Date: 5/19/20 5:51 am From: Harry LeGrand (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Subject: Lake Crabtree, NC, birds -
I stopped by Lake Crabtree, Wake Co., NC, before 7 am, and 3 other folks were already there. It indeed was very unsettled, some bouts of angled rain, winds NE at about 15-20 -- son or Arthur, even though this mess is from a stalled cold front.
I managed to see an apparent Arctic Tern flying off the island around 715, a minute after the others left, but it flew out of the lake, as it was not seen again. It had a white forehead, and the typical short-front shape and long tail, but details of the wing coloration were tough to see. And, I couldn't see the bill shape, etc., so it will have to go as a probable. After a while, a whirling flock of WHIMBRELS flew around, and finally after Ann Stinely arrived, they settled down -- 11 in all!! Another tern came from somewhere, this one with a solid black cap, landed near the Whimbrels, and was a Common Tern.
The Black-bellied Plover was not there. Other shorebirds at the island were: Semipalmated Plover 5-6 but nary a Killdeer Greater Yellowlegs 1 Spotted Sandpiper 4-5 Least Sandpiper maybe 15 Semipalmated Sandpiper 50 or more -- everywhere.
I cannot swear to any Western Sandpipers. People will certainly continue to report one or two, but I wonder; they should be gone northwest by now. No White-rumpeds. I managed to see Barn, Tree, Rough-winged, and Cliff swallows.