Date: 9/22/17 9:02 am From: Will Cook <cwcook...> Subject: Re: Spoonbill Jordan Lake?
The Jordan Lake Roseate Spoonbill was discovered there, but hasn't been seen there for a while. The most recent location is the Morgan Creek mudflats, where Matt Spangler (re)discovered it on Sept. 17 (see http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39234214 ).
Derek Hudgins relocated it the next day and posted directions on ebird (see below). It seems that the gate is open here so you might be able to save some hiking - anyone know the gate situation?
Roseate Spoonbill Â Â Â 1 Â Â Â 20 Sep 2017 Â Â Â Derek Hudgins
Likely continuing first county record, refound by Matt Spangler. Large pink and white shorebird.
Directions: On Transis Camp Rd., you can park at the first gate (which is where the GPS coordinates here (http://tbg.carolinanature.com/morgan.html) recommend parking). I parked here and walked a bit over a mile down the road (see Mason Point Peninsula checklists). Go past the second gate (also open today, which has a small parking area on the other side of the gate but no billboard) to the third gate. Here there is a billboard for the Jordan Game Land and a map, and a parking area if you drove this portion. Continue past the third gate until you see what is now a freshly mowed trail that used to be railroad tracks on the right. Follow this path until you see a trail coming off it to the right; the entrance is marked by a white jug on a tree at about eyelevel. Follow this and stick to the overgrown road; it will take you to the lakeshore and dump you immediately across from where I had the spoonbill. This is north of the hotspot pin. Bring a scope (needed), and use it to clear out spiderwebs on your way down. From the first gate, it is about 1.5-2 miles out to the flats, then the same distance back. If the gates are open and you park at the third gate with the billboard, it may be slightly over half a mile of forested trails to the lake's edge, plus the trip back and whatever lakedge walking you do.
On 9/22/2017 10:33 AM, Jim G (via carolinabirds Mailing List) wrote:
I'm going to sit on the "railroad spur" Sandy point area.Â Is this where I should be looking at Jordan Lake?Â Any help is appreciated.Â Thanks