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Location
Cape Hatteras, Dare County, North Carolina, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Sun Feb 20, 2011 10:54 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
3
Duration:
7 hour(s), 56 minute(s)
Distance:
4.0 mile(s)
Observers:
Elisa Flanders List , Scott Baron
Comments:
Stopped at entrance road pond, at bathrooms at Buxton Woods Trail trailhead, at ranger station. Walked from south end of road south to point and back, including parts of east shore of Salt Pond, east and south shorelines of ocean beach.

Weather - Sunny, NE wind. 47 to 39F. Low tide around 3:30pm. Sunset approx. 5:45.

We noted the high water level in the two ponds at the south end of the road and also the Salt Ponds. Lots of water at point. Main point now is curved inward/westward. Point is almost split in two.

Mammals - Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin, 7. White-tailed Deer, 5.

Amphibians - So. Leopard Frog (heard), Yellow-bellied Turtle, turtle sp.
Species
38 species (+2 other taxa) total
42
Canada Goose
100
Northern Shoveler
162
Gadwall
15
Green-winged Teal
2
Redhead
Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male 2
Female
Sex Unknown
1
Greater/Lesser Scaup
37
Surf Scoter
3
White-winged Scoter
11
Black Scoter
24
Red-breasted Merganser
1
Ruddy Duck
1
Pied-billed Grebe
1
Horned Grebe
35
American Coot (Red-shielded)
11
Killdeer
2
Sanderling
13
Razorbill

several flocks of flybys. "football" shaped birds.

450
Bonaparte's Gull
1
Black-headed Gull

This individual was a 1st winter bird. However, from looking in ID guides, it did not have as heavy a dark "M" on the mantle as shown in field guides, and the underside of the primaries were about as dark as an adult Black-headed Gull. While the bill was reddish-orange, it looked longer (not heavier) than the bills of nearby Bonaparte's Gulls.
The gull was resting with other gulls on the west side of the cape tip and flew east (after circling once).

1359
Ring-billed Gull

Some estimation of numbers, as some of the flocks were large and a bit far.

1143
Herring Gull

Some estimation of numbers, as some of the flocks were large and a bit far.

3
Glaucous Gull

One bird was resting at the pond near ramp 43. Two other birds were in a gull flock, resting on the beach, just northwest of the cape tip. Both were very white (first cycle birds), slightly larger than Herring Gulls, with a bicolored bill (pinkish base, dark tip).

119
Great Black-backed Gull

Some estimation of numbers, as some of the flocks were large and a bit far.

12
Red-throated Loon
30
loon sp.
2000
Northern Gannet
3000
Double-crested Cormorant
6
Brown Pelican
6
Black-crowned Night-Heron

flyovers after sunset

2
Turkey Vulture
1
Northern Harrier
1
American Crow
1
Carolina Wren
1
American Robin
1
Gray Catbird
1
Northern Mockingbird
3
Snow Bunting

One bird was a flyover when we were standing at the east shore of the Salt Pond. It flew south toward the point. I assume it was one of the same 3 birds we saw later at the point. One male was in breeding plumage.

1
Savannah Sparrow
2
Red-winged Blackbird
4
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
Additional species seen by Elisa Flanders:
36
Lesser Black-backed Gull
 

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

Yes