Date: 1/2/18 2:17 pm
From: Dennis Forsythe (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Cold day of Upstate SC birding
Hi All,

Sadly when I was at Clemson in the early 1970's I never took advantage of
birding at Townville in the winter and so missed the opportunity to see the
very beautiful eastern race of Bewick's Wren.


On Tue, Jan 2, 2018 at 5:11 PM, Harry LeGrand <carolinabirds...>

> 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

Dennis M. Forsythe PhD
South Carolina Christmas Bird Count Editor
South Carolina Ebutterfly Reviewer
Emeritus Professor of Biology
The Citadel
171 Moultrie St,
Charleston, SC 29409

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