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NORTH CAROLINA & THE GULF STREAM

Sunday 20th May - Sunday 27th May 2012

Matt Denton

Piping Plover (Pete Morris)

Piping Plover (Pete Morris)

The first tour of North Carolina for Birdquest was a wonderful week of birding in one of North America’s most bird-rich regions. Some of the highlights from our Gulf Stream pelagic included such species as Black-capped Petrel, Cory’s, Great, Sooty and Audubon’s Shearwater and Wilson’s, Leach’s and Band-rumped Storm-Petrels. Non-pelagic birding was very enjoyable as well with many memorable sightings of such birds as Mississippi Kite, Eastern Screech-Owl, six species of woodpeckers including Red-headed and Red-cockaded Woodpeckers, and Bachman’s Sparrow. Breeding wood-warblers featured prominently and thankfully we had good success in seeing Swainson’s Warbler which was probably the most-wanted warbler for many in addition to Prairie, Hooded, Yellow-throated, and Prothonotary Warblers among others. During our time spent on the barrier islands known as the Outer Banks we saw a large variety of waterbirds and shorebirds which included American Black Duck, Piping Plover and Seaside Sparrow.

Black-capped Petrel (Pete Morris)

Black-capped Petrel (Pete Morris)