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Usually we only see large numbers of shorebirds here if a severe drought lowers pond levels enough to expose a lot of mud.

Migration brings an opportunity to see common nighthawks, an interesting and declining species.

Warblers, vireos and tanagers have arrived in the southern Piedmont.

Kentucky warblers typically slip through most areas while it’s still too hot for most birders to see them.

Some of the more locally rare gulls and terns can often be found mid-August through the end of September.

I’ve seen Mississippi kite, hummingbirds and, finally, Eurasian collared-doves this year.

The Eurasian collared-dove is scarce in Mecklenburg County, but I heard reports that three were seen sporadically at a feeder off South Boulevard in Starmount.

Birders often rely on bird sounds to let them know of other birds or threats that may be in the area.

The red-shouldered hawk and Cooper’s hawk are the most common species seen here

Some birds disperse from coastal wetlands and arrive in the Piedmont looking for moist habitats.

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