Date: 1/22/17 5:18 pm From: Ricky Davis (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Subject: Washington County Birding Today
Spent the day checking for previously found birds in Washington County. At Beasley Rd. pond, found one Cackling Goose among the Canadas, but the White-fronteds were not to be found. Then went to look for the Clay-colored Sparrow along Newland Road, and it was right where it has been, at the brush pile on the south side of the road. I then headed to the L. Phelps Sparrow field near the Cypress Point overlook. Found a Vesper Sparrow perched in the lone tree at the ditch, all the way at the boundary corner. It is always a thrill to find one of these very local sparrows in winter. Then I checked a spot along Newland Road just east of the Canal B road intersection and found a Lincoln's and a Fox Sparrow. I had 11 sparrow species and Junco for the day! Then at a spot just north of the Pocosin Lakes NWR unit on Canal B road, I found 6 Brewer's Blackbirds in the field on the east side of the road. There were 5 males and 1 female. They were with a small flock of Robins and Red-wings. Always neat to find this species away from known locations. Then at a spot on Canal C road, had a Ross's Goose with Snow Geese and Tundra Swans. Did not find the Trumpeter Swans or Sandhill Cranes that have recently been in that general area of the western Pungo fields. Also had a Merlin flyby there. Was a very enjoyable day of birding, in part because it never rained and the fog cleared by mid-morning!