Va-birders.... Here are more details, including directions, for the White Wagtail. The park hours are 8:00am to 7:00pm. Larry Lynch birder6@xxxxxxxx --------- Forwarded message ---------- From: Ritch Lilly <scbeachbums@xxxxxxxxxxx> To: WV-BIRD@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Date: Tue, 22 Oct 2002 23:32:47 -0400 Subject: White Wagtail (Add'l Info) I just saw Matt Orsie's post about the White Wagtail in the Durham, NC area around Falls Lake. In case anyone is interested in checking on this bird, I'm forwarding directions from the Durham area courtesy of Josh Rose, a fellow Carolina birder. It sounds as though some 16 to 20 birders from the area were able to see the bird this evening and it was still in the area just before dark. Hopefully she'll (several felt the bird was most likely a first winter female) hang around for the weekend. One showed up at Huntington Beach State Park (just south of Myrtle Beach, SC) in '97 and stayed for around 7 to 10 days. The following are the directions that were posted along with a brief description of the birds activities this evening: Take I-85 north past downtown Durham. Exit at US 70 (exit 178 I think); then get off 70 at NC 98 and turn right out of the off-ramp, which will point you east. Keep driving until you reach NC route 50, then go north on NC 50 across the eastern arm of Falls Lake. You'll soon see the entrance to Sandling Beach State Recreation Area coming up on your left. Once in the park, drive straight until you see the large parking lot, beach, and swimming area on your left. The bird was running non-stop up and down the beach; it chases flies up the sand one way, reaches the edge of the woods, reverses direction, chases flies until it reaches the woods at the extreme far end of the beach, and repeats. Its energy level is incredible, almost hummingbird- like! That tail never stops! There were two scary moments: once, a Red-tailed Hawk flew along the shoreline, and the Wagtail flew out over the water calling, but it eventually looped back around and returned to the beach. Later, a much scarier Merlin flew in and perched in the biggest snag by the beach, but the Wagtail - for about the only time during the half-hour or so we were there - stopped moving, and remained completely motionless until the Merlin flew back off the way it came and disappeared over the trees. Good Luck and Good Birding! Ritch Lilly Myrtle Beach, SC scbeachbums@xxxxxxxxxxx Just one more update on the Wagtail for anyone interested. Should you need it, the number for the Falls Lake State Recreation Area is (919) 676-1027. Additionally, this area is open from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm only and no one is to be in the area at any other time. It sounds as though these hours will be strictly enforced. You are subscribed to VA-Richmond-General. To unsubscribe, send email to va-richmond-general-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field. To adjust other settings (vacation, digest, etc.) please visit, http://www.freelists.org/list/va-richmond-general.