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Checklist S32490265

 
Location
Alligator River NWR, Dare County, North Carolina, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Fri Nov 11, 2016 7:51 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
2
Duration:
7 hour(s), 40 minute(s)
Distance:
8.0 mile(s)
Observers:
Jo Ann Preston List , Tom Preston
Comments:
Our week in Dare County, visiting from Brooklyn, NY, concluded with this trip to Alligator River NWR. Our second visit to Alligator - a great place - many different habitats. Pea Island is exceptional too, and Bodie Lighthouse is a very nice stop
Highlights for me included the flock of 40 Meadowlarks seen today, the 3 Marbled Godwits at sunset at the N end of Pea Island, the c. 75 Avocets nearby, White Pelicans and Tundra Swans at Pea, thousand of Pintail - we see 1 or 2 - and general wildfowl numbers Hiking around Pea and listening to Tundra Swans, with the odd call of the Gadwall as a backdrop - fabulous! Interesting mammals too, Black Bear, Otter, Beaver, Dolphins
The big miss for me was the Sedge Wren. I listened to the calls online before I went out, had 2-3 possible/probables but couldn't close the deal. Looking at other's checklists, they are not that uncommon. Maybe if you're 100% confident of the call... I do that with species I am familiar with
I couldn't find much detailed information about birding in Dare Co. This was only really an issue at Alligator River (Pea Island was easy to figure out). I would have liked to know a good spot to look for Red-cockaded and Red-headed, and I am not sure how others record such big duck totals. Maybe if flocks flyover close by? Most of them seemed to be in inaccessible areas. Very distant birds on the water were not identifiable in the heat haze.
Another thing I'd have liked to know is why there are so few eBird records for Pocosin Lakes. The habitat sounds great and we thought of making the trip, but maybe there's a problem there. Too many hunters? Not very accessible? Not many birds? We revisited Alligator instead and were glad we did so
A great week, in-between seasons. Hopefully we will be back some day
Species
53 species total
20
33
2

Brier Hill Road

2
80

Two flocks were not too far way to be IDd in the scope

6

4+ at Milltail & Sawyer, 2 along Brier Hill Road

2
3
1

Flyover, Creef Cut Trail

6

1 heard along Milltail, 5 at River Road

1

River Road

2
2
3

© Tom Preston

The great photo is by Jo Ann

10

All in trees along Sawyer

5

1 grey ghost

4
4

© Tom Preston

1

Pump Road

2
4
8
5
12
3
13
1

Creef Cut

2
X
8
1

Creef Cut car park

1

Same location as Sunday along Milltail Road just before the admin building

X
3
5
2

Flyovers at Creef Cut

54
1
11
2

2 floyovers,1 at Creef Cut lot, and another along the trail. Pik-Pik-Pik!

2
1

Creef Cut Trail with 3 juncos

3
6
3

2 at Milltail, 1 at the end of Brier Hall Road

11
4
55

A flock of 40 along Milltail Road was exceptional for us. Another flock of 11 seen later along Sawyer plus a few at River Road. We don;t see this species very often in Brooklyn, 1 or 2 are good there, A real treat

35
1

On Pump Road

2
X
1
 

Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?

Yes