I really wasn’t planning on going Birding today especially since I didn’t feel the good late yesterday afternoon but got up at 0400 and around 0530 decided to go out today and go to Granville and Warren Counties around Kerr Lake.
After I saw that the forecast was for rain by midday I decided to just stay in Granville County and see if I couldn’t reach 100 species for my County list.
Since I was already at 97 you would think that that should be a done deal. Dream on.
My first stop was Grassy Creek Park and with the good luck I had in Durham County last Thursday I was hope for the same.
The only ducks were 2 f Hooded Merganser and one PB Grebe.
The best bird there was a late BG Gnatcatcher that didn’t even show up as RARE on eBird and surprisingly was my first for the Hotspot for me. There were no loons or H Grebes and so far no new County Birds so I drove down to Lake Devin in Oxford and I started on the road that cuts part of the lake from view and my first new bird a N Harrier flew up working the fields to my left.
Just as I was about get into my car bird number two a Raven was heard and seen.
At the boat ramp and picnic shelter on the edge of the woods were Song, WT and Field Sparrows and a lone Swamp Sparrow jumped up for bird number 3 for 100 species. I had a small group of RW Blackbirds for bird number 4 and I saw a M Hooded Merganser and a M Bufflehead for bird number 5 ending the day at 102 Species for Granville County.
I checked nearby ponds and went back to Grassy Creek on the way home hoping to find Mallards and Wood Ducks but no luck.
eBird Checklist Summary for: Nov 12, 2018
Number of Checklists: 6
Number of Taxa: 49
Checklists included in this summary:
(1): Grassy Creek Park
Date: Nov 12, 2018 at 7:15 AM
(2): 9319–9495 Dave Winston Rd, Bullock US-NC (36.5242,-78.6117)
Date: Nov 12, 2018 at 9:30 AM
(3): Lake Devin--Lake Devin Rd. Park Area
Date: Nov 12, 2018 at 11:05 AM
(4): 2907–2941 Hallie Burnette Rd, Oxford US-NC (36.2973,-78.6385)
Date: Nov 12, 2018 at 1:26 PM
(5): 5601–5699 Burnette Rd, Oxford US-NC (36.2982,-78.6302)
Date: Nov 12, 2018 at 1:30 PM
(6): 3018–3062 Lake Devin Rd, Oxford US-NC (36.3002,-78.6169)
Date: Nov 12, 2018 at 1:43 PM