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Red-necked Grebe -- Kerr Lake, NC/Other Piedmont Reports

Tricia and I spotted a Red-necked Grebe on Kerr Lake (Vance County, NC) this
morning (Sunday Mar 9), south of where Harris Road crosses Kerr Lake. (The
bridge was flooded out.)  The bird could also be observed from a cul-de-sac
at the west end of Waterfront Road, which on the DeLorme Gazeteer is the
next road south of Harris Road on the east side of the lake.

This is at least the 2nd local report; a Red-necked Grebe was reported from
the lake on Dec 7, 1997.

Early March is a "great" time to look for Red-necked Grebe in the NC
Piedmont.  There have been at least 26 reports in the last 43 years.  13 of
those occurred in Feb and March (a few of the grebes had wintered).

An amazing 6 Red-necked Grebes were observed in the Greensboro, NC area on
March 3, 1994.

There are at least two unusual NC Piedmont reports:  a grebe present in
Surry County Jun 8-15, 1960 and bird at Lake Brandt (also near Greensboro)
on May 4, 1994.  All the other reports fall in the more expected late
October to late March timeframe. (In Avendex, Surry County is considered
Piedmont; in "real life",  I think Surry County is divided between Mountain
and Piedmont.)

SC has at least 3 Piedmont reports.  2 from Lake Wateree, and 1 from Lake
Greenwood. All single birds occurring from mid Nov to late Feb. (There is an
Oct 15, 1984 report from the Columbia, SC area, which is close to the
Coastal Plain/Piedmont border and could have been Piedmont).

There are quite likely other Piedmont Red-necked Grebe reports (from
Christmas Counts and such) that are not contained in the Avendex source

Russ Tyndall
Wake Forest, NC