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Eastern North Carolina Birding Trip


Tom Driscoll (leader) and Norm Budnitz (helper) led a group of fearless Auduboners on a birding trip to eastern NC over the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday (January 18-21, 2013). The group consensus seemed to indicate that this was one of the best birding trips ever!

We visited Lake Phelps, Lake Mattamuskeet, the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, and the Outer Banks. The weather was cold in the mornings, but the sky was clear every day, making for excellent opportunities for our photographers, as you can see. The birds were gorgeous, the mammals were amazing, and the food, well, some of us added a few pounds because it was sooooo good.

The group recorded 114 species of birds, plus several species of mammals--short-finned pilot whale, raccoon, and coyote. The coyote generated a lot of excitement because we thought it might have been a red wolf. (They look very similar.)

Perhaps we'll do this trip again next year (hint, hint).
Tom & Norm

Tom (left) and Norm (right)
(Carol Tuskey)
Tom & Norm

Tom (right) and Norm (left)
(Laura Paul)


RBME
Red-breasted Merganser--good hair day!
(Carol Tuskey)

BUFF
Bufflehead
(Carol Tuskey)



SNGO02
Snow Geese
(Laura Paul)

SNGO01
Snow Goose
(Laura Paul)



NOGA
Northern Gannet
(Carol Tuskey)

GBHE & GREG
Great Blue Heron & Great Egret
(Laura Paul)



WISN
Wilson's Snipe
(Carol Tuskey)

WISN
Wilson's Snipe
(Laura Paul)



DUNL
Dunlin--look at that droopy bill
(Carol Tuskey)

WHIB
White Ibis
(Carol Tuskey)



TUSW01
Tundra Swans--adult & immature
(Carol Tuskey)

TUSW02
Tundra Swan
(Carol Tuskey)



COYE
Common Yellowthroat
(Carol Tuskey)

WIWA
Wilson's Warbler--a rarity!
(Carol Tuskey)



HOWR
House Wren
(Carol Tuskey)

coyote
The experts say coyote, but we tried to make it a red wolf.
(Carol Tuskey)



group shot
'Nuff said?


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Last Updated: August 6, 2014