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Checklist S46313448

 
Location
Alligator River NWR, Dare County, North Carolina, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:43 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
3
Duration:
13 hour(s), 6 minute(s)
Distance:
45.0 mile(s)
Observers:
Liam Waters , Maili Waters List
Comments:
Goal was to spend all day driving the roads here very slowly to get an accurate sense of number as species present. Turns out that there aren’t enough hours in the day for that, but we did our best. Typical speed was 7-9mph so we could still hear, and we stopped anywhere there were lots of birds singing, or we heard an atypical song. Started down buffalo city rd (trail at end was flooded, but walked in a few hundred feet), then Sawyer lake rd to butler rd, sandy ridge rd (including gated section), miltail rd (flooded out about .5mi before the river crossing), koehring rd to cypress to bay rd, blueberry to cedar rd, pollock to koehring rd south to long curve rd, up 264 to point peter rd, up 264 to borrow pit rd to long curve rd and then took grouse to bear rd (at dusk, 5 bears), then link rd and out miltail. Total track mileage was 50.34, but estimated about 5 mi overlap. All numbers are exact tallies while driving or walking, and extreme care was taken not to double count. Definitely missed some rds, and drove others at the heat of the day, so this is by no means exhaustive. Started overcast and 63°f, but quickly got sunny and warmed up to 85°f. Light SW breeze 0-10mph.
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.6.36
Species
63 species total
2
1
12

All along bear at dusk.

3
11

Exact.

2
5
14
22
3
2
2
6
3
1
11
Breeding Code
F Flyover (Observed)
1
2
21
Breeding Code
F Flyover (Observed)
1
7
1
1

Sitting in field along rd after sunset.

1

Spontaneous day calling.

3
8
12
3
7
36

Exact. Mostly pairs

Breeding Code
CN Carrying Nesting Material (Confirmed)
5
8
2
1
4
40
16
77

Exact.

3
16
1
55
1

*very rare, with only a handful of June records in eBird for the state (and all well to the west of here). Flushed the bird along the edge of link rd at 8:19pm as we were heading out. Flew a short distance, and showed the nice white tail edging before landing in the open for photos. Unmistakable bird in high plumage. Decent photos (considering they were taken after sunset) to be added. Bright chestnut crown and auriculars, white malar and supercilium, solid gray rump with streaked back. Approximately seen near 35.8338369,-75.8316359 (plotted afterwards from google maps, so could be off a bit).

ML103940771

© Maili Waters

Average Quality
7
19
4
5
62
2
4

Sandy ridge rd and koehring rd.

187

Only 10-20 females! Not evenly distributed, but obviously a common breeder here. Many photos and audio recordings. Hoped to get 100 here today, had no idea 200 would’ve been possible! Exact count of birds we were sure weren’t being double counted.

ML103941221

© Maili Waters

Average Quality
2

One on cedar, one on pollock.

ML103941291

© Maili Waters

Average Quality
81

Exact. Mostly along bear at dusk.

1
2
18
9

Pollock

59

Exact.

6

*high. “Wayne’s warblers”. Pollock and koehring south of pollock. All heard only; song clearly higher pitched with slightly different cadence than the northern birds I’m familiar with.

1

Bay rd. Singing while eating paper wasp larvae from a small nest.

2
3

Stayed lake rd

14
 

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

Yes