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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
Wood Duck
1
Mallard
12
Northern Bobwhite

All along bear at dusk.

3
Mourning Dove
11
Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Exact.

2
Chimney Swift
5
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
14
Killdeer
22
Laughing Gull
3
Herring Gull
2
Great Black-backed Gull
2
Forster's Tern
6
Royal Tern
3
Double-crested Cormorant
1
Great Blue Heron (Blue form)
11
Great Egret
Breeding Code
F Flyover (Observed)
1
Snowy Egret
2
Green Heron
21
White Ibis
Breeding Code
F Flyover (Observed)
1
Black Vulture
7
Turkey Vulture
1
Osprey (carolinensis)
1
Red-tailed Hawk (borealis)

Sitting in field along rd after sunset.

1
Eastern Screech-Owl

Spontaneous day calling.

3
Red-headed Woodpecker
8
Red-bellied Woodpecker
12
Downy Woodpecker
3
Pileated Woodpecker
7
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
36
Great Crested Flycatcher

Exact. Mostly pairs

Breeding Code
CN Carrying Nesting Material (Confirmed)
5
Eastern Kingbird
8
White-eyed Vireo
2
Purple Martin
1
Tree Swallow
4
Barn Swallow
40
Carolina Chickadee
16
Brown-headed Nuthatch
77
Carolina Wren

Exact.

3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
16
Gray Catbird
1
Northern Mockingbird
55
European Starling
1
Lark Sparrow

*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
Eastern Towhee
19
Eastern Meadowlark
4
Red-winged Blackbird
5
Brown-headed Cowbird
62
Common Grackle
2
Ovenbird
4
Worm-eating Warbler

Sandy ridge rd and koehring rd.

187
Prothonotary Warbler

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
Swainson's Warbler

One on cedar, one on pollock.

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© Maili Waters

Average Quality
81
Common Yellowthroat

Exact. Mostly along bear at dusk.

1
Hooded Warbler
2
Northern Parula
18
Pine Warbler
9
Yellow-throated Warbler (dominica/stoddardi)

Pollock

59
Prairie Warbler

Exact.

6
Black-throated Green Warbler

*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
Summer Tanager

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

2
Northern Cardinal
3
Blue Grosbeak

Stayed lake rd

14
Indigo Bunting
 

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

Yes