Birding in Calhoun County and beyond
I need to work on the priority of blogging while away apparently. Going from the hectic nature of the beginning of the month, to travel to the NC coast for family, and back to the craziness of work again, has left little time for focus on balance again. I was able to get some balance in while away though.
NC proved quite welcoming for acquisition of lifers for me. May not seem like much, but I'm happy with 9 lifers while there, including my first banded bird.
Farther down the spit this awesome sight awaited me. Several groups of mixed shorebirds were visible. Along with the frequent Willets and Sanderlings, were Black-bellied Plover (Lifer 3), Semipalmated Sandpipers, Least Sandpipers, Semipalmated Plovers and
I unfortunately don't have Semipalmated feet to walk amongst these rocks. This resulted in a less than magnanimous incident. Let's just say it involved what would have been a rather funny, unintentional roll around the rocks. My first true battle wounds while birding. Whoot!!! Whoot!!!
September 10th allowed another small window of opportunity to get out again. I opted for Fort Fisher again, as I was better prepared for the mosquito onslaught of the Basin Trail. The passerines were disappointing for the most part. Still have a song recorded I haven't ID'ed yet, but very lousy shots of one passerine lifer there, Seaside Sparrow (Lifer 9), was there.
All in all, a nice little group of birds to get to spend some time with.
My exploits in my latest passion, Birding...not Bird-watching;-)