Date: 5/21/20 1:22 pm
From: \Shultz, Steven\ (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Lake Crabtree shorebirds - pm update
For those that prefer to not see their shorebirds a quarter of a mile away through a telescope (in which the bird is still about the apparent size of a grain of rice) you are in luck! That nasty mudflat is now resting comfortably below the water's surface, and the former residents are now happily relocated to a much more convenient venue. One could even sit in the comfort of their own (or recently stolen) car and watch phalaropes spin and peeps peep. Or stand outside in the rain with the rest of us.

About 3:45 the following were mostly staying out of trouble:

Red-necked Phalarope - 4
Semipalmated Sandpiper - 44
Least Sandpiper - 6
Spotted Sandpiper - 11
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1
Semipalmated Plover - 1

Out over the lake, 1 Caspian Tern and 3 Common Terns (sorry Arctic fans) appeared and disappeared in the mist. The gray backs of the COTEs just about perfectly matched the gray sky, so they are a bit harder to spot than might be expected for an otherwise white bird.

For those without the convenience of the Google, Lake Crabtree is near RDU airport, on Aviation Parkway, mile south of I40. The aforementioned venue is the first parking lot on the right after entering the park. The "closed" sign pertains to bopping around in the field, not stopping to act the voyeur with shorebirds.

Steve Shultz
Apex NC

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