Date: 9/12/17 6:25 pm
From: Simon Thompson (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Hooper Lane strikes again! 9/12/17
A latish report from our "shorebird hotspot" from earlier today - several
of us went out first thing this morning as the feeder bands of
Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irma were coming through the NC Mountains. It was
very muddy and rainy - and yes, a couple of us got very wet indeed!

Anyway, we hiked down to some of the more flooded fields and the
shorebird/wader show was quite impressive highlights are below:

Black-bellied Plover 1
American Golden-Plover 6
Semipalmated Plover 4
Killdeer 150
Hudsonian Godwit 2
Stilt Sandpiper 1
Least Sandpiper 3
White-rumped Sandpiper 5
Buff-breasted Sandpiper 2
Pectoral Sandpiper 28
Semipalmated Sandpiper 4
Western Sandpiper 8
Red-necked Phalarope 1
Lesser Yellowlegs 6

As we were leaving, a black and white tern flew overhead, which we
initially identified as a Bridled; subsequently the photos proved it was a
Sooty Tern. Another was found at nearby Lake Julian an hour later. Photos
have also been posted on e-bird. This was the first WNC record of this
species, which was soon followed by another in Buncombe County.
Photos of the Hudsonian Godwit, Red-necked Phalarope and Sooty Tern are on
the e-bird list below.

Thanks to Doug Johnston and Wayne Forsythe for their photos and Aaron Steed
and Bob Butler for being such good sports in dreadful weather.

It was an exhausting, but very satisfying, day!


Simon RB Thompson

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