Birding observations from the ongoing USF&WS Cape Romain NWR Bulls Island waterfowl/shorebird survey, from Christmas and Spring Bird Counts, and from other surveys and outings.
04 March 2014
Tu 4 Mar 2014 survey
Tu 4 Mar 2014
It was cold and windy on BullsIsland today, but since I was birding it was all good. Thanks to Trisha for making the boating arrangements and to Greg for hauling me out to the island and back.
Today's waterfowl/shorebirdsurvey yielded 48 target species, 71 species overall. My eBird checklist on the day's outing is appended below, FYI. Misses included Clapper Rail, Spotted Sandpiper, and the recently seen Northern Pintail and Canvasback. Hits include first for the survey (I think) Horned Grebe (HOGR) and Ring-necked Duck (RNDU). I routinely see HOGR in Bulls Bay's marshes while boating between Garris and Bulls, but I've never tallied one on the island until today (on Jack's). And not only did I tally RNDU for the first time on Bulls, I tallied them in three locations: Jack's and both Summerhouse Ponds!
Ducks continue in pretty good numbers excepting Redheads that dropped from a count of 70 two weeks ago to 2 today. The North Beach was, again, very slow today, and even the oceanfront marsh was slower than usual. The water level in Jack's has dropped a little (4.46 down to 4.18 on the Watermark scale) leaving fairly extensive mudflats and shallows around the margins and in the grasses, while Upper Summerhouse Pond has risen a little (3.16 up to 3.36 on its scale) yet retaining fairly extensive mudflats and shallows that are attracting shorebirds (Semipalmated Plover, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Dunlin, Short-billed Dowitcher, Common Gallinule) and good numbers of waterfowl.
Other misses included American alligator (did I mention that it was cold today on the island?) and fox squirrel.
Looking ahead on the tide calendar suggests that the next most-favorable tides fall on Thursday 20 Mar 2014 (high tide predicted 4.8 ft) at 10:43 AM. Other possible dates include Wed 19 Mar and Fri 21 Mar. Stay tuned for final plans.
Cape Romain NWR--BullsIsland, Charleston, US-SC Mar 4, 2014 7:45 AM - 3:45 PM Protocol: Traveling 18.199 mile(s) Comments: Conducting the ongoingBullsIslandwaterfowl/shorebirdsurvey. Effort: 4.15 mi (one way) and 45 min by boat plus 12.0 mi and 2 hr by vehicle plus 2.1 mi and 5 hr 15 min by foot. Weather: cloudy, cold, and windy; temps 32 F to 35 F; winds NNE at 10 mph with gusts to 20 mph. <br />Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.6.3 71 species Gadwall 20 American Wigeon 24 American Black Duck 12 Mottled Duck 2 Blue-winged Teal 46 Northern Shoveler 22 Green-winged Teal 20 Redhead 2 Many fewer than counted on recent surveys. Ring-necked Duck 21 First personal observation on thesurvey. Seen on Jack's Pond, Upper Summerhouse Pond, and Lower Summerhouse Pond. Lesser Scaup 175 Black Scoter 25 Bufflehead 136 Hooded Merganser 49 Red-breasted Merganser 3 Ruddy Duck 76 Pied-billed Grebe 39 Horned Grebe 25 Double-crested Cormorant 23 Anhinga 2 American White Pelican 22 Brown Pelican 4 Great Blue Heron 12 Great Egret 47 Snowy Egret 7 Little Blue Heron 2 Tricolored Heron 3 Black-crowned Night-Heron 1 White Ibis 18 Glossy Ibis 2 Turkey Vulture 6 Bald Eagle 1 1 imm Common Gallinule 37 American Coot 251 American Oystercatcher 33 Grey Plover 6 Semipalmated Plover 14 Piping Plover 4 Killdeer 10 Greater Yellowlegs 56 Willet 2 Lesser Yellowlegs 6 Marbled Godwit 1 Ruddy Turnstone 9 Sanderling 16 Dunlin 955 Western Sandpiper 22 Short-billed Dowitcher 18 Wilson's Snipe 5 Ring-billed Gull 24 Herring Gull 3 Forster's Tern 52 Mourning Dove 8 Belted Kingfisher 4 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 4 Eastern Phoebe 3 Purple Martin 5 Tree Swallow 230 Carolina Wren 1 Northern Mockingbird 3 Cedar Waxwing 20 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 32 Eastern Towhee 1 Chipping Sparrow 8 Song Sparrow 1 Swamp Sparrow 1 White-throated Sparrow 7 Northern Cardinal 23 Red-winged Blackbird 12 Boat-tailed Grackle 3 Brown-headed Cowbird 1 View this checklist online athttp://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17311701 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)