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Lake Wilson

My final stop for this overnight trip was Lake Wilson, in Wilson County.

Lake Wilson

I wasn’t sure what to expect.  Often lakes will be an ebird hotspot because people stop by to see what is on the lake during waterfowl migration, and there is sometimes not much else to see beyond a parking lot.  When I got there I was pleasantly surprised to find a full disc golf course and a trail about halfway around the lake.

This also turned out to be my best birding location of the trip, despite the continued heat.  There was activity in the trees right where I parked and I continued to see warblers and other birds in the brush and trees throughout the walk.

Prairie Warbler

There was more than one Prairie Warbler which was a North Carolina first for me, along with Magnolia Warblers (first of the year), Red-eyed Vireos, an American Redstart, and a number of Common Yellowthroats.

find the Red-eyed Vireo

I also saw two Belted Kingfishers flying along the water chasing one another.  There were some walkers and people fishing from a boat, and in general it was a pleasant walk (besides some gnats flying in my face).  This is a good spot to bird, and worth checking during the various migrations.

ebird checklist

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