Date: 8/12/17 12:10 pm
From: Mike Judd (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Henderson County recap
Bravo! Great finds.

On Sat, Aug 12, 2017 at 2:37 PM, <wforsythe...> wrote:

> Folks,
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> To recap this mornings very exciting observations at Super Sod on
> Hooper Lane in Henderson Cty., N.C.
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> Ron Selvey and I arrived about 9:30 AM and were immediately joined by
> James Polling. As we headed up the road into Super Sod, on the east side
> of Hooper Lane, I immediately observed 1 American Avocet, a first for
> Henderson County, feeding near a puddle. We watched this very nice bird
> for 20+ minutes and took several pictures to document it! We also observed
> 5 Short-billed Dowitchers,up close and personal, 1 Great Egret, 5 Green
> Herons and several Pectoral S/P. All of these birds were on the east side
> of Hooper Lane, in the second field just south of Jeffress Road.
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> Ron and I then headed south on Hooper Lane, and stopped just north
> of the Mills River Bridge, on the east side of the road. While viewing
> the east side of the road, a harvested sod field, I immediately observed a
> very pale plover, resting on the ground. Due to it's pale color, I knew it
> surely wasn't a Semi-palmated Plover. It had a short dark bill, orange
> legs and a breast band that stopped at it's outer, upper breast. Todd Arcos
> arrived and agreed that it was a PIPING PLOVER, my second in the past
> several years, for Hooper Lane. James Polling and I took several pictures
> to document it, most will not be real good, due to the distance and
> lighting conditions! The bird fed very actively until we left.
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> Ron and I then headed to Super Sod located at Rt.#191 and Grandview
> Lane on Rt.#191 in Mills River. After watching the clouds for 15-20
> minutes, I had 1 probable Mississippi Kite! It was high in the clouds,
> above some soaring vultures. Suddenly the bird dove and made several very
> erractic moves, unlike the Vultures and very much like a kite!
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> Overall, another very wonderful day of mountain birding!
>
> Wayne
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