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
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.

Our checklist, along with some photos are below:

Worn out after a great birding day!!
See you in Litchfield, SC for the CBC meeting.


Simon RB Thompson

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