Red-necked grebes are rare winter visitors to North Carolina. A single red-necked grebe was found on Lake Norman.
American wigeon are tough to find in Mecklenburg County. It had been a few years since I had seen one here.The male is on the left with a female on the right. A male wigeon was found at the Cowan's Ford Dam.
|American wigeon by Phil Fowler|
Blue-headed vireos are occasional here in the winter. I find them in mixed flocks of feeding passerines. this year one was found at the Davidson College cross country trails.
|Blue-headed vireo by john Ennis|
Black and white warblers are pretty rare in the winter piedmont. one showed up in huntersville this year.
|Black and white warbler by Jeff Lewis|
Orange-crowned warblers are more common at the coast but some linger into early winter here. One was found at Birkdale Golf Course.
|Orange-crowned warbler by Jeff Lewis|
Common yellowtroats brighten up any winter brush pile, especially the brighter males. A male was found at Cowan's Ford Refuge.
|Common yellowthroat by Phil Fowler|
Loggerhead shrike numbers have crashed throughout their range in the last few decades. formally a fairly common nester in Mecklenburg, they are all but gone now. One found near Wallace Farms is probably the only one in the county right now, and was a complete surprise on Sunday.