Date: 1/7/18 10:38 am
From: Betsy Kane (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Lake Crabtree, NC, waterfowl
Would someone please describe where the Tower is? I would like to go and
see the spectacle. Thank you

Betsy Kane
Raleigh

On Sunday, January 7, 2018, Harry LeGrand <carolinabirds...> wrote:

> The mass of waterfowl in the center of Lake Crabtree west of Raleigh is
> now larger than ever. The opening in the ice is larger than the last time
> I was here a few days ago, thanks simply to more birds piling in and
> heating up the water and stirring up the thin ice.. I estimated about 1500
> birds then, with at least 800 Hooded Mergansers. Here are my estimated
> totals, today, which include all 5 winter Aythya duck species, plus all 3
> mergansers. Roughly looking at numbers below, I would now estimate 2,000
> waterfowl in the middle of the lake. Nothing rarer than Common Merganser
> could be found by 4 of us in the tower from 9 - 1040 this morning. Still,
> it is a great spectacle! This is copied from my eBird report:
>
> Wood Duck 4
> Gadwall 20
> Mallard 175
> American Black Duck 4
> Canvasback 6
> Redhead 1 male
> Ring-necked Duck 250
> Greater Scaup 2 undoubtedly more
> Lesser Scaup 200
> Greater/Lesser Scaup 150
> Bufflehead 15
> Hooded Merganser 1,200 most I have ever seen in the Triangle; more
> present that a week ago
> Common Merganser 3 females; bright rufous head; strong contrast with
> white of breast and white of throat; essentially no crest
> Red-breasted Merganser 2 females; seen in comparison with female
> Commons
> Ruddy Duck 40
> Pied-billed Grebe 6
> Horned Grebe 1
> Great Blue Heron 33 actual count of birds lined up along shore near
> the causeway
> Bonaparte's Gull 5 surprisingly few
> Ring-billed Gull 150
> Herring Gull 3 all first-winter birds
>
> Interestingly, no cormorants seem to be at the lake now. Most of the
> time, cormorants and RB Gulls dominate the waterbirds.
>
> Harry LeGrand
> Raleigh
>

 
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