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Carolina RBA January 17 Update
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- Subject: Carolina RBA January 17 Update
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- Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2000 16:58:32 EST
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hotline: Carolina Rare Bird Alert
date: January 17, 2000
to report: 704-332-2473 or 704-532-6336 or PiephoffT@aol.com
coverage: North and South Carolina
compiler: Taylor Piephoff, Carolina Bird Club
Hello, this is a Jan. 17 update of the Carolina Rare Bird Alert featuring
birding news from North and South Carolina sponsored by the Carolina Bird
Club. Highlights on this report include:
N. SAW-WHET OWLS
A PACIFIC -SLOPE FLYCATCHER was discovered at Jordan Lake in NC Jan. 15 and
was relocated Sunday 1-16 and today 1-17 by many observers. The bird is on
Big woods Rd. which runs along the west side of the lake, north of US 64.
Follow Big Woods Rd north for 4.9 miles to a road on the right labelled "
Public Fishing Area". Look around this intersection (northeast corner) or
alittle further down the gravel road, to the first trail on the left. The
flycatcher favored the edge of the woods, kept low to the gound, and often
perched on the wire fence nearby. Any birder(s) relocating this bird are
urged to update this RBA. This is a first state record for this species.
RED CROSSBILLS have been seen around Jordan Lake for several weeks. One such
area is along Big Woods Rd. 1.6 miles north of US 64. Stop at a gate with
small yellow signs marked "State Park". Up to 16 bird have been seen here.
The MURRELET sp. present at the Fishing Creek Access on the Catawba River
near Great Falls , SC is still being seen although most looks are very
distant.A scope is required to have any hope of seeing this bird, as is a
large amount of patience as the murrelet can be hidden from view for a couple
of hours at a time. Many birders looking for the murrelet make the short trip
over to Rock Hill, SC to see a SNOW BUNTING that has been present for a
month. Go to Ebenezer Park off Mt. Gallant Rd., find the killdeer and search
for the bunting closeby.
A ROSS'S GOOSE is being seen near Winston-Salem, NC. From I-40 between
Winston-salem and Kernersville, exit onto Union School Rd. Go south past
Glenn High School to Temple School Rd. Turn Right and follow the road until
it makes a sharp left turn. Just past the turn check the fields along both
sides of the road. The Ross's is in with a small flock of Canada Geese that
frequent the area. Do not leave the road and enter the fields as they are on
private land. If the goose is present, it will be seen from the road.
An adult CALIFORNIA GULL was seen 1-8 on the flats on the north side of
Oregon Inlet. Nearby, a female OLDSQUAW was seen at the Oregon Inlet Marina.
Birders interested in seeing COMMON GOLDENEYES in NC should try Duncan's
Landing on the Newport River near Mill Creek, NC in Carteret County. The
viewing area is at the end of marl-surfaced FSR 181 which runs south from
Mill Creek Rd which connects the town of Newport with Mill Creek community.
NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWLS have been located along the SC-Ga. border. Georgia
birders playing tapes along Ga 28 found owls along this road after it enters
SC. RED CROSSBILLS and PINE SISKINS have been seen here as well.
Thanks this week to Giff Beaton, Will Cook, Jeff Pippen, Eric Dean, John
Fussell, Doug Deneve, Ron Silverman, and Steve Stiffler for their calls and