David Lenat, Matthew Daw, Ali Iyoob and myself did another big day yesterday along our route from Lake Phelps to Pea Island. With warmer weather we did good on landbirds coming to the coast with a good list, but no scoters, no coastal sparrows and low tide causing shorebird flocks to be distant was a hindrance. We only had about 20 cormorants all day, they must have left with the scoter flocks.
Anyway from 420am to 820pm we tallied 126 species.
Bird of the day was a Long-tailed Duck under the last few pylons of the new pier being built just east of whalebone junction.
Common Merganser at Lake Phelps, Common Eider at Oregon Inlet, Brant with injured wing flushed off the middle of the OI jetty, Purple Sandpiper at the end of the jetty, white pelican at N end of north pond, Pergerine Falcon hunting over south pond, Virginia Rail at Bodie Island, and locally uncommon a Black Vulture circling Roanoke Island.
Other woodland misses were Fish Crow, Pine Warlber, White-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Cedar Waxwing and Red-headed Woodpecker. Heck we almost missed Golden-crowned Kinglet, only heard one all day!!! No bufflehead, but nearly every other duck.
Nutria, Coyote, White-tailed Deer, gray squirrel, gray fox, raccoon, opossum, eastern cottontail, hispid cotton rat and a tiny little gray mouse with big ears in the dunes around oregon inlet. Zero insects.
American Black Duck
American White Pelican
Great Blue Heron
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Great Horned Owl