Date: 1/2/18 2:12 pm From: Harry LeGrand (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Subject: Re: Cold day of Upstate SC birding
Sadly, one bird is now missing from the Townville area, and the rest of the Carolinas. Back in the 1970s, when I was in grad school at Clemson, Sid Gauthreaux (my major professor) and I would run into a BEWICK'S WREN every winter or two. The birds hung around old sheds, and of course weedy brushpiles near them, and I think they spent the cold nights inside sheds and barns. It was definitely a winter resident, and not just a rare stray. By the early or mid-1980s, they were all gone from the Carolinas at all seasons. Thankfully, the area did (and still does) host a good number of wintering White-crowned Sparrows and a few Vesper Sparrows, as well as the occasional Lapland Longspurs.and Brewer's Blackbirds. A marsh along the edge of Lake Hartwell had the occasional BLACK RAIL a few times.
Those were the days in the Carolinas! Bewick's Wrens, Evening Grosbeaks, Red Crossbills downstate, Fulvous Whistling-Ducks, Am. Tree Sparrows, and a few others.
Harry LeGrand Raleigh
On Tue, Jan 2, 2018 at 4:07 PM, <scompton1251...> wrote:
> Birders, > > > Visited Dobbins farm and Prater Gin in Townville, then over to the > Traveler's Rest area in Greenville county to check the Stamey Valley and > Milford Church Road ponds. Starting temp was 13 F. with the farm ponds > frozen tight, but did find a few Horned Larks at Dobbins. Better luck at > Prater with White-crowned and Vesper Sparrows. Over in Greenville County > the reliable Redheads were at Stamey Valley and the two hen Goldeneyes are > still at Milford Church Road. > > > Did not find the Brewer's Blackbirds at Dobbins last listed December about > the 18th and missed the Peregrine Falcon Scott Davis reported there > yesterday. No pipits was an unusual miss. But 13 degrees slows everything > down. So I will have to return. This Townville farm area is very open and > very far west, so it attracts a lot of birds hard to find anywhere else in > the state. Best place I know for Brewer's Blackbird, White-crowned Sparrow, > and Vesper Sparrow. > > > < /p> > > Steve Compton > > Greenville, SC > >