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, > > To recap this mornings very exciting observations at Super Sod on > Hooper Lane in Henderson Cty., N.C. > > 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. > > 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. > > 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! > > Overall, another very wonderful day of mountain birding! > > Wayne > > > > > > > > > > > > > >