Date: 5/19/20 3:49 pm
From: \Shultz, Steven\ (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Lake Crabtree shorebirds - pm update
After a pretty chaotic morning with inbound and outbound flights, things seem to have settled down a bit at the shallow end of old Lake Crabtree (30 years of age this year!!)

This evening about 6 pm we noted the following on the delta mudflat:

Red-necked Phalarope - 4 (all males)
Dunlin - 47 (numbers earlier in the day varied from about 50-65 depending on the observer, the birds spend time on both sides of the island, so not all in view at once)
Semipalmated Sandpiper - about 20. Fog forming, so visibility not as good as earlier
Semipalmated Plover - 1
Almost certainly Least Sandpipers as well, but with the wind and fog, did not spend too much time with the peeps.

Bank, Barn, Cliff and Rough-winged Swallows

In case folks get tired of looking at shorebirds, 2 basic-plumaged Common Loons floated and dove out on the lake.

A Spotted Sandpiper kept the rental canoes company over by the observation tower.

No birds noted on the floodplain (still not enough rain to create much habitat there).

Steve Shultz
Apex NC


 
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