I did a quick lunch-time check of Shelburne Bay today (27 April 2005), hoping that the bad weather might have put down some birds. There weren't a lot of birds on the water, but there was one distant COMMON LOON, a pair of scaup (I didn't spend a lot of time watching them, but was leaning towards Lesser), at least one male COMMON MERGANSER, and several BUFFLEHEAD. The highlight of the visit occurred right as I was about to leave--a small bird flew into the boat launch on stiff wings, landed, and promptly bobbed--the season's (or at least my) first SPOTTED SANDPIPER.
Last night, back in Charlotte, I heard two other species of shorebirds at dusk--a displaying AMERICAN WOODCOCK and a continuously winnowing WILSON'S SNIPE. Also heard were a few gobbling WILD TURKEYS and a single hooting GREAT HORNED OWL.