Date: 11/1/17 9:27 am From: Harry LeGrand (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Subject: An 8-sparrow morning south of Raleigh
I had a nice 60 minutes birding the NC State U. farm fields today (Nov. 1), which must be "National Traffic Day". I don't know if there is such a thing, but for whatever reason, traffic was everywhere between my house and Lake Wheeler, including a logging truck full of pine trees on Mid-Pines Road!
Except for missing Loggerhead Shrike, easy to do these days (though seen by Phil Doerr a few days ago), I got all of the targets, including the PEREGRINE FALCON on its perch, HORNED LARKS, AMERICAN PIPITS, the WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, and a VESPER SPARROW in the same small tree as the White-crowned. I also saw 9 NORTHERN SHOVELERS on one of the two small ponds along Inwood Road. In addition to these two sparrow species, I had the more expected Savannah, Chipping, Field (just one), White-throated, Song, and Swamp. I tried hard for Lincoln's along Mid-Pines at Yates Pond, even playing tapes, but could not get any to respond, though I bet one or two are lurking now.
Some ducks are slowly moving in: about 20 RUDDY DUCKS and 17 RING-NECKED DUCKS on Yates Pond; and 3 WOOD DUCKS and two male AMERICAN WIGEONS along with the many semi-wild Mallards and Canada Geese at Lake Wheeler.
Here is my eBird list for the Mid-Pines Road area: