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Checklist S3914935

 
Location
Pea Island NWR, Dare County, North Carolina, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Fri May 30, 2008 6:30 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
2
Duration:
35 minute(s)
Distance:
3.0 mile(s)
Observers:
Marshall Iliff
Comments:
Birded from South Pond to North Pond with several roadside stops. A one-week tour of North Carolina with Amy McDonald. On this day we birded the Pea Island/Oregon Inlet area instead of going on the second pelagic trip which we had initially planned on. We found a Shiny Cowbird quickly in the morning, and got great looks at a White-rumped Sandpiper, so hit our targets nicely. We finished the day at Alligator River NWR and had dinner in Manteo before making a final attempt for Black Rail at Bodie Island, but it was too windy. We met the local constabulary on the late night drive back to Hatteras but they let us off with a warning, thankfully. WEATHER: Clear, calm, sunny.
Species
32 species total
10
Canada Goose
1
Mute Swan
4
Gadwall
4
Mallard
40
American Black Duck
2
Mourning Dove
4
Black-necked Stilt
10
Dunlin
30
Semipalmated Sandpiper
1
Short-billed Dowitcher

flew across road

3
Willet (Eastern)
20
Laughing Gull
2
Great Black-backed Gull
5
Least Tern
5
Forster's Tern
2
Brown Pelican
60
Great Egret
30
Snowy Egret
10
Little Blue Heron
16
Tricolored Heron
50
White Ibis
1
Glossy Ibis
5
Fish Crow
2
Purple Martin
2
Barn Swallow
2
Seaside Sparrow
2
Song Sparrow

subspecies atlanticus

1
Eastern Towhee
15
Red-winged Blackbird
1
Shiny Cowbird

***rarity; adult male at feeder. Many photos taken at close range by both Marshall and Amy (digiscoped); Marshall will share images with the eBird Flickr group. All black bird eating seed at feeder. Shaped roughly like Brown-headed Cowbird (none present) and smaller than Red-winged Blackbird. Compared to Brown-headed, the Shiny had a sflatter head and long, more slender bill, more like the shape of a Red-winged Blackbird but proportionately (and actually) shorter and thicker than that species. Eye dark; legs dark. Tail medium length and squared off, but slightly longer than Brown-headed Cowbird. Black body plumage with purple iridescence on head, back, and breast and blue-green tinge on wings. State bird for Marshall and life bird for Amy. To my knowledge, the frequency of this species in coastal North Carolina has dropped off in recent years, so this was an exciting find.

2
Common Grackle (Purple)
10
Boat-tailed Grackle
 

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