Black Rat Snakes? Rogersville Rd access to the Cross City Trail.
Red-shouldered Hawk - I saw a Broad-winged Hawk do a quick fly by but I did not get a picture so it was not counted.
Brown-headed Nuthatches need to drink too.
It has taken me four months to get Red-headed WP this year. Weird. Usually I get an overwintering bird.
Count Day in Brunswick County started at the main entrance for the Green Swamp Preserve.
Hooded Warbler was one of only a few cooperative birds for pictures. We heard a plethora of Bachman's Sparrows and Swainson's Warblers but most of them remained hidden.
Great Crested Flycatchers are back.
Next stop for the count was a spot I have heard of but never was successful finding until now when I was equipped with directions from Dave W.
The Wayne's race of Black-throated Green Warblers is pretty rare. Green Swamp is a good place and also the Croatan is even better. They only inhabit a small strip of cypress swamps near the coast.
I hope I never take Prothonotary Warblers for granted.
This Black-and-white Warbler was quite gregarious.
Next stop was a stretch of hardwood forest near an old airstrip on Federal Rd.
Worm-eating Warblers are always a good find.
It was a good count, but I had soccer games and had to stop before noon.
Here are some more local New Hanover birds.
Pine Warbler at CB State Park
Ever see a Gray Squirrel with a cinnamon tail? There is one hanging around in CB State Park.
Great Crested with some nice Bokeh!
Common Tern hanging out with a Sandwich at the north end of Wrightsville Beach.
There were quite a few Common Terns hanging with the Forster's.
Royal Terns doing their courtship rituals.
And the transfer is complete, just hope she is not a gold digger.
This shows a nice comparison of a Common Tern on the left with darker primaries and darker red legs, the Forster's in the middle with light primaries and lighter red/orange legs and the weird Common Tern in juvenile plumage to the right. Weird...
Common Tern on right showing the darker gray belly nicely and the black wedge in the primaries.
And last evening at the Fort Fisher Spit....
Semi-palmated Sandpipers are back.
Nice tapered bill with thick base.
Nice comparison of Semi on left and Western on right.
A Red Phalarope on the beach was a great find! To bad I already had one for the year, but a nice New Hanover tick.
Last night I went to CB State Park for owls and goatsuckers, but I did not have anyone with me, and let me tell you holding a flash light while trying to shoot with manual focus is tough. Auto focus does not work well in no light situations.
Good thing this Eastern Screech Owl was super cooperative.
Unfortunately the Chucks were not as cooperative and I could not get a decent pic. Will have to go back with an assistant.
Frogs making love sweet love in the parking lot at night...
Off I go to the mountains this weekend. I can't wait for warblers to be dripping from the trees.