13 August 2014

Th 13 Aug 2014 survey

Th 14 Aug 2014


   Susan Thompson and Brian Houghton joined me today on Bulls Island for the ongoing waterfowl/shorebirdsurvey. It was a "Chamber of Commerce" weather day! Captain Richard Stuhr and First Mate/Naturalist Olivia Wilson of Coastal Expeditions gave us their usual first rate service in getting us out to the island and back. Many thanks!

   We tallied 46 species on the survey proper, 61 species on the day's outing. My eBird checklist is appended, below, FYI. Great finds on the day included Purple Gallinule (including 1 mature and 3 chicks!), Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Green-winged Teal, Reddish Egret (juvenile), Roseate Spoonbill, Cooper's Hawk, Bald Eagle, Piping Plover, Whimbrel, and American Avocet. Misses included Wilson's Plover, Marbled Godwit (recently present in high numbers), and American Oystercatcher (though Richard and Olivia saw one early that I missed).

   Non avian wildlife sightings included Atlantic bottle-nosed dolphin, fox squirrel (1 along the road to the dock, 1 along Lighthouse Road at Beach Road), American alligator, spiders on webs, butterflies, and dragonflies. Once again the mosquitos and deer flies were mercifully very few. 

   After Sunday's perigee/full moon (aka "super moon") the tides were running high and were further aided by steady NE to E winds today. The trunk connecting Jack's Creek to Bulls Bay was open allowing a significant inflow of seawater into Jack's Creek thus raising the water level appreciably. Also the marsh oceanfront at Jack's Creek has recently been filled with the high tides yet continues to drain back into the ocean. The dunes continue to accrete on the North Beach--there was significant exposed beach even with these astronomical high tides. 

   Looking forward at the tidal calendar suggests the following dates for our next waterfowl/shorebird survey:

Th 28 Aug 2014 high tide 5.2 ft at 10:09 AM
Fri 29 Aug 2014 high tide 5.2 ft at 10:44 AM
Sat 30 Aug 2014 high tide 5.2 ft at 11:21 AM

Stay tuned for further plans.

   I am cross-posting this email to Carolinabirds in advance of the upcoming fall Carolina Bird Club (CBC) meeting in Charleston 26 to 28 Sept 2014 and the field trips to Bulls Island.  


David McLean
Charleston, SC

Cape Romain NWR--Bulls Island, Charleston, US-SC
Aug 14, 2014 8:30 AM - 3:40 PM
Protocol: Traveling
17.999 mile(s)
Comments:     Conducting the ongoing Bulls Island waterfowl/shorebird survey. Effort: 4.15 mi and 30 min by ferry plus 10.7 mi and 2 hr by truck plus 3.7 mi and 4 hr 40 min by foot. Weather: clear, sunny, and warm; temps 77 F to 85 F; winds NE early becoming E late AM, at 5 mph. High tide was forecast to be 5.9 ft at 11:24 AM but was higher due to the perigee/full moon (Super Moon) on Sun 10 Aug 2014 and due to the steady NE to E winds. It was a 'Chamber of Commerce' weather day! <br />Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.6.3
61 species

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck  2
Wood Duck  2
Mottled Duck  1
Green-winged Teal  1     Female. Showed green speculum.
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Wood Stork  3
Double-crested Cormorant  12     Fewer than expected.
Anhinga  5
American White Pelican  7
Brown Pelican  127     Many on sandbar off North Beach, many more on beachfront at Jack's Creek.
Least Bittern  2
Great Blue Heron  3
Great Egret  22
Snowy Egret  105     Many were resting together in Upper Summerhouse Pond.
Little Blue Heron  3     3 immature
Tricolored Heron  21
Reddish Egret  1     Juvenile
Green Heron  10
Black-crowned Night-Heron  6
White Ibis  1
Glossy Ibis  6
Roseate Spoonbill  14     Very pink, spoon-shaped bills. A fairly accurate count.
Turkey Vulture  5
Osprey  5
Cooper's Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  1     1 mature, along Intra-coastal waterway (ICWW).
Purple Gallinule  4     1 mature, 3 chick/juveniles
Common Gallinule  25
Black-necked Stilt  11
American Avocet  1
Grey Plover  30
Semipalmated Plover  260     On the beachfront and the beachfront marsh at Jack's Creek.
Piping Plover  1     No apparent leg bands or flags.
Spotted Sandpiper  4
Greater Yellowlegs  3
Willet  62     Most on private dock immediately north of Garris Landing as the tide rose.
Lesser Yellowlegs  1
Whimbrel  2
Ruddy Turnstone  18     On the beachfront. Excellent, close binocular views.
Sanderling  243     On the North Beach and many in the oceanfront marsh at Jack's Creek.
Semipalmated Sandpiper  9
Short-billed Dowitcher  33
Laughing Gull  146
Ring-billed Gull  1
Least Tern  113     A conservative estimate.
Gull-billed Tern  19     A conservative estimate.
Black Tern  236     Most resting on the wet sands in the marsh oceanfront at Jack's Creek.
Forster's Tern  25     A conservative estimate.
Royal Tern  199     Resting beachfront and in the marsh oceanfront at Jack's. Several on the wing with small fish held in bills.
Sandwich Tern  20
Black Skimmer  24
Mourning Dove  2
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
American Crow  2
Barn Swallow  3
Marsh Wren  2
Northern Mockingbird  3
Northern Cardinal  12
Red-winged Blackbird  20
Boat-tailed Grackle  10

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19470712

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

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