Sector 47

Christmas Bird Count Sector Map

The following is a listing of key locations within this sector that may be the most productive based on past experience. Also noted are species that are hard to find within the count circle and are possible within the habitat of this sector. Please don't limit census to just the areas mentioned, but consider them the most important. Cover as much of the sector as your time and energy allows. Remember, if your party splits or moves to another sector, please begin a new field card. Any constructive comments about this sector would be appreciated (e.g., too big or small, access problem, additional key locations). Please note actual areas covered. Also note contacts for entrance onto private property.

Sunset Terrace

Sea Pines Golf Course - Check pines for mixed flocks and unusual species. Small ponds have had geese and Wood Duck in the past. Look through sparrows and blackbirds for unusual species. Several rarities have been found here over the years.

Shark Inlet / mudflats - Census shorebirds looking in particular for Semipalmated Plover, Red Knot, and Short-billed Dowitcher (mellow 'tu-tu-tu' call, not the harsh 'keek' of Long-billed). Watch for Eurasian Wigeon. Also be alert for Swamp and Nelson's sparrows at estuary edge. Watch for raptors, particularly Osprey and Merlin, which have been recorded here in the past.

Coastal Scrub - From Montana de Oro State Park Sandspit Road parking lot, walk trail north into and around area. Be alert for Green-tailed Towhee (seen here once) and possibly Sage Sparrow.

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