotting was 3 early TUNDRA SWAN that we 
told Jamie Adams about. A second year BALD EAGLE and 3 NORTHERN HARRIERS were 
it for raptors. 


Looks like it may be a good duck year at Lake Mattamuskeet.

Happy Birding!

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: Wake Co., NC-American Bittern-Prairie Ridge Ecostation-10/20/2014
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:46:39 -0400
Today I flushed an American Bittern from the edge of the small pond and
watched it fly toward the large pond. About an hour later I found it
"hiding" among the cattails at the edge of the large pond. Pics can be seen
here, https://www.flickr.com/photos/61962421 AT N05/. Good birding.

Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Re: Pea Is. and Lake Mattamuskeet NWR, NC
From: Philip Dickinson <pdickins AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:33:29 -0400
I just did an ebird check for all Mattamuskeet ebird hotspots. The only
previous Reddish Egret reported at the lake on ebird was on 12/9/07. So, I
must agree with Brian.

Phil Dickinson
Winston-Salem

From:  Brian Patteson 
Date:  Monday, October 20, 2014 6:26 PM
To:  Carson Wood 
Cc:  Carolinabirds 
Subject:  Re: Pea Is. and Lake Mattamuskeet NWR, NC

"Several" Reddish Egrets sounds pretty strong for Mattamuskeet.

Brian Patteson
Hatteras

On Oct 20, 2014, at 10:51 AM, Carson Wood wrote:

> Correction we were at New Field between North and South Pond, thanks to Kent
> Fiala for clarifying.
> 
> Carson Wood
> Biologist
> Coastal Plain Conservation Group
> PO Box 1008 
> Hampstead, NC 28443 
> 910-859-9425 
> cdwood AT coastalplaincg.org 
> www.coastalplaincg.org 
> 
> 
> This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended
> solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If
> you have received this email in error please notify the sender immediately.
> 
> 
> On Oct 20, 2014, at 9:35, Carson Wood  wrote:
> 
>> Hi All,
>> 
>> Spent a very windy morning on Pea Is. yesterday enjoying the great duck
>> weather with James Abbott. We re-sighted the EURASIAN WIGEON on the north
>> side of South Pond from the third observation platform looking south at
>> approximately 0800. He was mixed with AMERICAN WIGEON, NORTHERN PINTAIL, and
>> AMERICAN BLACK DUCK. Along with them were 5 AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN and 11
>> AMERICAN AVOCET. We estimated that between the two ponds there were
>> approximately 15000 mixed duck species! Along the edge of the North Pond
>> James sighted a GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET.
>> 
>> We then proceeded to Lake Mattamuskeet NWR where along the way we counted 40
>> AMERICAN KESTREL perched on power lines. Upon arriving at Mattamuskeet we
>> stopped at the refuge entrance and scopped the marshy area there. There were
>> several REDDISH EGRETS and the best spotting was 3 early TUNDRA SWAN that we
>> told Jamie Adams about. A second year BALD EAGLE and 3 NORTHERN HARRIERS 
were 

>> it for raptors. 
>> 
>> Looks like it may be a good duck year at Lake Mattamuskeet.
>> 
>> Happy Birding!
>> 
>> 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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If 

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Subject: Re: Pea Is. and Lake Mattamuskeet NWR, NC
From: Brian Patteson <patteson1 AT embarqmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:26:46 -0400
"Several" Reddish Egrets sounds pretty strong for Mattamuskeet.

Brian Patteson
Hatteras

On Oct 20, 2014, at 10:51 AM, Carson Wood wrote:

> Correction we were at New Field between North and South Pond, thanks to Kent 
Fiala for clarifying. 

> 
> 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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> 
> 
> On Oct 20, 2014, at 9:35, Carson Wood  wrote:
> 
>> Hi All,
>> 
>> Spent a very windy morning on Pea Is. yesterday enjoying the great duck 
weather with James Abbott. We re-sighted the EURASIAN WIGEON on the north side 
of South Pond from the third observation platform looking south at 
approximately 0800. He was mixed with AMERICAN WIGEON, NORTHERN PINTAIL, and 
AMERICAN BLACK DUCK. Along with them were 5 AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN and 11 
AMERICAN AVOCET. We estimated that between the two ponds there were 
approximately 15000 mixed duck species! Along the edge of the North Pond James 
sighted a GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET. 

>> 
>> We then proceeded to Lake Mattamuskeet NWR where along the way we counted 40 
AMERICAN KESTREL perched on power lines. Upon arriving at Mattamuskeet we 
stopped at the refuge entrance and scopped the marshy area there. There were 
several REDDISH EGRETS and the best spotting was 3 early TUNDRA SWAN that we 
told Jamie Adams about. A second year BALD EAGLE and 3 NORTHERN HARRIERS were 
it for raptors. 

>> 
>> Looks like it may be a good duck year at Lake Mattamuskeet.
>> 
>> Happy Birding!
>> 
>> 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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solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If 
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>> 
Subject: Butter-butts
From: KC Foggin <kcfoggin AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:20:16 -0400
First Yellow-rumped Warbler arrived today.


K.C.

K.C. Foggin
Socastee
Myrtle Beach SC

www.birdforum.net

www.pbase.com/kcfoggin/nikon_d50_pages
Subject: Meck Audubon November Meeting (Thursday 11/06): Conserving Breeding Habitat for Grassland Birds in a Changing Agricultural Landscape
From: Christy Hill <chill2k5 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:10:42 -0400 (EDT)
MAS presents – Conserving Breeding Habitat for Grassland Birds in a Changing
Agricultural Landscape
When  - Thurs, Nov 6th at 7:30 PM (Refreshments begin around 7:15 pm)
Where - Tyvola Rd Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Rd, Charlotte, NC 28210
More info - http://meckbirds.org

Grassland birds are declining at staggering rates across the United States. At
the November MAS meeting, Jessie Birckhead, Conservation Coordinator for the NC
Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, will address challenges facing grassland
birds in agricultural landscapes in her presentation "Conserving Breeding
Habitat for Grassland Birds in a Changing Agricultural Landscape". She will
share stories of projects working to accommodate breeding grassland bird
habitat in North Carolina and beyond. 

Jessie Birckhead is Conservation Coordinator with the NC Chapter of The Nature
Conservancy based in Durham, NC.  She earned her B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife
Management from North Carolina State University, and her M.S. in Wildlife
Science from the University of Tennessee, where her thesis research focused on
integrating grassland bird habitat into beef cattle management practices. She
has worked as an environmental educator with the North Carolina Museum of
Natural Sciences and as a lobbyist for the Tennessee Wildlife Federation. In
her spare time she enjoys birding, hiking, and hunting with her husband and
their border collie. 

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. Pre-orders will also
be placed for pick-up at the next month’s meeting. 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! 


Look forward to seeing you Thursday November 6th at 7:30pm at the Tyvola Road
Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte, NC 28210. If you know of others you
think may be interested, please let them know.

Christy Hill
MAS Publicity
Charlotte, NC
Subject: Bio blitz for St. Christopher, Seabrook Isl. 4/25/15
From: David Gardner <davidgardner14 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:40:32 -0400
Hi folks,
Here is the first invitation to St. Christopher Camp & Conference Center's 
annual Bioblitz. 

It will be held on the Saturday after Earth Day: 4/25/2015.
Please mark your calendars.
This will be a community wide event for folks to visit and learn about local 
biodiversity while observing and helping teams of herpetologists, birders, 
entomologists, botanists, mycologists etc... In finding as many species as 
possible within the given time frame (midnight till 5pm). 

St. Christopher is partnering with the Seabrook Island wildlife committee and 
POA to produce a fun and enjoyable experience for all ages and expertise. 

Please let me know if you would be interested. And please pass this email on to 
any of your contacts that could provide valuable expertise. 

Thank you in advance, and I hope to see many of you there.
Happy Birding,
David

David Gardner
Director of Environmental Education
St. Christopher Camp & Conference Center
2810 Seabrook Island Road
Seabrook Island, SC 29455
843-737-2729

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Subject: Ft Fisher NC
From: Ryan Justice <blackburnian151 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:57:24 -0400
Great morning at Ft fisher. 
I had a flyover Common Loon at Federal Point. Seaside and Saltmarsh/Nelson's 
sparrows were present. Clapper Rails were seen and heard. About 150 shorebirds 
present on the rocks. Mostly Willets, oystercatchers, godwits, Semi Plovers, 
with a Least sandpiper and some turnstones in there. 


Basin trail was good today. Merlin and Peregrine Falcon were patrolling the 
area. More Seasides and a harrier too. Good looks at Marsh, House, and a Sedge 
Wren. Best bird was a Nashville Warbler in the yellow flowers at the end of the 
trail. 


Clay-colored Sparrow was at the aquarium parking lot. Great looks. 

A Caspian Tern flew over at Coquina Rocks. 

Flickers, blue jays, yellow rumps, palms, and Yellow-billed Cuckoos were out in 
force. 


Ryan Justice
Raleigh

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Subject: Re: Pea Is. and Lake Mattamuskeet NWR, NC
From: Carson Wood <cdwood AT coastalplaincg.org>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:51:32 -0400
Correction we were at New Field between North and South Pond, thanks to Kent 
Fiala for clarifying. 


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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> On Oct 20, 2014, at 9:35, Carson Wood  wrote:
> 
> Hi All,
> 
> Spent a very windy morning on Pea Is. yesterday enjoying the great duck 
weather with James Abbott. We re-sighted the EURASIAN WIGEON on the north side 
of South Pond from the third observation platform looking south at 
approximately 0800. He was mixed with AMERICAN WIGEON, NORTHERN PINTAIL, and 
AMERICAN BLACK DUCK. Along with them were 5 AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN and 11 
AMERICAN AVOCET. We estimated that between the two ponds there were 
approximately 15000 mixed duck species! Along the edge of the North Pond James 
sighted a GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET. 

> 
> We then proceeded to Lake Mattamuskeet NWR where along the way we counted 40 
AMERICAN KESTREL perched on power lines. Upon arriving at Mattamuskeet we 
stopped at the refuge entrance and scopped the marshy area there. There were 
several REDDISH EGRETS and the best spotting was 3 early TUNDRA SWAN that we 
told Jamie Adams about. A second year BALD EAGLE and 3 NORTHERN HARRIERS were 
it for raptors. 

> 
> Looks like it may be a good duck year at Lake Mattamuskeet.
> 
> Happy Birding!
> 
> 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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solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If 
you have received this email in error please notify the sender immediately. 

> 
Subject: Birds Out, Birds In
From: John Connors <jconnorsbird AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:45:08 -0400
Small flocks of roosting Chimney Swifts persisted in the downtown Raleigh
through last Friday, October 17 and then, with the passage of the cold
front, they have gone. Safe travels...
In their place White-throated Sparrows arrived on what was a chilly Sunday
morning, October 19. I grabbed a cup of hot coffee and ventured
outside...there were a number of them chirping from the various bushy edges
of my yard. Welcome back.
This morning as I opened the lid to the metal trash can where I store my
bird seed, I heard a number of them start chirping. I don't think I
startled them...I think some of them remember the dinner bell from last
year. A half hour later more than a dozen were feeding on the seed
scattered on the lawn.  JC
Subject: Pea Is. and Lake Mattamuskeet NWR, NC
From: Carson Wood <cdwood AT coastalplaincg.org>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:35:27 -0400
Hi All,

Spent a very windy morning on Pea Is. yesterday enjoying the great duck weather 
with James Abbott. We re-sighted the EURASIAN WIGEON on the north side of South 
Pond from the third observation platform looking south at approximately 0800. 
He was mixed with AMERICAN WIGEON, NORTHERN PINTAIL, and AMERICAN BLACK DUCK. 
Along with them were 5 AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN and 11 AMERICAN AVOCET. We 
estimated that between the two ponds there were approximately 15000 mixed duck 
species! Along the edge of the North Pond James sighted a GOLDEN-CROWNED 
KINGLET. 


We then proceeded to Lake Mattamuskeet NWR where along the way we counted 40 
AMERICAN KESTREL perched on power lines. Upon arriving at Mattamuskeet we 
stopped at the refuge entrance and scopped the marshy area there. There were 
several REDDISH EGRETS and the best spotting was 3 early TUNDRA SWAN that we 
told Jamie Adams about. A second year BALD EAGLE and 3 NORTHERN HARRIERS were 
it for raptors. 


Looks like it may be a good duck year at Lake Mattamuskeet.

Happy Birding!

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: sapsuckers return
From: "Olwen jarvis" <Olwen AT suddenlink.net>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:29:12 -0400
We counted four sapsuckers, two Pine warblers and two Yellow-rumped warblers
during our ecount on Friday. Total species count 37

 

Mrs. Olwen Jarvis.

New Bern, 

Craven county, NC

 
Subject: correction on the Peanut feeder for warblers
From: Linda Ward <tankapoet2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:52:38 -0700
Sorry, I typed  "peanut" instead of peanut butter feeder....but now that I
recall, we actually did have a pine warbler come to a peanut feeder...the
type you put split peanuts in wire mesh.

Linda Ward
Coinjock, NC
Subject: Re: Siskins and Vultures at Grandfather Mountain
From: Dwayne Martin <redxbill AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:18:29 -0400
Some folks in Tennessee are already reporting Pine Siskins, so they might
be making their move toward us already.

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

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


Catawba County Park Ranger
Riverbend Park - Conover, NC
St. Stephens Park - Hickory, NC
jdmartin AT catawbacountync.gov
http://www.catawbacountync.gov/depts/parks/
http://www.weatherlink.com/user/riverbendpark
http://www.ncbirdingtrail.org/TrailGuide/Guide_CatawbaValley.pdf

On Mon, Oct 20, 2014 at 8:15 AM, Jesse Pope 
wrote:

> Sorry for the late posting but I wanted to pass along a weekend update
> from Grandfather. A few folks on our naturalist and ranger staff got to see
> a few little kettles of Turkey Vultures pass through on Friday/Saturday. We
> were busy in the park with lots of leaf peepers so observations were
> casual.  The largest kettle was about 32 birds. A few other 5-7 vulture
> kettles also passed through. Yesterday I got to see the largest flock of
> pine siskins I've seen in a while. They were flying around the top shop
> visitor center area and roughly 75 birds. They were really working the red
> spruce just behind and below the building for a couple hours. I didn't see
> what direction they were headed when they left the area but maybe they will
> find the feeders at the nature museum and stick around a while. I wonder if
> it is a sign of things to come?? It's a little early for large flocks of
> siskins! Not much else to report up here. Things have slowed down
> considerably in regards to migrants activity but we are keeping our eyes
> open for the rarities that could show up this time of year. We should hit
> the turkey vulture peak migration in the coming weeks. If you haven't
> observed vultures kettling like broad wings in the mountains before, it's
> as cool as the hawk migration in my book! The numbers are lower but
> seemingly less coordinated birds trying to form tight kettles while
> battling November winds is always entertaining to me!! The birds almost
> appear to sparkle as the white underwings contrast with the dark birds
> around them. Pretty cool indeed.
>
> Jesse Pope
>
> Newland, NC
> (C) 828-898-3012
> (W) 828-733-3224
> Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Siskins and Vultures at Grandfather Mountain
From: Jesse Pope <highcountrybirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:15:04 -0400
Sorry for the late posting but I wanted to pass along a weekend update from 
Grandfather. A few folks on our naturalist and ranger staff got to see a few 
little kettles of Turkey Vultures pass through on Friday/Saturday. We were busy 
in the park with lots of leaf peepers so observations were casual. The largest 
kettle was about 32 birds. A few other 5-7 vulture kettles also passed through. 
Yesterday I got to see the largest flock of pine siskins I've seen in a while. 
They were flying around the top shop visitor center area and roughly 75 birds. 
They were really working the red spruce just behind and below the building for 
a couple hours. I didn't see what direction they were headed when they left the 
area but maybe they will find the feeders at the nature museum and stick around 
a while. I wonder if it is a sign of things to come?? It's a little early for 
large flocks of siskins! Not much else to report up here. Things have slowed 
down considerably in regards to migrants activity but we are keeping our eyes 
open for the rarities that could show up this time of year. We should hit the 
turkey vulture peak migration in the coming weeks. If you haven't observed 
vultures kettling like broad wings in the mountains before, it's as cool as the 
hawk migration in my book! The numbers are lower but seemingly less coordinated 
birds trying to form tight kettles while battling November winds is always 
entertaining to me!! The birds almost appear to sparkle as the white underwings 
contrast with the dark birds around them. Pretty cool indeed. 


Jesse Pope 

Newland, NC
(C) 828-898-3012
(W) 828-733-3224
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