Last evening I took a birding stroll around Bond Lake and encountered a number of birds including a hairy woodpecker and a barred owl, both in the same location. Actually, thanks to a passerby, I saw the owl. I was so focused on the hairy woodpecker, I never noticed the owl perched in a neighboring tree.
The passerby introduced himself as Randy, a former Costa Rican nature tour guide. Quite an interesting fellow, we talked for a short while about the owl and his experience as a tour guide. Nice fellow, Randy. I’m sure we’ll meet again.
I spotted 3 hummingbirds at the bog at the south end of Bond Park. One alternated between working the orange jewelweed and scarfing gnats from the huge gnat clouds in the bog. This individual had an usual white coloration in the top part of its bill.
This evening I stopped by Kitt Creek lake and wetland area on the way home from work. The outer bands of Hurricane Earl’s cloud shield covered the area and it sprinkled a little while a nice breeze blew in from the East. I heard and saw a sharp-shinned hawk, my first. The bird flew nearly over me as it called. Thanks to my birding apps, I was able to quickly ID this bird, a lifer for me. I checked the Chapel Hill Bird Club’s frequency list just to verify that such a sighting was possible in this area for this date. Sure enough, sharp-shinned hawks are considered ‘occasional’ during September.
Well, it’s time for bed. Hopefully, I’ll get a chance to do some birding in the morning before heading to work.