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Re: Falls Lake, Osprey W-Crowned Sp.
Janet and I also have located a nice population of White-crowned Sparrows
at the Dairy Farm at intersecton of 15-501 and Bahama Rd in N. Durham
County. It is private property. The muddy field also has pipits.
At 11:39 AM 03/05/2003 -0500, you wrote:
The Virginia listserv includes a report from Brian Patteson's last pelagic
trip of the winter on March 1, which included over 300 Dovekies, 25-plus
Atlantic Puffins, and a pair of Sperm Whales! But if you want to take
another pelagic before May, you might have to drive up to Lewes DE where
one is going out March 15...
We were discussing Swallow-tailed Kite arrival here earlier; the Georgia
listserv just had its first report of this species for the year yesterday.
The Eurasian Kestrel in Florida is still being seen as of this morning.
And the DC RBA has some interesting things to say about this winter's rash
of Red-necked Grebe sightings:
Meanwhile, the Massachusetts list (for some reason) has a discussion of
the Vancouver population of Crested Mynah. Apparently the last pair of
birds in this population has disappeared. According to ABA rules, this
means that the exotic species was not successfully established in the ABA
area, and so the species will be de-listed. Bad news for ABAers who hauled
out to Vancouver to tick that species off...
On Tue, 4 Mar 2003, birdranger wrote:
> Knapp of Reeds Creek Impoundment (right in parking area) - 2 white-crowned
> Sparrows - similar enough to Brickhouse, it's about time Falls had another
> site where they were seen.
As I recall, Tom and Janet Krakauer found a few of these at the same
location a couple of years ago, right before Will Cook led a bird walk
around the area. About the same time of year, too, sort of proto-spring.
This might be one of those classically under-birded areas, since everyone
has to drive *past* Brickhouse Road to get there...
> Brian Bockhahn
Anyone who hasn't checked out Brian's web page might want to do so. In
particular, his Falls Lake Birding Trail mentions a few details and a
couple of spots which do not come up in either the paper or on-line
versions of "A Birder's Guide to the Triangle". (I should do something
like this for Ellerbe Creek, hmmmmm....)
On Wed, 5 Mar 2003, Charlotte Goedsche wrote:
> How about those of you who use a scope a lot? Does anyone keep both eyes
I got the same advice while counting waterbirds for the Whitefish Point
Bird Observatory. I tried, but for some reason my eyes always wanted to
focus on what the "other" eye was seeing, the one *not* looking through
the scope. At times, I would put one hand over the other eye, the closest
thing I had to Carol's eyepatch. But mostly, I would just close one eye,
which made life difficult when I had to switch to binoculars on short
On Wed, 5 Mar 2003, Dave Hewitt wrote:
> After hearing the opinions of all the pro's it doesnt seem
> terribly likely that it was a thrush at all, but maybe a robin
Keep in mind, American Robins *are* thrushes, just colored a bit
differently than most. Not true of Eurasian Robins, which I think are what
we would call a gnatcatcher, or Australian Robins, which are some offshoot
of the crow family I believe... So it's no surprise that our robins can
sound very thrush-like on occasion!
Joshua S. Rose
Department of Biology (Zoology, R.I.P.)
Bahama, Durham County, NC