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Trip to Huntington Beach State Park, September 10, 2011

Steve Shultz

Several members of the Carolina Bird Club converged on Huntington Beach State Park in South Carolina on Saturday September 10 for a field trip. While the beautiful weather was not overly conducive to seeing numbers of passerine migrants, shorebirds put on a decent show, the waders were nothing less than spectacular, a shark made an appearance, and 92 species were tallied for the day.

Highlights from the trip include the amazing sight of a staggering number of waders in Mullet Pond early in the morning. By mid-morning most of the birds departed and a visitor might wonder what all the fuss was about, but a few hours earlier hundreds and hundreds of herons, egrets, and other waders virtually covered this small impoundment in white. Hundreds of herons, egrets, and WOOD STORKS mixed with a young REDDISH EGRET, 2 pink ROSEATE SPOONBILLS, and several species of tern to feed on a significant concentration of small fish. Successful catches were often followed by gangs of hungry waders chasing the lucky fisherman. Who knew Wood Storks were so bullyish? We even watched one stare down an alligator for a treasured roosting spot... and win!

Shorebirds of various sizes and types padded around the muddy margins of Mullet, including an uncommon "inland" sighting of RED KNOT and the more expected STILT SANDPIPER and PECTORAL SANDPIPERS among the more common and expected species. Plenty of BLACK TERNS patrolled overhead, and recently arrived BLUE WINGED TEAL formed the vanguard of the dabblers that will take over the pond come winter.

The slog to the jetty was generally unremarkable except for a 3–4 foot shark seen and watched for 5–10 minutes as it pursued a school of mullet that could be seen each time a wave crested.

While the jetty crew surveyed the tern roost at the inlet, some of the others beat the bushes for migrants, coming away with some nice finds as noted earlier by Jess Gorzo. The LEAST FLYCATCHER was a write-in on the park's birdlist, always a nice feeling. For PAINTED BUNTING fans plenty of green ones at the Education Center feeders. Jess also spotted a "out of range" SEASIDE SPARROW at Mullet Pond. OK. Their normal range is 24 feet away on the other side of the causeway, but still...

Species Observed

Blue-winged Teal
Pied-billed Grebe
Wood Stork
Double-crested Cormorant
Brown Pelican
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Tricolored Heron
Reddish Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
White Ibis
Roseate Spoonbill
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Red-shouldered Hawk
Clapper Rail
Common Gallinule
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
American Oystercatcher
Spotted Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Ruddy Turnstone
Red Knot
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Laughing Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Least Tern
Caspian Tern
Black Tern
Common Tern
Forster's Tern
Royal Tern
Sandwich Tern
Black Skimmer
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Least Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
Tennessee Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Pine Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Seaside Sparrow
Summer Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Painted Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Boat-tailed Grackle

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