Before heading out to explore for the first time
We stopped at Lake Phelps, just a hop skip and a short walk from our campsite at Pettigrew State Park.
It was foggy…
We did see this lone Forster’s Tern
It was about a forty minute drive to the refugee from our campground.
We arrived on the road the splits the lake in two.
Refuge’s main feature is Lake Mattamuskeet (40,000 acres) and is North Carolina’s largest natural lake.
Significant wintering populations of ducks, Canada geese, snow geese and tundra swans. Also, concentrations of bald eagles and other raptors, wading birds and shorebirds occur seasonally.
Significant fishery resources including largemouth bass, sunfish (bream), white perch, crappie, alewives (herring) and blue crabs are associated with Lake Mattamuskeet and canals.
Habitats consist of open water (40,000 acres), freshwater marsh (3,180 acres), forested wetlands (3500 acres), managed wetlands or impoundments (2600 acres), croplands (520 acres), and forested uplands/admin. lands (80 acres) ~via http://www.fws.gov/mattamuskeet/nathist.html
We started birding..
We found these areas that the water was allowed to flow thru attracted birds…
It is successful
Rain was forecast, but so far no rain.
Do you see two birds below?
Many ducks, geese and swan.
then they take to the air.
Many different shapes and sizes..
Most times when I walk by turtles they seem skittish and go into the water..
not these turtles..
The ranger said there are two being seen in the park.
This was the one bird that ebird flagged when I entered my bird list last night.
We shed some layers..
We birded a few of the little peninsulas that jut off the park road.
Lots of sparrows and a surprise Black and White warbler.
Many hiding in the reeds.
And Wood Duck land.
We did have a brief shower soon after I took this shot..
and headed for the car.
lit up the grasses and birds.
Our last glimpse of birds before dark..
Another Lovely Day!
Check out our bird list for the day…
Jan 16, 2013
Lake Mattamuskeet NWR
All birds reported? Yes
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.5.1
American Black Duck
American White Pelican
Great Blue Heron
Great Black-backed Gull
Common Gallinule -- One bird seen and photographed - 2 birds at refugee