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28 Nov Rusty Blackbirds in Morehead City, NC ["John Fussell" ]
27 Nov Sandhill Cranes back at Beaufort, NC ["John Fussell" ]
27 Nov Where to look for rare blackbirds in Colleton County and nearby [Nate Dias ]
27 Nov Brewer's Blackbirds (private property), Orangeburg County, SC [Nate Dias ]
27 Nov Sandhill Cranes, Snow Geese, possible Gr. White-fronted Goose, Santee NWR [Nate Dias ]
27 Nov Final Count - Finches [Brian Pendergraft ]
27 Nov Snow geese - Wake county, NC [Thierry Besancon ]
27 Nov Yellow-headed Blackbirds now near Ft. Motte [Nate Dias ]
27 Nov Adult Male Purple Finches [Brian Pendergraft ]
27 Nov Pine Siskins [Brian Pendergraft ]
26 Nov Purple Finches [Brian Pendergraft ]
26 Nov Re: Snow Geese at Pitt Street [Jack Rogers ]
26 Nov Snow Geese at Pitt Street [Jack Rogers ]
26 Nov Parasitic Jaeger at Atlantic Beach, NC ["John Fussell" ]
26 Nov Request for information re: Leica scope [Peter Perlman ]
26 Nov Exciting NC hummingbird recapture []
25 Nov Virginia: Crested Caracara in Virginia Beach, 5 miles from NC [Nate Swick ]
25 Nov Henderson Cty., N. C. ["Wayne K. Forsythe" ]
25 Nov FOY Hooded Merganser []
25 Nov rare yard bird, a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher ["John Fussell" ]
25 Nov Lake Crabtree- Raleigh NC [Ryan Justice ]
25 Nov Mason Farm: Chapel Hill, NC [Ryan Justice ]
24 Nov Tree Swallow Mecklenburg Co. Nov. 24 [Kevin Metcalf ]
24 Nov Forsyth County Laughing Gull [Philip Dickinson ]
23 Nov Santee Coastal Reserve American Bitterns [Chris Hill ]
24 Nov Park car at Yates Mill to see COMMON GOLDENEYE at Dairy Lane pond (Raleigh, Wake County, NC) [Lynn Erla Beegle ]
24 Nov Ross's Goose at Sav NWR is now dead [James Fleullan ]
24 Nov Raleigh Comm Merg, N Durham Siskins [Rbakelaar ]
24 Nov Meck Audubon Dec Meeting (12/04): Save the Songs: Climate Change and Birds‏ [Christy Hill ]
23 Nov Re: Brewer's blackbird [Jesse Pope ]
23 Nov Re: Brewer's blackbird ["J. Merrill Lynch" ]
23 Nov Brewer's blackbird [Jesse Pope ]
23 Nov North River Preserve (Carteret County), NC this morning ["John Fussell" ]
23 Nov Western NC sightings ["Wayne K. Forsythe" ]
23 Nov Re: Common Mergnaser- lake Crabtree Raleigh nc [Ryan Justice ]
23 Nov Common Mergnaser- lake Crabtree Raleigh nc [Ryan Justice ]
23 Nov Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked Ducks, Mt. Pleasant, SC [Craig ]
23 Nov Re: COMMON MERGANSER (female) at Lake Crabtree County Park, Raleigh, Wake County NC, Nov 22 [Brendan Klick ]
23 Nov Pine Siskins - Charlotte, NC area [Kevin Metcalf ]
23 Nov Kerr Lake fall migration count results [Brian Bockhahn ]
23 Nov Common Goldeneye- NCSU dairy pond, Wake Co NC [Ryan Justice ]
22 Nov Eared Grebe, Onslow County ["Jim ODonnell" ]
23 Nov WNC Waynesville, Asheville: Ross's, Snow, Greater WF Geese! - 11/22/14 [Steve Ritt ]
22 Nov Greensboro, Lake Townsend Laughing Gull Today [Henry Link ]
22 Nov Re: Ross's Goose Savannah NWR [Craig ]
22 Nov R-b Mergansers on Jordan Lake [Robert Rybczynski ]
22 Nov Blue-gray gnatcatcher Cape Fear river, Harnnet co. [Paul Hubert ]
22 Nov Wake County ducks--Common Merganser and Common Goldeneye [Samuel Jolly ]
22 Nov COMMON MERGANSER (female) at Lake Crabtree County Park, Raleigh, Wake County NC, Nov 22 [Lynn Erla Beegle ]
22 Nov Kerr Scott Dam and Slaughterhouse this morning [Badger ]
22 Nov Re: Ross's Goose Savannah NWR [James Fleullan ]
22 Nov WNC Asheville: Ross' Goose - 11/22/14 [Steve Ritt ]
22 Nov Just a reminder - Re: Ross's Goose ["KC Foggin" ]
22 Nov Re: Ross's Goose Savannah NWR [andrew thornton ]
22 Nov FOS Goldfinches []
21 Nov Re: Wake Co., NC-Lake Raleigh-11/21/2014 [Tommy McDonell ]
21 Nov Wake Co., NC-Lake Raleigh-11/21/2014 [Mike Turner ]
21 Nov Ross's Goose continues Sav NWR [James Fleullan ]
21 Nov Fwd: House Select Committee on the Use of Off-Road Vehicles on Cape Lookout National Seashore Committee Meeting Notice for Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Public Hearing) [Jennifer Schrand ]
21 Nov Re: Not pure Ross's Re: Ross's Goose Savannah NWR [Bradley Dalton ]
21 Nov Not pure Ross's Re: Ross's Goose Savannah NWR [Nate Dias ]
20 Nov Chatham Co., NC-Jordan Lake, Parker's Creek-11/20/2014 [Mike Turner ]
20 Nov Ross's Goose Savannah NWR [James Fleullan ]
20 Nov RE: Woodcock on Grandfather Mountain [Elizabeth Faison ]
20 Nov Inland Black Scoter at Salem Lake [John Haire ]
20 Nov Hickory Rufous Hummingbird [Dwayne Martin ]
20 Nov Tennessee Warbler at Conestee, Greenville SC [Paul Serridge ]
20 Nov Horned Grebe - Jennette's Pier Nags Head [Jim Gould ]
20 Nov Re: Woodcock on Grandfather Mountain [Marcus Simpson ]
20 Nov Re: North Beach of Seabrook Island now a hotspot [Derek Aldrich ]
20 Nov North Beach of Seabrook Island now a hotspot [David Gardner ]
19 Nov Rolling View, Falls Lake, NC- 11/19 [KR ]
19 Nov Chapel Hill Bird Club meeting [Eddie Owens ]
19 Nov Miami area birding (Florida) [David Lenat ]
19 Nov Woodcock on Grandfather Mountain [Jesse Pope ]
19 Nov CBC CBBT field trip Jan 2015 ["Steve Shultz" ]

Subject: Rusty Blackbirds in Morehead City, NC
From: "John Fussell" <jfuss AT clis.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 08:06:29 -0500
A species that I see only irregularly in Carteret County nowadays is Rusty 
Blackbird.

I was pleased to see 8 of them in a swamp (that had been a beaverpond for a 
while, but which is now partially drained--so it is open with exposed muddy 
areas) in Morehead City.  This was yesterday, just before sunset.

John Fussell
Morehead City, NC 
Subject: Sandhill Cranes back at Beaufort, NC
From: "John Fussell" <jfuss AT clis.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 18:31:51 -0500
2 Sandhill Cranes are back in Beaufort.

Stan Rule saw them flying toward the Rachel Carson Reserve around sunset 
yesterday.

This morning I saw them at the north end of the Beaufort Airport (from 
Copeland Drive).

John Fussell
Morehead City, NC 
Subject: Where to look for rare blackbirds in Colleton County and nearby
From: Nate Dias <offshorebirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 18:18:33 -0500
I have had a few off-list inquiries about where to look for large groups of
Icterids in Calhoun County and nearby.

I like to look on Hwk 267 between Hwy 601 and 33, Lone Star Road, Highway
601 itself, Highway 6 between Elloree and St. Matthews, Vice Road (but it
may be  too cottony this year - not sure) and others.  Longstreet Road can
be good but I don't know what got planted along there this year - have not
checked it out yet.

Today I had a smaller number (only a few thousand) of Blackbirds in fields
beside Hwy 6 just north of Bobwhite Road.

There are also productive grain fields and peanut fields north of 601 just
west of the Congaree River - along True Blue Road and Ft. Motte Road and
sometimes Adams Road.

Farther south, there are also productive fields along Highway 176 - between
Highway 15 and Hwy 301.

Just off Highway 15, between I-26 and I-95, along Po Chance Road, there are
some nice harvested cornfields and a harvested peanut field.  Turn beside
the little cemetery and you can park there and walk along with a scope.

Agricultural areas near the sod farm in Orangeburg can also be productive.

Nathan Dias - Charleston, SC
Subject: Brewer's Blackbirds (private property), Orangeburg County, SC
From: Nate Dias <offshorebirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 18:01:49 -0500
I saw at least 11 Brewer's Blackbirds at a dairy farm in southern
Orangeburg County on the way home from Thanksgiving dinner.

Those of you who know the place and have access - the Brewer's are back in
town.

Nathan Dias - Charleston, SC
Subject: Sandhill Cranes, Snow Geese, possible Gr. White-fronted Goose, Santee NWR
From: Nate Dias <offshorebirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 17:52:56 -0500
I did an early morning vigil from the observation tower at the Bluff Unit
of Santee NWR to begin my Thanksgiving Day.  Highlight was a flock of 13
Sandhill Cranes flying in and feeding, loafing and chasing each other.
There were three Snow Geese present among the more numerous Canadas (both
wild and feral), and I think I had a Greater White-fronted Goose in a flock
out on the lake.  I saw it from the observation deck, to the left
floating just beyond some stocky cypress trees. The trees were a bit dense
and had some needles left and I had to assemble an unsatisfactory composite
view.

Had a few thousand ducks total - mostly Gadwall and Ring-necked Ducks, with
fair numbers of American Wigeon and smaller numbers of Northern Pintails
and Mallards mixed in.

Other highlights included a flock of 20+ Wild Turkeys near the cranes,
Loggerhead Shrike, multiple American Kestrels, lots of Meadowlarks, and
some American Pipits.  A pair of Bald eagles kept stirring up the ducks and
some Red-shouldered Hawks yelled at the Eagles and Red-tailed + Cooper's
Hawks that violated their airspace.

A Winter Wren have some nice looks along the nature trail and there were a
dozen or so Fox Sparrows in a thicket near the parking lot.  A small flock
of Juncos graced the margins of the parking lot and the big vine tangle had
a lot of White-throated and Song Sparrows.

Nathan Dias - Charleston, SC
Subject: Final Count - Finches
From: Brian Pendergraft <bkpendergraft AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 16:52:14 -0500
16 Purple Finches (4 males)
6 Pine Siskins

Hope everyone has or is about to eat well.

Brian Pendergraft
Falls Lake NC
Subject: Snow geese - Wake county, NC
From: Thierry Besancon <thi.besancon AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 16:47:16 -0500
hi all,
I stopped at the Dairy Lane pond this afternoon. No Common goldeneye but 2 
adults of Snow geese (1 dark / 1 white) mixed with the numerous Canada geese. 

Also, Merlin, Northern harrier, American pipits, Horned larks and White-crowned 
sparrows along Mid Pine rd. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Yellow-headed Blackbirds now near Ft. Motte
From: Nate Dias <offshorebirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:05:23 -0500
There are at least two male and one possible female Yellow-headed
Blackbirds in an absolutely huge mixed-species blackbird flock on Lone Star
Road between Hwy. 601 and 267 outside Fort Motte near St. Matthews, SC

And I have not been scanning them long.  Even with the strong wind, their
sound is impressive.

No still or video camera can do justice to this spectacle.

Nathan Dias - Charleston, SC
Subject: Adult Male Purple Finches
From: Brian Pendergraft <bkpendergraft AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 08:17:07 -0500
Taking nothing away from the females but.....now the fun begins.

4 females
2 males

3 Siskins

Brian Pendergraft
Falls Lake NC
Subject: Pine Siskins
From: Brian Pendergraft <bkpendergraft AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 07:46:09 -0500
Several eating at feeders.  Female Purple Finches as well.

Brian Pendergraft
Falls Lake NC
Subject: Purple Finches
From: Brian Pendergraft <bkpendergraft AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 22:49:43 -0500
Had three females on black oil feeders just before sundown.  Hope to see an
adult male in the morning.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Brian Pendergraft
Falls Lake NC
Subject: Re: Snow Geese at Pitt Street
From: Jack Rogers <jack AT 4rogers.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:35:58 -0500
Forgot to mention I had a very late American Golden-Plover.  It was
obviously a Plover (tall, chubby, grayish brown, short beak).  I originally
thought it was a Black-bellied Plover, but it lacked the black "armpits" of
a BBPL.

On Wed, Nov 26, 2014 at 4:54 PM, Jack Rogers  wrote:

> Birded the Pitt Street Causeway today; poor lighting, and winds were very
> strong.  Anyway, while walking the Causeway, my grandfather and I saw what
> we believe to be an extremely large flock of Snow Geese flying over the
> bridge that connects Sullivan's Island and Mt Pleasant.  The birds were
> white, with black trailing edge on the wing.  They were certainly not White
> Ibis, as they did not do the "flap flap flap glide" way of flying.  The
> birds were flying East/South East.  I have some pictures but they are very
> poor.  I have one posted on my flickr page.
>
> --
> Jack Rogers
> Mt Pleasant, SC
> My Flickr page 
>



-- 
Jack Rogers
Mt Pleasant, SC
My Flickr page 
Subject: Snow Geese at Pitt Street
From: Jack Rogers <jack AT 4rogers.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:54:32 -0500
Birded the Pitt Street Causeway today; poor lighting, and winds were very
strong.  Anyway, while walking the Causeway, my grandfather and I saw what
we believe to be an extremely large flock of Snow Geese flying over the
bridge that connects Sullivan's Island and Mt Pleasant.  The birds were
white, with black trailing edge on the wing.  They were certainly not White
Ibis, as they did not do the "flap flap flap glide" way of flying.  The
birds were flying East/South East.  I have some pictures but they are very
poor.  I have one posted on my flickr page.

-- 
Jack Rogers
Mt Pleasant, SC
My Flickr page 
Subject: Parasitic Jaeger at Atlantic Beach, NC
From: "John Fussell" <jfuss AT clis.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:49:25 -0500
This afternoon, I did an hour of ocean watching from Oceanana Pier at 
Atlantic Beach.  I had hoped that the wind shift and temperature drop might 
trigger a southward flight of birds, and it apparently did, but there 
weren't many.  They were mostly Laughing Gulls, Northern Gannets, and 
Forster's Terns.  However, there was one Parasitic Jaeger.

On my drive to the beach, there was a Peregrine Falcon circling over the 
Morehead-Atlantic Beach bridge.

John Fussell
Morehead City, NC 
Subject: Request for information re: Leica scope
From: Peter Perlman <pperlman AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:09:48 -0500
Hi all,

I'm considering purchasing a Leica 16 x 48 x 62 Televid spotting scope.
Wondered if any of you are familiar with the scope and could share your
opinions.
Hope this request is okay with the list.

Thanks,

Peter Perlman
Chapel Hill, NC
Subject: Exciting NC hummingbird recapture
From: <susan AT ncaves.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:12:09 -0700
Morning All,

I found out last night that the banded Rufous I caught Saturday in New
Bern at the Figeuroa residence was originally banded in Ft. Atkinson, WI
on October 19th!  Given that she arrived here about Nov. 15th, having
left Cindy Bridge's on the 23rd, she must have covered over 1000 miles
in about three weeks.  Certainly THE highlight of the 2014-15 winter
season-- doubt Dwayne or I can top that in the next few months!  Images
of this beauty will be posted on the Carolina Bird Club web site very
shortly, for anyone interested.

For those who are unaware, the New Bern area is quite the winter
hummingbird magnet.  In recent winters there been a Rufous or two there
as well as a few Ruby-throateds. However, it was where the state's first
Calliope, Broad-billed (and third; originally banded by Bill Hilton in
SC), and Buff-bellied Hummingbirds were documented.  Furthermore, NC's
second Anna's and third Allen's Hummingbird showed up at feeders there
as well.

In the last couple weeks I have also recaptured 2 of "my" Rufous: back
at feeders on Greensboro and Winston-Salem. Also managed to band a new
immature female Rufous in Winston-Salem and an adult female
Ruby-throated in New Bern.  I have hummers in the Raleigh area to head
for next week, including a old (at least 5 yr. old)banded Rufous south
of Falls Lake.  So stay tuned!

Until then, have a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!

Susan Campbell
Whispering Pines, NC

Subject: Virginia: Crested Caracara in Virginia Beach, 5 miles from NC
From: Nate Swick <nswick AT aba.org>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:31:12 -0500
A Crested Caracara was photographed today in Virginia Beach, Virginia. It's
been seen in the vicinity of Blackwater and Hungarian Roads in Virginia
Beach County, which is less than 5 MILES from the NC border.

This would be a potential first state record for NC, so birders up that
direction and at MacKay Island NWR (heck, even as far south as Alligator
River and Pocosin Lakes) should be on the lookout. Caracaras are wanderers,
and several seen in the northeast in the last couple years have been
thought to be one or two wide-ranging individuals.

More information available at the Virginia listserv here:
http://birding.aba.org/maillist/VA01

Nate Swick
Greensboro, NC

-- 
Editor, ABA Blog
American Birding Association
blog.aba.org
Subject: Henderson Cty., N. C.
From: "Wayne K. Forsythe" <wforsythe AT morrisbb.net>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:24:16 -0500
Folks,
 I had 3, white phase, Snow Geese, 2 adults and 1 imm. on School House Road in 
the Mills River community of Henderson County at about 10:00 AM today. They 
were feeding in corn stubble on the south side of the road. I returned at about 
11:00 A. M., after checking Lake Julian in Buncombe Cty., and the geese had 
apparently moved on. 

        There was nothing of note at Lake Julian.
Wayne
 Wayne K. Forsythe
16 Colonial Way
Hendersonville, N. C. 28791
wforsytheATmorrisbb.net
Subject: FOY Hooded Merganser
From: jackpateck AT comcast.net
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:05:29 +0000 (UTC)
Today there are 3 Hooded Merganses. One male and his two ladies. 

Jack & Pat Eckstine 
Hanahan, SC 
Subject: rare yard bird, a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
From: "John Fussell" <jfuss AT clis.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:56:37 -0500
At my downtown location, the Blue-gray Gnatcatcher is a very rare bird, 
although I think I've had one here once or twice over the years.

A few minutes ago, I heard and then saw one in the backyard.

John Fussell
Morehead City, NC

Subject: Lake Crabtree- Raleigh NC
From: Ryan Justice <blackburnian151 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:34:10 -0500
Not a lot of waterbirds out today. Best birds:

Bonaparte's Gull
2 Great Egret- getting late

A group of 4 RB/Common Mergansers, there was one larger bird sort of separated 
from the other three that I'm willing to bet was the Common. If I had to guess 
I'd say the Common is still on the lake. The birds were just too far to 
positively identify 


Plenty of Horned Grebes and some coots were present

Ryan Justice
Raleigh 


Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Mason Farm: Chapel Hill, NC
From: Ryan Justice <blackburnian151 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 09:40:20 -0500
Decent activity this morning, walked the full loop in about 1 1/2 hour. That's 
a really nice boardwalk they've installed recently. 


Highlights:

6 woodpecker species (Downy, Red-headed, Red-bellied, Pileated, YB Sapsucker, N 
Flicker) 


Good sparrow numbers (Song, Field, White-throated, Swamp, towhee, Junco, 
Chipping) 


2 Hermit Thrush
1 Winter Wren

Lots of goldfinches and 3 female Purple Finches (no siskins)

Ryan Justice
Raleigh 


Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Tree Swallow Mecklenburg Co. Nov. 24
From: Kevin Metcalf <skermetcalf AT earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:13:02 -0500
Saw a late Tree Swallow mid day today near the Energy Explorium on Lake Norman. 


Kevin Metcalf
Huntersville, NC
Subject: Forsyth County Laughing Gull
From: Philip Dickinson <pdickins AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:49:37 -0500
A first-winter Laughing Gull was observed by numerous birders during a
Forsyth Audubon bird walk at Salem Lake this morning (several photos taken).
Perhaps this was the same bird that was seen in Guilford County over the
weekend. I think this is only the fourth Forsyth County sighting for the
species.

Phil Dickinson
Winston-Salem

Subject: Santee Coastal Reserve American Bitterns
From: Chris Hill <chill AT coastal.edu>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 17:00:54 -0500
While looking at some possible sites for a study of Seaside Sparrows next 
summer (in closed areas, sorry) last Thursday at Santee Coastal Reserve south 
of Georgetown, SC, some DNR folks and my grad student and I saw 5 American 
Bitterns in less than a mile. And that was just those that happened to be on 
the dike we were travelling on. Quite an impressive density, and I’m sure 
I’ve never seen 5 Am. Bitterns in a day before, let alone in 20 minutes. 


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




Subject: Park car at Yates Mill to see COMMON GOLDENEYE at Dairy Lane pond (Raleigh, Wake County, NC)
From: Lynn Erla Beegle <optmystc1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:25:50 -0500
Park car at Yates Mill to see COMMON GOLDENEYE at Dairy Lane pond
(Raleigh, Wake County, NC):
The COMMON GOLDENEYE female at Dairy Lane, Raleigh, Wake County, NC
(called NCSU Experimental Farm hotspot on ebird) is attracting a lot
of birders, but please be mindful: DAIRY LANE IS A RESTRICTED ROAD.
One of my birder-friends talked to the NCSU employees, and they said
that they have had a lot of trouble lately with people trespassing and
they don't want anyone on their property or in the fields. (This
includes walking on fields from Inwood Road as well as Dairy Lane and
possibly other roads in the NCSU property.)  Some long-time birders
may have a permit for the area, but the permits are not given out any
more.

Fortunately, there is an easy way to see the Goldeneye duck.  Park
your car at (Historic) Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Road.
Walk back to the park entrance, turn left and walk north along the
grassy shoulder of Lake Wheeler Road a short distance until you see
the pond on the east side of the road (well before you get to Dairy
Lane). Then CAREFULLY cross the road and set up your scope along the
grassy shoulder (total walk time is less than 5 minutes). We saw the
Goldeneye today (11/24/2014), associating with Northern Shovelers,
Ruddy Ducks, and Buffleheads.

NCSU employees also told us that it is illegal to take photos on NC
State property.  If birders aren't careful then the areas may become
off-limits for everyone, and we don't want this to happen. So please,
everyone, be courteous and mindful of the rules. This area is  close
to Mid Pines Road, another fine birding spot. You can park along Mid
Pines Road for short periods of time and walk away from your car.
Inwood Road is not as welcoming; a brief stop may be okay as long as
you stay near your car and you park off the road; don't walk in the
fields. All of these areas have checklists available on
http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspots

CAUTION: Lake Wheeler Road has very fast traffic (45 to 60 mph) so I
urge you NOT to park along the shoulder. Park at Yates, which opens at
8 a.m. (and, Yates Mill is a wonderful birding spot). Also, please
note that Lake Wheeler Road is a major rush-hour artery, so enjoy
Yates Mill and Mid Pines first, then walk over to the Lake Wheeler
Road shoulder after the traffic dies down (9:30 or later on weekdays).
I bet the Goldeneye will wait for you!  P.S. Most parks are CLOSED on
Thanksgiving -- Lynn Erla Beegle, Raleigh, NC
Subject: Ross's Goose at Sav NWR is now dead
From: James Fleullan <jrfleullan AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:44:31 -0500
Received an email from Diana Churchill who found the juvenile ROGO floating 
dead in the water. It does not appear as though it was eaten like the first. 


Sorry for the sad news.

James Fleullan
Pooler, Ga 

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Raleigh Comm Merg, N Durham Siskins
From: Rbakelaar <rbakelaar AT aol.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:23:45 -0500
Hello,  

The Lake Crabtree Common Merganser was present this morning alone without the 
previously reported Red-breasted Mergansers. 


In N Durham yesterday there was a small flyover flock of Pine Siskins near Snow 
Hill Road. 


Ryan Bakelaar
Durham, NC

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Subject: Meck Audubon Dec Meeting (12/04): Save the Songs: Climate Change and Birds‏
From: Christy Hill <chill2k5 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 08:38:41 -0500 (EST)
MAS presents – Save The Songs
Speaker - Kim Brand, Bird Friendly Communities Coordinator
When **NEW EARLIER TIME**  - Thurs, Dec. 4th at 7:15 PM (Refreshments begin at
6:45 pm)
Where - Tyvola Road Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte, NC 28210
More info - http://meckbirds.org

*** NEW EARLIER MEETING TIME***

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

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

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

Look forward to seeing you Thursday December 4th at our new meeting time,
6:45pm at the Tyvola Road Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte, NC 28210.
The meeting will start promptly at 7:15pm. If you know of others you think may
be interested, please let them know.

 

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

Jesse Pope 

Newland, NC
(C) 828-898-3012
(W) 828-733-3224
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> On Nov 23, 2014, at 5:00 PM, J. Merrill Lynch  
wrote: 

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

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

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


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

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

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


Jesse Pope 

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

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

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

John Fussell
Morehead City, NC



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

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

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

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


Ryan Justice
Raleigh


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

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


Craig Watson
Mt. Pleasant, SC

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

Brendan
Durham, NC

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


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



KERR LAKE Fall 2014 results



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



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



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



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

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

White-crowned Sparrow on Mid Pines.

Ryan Justice
Raleigh 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Guy McGrane
Deep Gap, NC

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

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

James Fleullan
Pooler, Ga

Sent from my iPhone

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

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

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

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

2 Ring-billed Gulls, Hooded Mergs, etc.

Steve Ritt
Asheville, NC

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


K.C.

K.C. Foggin
Socastee
Myrtle Beach SC

www.birdforum.net

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




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

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


Glad to share.

James Fleullan
Pooler, Ga

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

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

Andrew Thornton
Julian, NC

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

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


T

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

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

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

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

Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC

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

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


Glad to share.

James Fleullan
Pooler, Ga

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

*
*

*NORTH CAROLINA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES*

*NOTICE OF  PUBLIC HEARING*

*2013-2014**SESSION*

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

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

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

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

The views of interested parties will be heard concerning:

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

The meeting agenda will consist of:

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

2. Opportunity for public comment on the Plan.

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

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

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

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

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related to the Committee may contact Jennifer McGinnis, Committee 
Counsel, at (919) 733-2578, or Nancy Fox, Committee Clerk, at (919) 
733-6275.

**

Respectfully,



Representative Pat McElraft, Chair

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

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

Brad Dalton
Greenville, SC

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

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

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

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

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

Nathan Dias - Charleston, SC

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

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

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


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

Glad to share.

James Fleullan
Pooler, Ga

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

-Elizabeth FaisonBoone, NC

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


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

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

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

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




Jesse Pope



Newland, NC

(C) 828-898-3012

(W) 828-733-3224

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

Good birding ---

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



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

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


Catawba County Park Ranger
Riverbend Park - Conover, NC
St. Stephens Park - Hickory, NC
jdmartin AT catawbacountync.gov
http://www.catawbacountync.gov/depts/parks/
http://www.weatherlink.com/user/riverbendpark
http://www.ncbirdingtrail.org/TrailGuide/Guide_CatawbaValley.pdf
Subject: Tennessee Warbler at Conestee, Greenville SC
From: Paul Serridge <paulserridge AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:19:01 -0500
A Tennessee Warbler was a surprise at Lake Conestee Nature Park this
morning. The previous latest date for this species in the Fall had been Nov
9.

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

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

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

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



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

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

Mark

Marcus B. Simpson, Jr.
Hendersonville, NC.

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

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

Derek Aldrich
Taylors SC (SC ebird Hotspot Admin

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

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

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

Thanks,
David

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




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

This event is free & open to the public.


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

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

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


Jesse Pope 

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


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


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


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

Cost: $50

Limit: 12 participants

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


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


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



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



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