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.
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 waterfowlsurvey. 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 waterfowlsurvey. 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