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|Hello, this is a January 23 update of the Carolina Rare Bird Alert featuring birding news from North and South Carolina sponsored by the Carolina Bird Club. Highlights on this report include:
Two COMMON REDPOLLS are coming to a feeder on Ocracoke Island, NC. Call Elizabeth Hanrahan at 252-928-7132 for details.
Other interesting birds on the Outer Banks include a RED-NECKED GREBE, CALIFORNIA GULL and BLACK-HEADED GULL at Cape Point, and 2 LONG-TAILED DUCKS at the jetty at the south end of Oregon Inlet.
WESTERN TANAGERS are being seen in both Carolinas. A male is present in Charlotte, NC. ( Call Mary Buckle for details at 704-391-5038) and a tanager is in Summerville, SC. (Call Braxton Usher at 843-832-3852).
Birds to look for in Conway and Myrtle Beach, SC include a BLACK-HEADED GULL at the Conway, SC wastewater treatment plant, LARK SPARROW at Myrtle Beach High School, ROSS' GOOSE at Myrtle Beach, and LONG-TAILED DUCK at the south jetty of Huntington Beach SP.
For the gull, take US 701 south out of Conway 1 mile to Creel Rd and turn left. The facility is at the intersection of Creel and New Rds. Be sure to check in at the office before birding !
For details on the LARK SPARROW contact KC Foggin at <KCat504@aol.com>.
For the goose, from US 501 between Conway and Myrtle Beach pass under the new SC 31 overpass. Immediately after going under take the exit ramp to the right. Off the ramp turn right onto Forestbrook Rd. Go about 2 miles to a traffic light. A small sign for Rock Smith Farm will be on the right. Turn Right. The goose is just a couple of hundred yards down on the right.
The GRAY FLYCATCHER west of Jordan Lake in NC is still being seen. From US 64 1/4 mile west of the Haw River turn south onto Foxfire Trace. Go .5 mile to a left on Dee Farrell Rd. At the "T" intersection turn right onto Hanks Chapel Rd. Go .1 mile to Hanks Loop Rd. Hanks Chapel Christian Church is .15 miles down this road. Stand between the cemetery and the fence to scan the field and weedy patches in front of you.
An imm. male COMMON EIDER can be seen at the Triple Ess pier in Atlantic Beach, NC. On 1-10 a RAZORBILL was seen at Fort Macon SP near the bathhouse jetty.
2 COMMON GOLDENEYES were at the Vernon James Research Center in Washinton County, NC on 1-21. Check the catfish ponds for these birds.
Thanks this week to John Fussell, John Buckman, Randy Newman, Gwen Clift, Braxton Usher, Jeff Pippen, Donald Rote, KC Foggin and Mike Boatwright for their calls and reports. Some of this information was gleaned from Carolinabirds