Date: 8/23/17 6:25 pm From: <eric...> Subject: Lake Hampton, Yadkin County Park
This relatively new county park west of Yadkinville off Old HWY 421 had some interesting bird surprises on it today. Unfortunately I did not bring binoculars and was just showing the park to a cousin who was dropping me off to pick up a vehicle at a nearby garage. Didn't really expect to see any birds of note. We had a either a snowy egret or a cattle egret, and I would likely go with the former at a distance of 120-150 yards. We also had a couple of terns, one of which could only have been a black tern. I really regreted being without a binocular...oh well.
A couple of disappointing notes...someone had to plant Japanese barberry as landscaping beside the park office. When I brought it up, the park attendant's only reply was "it looks like a bush to me". Should I really have expected anything different? There is an inordinate amount of lawn that is maintained - space that would be great for butterfly plants and other natives. Their annual budget could likely be halved if all the lawn space were transitioned to something that would contribute more to biodiversity conservation - likely a foreign topic to the folks calling the shots here.