Date: 1/3/18 9:45 am From: Harry LeGrand (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Subject: Huge waterfowl flock at Lake Crabtree, NC
Kevin Hudson and I birded Lake Crabree just west of Raleigh this morning. He has already posted about all of the birds we had, into eBird. I had a few other things. The lake is now 95% frozen, but the center of the lake is kept open by over 1,500 ducks! Though we couldn't find anything rare, the view from the tower in the county park was awesome, scanning that many birds back and forth three times (for me).
Here are our estimates, several probably all time high counts for me for Wake County:
Double-crested Cormorant 7 (where did the big flock go?) WOOD DUCK 30 amazing to see these birds in the middle of the lake, and standing on the ice! Northern Shoveler 6 Gadwall 30 American Wigeon 4 I saw two males that he didn't Mallard 300 obviously not just the local small group of feral birds Green-winged Teal 60 Ring-necked Duck 250 he reported "only" 100 Lesser Scaup 300 Greater Scaup 6 or more none that he saw; I was there before he got there scaup sp.. 100 Bufflehead 100 he reported 75 Hooded Merganser 800 I'll buy that! Everywhere Ruddy Duck 100 Pied-billed Grebe 6 he reported one Horned Grebe 1 American Coot 6 Bonaparte's Gull 30 or more Ring-billed Gull 200 couldn't find Herrings (nor Iceland)
Thankfully, no Bald Eagle flew over to attempt to catch a duck. I can easily imagine that will happen at some point today, considering that there was about 1-2 square-foot of open water for each waterbird. If that happened, the birds might completely leave the lake.
Are the coastal folks ready for W.S. Grayson? Gonna be an interesting next couple of days toward the coast.