Day 16 – could have been a wash-out

On a day of overcast skies and near continuous rain bird photography proved difficult – here is Bufflehead, a GABRaT ll tick

We woke this morning to heavy rain and a forecast which indicated wet until 5.00pm. We took the opportunity of a leisurely breakfast and then sea-watched from the hotel terrace and later from the near-by pier. Not a great deal happening but there were several Common Loon (Great Northern Diver to you and me) off-shore, a Great- Black-backed Gull on the beach and a selection of terns and waders flying by. A brief break in the weather allowed us to venture south to Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Here we added a couple more trip ticks – Marbled Godwit and Bufflehead – and quite a few State ticks, before the rain meant a hasty retreat back to the hotel. By four the weather improved sufficiently for us to head out again, this time to Brodie Island Lighthouse. The birding was good with more trip ticks – Saltmarsh Sparrow and Gadwall and yet more State ticks including: Belted Kingfisher, American Oystercatcher, Common Yellowthroat and a few more besides. Tomorrow we head back inland to Raleigh Durham International to collect Andy and Bob & Sue – ready for the next stage of our GABRaT ll adventure.

Common Yellowthroat in the bushes at Brodie Island
A North Carolina tick – Ring-billed Gull
The fishing is evidently good on the Outer Banks! – Double-crested Cormorant and Brown Pelican take full advantage
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