Date: 1/8/18 12:49 pm From: Harry LeGrand (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Subject: The Beaverdam Reservoir, NC, waterfowl spectacle
I spent about an hour on my own at the southern end of Beaverdam Reservoir at the NC 50 Boat Ramp access area, in Wake County. Previous posts and eBird reports have indicated many, many hundreds of waterfowl here, including a few Common Goldeneyes and Common Mergansers. After my hour (930 to about 1030), as I was leaving Ed Corey arrived, so I went back to the picnic tables with him to resurvey the birds. Yes, the drake Common Goldeneye and drake Common Merganser were still there, along with a few females of each species. After our time there, we tallied up with Ed entering things on eBird, right then and there. Here are our totals, from his eBird report:
Canada Goose 8 Mallard 45 Canvasback 1 male Greater Scaup 10 males and females Lesser Scaup 10 Bufflehead 35 Common Goldeneye 2 Drake and hen, continuing Hooded Merganser 1000 obviously an estimate Common Merganser 5 Drake and 4 hens, continuing Pied-billed Grebe 10 Double-crested Cormorant 8 Great Blue Heron 3 Ring-billed Gull 25 Herring Gull 2
AS the temperatures reached about 47 degrees this afternoon, it is likely that some or many of the birds will disperse to newly opened waters at Falls Lake or elsewhere. So -- good luck in future days, and don't expect as many birds or as concentrated into a small area like they were this morning.
I did stop by a few areas at Falls Lake. There were small open areas east and west of Cheek Road bridge, but all I had as a few Hooded Mergansers, Buffleheads, and DC Cormorants, and one Pied-billed Grebe from the bridge. There seemed to be NO open water from Rolling View, either the east side or the west side. However, by tomorrow there should be open water areas visible from Rolling View.