Tours & Destinations North Carolina
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NORTH CAROLINA OUTER BANKS
Coastal Migrants & a Superb Pelagic Trip14 August 2013 - 19 August 2013, 6 days & 5 nights
Early autumn on the Outer Banks: the weather is mild and the diversity of birds is phenomenal. A full day pelagic trip to the Gulf Stream is likely to produce Black-capped Petrel, Wilson's Storm-Petrel, Sooty and Bridled Terns, several species of shearwaters and jaegers, and often a rarity or two. Woodlands, thickets, marshes, mudflats, and sandy beaches retain many resident species and hold migrants for extended periods. Areas that we will visit include Pea Island NWR, Oregon Inlet, Coquina Beach, Hatteras Point, and Bodie Island. We'll take the ferry across Hatteras Inlet and spend a day on Ocracoke Island. Some of the more unusual species that we may encounter include American Bittern, White Ibis, Merlin, King Rail, Piping Plover, American Avocet, and Marbled Godwit. One year we found a Roseate Spoonbill at Pea Island; another year there was a Long-billed Curlew. Among the many songbirds may be Brown-headed Nuthatch, Eastern Towhee, a variety of warblers and perhaps a Lark Sparrow or Dickcissel. Bob Schutsky will be your leader.