Friday, September 5, 2008


Carol Miller writes....

Tuesday afternoon at Central Lake Park was perfect weather for the ducks--rain showers were hit and miss. The lake was way over its banks and didn't smell very good, but there were wood ducks, some waders, and others.

Andy-Where is Spoonbill Pond?

Spoonbill Pond/Lake is the large lake next to the Southwood Community Center. To get there take Blairstone Rd south and cross Cap Circle into the Southwood subdivision. Follow Blairstone until you come to a roundabout. Turn right on to Four Oaks Blvd and then left onto Baringer Hill. The lake is right in front of you. There is a nice nature trail that circumnavigates the lake. I recently had an adult Greater White-fronted Goose there as well as 3 Black Terns the day after Fay hit town. I named it spoonbill lake because a) I don't know what its real name is! and b) it once had spoonbills frequenting its shoreline. Andy

White Ibis - juvenile

Wood Duck

Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-headed Woodpecker

Belted Kingfisher

Carol also went birding post Tropical Storm Fay. She writes...
Down on the Coast Monday morning, Fay was very obvious. The winds were very brisk and the evidence of four feet of water above high tide was around every area. Woolley Park in Panacea had reeds washed up almost to the parking lot...and a Magnificent Frigatebird soaring overhead! At low tide, water at Bald Point was almost up to the bottom of the dock, but plenty of birds at the wrack line. I didn't see anything unusual, though. The sand that has been covering the end of Mashes Sands Road is gone, along with the rocks that were there at the water line. Much of the road had been underwater. All of Bottoms Road was evidently under water at high tide Monday morning except for the hill in the center. Reeds were piled up on the road on both sides of the rise.

Magnificent Frigatebird

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