Date: 8/13/19 10:13 am From: Marty Wall (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Subject: Black Tern, Rockingham County, NC
There was a Black Tern visible from the Carolina Marina at Belews Lake in Rockingham County, NC this morning. It stayed pretty far out and was only seen twice in ten minutes, then not at all for an hour before I had to leave. Viewing opportunities are limited at this large lake, with a boat being the only way to see some places. I added a couple of distant photos to my eBird report linked below.
There were also three Common Loons close to the marina for a while. I heard them before I saw them and will add a recording to my eBird report when I can. I last saw one on July 16. Before that, I saw three on July 1.
The other interesting sighting at Belews Lake this morning was a continuing large roost of House Finches. They stay in a sycamore overnight and fly out at dawn. In a thirty minute period I counted 690 as they departed in flights of 1 or 2, up to 60. I rounded large groups down and surely missed some, so I think 700+ birds in this roost is possible. I first noticed them on July 23. Counts have varied, mainly based on how focused on them I on a particular day. I don't spend my time out there to count House Finches, but it has been interesting! The local Eastern Kingbird singles out one of the finches occasionally and torments it as it tries to fly away.