Date: 9/12/17 3:54 pm From: Simon Thompson (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Subject: Sooty Tern at Lake Julian, Asheville, NC - 9/12/17
Folks The windy, rainy weather after Hurricane Irma dropped a few treats for us up here in the Mountains. While some of us were sloshing through the mud along Hooper Lane in Henderson County (report to be posted later), Jay Wherley alerted us to some terns at nearby Lake Julian. Severl Forster's Terns were feeding over the lake and a sleeker, darker tern appeared. Lots of photos were taken and several have been posted on today's e-bird report and to the Carolina Bird Club's photo gallery. We concluded that it had to be a Sooty Tern. After checking on both e-bird and Birds of the Carolinas, this may be the second (first may have been in Henderson County about an hour earlier!!) record of Sooty Tern for the NC Mountains. Seen well and photographed by Jay Wherley, Doug Johnston and myself.