Kyle et al.: Your scaup numbers are interesting to me. 30 years ago, not long after the lake was filled, for several years a flock of several hundred to perhaps a thousand would show up on the lake for a week or two near the first of December. We hunted them for several years, and their appearance was almost like clockwork. I moved out west in 1989; when I returned to NC in '96, that phenomenon apparently had ended.
On a related note- the New Hope Gamelands (now the bottom of Jordan Lake) held sometimes astounding numbers of ducks before the lake, especially after much of it had been cleared but before it was flooded. I remember one snowy evening on a flooded oxbow when a couple hundred black ducks and mallards landed all around us (we just watched in awe). There were far more ducks in those bottomlands then than there ever have been on the lake...
And lots of short-eared owls, too!
Clyde Sorenson Clayton and Raleigh, NC
On Thu, Nov 8, 2018 at 7:04 PM, Kyle Kittelberger <carolinabirds...> wrote: