Date: 10/7/18 8:23 pm
From: Daniel Mason <millipede1977...>
Subject: Re: Charlie Craig Hatchery 10-6 and 10-7
I appreciate the report. I was out with a couple kids in a minivan there
today. I'm guessing you were the two in the pickup truck?
I'm glad to see the report because it confirms a few things... The
pectorals for one... I also noticed one that was larger and wondered
about it. And, I saw two egyptian geese, then I saw two fly off but when
I went back to the lower ponds, there were still two sitting there. I
wondered if it was the same two or if it were four.
We saw a kestrel... my daughter will be super mad if there was a merlin
there while we were there. Just re-read the message, the merlin was
yesterday... my daughter will still be upset... HA
I THINK I might have seen the peregrine falcon but, I can't say with any
certainty as it was flying on the other side of the tree line.

Daniel Mason

On 10/7/2018 9:17 PM, Robert Wiedenmann wrote:
> Brad Brekelbaum and I were at the Charlie Craig Hatchery in Centerton
> yesterday and again late today. Yesterday, we had two ibis on the
> upper pond, a number of peeps, some definitely Least Sandpiper (others
> not ID'ed, looking into the sun), and six birds we thought were
> Long-billed Dowitchers.  Great Egret, Great Blue Herons, 1 Green
> Heron, 3 Blue-winged Teal, 1 Bald Eagle, 1 Red-Tailed Hawk, 3 Wilson's
> Snipe were the highlights at the upper pond.  Lower ponds held a flat
> with peeps -- largely Least Sandpipers -- Canada Geese, Egyptian Geese
> and scads of Killdeer.  Maybe a dozen Double-crested Cormorants on one
> of the ponds.  A Merlin flew through, low over the ponds and perched
> on the eastern fence for maybe a minute.  Nice looks.  Still plenty of
> Scissor-tailed Flycatchers, though many were grouped together --
> leaving soon?  Also two Killdeer perched on a small shed on Anglin Road.
> Something about the "six dowitchers" had me second guessing later and,
> returning to read Joe's Friday posting of six Stilt Sandpipers, I
> really was confused.  So, back we went late this afternoon.  Again the
> two Killdeer on the roof of the shed on Anglin Rd.  Two American
> Kestrels and a large Snapping Turtle on the road in front of the
> Hatchery.  Upper ponds -- the two with mudflats were devoid of bird
> life other than more Killdeer than I wanted to count, 1 Spotted
> Sandpiper, 1 Great Blue Heron, 1 Great Egret and a few very distant
> peeps.  The first filled upper pond held three Green Herons, two close
> together and one less than 3m from a Great Egret and Great Blue
> Heron.  Late afternoon, two calling Great Horned Owls.  At the lower
> ponds, and with good light, many Killdeer, likely 25-30 Least
> Sandpipers, 1-2 Baird's Sandpipers, 3 Pectoral Sandpipers (must have
> been both sexes -- one bird was much larger than the other two, but
> all appeared to be Pecs), 4 Egyptian Geese, 3 Spotted Sandpipers and 3
> Wilson's Snipe. Flyover of 5 Ibis, 2 D-c Cormorants, several Great
> Blue Herons.  No sign of Long-billed Dowitchers or Stilt Sandpipers
> today.  So, now I admit to not knowing what the shorebirds were that
> we saw late Saturday afternoon at the upper pond -- Stilt Sandpiper or
> Dowitcher...
> FYI, at least one Black-crowned Night Heron at the University Farm
> pond Saturday just before dark.
> Rob Wiedenmann
> Fayetteville

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