C'Birders: and especially Brunswick County counters
I'm happy to report that we have a White-winged Dove here in Brunswick Co., specifically mainland Sunset Beach. It has been frequenting the open platform feeder in the backyard of the Bush's on 415 Lake Shore Drive, off of Highway #179. This is the home that had an immature male Rufous hummer for a few winter months 2 years ago. For those of you familiar with the area, theirs is the backyard that forms a peninsula into East Lake of the Twin Lakes, where a great many Wood Storks summer every year. The bird has been there for 4 days. Ms. Bush called me yesterday when she took a good look and realized what she had, and I rushed over and confirmed. As we have birded in Texas together and seen tons of them, there is no doubt. If you want to visit it, here is the strategy. It just sits on the feeder for long periods of time if it isn't startled. The feeder can be approached from either side of the house. The feeder is about 12 feet from the back of the house on the left. Being birders they welcome birders, but it is not necessary to let them know that you are there. Don't be surprised if you see some red squirrels in the yard. There are semi-resident Red-tailed hawks, Great Horned Owls, Bald Eagles, and a very hungry immature Sharp-Shinned Hawk currently rousting the flock of mostly palm warblers in the front yard. A somewhat hostile environment for a misplaced westerner, but it loves that feeder. (They also get Painted Buntings in the summer). There is a good variety of ducks on their lake currently. (Their stork group has left, but there are still some storks in the area.)
If you need directions you can contact me, but I may not be here!!
Good Birding, Mary McDavit, phone:910-579-2446,
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