I got home from school to face three long hours of boredom preceding dinner. I decided I would head out to Bass Lake, my local hotspot, to try some birding. I wasn't expecting much (migration is still a few weeks off) but I was pleasantly surprised. I saw my first Horned Grebe for my park list (my 70th species in the park), and the first Osprey I've seen in Wake County this year. A lot of passerines were flitting around the brush along the trail, enjoying the first warm-ish day since January (crazy NC weather). These flocks included White-throated, Swamp, and Song Sparrows, as well as Eastern Towhees, Carolina Chickadees, and Yellow-rumped Warblers. I also spotted two Eastern Phoebes (snapped a few photos) and almost a dozen Pied-billed Grebes. I ended the 80-minute excursion with 31 species, a personal best at this location. With the spring influx of warblers approaching, I will definitely be visiting this local park more frequently.
One of the two Eastern Phoebes I saw at Bass Lake. Eastern Phoebes are the only flycatchers to regularly winter in NC.