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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
1
4
4
40
2
4
10
30
1

flew across road

3
20
2
5
5
2
60
30
10
16
50
1
5
2
2
2
2

subspecies atlanticus

1
15
1

***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
10
 

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Yes