Date: 3/12/17 5:52 pm
From: <brian...>
Subject: Lake Crabtree/Brier Creek
Hi all,

Dusted off the optics today for some snowy birding at Lake Crabtree and Brier Creek areas (Wake Co., NC).  Very birdy.  Beautiful day.

Highlights from 58 species -

• FIVE immature Bald Eagles playing around over the boat rental area. (this was a repeat performance from last month)
• For sheer numbers, 500 + Ring-billed Gulls and 300+ DC Cormorant
• On first look, Brier Creek Resv. had some Greater Scaup, then the usual Lesser flock of about 50-75 flew overhead at Lake Crabtree and I found them later on 2nd visit to Brier Creek Resv. , a behavior they exhibit when people kayak or paddle board near the Crabtree dam.
• other Waterfowl = Green-winged Teal, Shoveler, Ring-necked, Mallard, Amer. Widgeon, PB Grebe, Bufflehead, Hoodies and Ruddies
• Rusty Blackbirds at Brierdale marshes behind EarthFare.
• Ruby-crowned Kinglets singing
• Did I mention it was snowing?

Brian Murphy
Durham NC

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