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Checklist S6790085

 
Location
Cape Hatteras, Dare County, North Carolina, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Sat Aug 21, 2010 9:15 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
N/A
Duration:
8 hour(s)
Distance:
19.999 mile(s)
Observers:
David Nicosia
Comments:
Went birding today at Cape Hatteras and got a flyover DICKCISSELwith its flat "bizz"
call note close to the Fish Cleaning Station south of the lighthouse. There was also
a lone PIED-BILLED GREBE in the pond behind the fish station along with a
few flyover LEAST SANDPIPERS and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS.

The waters are fairly high on the north side of the salt pond adjacent to the point
so most of the shorebirds were on the south side and distant. Even so there were
still some that were identifiable with 60x scope views including several SEMIPALMATED
PLOVERS, a few KILLDEER, several SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, GREATER
YELLOWLEGS, LEAST SANDPIPERS, 1 SANDERLING, and a dozen or so
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS. I had 1 dowitcher that was very rufous from
the breast to its vent and this bird was a little bigger. a possible LONG-BILLED
DOWITCHER. This bird was not associating with the other dowitchers which were
lighter in color especially towards their lower breast
and vent area. But given the distance I can not be sure of this.

As for the terns, there were several loafing CASPIAN TERNs mixed
with numerous ROYAL TERNS. I saw 1 non-breeding plumage BLACK TERN.
There were also a few non-breeding FORSTER''S TERNS. Behind the terns
were a couple WHITE IBIS

Gulls included LAUGHING, HERRING and GREAT BLACK-BACKED.

There were 2 BROWN PELICANs mixed with the terns and DOUBLE-CRESTED
CORMORANTS.

There were numerous GREAT and SNOWY EGRETS with one GREAT-BLUE
HERON and 1 TRI-COLORED HERON.

Along the beach at Cape Hatteras around mile marker 34 there were dozens
of WILLET both eastern and western as there were quite a size discrepancy between
both races. There were also dozens of LEAST TERNS, numerous SANDERLING
and several RUDDY TURNSTONE. In the distance there were 2 possible
NORTHERN GANNET. The birds were very distant so I can''t be sure of this.
BROWN PELICANS were also very numerous.

In Frisco on the sound side, had 2 immature WHITE IBIS, a LITTLE BLUE HERON,
non-breeding FORSTER''S TERN, OSPREY, TURKEY VULTURE, CANADA GEESE,
and 1 BELTED KINGFISHER.

All in all a great start to my annual vacation at Cape Hatteras!!

Dave Nicosia
Johnson City, NY
 

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

Yes