Carolina Bird Club
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Hello, this is a January 7 update of the Carolina Rare Bird Alert featuring birding news from North and South Carolina sponsored by the Carolina Bird Club. Highlights on this report include:
A NORTHERN LAPWING visited Mackay Island NWR in NC on Dec.23 but was not relocated that same day. Photographs were gotten of the bird.
Loons have made news in the Carolinas over the past week and a half. On Jan.1 an ARCTIC LOON was discovered off of Mercer's Pier at Wrightsville Beach, NC and was relocated Jan. 3. Two PACIFIC LOONS were in the same area on the 1st and the 3rd also. A THICK-BILLED MURRE put in an appearance on Jan. 3rd.
A YELLOW-BILLED LOON was seen on the Litchfield-Pawley's Island (SC) CBC but has not been reported since the original sighting.
Interesting birds at Bull's Island in Cape Romain NWR (SC) on Jan. 2 included 2 RED-NECKED GREBES, 5 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, COMMON EIDER, 4 SNOW BUNTINGS, 3 SANDHILL CRANES, and SHORT-EARED OWL.
Alcids have started showing up off the coasts of both Carolinas. Over a dozen RAZORBILLS were in the surf at Nags Head, NC on Jan. 6. RAZORBILLS have already been reported from Wrightsville Beach, NC; Kure Beach, NC; and Huntington Beach SP in SC. On Dec. 31 a BLACK GUILLEMOT was on the beach at Portsmouth Island, NC. A couple of hours of ocean-watching anywhere in the Carolinas could be very productive right now.
Look for COMMON EIDERS at the groin jetty on the south end of Oregon Inlet (NC) five birds, Fort Fisher in NC, east end of Ocean Isle Beach (adult male) in NC, Huntington Beach State Park (SC) and Cape Romain NWR in SC.
An AMERICAN TREE SPARROW was found and relocated on Jan. 3 and 4 in Fairfield County, SC. From Ridgeway, SC go east on SC 34 for 3 miles. Turn left on Road 650. At about .07 miles look for a metal gate on a road into a clearcut. The sparrow was seen in that area. Do not enter the field as it is posted land.
Thanks this week to Nathan Dias, Derb Carter, Jeff Lewis for their calls and reports. Some of this information was gleaned from Carolinabirds.