Date: 9/12/17 6:25 pm From: Simon Thompson (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Subject: Hooper Lane strikes again! 9/12/17
Folks 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:
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.