15 January 2015

Th 15 Jan 2015 mid-winter Bald Eagle survey

Th 15 Jan 2015


   Here's a bonus report, below, that Wil Christenson and I submitted yesterday from our efforts on Bulls Island conducting both the mid-winter Bald Eagle survey and the mid-winter waterfowl survey. Thanks to the generous support of Coastal Expeditions, we got out to the island early and were able to stay late. And we needed all that time to count the ducks on Jack's Creek. 

   Both eagles and ducks were well represented on the island; Jack's Creek, in particular, was brimming withwaterfowl. The only waterfowl species that we missed were Canvasback, Long-tailed Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Greater Scaup, and the three scoters. Bird of the day, however, was Green Heron--five total seen in two different locations. After having seen no alligators on our previous survey, we did see one gator braving the cold yesterday. Also seen were dolphin cresting the surface of Bulls Bay.

   Arrangements are under way to construct a new, long dike across Jack's Creek. I don't know when construction begins, but it may last several months. Should be interesting to follow changes in the waterfowland shorebirds during and after construction.

   Through the generous and ongoing support of our waterfowl and shorebird surveys from Coastal Expeditions, we have a newfound flexibility in conducting upcoming surveys. The tide table suggests that Friday 23 Jan 2015 (5.9 ft high tide at 9:49 AM) should serve the survey well. We will be leaving Garris Landing slightly earlier than usual, likely about 8:30 AM, and returning slightly later than usual, likely by 5:00 PM or so. Wil and I will have space for one additional person; first email reply to this message gets the seat for the Friday 23 Jan 2015survey.



Cape Romain NWR--Bulls Island, Charleston, US-SC
Jan 14, 2015 10:02 AM - 4:42 PM
Protocol: Traveling
13.1 mile(s)
Comments:     Conducting both the mid-winter Bald Eagle survey and the mid-winter waterfowl survey. Effort: 11.0 mi and 1 hr 30 min by truck plus 5 hr 10 min by foot. Weather: overcast and cold; temps 38 F to 42 F; winds N at 10 mph; barometer was 30.20 in Hg. Tide was forecast low at 0.7 ft at 8:04 AM the high at 4.2 ft at1:52 PM.  <br />Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.6.3
72 species (+1 other taxa)

Gadwall  720     A fairly accurate count.
American Wigeon  84
American Black Duck  3
Mallard  4
Mottled Duck  23
American Black/Mottled Duck  4     On the wing at distance against overcast sky--unable to identify to species.
Northern Shoveler  156     A fairly accurate count.
Northern Pintail  8
Green-winged Teal  46
Redhead  64     A fairly accurate count.
Ring-necked Duck  2
Lesser Scaup  282
Bufflehead  144     A fairly accurate count.
Hooded Merganser  218     A fairly accurate count.
Red-breasted Merganser  20
Ruddy Duck  289     A fairly accurate count.
Pied-billed Grebe  61     A fairly accurate count.
Horned Grebe  6
Double-crested Cormorant  35
Anhinga  1
American White Pelican  47
Brown Pelican  10
American Bittern  1
Great Blue Heron  10
Great Egret  45
Snowy Egret  49
Little Blue Heron  13
Tricolored Heron  9
Green Heron  5     An accurate count. Clear views if each one.
Black-crowned Night-Heron  54     A fairly accurate count.
White Ibis  174     A fairly accurate count.
Black Vulture  2
Turkey Vulture  9
Osprey  1
Northern Harrier  1
Bald Eagle  4     3 mature plus 1 immature
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Clapper Rail  3
Sora  3
Common Gallinule  37
American Coot  1064     A reasonable estimate.
Grey Plover  10
Semipalmated Plover  8
Piping Plover  1     No apparent leg bands or flags.
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Greater Yellowlegs  13
Willet  8
Marbled Godwit  1
Ruddy Turnstone  2
Red Knot  1
Sanderling  1
Dunlin  1000     Estimate.
Western Sandpiper  100
Wilson's Snipe  1
Bonaparte's Gull  3
Ring-billed Gull  4
Forster's Tern  107     A fairly accurate count.
Mourning Dove  2
Belted Kingfisher  4
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  2
Peregrine Falcon  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  20
Tree Swallow  250
Carolina Wren  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  6
Chipping Sparrow  7
Song Sparrow  2
Swamp Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  20
Boat-tailed Grackle  5

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21349917

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

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