Date: 8/24/19 7:03 pm From: Brian Bockhahn (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Subject: exciting gull viewing at Falls Lake
I only got distant scope view of the bird, and do also lean towards kittiwake based on size, dark M on back, darker gray mantle, was unable to observe tail, but others had better views.
Rollingview and Sandling Beach will open at 8am officially, but sometimes our maintenance staff opens earlier, or if you are there they may let you in. Rangers from both parks are aware and checked in with birders tonight. Both parks charge $7 vehicle entry fee.
Ledge Rock boat ramp is open 24 hours at no charge and may have a chance. You could also hike in from highway 50, about one half mile south of entrance to Sandling on the west side of the road there is parking for a couple cars at a gate that leads down to the lake.
The flock moved all over lakes center from SB to RV, up Ledge Creek, etc, the exciting gull was working through and around with the Caspian, common and black terns, scope needed. 168x zoom on camera didn't work at that distance.
If kittiwake only the 2nd record for Falls Lake
And would be county lifer 255 for wake, 257 for durham