Date: 1/7/18 3:27 pm From: Betsy Kane (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Subject: Re: Lake Crabtree, NC, waterfowl
Thanks, Harry, it was great!
I appreciate all the responses. Lots of birders out there today, good to make new friends.
Had a nice long close encounter with a hermit thrush on shore only four feet from me, hungrily foraging in the leaves. I could have taken a selfie with it.
Nice multicolored sun pillar and sundog reflecting off the frozen lake, too.
On Sunday, January 7, 2018, Harry LeGrand <carolinabirds...> wrote:
> The waterfowl are best observed from the county park side. Turn right at > the boat rental sign, which is where the observation tower is located. You > can certainly check for waterfowl at many places, but as the birds are now > in the center, where the open water is, you really need to get high off the > water, and thus the tower is your best bet now. Of course, you will need a > scope; binoculars are almost useless from there. As you are looking south, > midday you will be looking directly toward the sun, if a sunny day. > > As it warms back up, the dam -- reached from Old Reedy Creek Road off > Weston Parkway, is a great place to see waterfowl -- in the morning (You > are looking west here.) There is a new parking area here, with restrooms. > > On Sun, Jan 7, 2018 at 12:06 PM, Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr...> > 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 >> > >