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Jordan Lake area 12/9
Took a day trip to the east side of the Jordan Lake area (Chatham
County, NC) today (Saturday 12/9). Land birding was very slow. Went
to three sites:
Farrington boat ramps:
Saw Song Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, and heard just one White-throat. A
few other winter residents: Hermit Thrush (3, one avidly eating Ilex
decidua berries), Ruby and Golden-crowned Kinglets (just a few). One
immature Bald Eagle was seen soaring. White-throat numbers there seem
much lower than usual. Has anybody else noticed low numbers of them
in the Triangle area? I am wondering if last winter's blizzard took a
The usual gang of Ring-billed Gulls and Double Crested Cormorants.
There was a nice group of Bonaparte's gulls (30+) foraging close to
shore and over the marina area. Three Pied-billed Grebes were hanging
around as well. Two more eagles seen circling high above the lake.
Saw similar birds to those seen by Roger Shaw (Horned Grebe, gulls),
but missed the Wigeon and the Mergansers. We did see a small raft of
Redheads, perhaps 10 or so. There was quite a bit of chop on the
lake, interfering with bird spotting.