Dr. Fred Alsop's ETSU Coastal Biology Class just returned from the annual field trip to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and the Outer Banks of NC, October 14-19, 2010. The trip included a pelagic excursion on the Stormy Petrel II . It was a sunny, warm, calm day at sea and produced great looks at seabirds as far out as the warm Gulf Stream waters. The trip total for bird species identified was 101 and included the following birds: Pied-billed Grebe, Cory's Shearwater, Greater Shearwater, Audubon's Shearwater, Wilson's Storm-Petrel, Black-capped Petrel,Northern Gannet, Brown Pelican, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron, Cattle Egret, White Ibis, Turkey Vulture, Black Vulture, Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Gadwall, Eurasian Wigeon, American Wigeon, American Black Duck, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged teal, Black Scoter, Osprey, Mississippi Kite, Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, King Rail, Common Moorhen, American Coot, Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Killdeer, American Avocet, Greater Yellowlegs, Solitary Sandpiper, Willet, Marbled Godwit, Ruddy Turnstone, Sanderling, Red-necked Phalarope, Laughing Gull, Ringed-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Gull-billed Tern, Caspian Tern, Royal Tern, Sandwich Tern, Forster's Tern, Bridled Tern, Rock Dove, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Belted Kingfisher, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Blue-headed Vireo, Blue Jay, American Crow, Fish Crow,Tree Swallow, Carolina Wren, Eastern Bluebird, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Northern Mockingbird, Brown Thrasher, Northern Parula, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Palm Warbler, American Redstart, Prothonotary Warbler, Northern Cardinal, Eastern Towhee, Field Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Seaside Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Eastern Meadowlark, Common Grackle, Boat-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Finch, House Sparrow. The highlight of the trip was a 30 minute viewing of a White-cheeked Pintail that was dabbling in the North Pond at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge on October 16, 2010. It had arrived on October 10, 2010. Submitted by: Aubrie Abernethy Johnson City, TN.