North Carolina Trip

I spent May 23-28, 2007 in North Carolina on a Don Wilkinson Birding Tour. Four of us (me, Don, Nancy Eaton, and Lynn Abbey) participated. We all flew in to Norfolk, Virginia on the 23rd and immediately drove to New Bern, North Carlina, where we went to the Croatan National Forest for Red-cockaded Woodpeckers. We spent the night there, found Bachman’s Sparrow back at the Croatan the next day and then headed to Manteo with a stop at the VOA site to try for Henslow’s Sparrow. We spent the next morning at Alligator River NWR, looking for Swainson’s Warbler and then spent the afternoon on the shore at Bodie Light and Pea Island NWR. We then had two lackluster days offshore. The last day was spent getting Swainson’s Warbler and then working our way back to Norfolk.

Overall, we had 135 species (I had 129+) and everyone got at least one life bird. Detailed daily notes are on the individual pages, a trip list is below.