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Broad River, 10/24/99

A trip to Broad River with Molly Bonnell in search of wrens was only
semi-successful.  The birding was a little slow yesterday.  Although I had
hoped to find all five of SC's regularly occurring wrens (I am counting
those who are permanent or seasonal residents and not counting oddball wrens
worthy of RBAs), I found only three species of wrens.  

Among the birds of interest yesterday:

Wood Duck
Green-winged Teal (and others - but the "others" jumped too fast for me to
ID - winter ducks are finally arriving in Fairfield!)
Northern Harrier (the same beautifully colored immature as last week? and a
few buddies maybe - Molly and I watched the immature bird for a few moments
as it sat on the ground and ate something small (mouse?) it had captured)
American Kestrel
Wild Turkey
American Crow
Fish Crow (far outnumbered by American Crows but present nonetheless)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Sedge Wren (surprisingly still hanging around or maybe replaced by more
Sedge Wrens? - is this some kind of irruption year for Sedge Wrens to head
inland to the Piedmont (Fairfield *and* Mecklenburg counties)?  - one of the
Sedge Wrens popped up in response to my clacking two rocks together - heard
another possible Sedge Wren on the other side of the big weedy field and
Winter Wren (heard very well and seen well - for a wren)
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Song Sparrow (lots!)
White throated Sparrow
Bald Eagle (a nearly adult bird with just a few dark smudges in the tail -
oddly enough, when backlit, the tail flashed a pale pink)

Also heard Carolina Wren for a total of three wrens.  No House or Marsh
Wrens found, even though I stopped by my favorite House Wren spot.

Also seen were Turkey Vultures, Black Vultures, the resident Red-tail, Great
Blue Heron.  Among the heard birds were Red-shouldered Hawk and Downy

Lots of Bobcat tracks seen, too.

Actually, I guess it wasn't so slow after all.
Donna Bailey
Winnsboro, SC
e-mail: dsbailey@conterra.com
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     "Where are the Birds?  Migration across South Carolina"
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