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Black-headed Grosbeak,©David Sibley

25 Oct Bells Bend - Greater White-Fronted Geese, Red-headed Woodpecker [Michael Smith ]
25 Oct Greater White-fronted Geese, Perry County. [birdchaserrws ]
24 Oct Gallinules [Tom Howe ]
24 Oct Our tracked Golden Eagles are checking in...... [Scott Somershoe ]
24 Oct Late migrant ["Aborn, David" ]
24 Oct Siskins, etc in Shady Valley ["Richard Knight" ]
24 Oct Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge Note ["Charles Murray" ]
24 Oct Bells Bend area -- Henslow's Sparrow ["fekel" ]
23 Oct Common Gallinule - Lake Hiawatha ["Ron Hoff" ]
23 Oct Loons, grebes, & Boneys ["Richard Knight" ]
23 Oct Curious about Sibley Guide [Bates Estabrooks ]
22 Oct Pine Siskins ["Tom Howe" ]
22 Oct Loggerhead shrike Hamilton County [Hugh Barger ]
22 Oct Purple Finch Today ["Tommy Curtis" ]
22 Oct Common Gallinule, Cumberland County [Terry Witt ]
22 Oct More wintering FOS ["Aborn, David" ]
22 Oct First of season ["J.N. & Ella Howard" ]
22 Oct Sandhill Cranes ["Charles Murray" ]
22 Oct TOS Research Grant opportunity [Scott Somershoe ]
21 Oct Vultures on the move [Lynne Davis ]
21 Oct gallinules [Terry Witt ]
21 Oct FOS American Wigeon, Campbell County [Carole Gobert ]
21 Oct Whigg Meadow 2014 Banding totals [Scott Somershoe ]
20 Oct Re: Knoxville vulture migration - 10/20 [Charles Nicholson ]
20 Oct Hamilton County Common Gallinule ["" ]
20 Oct Knoxville vulture migration - 10/20 [Shane Williams ]
20 Oct Common Gallinule, Lake Hiawatha, Cumberland Co., TN ["" ]
20 Oct Wintering arrivals ["Aborn, David" ]
20 Oct Re: Brainerd Levee [Terry Witt ]
20 Oct Common Gallinule, Cumb. Co. 20 Oct 2014 [Steve Clendenen ]
20 Oct A Swift Night Out [Wesley James ]
19 Oct Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - Rutherford Co. [Ed Schneider ]
19 Oct American Kestrels Hamilton County [Dralle ]
19 Oct Re: Avocets in Blount County ["Lisa Stinnett" ]
19 Oct The Pits Saturday 10-19-14 ["Georges McNeil" ]
19 Oct American Avocet at Duck River - 10/19/14 ["Chloe Walker" ]
19 Oct Re: Avocets in Blount County [Tom Howe ]
19 Oct Plegadis Ibis, Duck River Unit. [birdchaserrws ]
19 Oct Avocets in Blount County ["Adair III, Henry S (Steve)" ]
19 Oct Brainerd Levee [Hugh Barger ]
19 Oct White-crowned Sparrow [Judy Fuson ]
19 Oct Dunlin - Austin Springs ["Richard Knight" ]
19 Oct Common Gallinule at Hiawatha Lake (near Lake Tansi), Cumberland Co., Oct. 19 ["LeGrand family" ]
18 Oct Re: Snow Buntings ["Daniel Estabrooks" ]
18 Oct Re: Snow Buntings [Michael Todd ]
18 Oct Seven Islands ["Tom Howe" ]
18 Oct Re: Snow Buntings ["Tom Howe" ]
18 Oct good day in Shady Valley ["Richard Knight" ]
18 Oct Snow Goose ["Richard Knight" ]
18 Oct Results from NTOS Field Trip ["Chloe Walker" ]
18 Oct Snow buntings [Morton Massey ]
18 Oct Snow Buntings [Tom Howe ]
18 Oct early Pine Siskins, Rutherford County, 18 Oct [Terry Witt ]
17 Oct Shelby Bottoms, Nashville ["fekel" ]
16 Oct Huge sighting of purple martins [Sara Smith ]
16 Oct Kentucky Lake Area, Thursday [birdchaserrws ]
16 Oct Swift Movement II ["Tom Howe" ]
16 Oct Swift Movement ["Tom Howe" ]
16 Oct Clay-colored Sparrow, Henry County [birdchaserrws ]
16 Oct Ruddy Ducks at Radnor Lake, Davidson Co. [Jan Shaw ]
16 Oct Chimney Swifts in Downtown Knoxville [Dan Ellsworth ]
16 Oct NTOS meeting ["Steve Routledge" ]
16 Oct Perry County Yard-List [birdchaserrws ]
16 Oct Perry County Yard List, Merlin [birdchaserrws ]
15 Oct Magnolia bonanza ["Aborn, David" ]
15 Oct Creatures of habit [Lyda Phillips ]
15 Oct Books ["David Patterson" ]
14 Oct TN NWR ["wodu1440 tds.net" ]
14 Oct Upcoming NTOS Field Trip to Bells Bend ["Chloe Walker" ]
14 Oct EBird: 3 new pond hotspots in Blount County [Carole Gobert ]
14 Oct Re: Baird's Sandpiper, Snow Bunting Peninsula, Old Hickory Lake ["fekel" ]
14 Oct Re: Baird's Sandpiper, Snow Bunting Peninsula, Old Hickory Lake [Michael Smith ]
14 Oct Baird's Sandpiper, Snow Bunting Peninsula, Old Hickory Lake [Michael Smith ]
14 Oct Books ["David Patterson" ]
14 Oct Re(7); 7 []
13 Oct Re: Douglas Lake, Dutch Bottoms, Oct 13, 2014 - Franklin's Gulls still present [Scott Somershoe ]

Subject: Bells Bend - Greater White-Fronted Geese, Red-headed Woodpecker
From: Michael Smith <ms722 AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 09:36:48 -0700
Bells Bend Park
Davidson Co.
10-25-14

Phillip Casteel and I went to look for the Henslow's Sparrow that Frank Fekel 
found the previous day. We dipped on the sparrow, but instead we had a 
high-flying flock of 55-60 Greater White-Fronted Geese. We heard them call 
first, and then watched as they steadily flew south toward the Cumberland 
River. Frank joined us a bit later, and once again delivered a good bird by 
spotting a flying Red-headed Woodpecker that eventually landed in a distant 
tree. 


We wound up with 6 sparrow species, including Fox, Swamp, White-throated, and 
White-crowned. 


Mike Smith
Hendersonville, TN
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Subject: Greater White-fronted Geese, Perry County.
From: birdchaserrws <birdchaserrws AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:37:07 -0500
I just had a large flock of Greater White-fronted Geese fly over high overhead 
in North-eastern Perry County.  


I couldn't count them, but there must have been ove a hundred. 

Ruben Stoll
Centerville Tennessee. 


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Subject: Gallinules
From: Tom Howe <blountbirder AT nxs.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:34:29 -0400
Blount Co
Oct 24,  2014

I had 2 winter adult Common Gallinules in Alcoa today at the same private pond 
at which I had one in 2012. 


Tom Howe

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Subject: Our tracked Golden Eagles are checking in......
From: Scott Somershoe <Scott.Somershoe AT tn.gov>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:44:27 +0000
Brief update on our tracked Golden Eagles.
Yesterday one of our birds checked in and today THREE checked in for the first 
time since spring. They are all still in southern Quebec or Ontario, but are 
booking it south. One of our birds went due south about 1000 miles from the 
southern end of the Ungava Bay to southern Quebec in the last 9 days. 


We have not yet heard from Jericho, which is our bird that was treated for lead 
poisoning by Knox Martin and Martha Waldron. She was an adult (at least 7 yrs 
old) and they tend to stay north really late. Let's hope she's on her way 
south. 


Once we get more complete data downloads, I'll update the Golden Eagle project 
blog on the Tennessee Watchable Wildlife's web site. I'll post again after I 
get things updated, but that likely won't happen until mid-week next week. 

http://www.tnwatchablewildlife.org/index.cfm

Cheers,
Scott

State Ornithologist
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
P.O. Box 40747
Nashville, TN 37204
615-781-6653 (office)
615-781-6654 (fax)
Subject: Late migrant
From: "Aborn, David" <David-Aborn AT utc.edu>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:19:27 +0000
24 October 2014
Hamilton County, TN

Banding at Greenway Farms this morning produced a lot of resident species, 
especially towhees (6), be we did catch 4 Hermit Thrushes and 2 Winter Wrens. 
The best catch, however, was a Worm-eating Warbler! Last year, we caught a 
Hooded Warbler on October 30th, which was the latest a Hooded Warbler has ever 
been banded in Tennessee. I am looking into whether this might be another late 
banding record. 


David Aborn
Chattanooga, TN
Subject: Siskins, etc in Shady Valley
From: "Richard Knight" <rknight8 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:55:52 -0400
24 Oct 2014
Shady Valley, Johnson Co., TN

Am. Black Duck - 1
N. Harrier - 1
Wilson's Snipe - 1
Com. Raven - 2
Orange-cr. Warbler - 1
Savannah Sparrow - 1
Fox Sparrow - 1
Lincoln's Sparrow - 2
Swamp Sparrow - 20
White-cr. Sparrow - 4
Pine Siskin - 40, in one flock

Rick Knight
Johnson City, TN
Subject: Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge Note
From: "Charles Murray" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "dro_1945@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:22:41 -0700
According to http://www.tn.gov/twra/pdfs/wmaseasons.pdf , page 19, there will 
be muzzleloader deer hunts at the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge at Birchwood in 
Meigs County on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday October 24-26 and on October 
31-November 2. Therefore, I did not go to the HWR viewing area this morning. At 
the Cherokee Removal Memorial Park (Meigs County) I saw one adult and one 
immature bald eagle. Hundreds of coots were present on the Rhea County side of 
the Tennessee River near a dock. 


The only other particularly noteworthy sighting of the morning was a group of 
10 turkey vultures that appeared to be kettling before they flew south. I saw 
these at home in Birchwood (Hamilton County). 


Charles Murray
Birchwood, TN
Subject: Bells Bend area -- Henslow's Sparrow
From: "fekel" <fekel AT evans.tsuniv.edu>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:23:38 -0500
Bells Bend Sod Farms and Bells Bend Park
Davidson Co., TN
2014 Oct. 24

This Friday morning I first stopped by the Bells Bend sod farm area,
searching the farm field across from the main sod field for Bobolinks.
None were found this morning and the field has been partially cut,
although not the area near the road where I saw a Bobolink last
Saturday morning.

Next stop was Bells Bend Park to look for lingering Sedge and Marsh
Wrens and migrating sparrows. No luck with the wrens, however I did
find a VESPER SPARROW at the bowl at the first major intersection.
Continuing on the main path from the back of the Visitor's Center,
I found a LINCOLN'S SPARROW past the barn and just before the path
goes through the thin line of trees. The huge fields past this
hedgerow tree line produced the best bird of the morning. In the
large field on the left where HENSLOW'S SPARROWs had been found
a year or two previously, I got great looks at an amazingly
cooperative HENSLOW'S. It was very close to the path before one
gets to the bluebird box. With the sun out I watched it sit on
a tall weed stalk and feed briefly. Of course as often happens
with such good looks, the bird gods knew that I did not have my
camera with me.

Frank Fekel
Bellevue, TN
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Subject: Common Gallinule - Lake Hiawatha
From: "Ron Hoff" <aves7000 AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:43:48 -0400
TN-birders,

Dollyann and I saw the Common Gallinule on Lake Hiawatha, Cumberland County, 
this afternoon about 4:20. It was hanging out in the back of the lake with some 
American Widgeons. 


Great birding,

Ron Hoff & Dollyann Myers
Clinton, TN
Subject: Loons, grebes, & Boneys
From: "Richard Knight" <rknight8 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:07:37 -0400
23 Oct 2014
South Holston Lake, Sullivan Co., TN
(Musick's to dam)
Feeling more like winter.

Com. Loon - 6
Horned Grebe - 3
Bonaparte's Gull - 2
Hermit Thrush - 1

Also:
Ruddy Duck - 1, at Middlebrook Lake in Bristol.

Rick Knight
Johnson City, TN
Subject: Curious about Sibley Guide
From: Bates Estabrooks <wgpu AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:42:24 -0400
I had heard rumors a few months back that the Second Edition of the Sibley 
guide would be "fixed" (reprinted with better colors and easier-to-read fonts). 


Does anybody know if this has happened and been published?

Thanks. 

Bates Estabrooks
Anderson County

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Subject: Pine Siskins
From: "Tom Howe" <blountbirder AT nxs.net>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:38:28 -0400
Cocke County

10/22/14

 

While hiking the AT today south of Cosby, I saw and heard a flock of 75 PINE
SISKINS feeding up in a yellow birch. They were initially in Haywood Co, NC,
but about 50 of them flew north and appeared to cross into TN. Perhaps this
is an omen of things to come.hope, hope.

 

Good Birding!

Tom Howe

Alcoa
Subject: Loggerhead shrike Hamilton County
From: Hugh Barger <hughbarger AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:05:32 -0400
The loggerhead shrike on Meadowview Road was seen again this morning about
10 AM.  It was perched at the top of a roadside red cedar near the
Grasshooper Road intersection.

Hugh Barger
Ooltewah

photo
https://flic.kr/p/pLnw4Z
Subject: Purple Finch Today
From: "Tommy Curtis" <tcbirdwatch AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:10:18 -0500
This morning a Purple Finch was in our feeder; our first this season. We also 
have three White-throated Sparrows in the yard. The two remaining Ruby-throated 
Hummingbirds left on Monday but our feeders are still out in hopes of another 
Rufous this winter. 


Tommy and Virginia Curtis
Smithville, TN
DeKalb County
Subject: Common Gallinule, Cumberland County
From: Terry Witt <terrywitt AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:38:05 -0700
The juvenile gallinule was seen at 11 AM today.
It was swimming with a small raft of mostly RN Ducks accompanied by a few Wood 
Ducks, Ruddy Ducks, and A Wigeon. They were all tucked away in a cove and easy 
to overlook, even though the lake is not that large. 


Thanks to Ed LeGrand for finding the bird, reporting it promptly, the excellent 
directions, and most of all for putting enough salt on its' tail to make it 
stay put! 


Cheers

Terry Witt
Murfreesboro Tn
Subject: More wintering FOS
From: "Aborn, David" <David-Aborn AT utc.edu>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:29:19 +0000
22 October 2014
Hamilton County, TN

At Greenway Farms today, we banded a Common Yellowthroat, 2 Hermit Thrushes, a 
White-throated Sparrow, and our first Yellow-rumped Warbler of the season. I 
also heard my first Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, and Cedar 
Waxwings of the season. 


David Aborn
Chattanooga, TN
Subject: First of season
From: "J.N. & Ella Howard" <birders3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:53:28 -0400
This morning we had a Winter Wren inspecting our back porch.  We have often
had Carolinas on the porch trying to nest or roost in a hat hanging on a
nail and now and then we see Winter Wrens in our back yard or wood edges,
but this is the first time we have seen one playing around on the porch.
Such a tiny bundle of energy.
                                                       J. N. Howard, Marion
County
Subject: Sandhill Cranes
From: "Charles Murray" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "dro_1945@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:00:01 -0700
The first sandhill cranes of the season were seen over Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge 
in Meigs County this morning about 10 AM. I counted six birds, and Keith - on 
the staff of TWRA at HWR - said he saw "about 10" near the same time. I thought 
I heard another group, and Keith may have seen that group. The six birds I saw 
apparently continued on to the south. I did not see them land. 


There were a small number of Canada geese in the slough below the gazebo at HWR 
at the same time this morning. A mostly white goose was with them; it appeared 
to have some light gray shading on the breast. That goose looked like the photo 
of a "white morph" snow goose on the iBird PRO app. However, since the bird was 
somewhat larger than the Canada geese, I'm assuming that it is a domestic 
goose. 


I had a first of the season white-throated sparrow at my home in Birchwood 
(Hamilton County) yesterday. I first heard and then saw a fish crow from the 
Cherokee Removal Memorial Park (Meigs County) yesterday. I did not seen any 
fall warblers yesterday nor so far today. 


Charles Murray
Birchwood, TN
Subject: TOS Research Grant opportunity
From: Scott Somershoe <Scott.Somershoe AT tn.gov>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:40:23 +0000
As a member of the TOS Conservation and Research Grant committee, I wanted to 
pass along the info on the 2015 Conservation and Research Grants. Feel free to 
pass along this information to those that may be interested. 


Thanks!
Scott Somershoe


Guidelines for Tennessee Ornithological Society 2015 Conservation and Research 
Grants 


The Tennessee Ornithological Society invites applications for Conservation and 
Research Grants to support projects that will directly or indirectly help to 
protect the birds of Tennessee, increase scientific knowledge, or educate 
others about the importance of Tennessee's birds. A total of $3,000 is 
available to be awarded for the grants, which may be divided among multiple 
recipients. 


Anyone with a bird-related project, including students, professionals, and 
individual workers, may compete for a grant. The project may already be in 
progress at the time of application. Applicants should submit a project 
proposal using the form that is available on the TOS Website (www.TNBIRDS.org). 
Needed information includes: name, address, telephone, E-mail address, topic, 
problem to be addressed, objectives, expected results and significance, project 
location, beginning and ending dates, estimated field time, estimated total 
cost of project, itemized budget, funds available from other sources, how grant 
is to be used, experience of applicant in the project area, willingness of 
applicant to share results at a statewide TOS meeting, and whether the work is 
under the guidance of a mentor or is independent. 


A letter of recommendation from a mentor or a knowledgeable associate is 
strongly encouraged. Up to $50 of a grant may be applied toward the costs of 
attending an appropriate scientific meeting to present results of the project. 


Criteria for judging applications include:
- Significance of problem addressed
- Clarity of proposal
- Adequacy of project design
- Adequacy of experience/training
- Adequacy of professional guidance
- Financial need
- Chance for achieving objectives
- Potential benefit to the species/resource
- Potential for advancing career/studies
- Potential for sharing results at a future statewide TOS meeting

The application and letter of recommendation should be emailed (preferably) or 
mailed to Michael Collins, Department of Biology, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN 
38112; collinsm AT rhodes.edu; (901) 843-3557. The 
deadline for receipt of applications is February 1. Applicants will be notified 
of the Committee's decisions in early March. A check for 60 percent (60%) of 
the amount awarded will be mailed to the grantee(s) upon approval of award(s). 
The balance of each award will be paid after the project leader submits a 
satisfactory progress report with itemized costs and receipts to the Committee 
Chair, Michael Collins. All grant awards will be announced in The Tennessee 
Warbler. 


Respectfully,


Michael Collins

TOS Conservation and Research Funding Committee Chair

Subject: Vultures on the move
From: Lynne Davis <lynnedavis865 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:33:43 -0400
Our Meetup hiking group also saw a stream of vultures while we were at the
UT Arboretum in Oak Ridge around 11:00 am. Monday, October 20. Mostly
turkey, but possibly a few blacks.
Lynne and Bob Davis
Oak Ridge, Anderson County
Subject: gallinules
From: Terry Witt <terrywitt AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:41:37 -0700
Any updates today on either of the birds appreciated

Cheers

Terry Witt
Murfreesboro Tn
Subject: FOS American Wigeon, Campbell County
From: Carole Gobert <cpgobert AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:05:52 -0400
Saw my FOS American Wigeon hanging out with 27 Gadwalls at Cove Lake SP in 
Campbell County today. 


Carole Gobert, Knoxville
 		 	   		  
Subject: Whigg Meadow 2014 Banding totals
From: Scott Somershoe <Scott.Somershoe AT tn.gov>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 02:34:40 +0000
All,
Just a final update on how we did with banding at Whigg Meadow in Cherokee NF, 
Monroe Co. this fall. We ran nets on 30 days from 30 Aug-28 Sept 2014. It was 
often very windy and cloudy/foggy and drizzly (at least the days I was there), 
but we did much better than last year. We banded 1,353 birds (up from 550 last 
year!) and caught 52 species! We added 5 nets in a spot where I was sure we'd 
catch more birds and well, we caught a lot more! Once I get all the data 
entered, it'll be very interesting to see what percentage of birds we caught in 
the new nets (it was a lot). 


Top 5 species in descending order of capture were: Tennessee Warbler (254), 
Blue-headed Vireo (poss. a record number this year with 178), Swainson's Thrush 
(153), Black-throated Blue Warbler (125), and Chestnut-sided Warbler (84). 


Since my last post, we also recaptured another Tennessee Warbler that we banded 
at Whigg Meadow, this one being banded in Sept 2013. These returns are 
extremely rare, but we had 2 Tennessee's and a Cape May this year (WOW!). And 
yes Migrant editors, we are working on some papers on this stuff. 


Some other highlights included a Carolina Wren on Sept 10 (uncommon up there), 
Song Sparrow (31 Aug and lingered for a couple weeks, also uncommon at Whigg), 
Carolina Chickadee (30 Aug, heard/saw 1-2 almost daily) and a Black-capped 
Chickadee (banded on 28 Sept). 


**We definitely need more helpers (data recorders, bird extractors, and even 
banders) so if you have experience or not and are willing to "rough it" (in a 
beautiful place) for a day or a week or more, please let me know. We will 
certainly need the help in the future and this is a great place to learn and 
help! 


It was a fantastic season at Whigg Meadow. Wish I could have been up there more 
than 5 days! 


Cheers,
Scott Somershoe

State Ornithologist
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
P.O. Box 40747
Nashville, TN 37204
615-781-6653 (office)
615-781-6654 (fax)
Subject: Re: Knoxville vulture migration - 10/20
From: Charles Nicholson <cpnicholson53 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:28:36 -0400
I saw a lot of this same group of migrating Turkey Vultures over downtown
Knoxville today.  Between about 12:15 and 12:30 I estimated 360 TVs flying
over the Summit Hill/Broadway/Central Avenue area.  They were coming from
the northeast over the eastern part of Sharps RIdge (east of Broadway and
the Sharps Ridge birding area) to the southwest over the UT campus and the
TN river.  I did not notice them until a coworker pointed them out to me,
and thus probably missed part of the flock.  I commonly see both Turkey and
Black Vultures from my office in downtown Knoxville, but normally only in
single digit numbers.  At least some of these regularly occurring birds
hang out on some of the downtown buildings and along the waterfront.

Chuck Nicholson
Norris, TN


On Mon, Oct 20, 2014 at 6:17 PM, Shane Williams 
wrote:

> Around noon on my lunch break at work today, 10/20, I noticed hundreds of
> vultures streaming south right along Broadway in North Knoxville (Fountain
> City area). The closer ones I could ID without binos were all Turkey
> Vultures. They were gliding and kettling, maybe 200 - 300 ft high.  I saw
> some veering southwest maybe towards Sharp's Ridge or the ridge north of
> it. They were streaming steadily for several minutes and I saw singles
> still coming through 25 minutes later. I didn't count but I would say there
> were at least 500 and probably closer to 1000 seen. I've never seen
> vultures in numbers like this and in an obvious migration pattern. Pretty
> unexpected and neat for "buzzards."
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Subject: Hamilton County Common Gallinule
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "leica2bird@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:26:03 -0400
The Common Gallinule was seen again today at the Brainerd Levee on Shallowford 
Road. It is being seen in the large pool of water behind Boyd Buchanan School. 



Libby Wolfe
Ooltewah, TN
Subject: Knoxville vulture migration - 10/20
From: Shane Williams <shanehwilliams AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:17:08 -0400
Around noon on my lunch break at work today, 10/20, I noticed hundreds 
of vultures streaming south right along Broadway in North Knoxville 
(Fountain City area). The closer ones I could ID without binos were all 
Turkey Vultures. They were gliding and kettling, maybe 200 - 300 ft 
high.  I saw some veering southwest maybe towards Sharp's Ridge or the 
ridge north of it. They were streaming steadily for several minutes and 
I saw singles still coming through 25 minutes later. I didn't count but 
I would say there were at least 500 and probably closer to 1000 seen. 
I've never seen vultures in numbers like this and in an obvious 
migration pattern. Pretty unexpected and neat for "buzzards."

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Subject: Common Gallinule, Lake Hiawatha, Cumberland Co., TN
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Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:57:15 -0400
10/20/2014
 
Lake Hiawatha, Lake Tansi, TN
Cumberland County
Protocol, stationary
 
Arrived at Lake Hiawatha about 10:45 am.  Found 4 Am. Wigeons right  off 
the bat. Did not spot Common Guallinule at first.  Finally heard "pep"  call 
about 11:20 am and located the bird.  Don't know where it hides, but  it's 
good at it.  
 
Other birds seen
 
9 AM. Coots
6 Pied Billed Grebe
1 female Ring-necked Duck
2 Wood Ducks
Red-bellied WP
Downy WP
Blue jays
 
Thanks to Ed LeGrand for finding and reporting the bird. 
 
Good birding
 
Stephen Zipperer
Rutherford Co., TN
 
 
Subject: Wintering arrivals
From: "Aborn, David" <David-Aborn AT utc.edu>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:45:36 +0000
20 October 2014
Hamilton County, TN

With the capture of a Winter Wren and 2 Hermit Thrushes, and the sighting of 3 
Golden-crowned Kinglets and a dozen White-throated Sparrows at Greenway Farms, 
it looks like we are transitioning from the long-distance fall migrants to the 
overwintering migrants. The capture of a catbird and a Wood Thrush means fall 
migration still isn't quite done yet! 


David Aborn
Chattanooga, TN
Subject: Re: Brainerd Levee
From: Terry Witt <terrywitt AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:58:03 -0700
I made a request (a few months ago??), that persons who prefer posting to 
e-bird, send a copy of any unusual or rare sightings to tn-bird as well. 


Second request.

Thanks

Terry Witt
Murfreesboro Tn 


On Monday, October 20, 2014 8:38 AM, Hugh Barger  wrote:
 


It was on ebird.org


On Mon, Oct 20, 2014 at 7:23 AM, Terry Witt  wrote:

Out of curiosity, to whom did Evan report the gallinule?
>I must have overlooked it.
>
>
>Terry
>
>
>
>On Sunday, October 19, 2014 4:34 PM, Hugh Barger  wrote:
> 
>
>
>October 19; Janice Chadwell and I relocated the juvenile common gallinule at 
the levee, It was originally reported on Saturday by Evan Buck. Also over 30 
mallards, 3 coots and several pied bill grebes. A red-shouldered hawk was 
successfully hunting rodents in the grass near Shallowford road. 

>At Standifer Gap Marsh we found FOS ruby-crowned kinglets and white-throated 
sparrows. 

>
>
>
>Hugh Barger
>Hamilton County
>Photos
>https://flic.kr/p/prZNhu
>
>https://flic.kr/p/oMDfjp
>
>
>
Subject: Common Gallinule, Cumb. Co. 20 Oct 2014
From: Steve Clendenen <clendenen77 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:47:18 -0400
Ed LeGrand's Com. Gallinule is still on Lake Hiawatha in Lake Tansi.  See
his directions in his Sunday posting.
Steve & Gail Clendenen
Farragut, Knox County
Subject: A Swift Night Out
From: Wesley James <wkjames53 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:50:45 -0400
Knoxville, Knox County, TN

On 9/12/14 I, along with Temple members Renee Hyatt and Paul Erwin,
conducted a count of chimney swifts going to roost in the chimney of Temple
Beth El, 3037 Kingston Pike.  We counted 307 swifts entering the chimney
between 7:30 and 8:20 p.m.  The bulk of the birds entered during the last
ten minutes of the count period.  Chimney swifts have continued to use this
chimney as a nighttime roost throughout September and October up through
last week.  A few swifts were observed coming and going from the chimney
throughout the spring/summer so some nesting is probably occurring as well.
This survey data was provided to Paul and Georgean Kyle with the Driftwood
Wildlife Association who are coordinating the Swift Night Out project.

Wes James
Oak Ridge, TN
Subject: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - Rutherford Co.
From: Ed Schneider <ed.schneider AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:28:36 -0500
10/19/14Rocky Glade FarmRocky Glade Rd. -  Eagleville, TN
Ed SchneiderDavidson Co. 		 	   		  
Subject: American Kestrels Hamilton County
From: Dralle <bwdralle AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:12:55 -0400
Late this afternoon on October 19th, I observed a pair of American Kestrels 
perched in a tree at the intersection of Highway 127 and Highway 27 in Hamilton 
County. 


Bruce Dralle
Chattanooga TN
Hamilton County
Photo: https://twitter.com/birdwatchdude/status/523989780288516096


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Subject: Re: Avocets in Blount County
From: "Lisa Stinnett" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "lisastinnett@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:01:00 -0400
This is a picture of the Avocets that Tom reported.
Lisa Stinnett
www.flickr.com/photos/birdwatcher804




On Oct 19, 2014, at 7:54 PM, Tom Howe  wrote:

> I was out at the Stilt Pond several days ago and there were no Avocets. I 
don't believe any of the three previously seen had any color in the head 
area--just gray. 

> Tom Howe
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
> On Oct 19, 2014, at 5:37 PM, "Adair III, Henry S (Steve)"  
wrote: 

> 
>> We just found a couple of Avocets on the pond on the back of our property. 
One was in full winter plumage and the other was almost. Do not know if these 
were the same birds reported last week or not. They were accompanied by 4 
killdeer, 6 mallards, 2 green winged teal and a couple of hundred starlings. 

>>  
>> Steve Adair
>> Maryville, TN
>> Blount County
Subject: The Pits Saturday 10-19-14
From: "Georges McNeil" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "mcneilg20@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 17:37:00 -0700
Ventured out with Lee Anne Russell who wanted to expire the pits for the first 
time. No real surprises compared several other trip stamen in the last couple 
months. Here's the list submitted to eBird. Lee Anne enjoyed her time there. 


Maxson Pits, Shelby, US-TN
Oct 18, 2014 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:    Me and Lee Anne Russell birding and photographing.
16 species

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck  12
Greater White-fronted Goose 1 Same injured bird that has been for months. Has a 
partial flight. 

Mallard  3
Blue-winged Teal  5
Northern Shoveler  66
Canvasback  1    Same male that has been in the pits ponds for months.
Double-crested Cormorant  1    Singe immature bird that was tolerant.
Killdeer  36
Lesser Yellowlegs  37
Least Sandpiper  584
Mourning Dove  12
American Kestrel  4
European Starling  6
American Pipit 4 The western side is being expanded and found 4 moving around. 
There could have ben more but hard to spot when they don't move. 

Red-winged Blackbird  26
Eastern Meadowlark  4


Bird On!
Georges McNeil
Shelby County
Subject: American Avocet at Duck River - 10/19/14
From: "Chloe Walker" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "chloebelle119@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 17:02:17 -0700
After birding the Big Sandy and Britton Ford Units of the Tennessee National 
Wildlife Refuges with Terry Witt, we briefly checked the Duck River Unit on our 
way back home. No ibises, but we did have a lone American Avocet at the Blue 
Goose loop. This was our only shorebird! 

 
Chloe Walker
Murfreesboro, TN
http://www.chloesbirdingblog.blogspot.com/ 
Subject: Re: Avocets in Blount County
From: Tom Howe <blountbirder AT nxs.net>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:54:40 -0400
I was out at the Stilt Pond several days ago and there were no Avocets. I don't 
believe any of the three previously seen had any color in the head area--just 
gray. 

Tom Howe

Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 19, 2014, at 5:37 PM, "Adair III, Henry S (Steve)"  
wrote: 

> 
> We just found a couple of Avocets on the pond on the back of our property. 
One was in full winter plumage and the other was almost. Do not know if these 
were the same birds reported last week or not. They were accompanied by 4 
killdeer, 6 mallards, 2 green winged teal and a couple of hundred starlings. 

>  
> Steve Adair
> Maryville, TN
> Blount County
>  
Subject: Plegadis Ibis, Duck River Unit.
From: birdchaserrws <birdchaserrws AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:34:42 -0500
   Alan Troyer and I had a dark Ibis fly over at Grassy Lake in the Duck 
River Unit, TNWR, Humphreys County tonight, October 19 at 6:00 p.m. 

  We were unable to identify the bird. It appeared to be headed towards  the 
Egret-Cormorant roost.  

  There was also a Laughing Gull with a group of Ring-bills and one Herring at 
the mouth of the Duck River.  

Ruben Stoll
Centerville, TN.

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Subject: Avocets in Blount County
From: "Adair III, Henry S (Steve)" <sadair AT utk.edu>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:37:24 +0000
We just found a couple of Avocets on the pond on the back of our property. One 
was in full winter plumage and the other was almost. Do not know if these were 
the same birds reported last week or not. They were accompanied by 4 killdeer, 
6 mallards, 2 green winged teal and a couple of hundred starlings. 


Steve Adair
Maryville, TN
Blount County
Subject: Brainerd Levee
From: Hugh Barger <hughbarger AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 17:33:25 -0400
October 19; Janice Chadwell and I relocated the juvenile common gallinule
at the levee,  It was originally reported on Saturday by Evan Buck.  Also
over 30 mallards, 3 coots and several pied bill grebes.  A red-shouldered
hawk was successfully hunting rodents in the grass near Shallowford road.
At Standifer Gap Marsh we found FOS ruby-crowned kinglets and
white-throated sparrows.

Hugh Barger
Hamilton County
Photos
https://flic.kr/p/prZNhu
https://flic.kr/p/oMDfjp
Subject: White-crowned Sparrow
From: Judy Fuson <judyf AT dtccom.net>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:18:13 -0500
I just saw my first White-crowned Sparrow in my yard today on Students 
Home Rd near Smithville in DeKalb Co.
They always stay in my yard all winter and the last one I saw in the 
spring was on the first week of May.  Now they are coming back!

Judy Fuson
DeKalb County
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Subject: Dunlin - Austin Springs
From: "Richard Knight" <rknight8 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 12:12:08 -0400
19 Oct 2014
Austin Springs, Washington Co., TN

Dunlin - 3
Spotted Sandpiper - 1
Gr. Yellowlegs - 1
Osprey - 1
Blue-wg. Teal - 4

Rick Knight
Johnson City, TN
Subject: Common Gallinule at Hiawatha Lake (near Lake Tansi), Cumberland Co., Oct. 19
From: "LeGrand family" <elegrand AT frontiernet.net>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 10:47:47 -0500
After years of checking the impressive water lilies at Hiawatha Lake for
gallinules, I finally found one (an immature Common Gallinule) this morning,
Sunday Oct. 19. Details in the eBird list below. The lake can be reached by
going toward Lake Tansi in southern Cumberland County. Heading south on Rt
282 (Dunbar Rd.) go past the golf clubhouse and turn left (east) on Cheyenne
Dr., left on Atoka, and an immediate left on Country Club Rd. (following the
Killeen's restaurant signs) and going past the restaurant down the hill to
the lake.

 

Lake Tansi, Cumberland, US-TN

Oct 19, 2014 7:45 AM - 9:15 AM

Protocol: Traveling

8.0 mile(s)

Comments:     Lake Tansi beach, Arrowhead Dr. (driving only), Lake Hiawatha,
UT Grasslands Unit along Ted Davis Rd. (from road only); 45 degrees F,
overcast, slight breeze

31 species

 

Canada Goose  8

Wood Duck  6     Lake Hiawatha

American Wigeon  5     Lake Hiawatha

Mallard  11     Lake Hiawatha

Ring-necked Duck  1     female, Lake Hiawatha

Pied-billed Grebe  12     Tansi and Lake Hiawatha

Turkey Vulture  1

Red-shouldered Hawk  1

Common Gallinule  1     Lake Hiawatha among the water lillies, generally
staying near the larger wigeon; well seen through scope and obtained
documentable photos; mostly gray but with brown on wings, very prominent
white rump and white horizontal wing stripe (composed of short white lines
at 45 angle to the waterline); bill was slate-colored; often fed with flitty
motions (different from coots, with which it did not associate)

American Coot  130     most at Tansi; 8 at Lake Hiawatha

Killdeer  20     UT Grassland Unit

Red-headed Woodpecker  4     most at Tansi beach

Red-bellied Woodpecker  1

Northern Flicker  2

Eastern Phoebe  2

Blue Jay  6

American Crow  10

Horned Lark  5     UT Grasslands Unit plowed field (seen from road with
scope)

Tufted Titmouse  2

White-breasted Nuthatch  1

Carolina Wren  2

Eastern Bluebird  2

American Robin  1

European Starling  100

Yellow-rumped Warbler  1

Chipping Sparrow  1

Song Sparrow  1

Swamp Sparrow  1

Red-winged Blackbird  25     UT Grassland Unit

Eastern Meadowlark  4     UT Grassland Unit

Common Grackle  2



 

Ed LeGrand

Crossville, Cumberland Co., TN
Subject: Re: Snow Buntings
From: "Daniel Estabrooks" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "hyla514@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 18:37:59 -0700
The odds of multiple leucistic Field Sparrows are not necessarily that low if 
the birds are siblings, but I don't know much about their life history. Do they 
stay together in family groups during the winter? 


Daniel Estabrooks
Winter Haven, FL


On Saturday, October 18, 2014 8:40 PM, Michael Todd  
wrote: 

 


Wow, it is going to be interesting to read how this plays out. Odds of multiple 
leucistic/albino birds being present are very low, as are odds of multiple Snow 
Buntings being as far south as TN by mid October. Typically, late November 
would be a much better time for Snow Buntings to show, though I have no 
historical data to look at, and also haven't looked to see if there have been 
early Snow Buntings north of us this season. 


Good Birding!!

Mike Todd
McKenzie, TN (currently Rio Claro, Brazil)
birder1 AT bellsouth.net
www.pbase.com/mctodd



On Saturday, October 18, 2014 7:49 PM, Tom Howe  wrote:
 


Knox County
10-18-14
I went to Seven Islands this afternoon to confirm today's snow bunting
sighting. There had been three white birds seen. We saw one or perhaps two
of them. One that was photographed by Paula Schneeberger (I will post when
available) was in our opinion a partially leucistic field sparrow. It had a
long tail like a field, was moving with other field sparrows, even involved
in chases among them. Its overall shape, appearance, behavior and choice of
habitat, moving from grassy ground into the weeds, small trees and even tall
cedars, seems to rule out snow bunting. Other birders are returning tomorrow
to try to find all the birds in case there truly is a snow bunting among
them.
Tom Howe

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To: tn-bird AT freelists.org
Subject: ADV: [TN-Bird] Snow Buntings

Knox county
10-17-14

Just got a call from Tony Headrick from 7 Islands reporting 2 SNOW BUNTINGS
he and others have in sight past the farm house at pole 22 AZ40. Look
 30'
ahead on right side of road. Bird are moving from ground to some red bushes
and back and forth. 

Tom Howe

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Subject: Re: Snow Buntings
From: Michael Todd <birder1 AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 17:39:24 -0700
Wow, it is going to be interesting to read how this plays out. Odds of multiple 
leucistic/albino birds being present are very low, as are odds of multiple Snow 
Buntings being as far south as TN by mid October. Typically, late November 
would be a much better time for Snow Buntings to show, though I have no 
historical data to look at, and also haven't looked to see if there have been 
early Snow Buntings north of us this season. 


Good Birding!!

Mike Todd
McKenzie, TN (currently Rio Claro, Brazil)
birder1 AT bellsouth.net
www.pbase.com/mctodd
 


On Saturday, October 18, 2014 7:49 PM, Tom Howe  wrote:
  


Knox County
10-18-14
I went to Seven Islands this afternoon to confirm today's snow bunting
sighting. There had been three white birds seen. We saw one or perhaps two
of them. One that was photographed by Paula Schneeberger (I will post when
available) was in our opinion a partially leucistic field sparrow. It had a
long tail like a field, was moving with other field sparrows, even involved
in chases among them. Its overall shape, appearance, behavior and choice of
habitat, moving from grassy ground into the weeds, small trees and even tall
cedars, seems to rule out snow bunting. Other birders are returning tomorrow
to try to find all the birds in case there truly is a snow bunting among
them.
Tom Howe

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Knox county
10-17-14

Just got a call from Tony Headrick from 7 Islands reporting 2 SNOW BUNTINGS
he and others have in sight past the farm house at pole 22 AZ40. Look 30'
ahead on right side of road. Bird are moving from ground to some red bushes
and back and forth. 

Tom Howe

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Subject: Seven Islands
From: "Tom Howe" <blountbirder AT nxs.net>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:38:57 -0400
Knox Co

10-18-14

 

Attached is a photo taken by Paula Schneeberger of one of the white birds
seen at Seven Islands today. At this time we may have only seen one of the
two or three birds seen earlier. This one appears to be a leucistic field
sparrow and not a snow bunting. Others will be checking tomorrow for the
other birds in hopes that one proves to be a bunting.

 

Tom Howe

 
Subject: Re: Snow Buntings
From: "Tom Howe" <blountbirder AT nxs.net>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 18:48:32 -0400
Knox County
10-18-14
I went to Seven Islands this afternoon to confirm today's snow bunting
sighting. There had been three white birds seen. We saw one or perhaps two
of them. One that was photographed by Paula Schneeberger (I will post when
available) was in our opinion a partially leucistic field sparrow. It had a
long tail like a field, was moving with other field sparrows, even involved
in chases among them. Its overall shape, appearance, behavior and choice of
habitat, moving from grassy ground into the weeds, small trees and even tall
cedars, seems to rule out snow bunting. Other birders are returning tomorrow
to try to find all the birds in case there truly is a snow bunting among
them.
Tom Howe

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Subject: ADV: [TN-Bird] Snow Buntings

Knox county
10-17-14

Just got a call from Tony Headrick from 7 Islands reporting 2 SNOW BUNTINGS
he and others have in sight past the farm house at pole 22 AZ40. Look 30'
ahead on right side of road. Bird are moving from ground to some red bushes
and back and forth. 

Tom Howe

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Subject: good day in Shady Valley
From: "Richard Knight" <rknight8 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:51:40 -0400
18 Oct 2014
Shady Valley, Johnson Co., TN
birding at Orchard Bog, Quarry Bog & Schoolyard Springs.
cool & breezy, but very birdy.

N. Harrier - 1
Cooper's Hawk - 2
Wilson's Snipe - 1
Blue-hd. Vireo - 2
Com. Raven - 2
Marsh Wren - 4
Ruby-cr. Kinglet - 1
Tennessee Warbler - 3
Orange-cr. Warbler - 2
Nashville Warbler - 1
(1st time I have seen all 3 Oreothlypis in 1 day in northeast Tenn.)
Com. Yellowthroat - 14
Palm Warbler - 40+  (including 1 Yellow Palm)
Black-thr. Green Warbler - 1
Chipping Sparrow - 8
Savannah Sparrow - 2
Lincoln's Sparrow - 11  - apparently just the 2nd double-digit count in Tenn.
Swamp Sparrow - 35+
White-thr. Sparrow - 2  (my  FOS)
White-cr. Sparrow - 2  (my  FOS)
Indigo Bunting - 1
Bobolink - 1

Rick Knight
Johnson City, TN
Subject: Snow Goose
From: "Richard Knight" <rknight8 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:51:43 -0400
18 Oct 2014
South Holston Lake, Sullivan Co., TN
(Painter Creek cove, visible from hwy 44)

Snow Goose - 1  (in big flock of Canada Geese)

Rick Knight
Johnson City, TN
Subject: Results from NTOS Field Trip
From: "Chloe Walker" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "chloebelle119@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:50:02 -0700
Fourteen birders attended today's walk at Bells Bend. Although it was quite 
chilly and a bit foggy to start, the weather was perfect by the time we 
finished. One of the first birds we saw this morning was a Marsh Wren at the 
second intersection in the paths. A little further down, we flushed a fairly 
large group of House Finches, and among them was one leucistic/albino bird. 
Likely the biggest surprise of the day were 20+ Pine Siskins in multiple groups 
throughout the Bend. Finally, four Bald Eagles put on a fantastic display, 
calling and soaring overhead. Thank you to all who participated! A checklist is 
below. 


51 species

Canada Goose - x (heard)
Mallard - 44
Black Vulture - 10
Turkey Vulture - 3
Bald Eagle - 4
Cooper's Hawk - 1
Broad-winged Hawk - 1
Red-tailed Hawk - 2
American Kestrel - 1
Killdeer - 7
Mourning Dove - 2
Belted Kingfisher - 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 8
Downy Woodpecker - 3
Hairy Woodpecker - 2
Northern Flicker - 15
Blue Jay - 30
American Crow - 2
Carolina Chickadee - 9
Tufted Titmouse - 1
Carolina Wren - 5
Marsh Wren - 1
Ruby -crowned Kinglet - 2
Eastern Bluebird - 8
American Robin - 75
Gray Catbird - 3
Northern Mockingbird - 11
Brown Thrasher - 9
European Starling - 20
Tennessee Warbler - 5
Common Yellowthroat - 7
Magnolia Warbler - 1
Palm Warbler - 4
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 8
Black-throated Green Warbler - 1
Eastern Towhee - 18
Field Sparrow - 13
Fox Sparrow - 3
Song Sparrow - 10
Swamp Sparrow - 18
White-throated Sparrow - 9
White-crowned Sparrow - 3
Dark-eyed Junco - 1
Northern Cardinal - 12
Indigo Bunting - 1
Red-winged Blackbird - 15
Eastern Meadowlark - 4
Brown-headed Cowbird - 4
House Finch - 35
Pine Siskin - 20+
American Goldfinch - 10


Chloe Walker
Murfreesboro, TN
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Subject: Snow buntings
From: Morton Massey <massey6932 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:38:15 -0400
Seven islands today at 11:30 am. I have seen one of the snow buntings since 
tony left. The pole Tom Howe referenced is the 4th pole after you pass the 
maintenance barn. While tony said the birds were flying between a area about 50 
yards wide the bird I saw was in the red bushes near the pole. If the birds 
appear though they are unmistakeable. 


Just saw again 40 yards away from first spotting. 

Morton Massey
Knoxville

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Subject: Snow Buntings
From: Tom Howe <blountbirder AT nxs.net>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:21:32 -0400
Knox county
10-17-14

Just got a call from Tony Headrick from 7 Islands reporting 2 SNOW BUNTINGS he 
and others have in sight past the farm house at pole 22 AZ40. Look 30' ahead on 
right side of road. Bird are moving from ground to some red bushes and back and 
forth. 


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Subject: early Pine Siskins, Rutherford County, 18 Oct
From: Terry Witt <terrywitt AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 08:06:16 -0700
At least 3 birds seen at Gateway Pond, with a flock of goldfinches.
Lots of sparrows also present, at least one Lincoln's (finally)

Terry Witt
Murfreesboro Tn
Subject: Shelby Bottoms, Nashville
From: "fekel" <fekel AT evans.tsuniv.edu>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:27:27 -0500
Shelby Park and Bottoms
Nashville, Davidson Co., TN
2014 Oct. 17

This Friday morning I went to Phase I of Shelby Bottoms to look for a
Sedge Wren. I walked the weedy field in front of the large covered
observation platform several times but missed the Sedge. Instead I
saw 2 MARSH WRENs, a VESPER SPARROW, and my first of the season
DARK-EYED JUNCO. There were plenty of SWAMP SPARROWs, PALM WARBLERs,
and COMMON YELLOWTHROATs about. I finished the morning with 37 species.

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Subject: Huge sighting of purple martins
From: Sara Smith <ssmith2685 AT att.net>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 21:08:36 -0400
At dusk tonight, there was a huge "swarm" of purple martins over the 
Greeneville High School and WSCC campus! I am not good at estimating, but the 
sky seemed full of them and they were flying in circles. I am confident they 
were purple martins by their chirps. I have never seen this before. Is this 
common?? 


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Subject: Kentucky Lake Area, Thursday
From: birdchaserrws <birdchaserrws AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 18:54:22 -0500
  I spent the day today 10/16/14 birding around Kentucky Lake in Henry 
County.  

 Bennett's Creek Overlook:
Marsh Wren 4
Sedge Wren 2
Ruby-crowned kinglet 3
Orange-crowned Warbler 2
Nashville Warbler 2
Lincoln's Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 5
 Pace Point:
Bonaparte's Gull 1
Ruddy Duck 6
  Britton Ford:
Clay-colored Sparrow 1 (along entrance rd. to new headquarters)
Nelson's Sparrow 2
Marsh Wren 3
Sedge Wren 1
Osprey 1
  Eagle Creek:
Franklin's Gull 3
Forster's Tern 23

Ruben Stoll
Centerville TN.
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Subject: Swift Movement II
From: "Tom Howe" <blountbirder AT nxs.net>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 17:00:55 -0400
Blount Co.

10/16/2014

 

I meant to attach the complete checklist of birds at Camp Montvale (which is
not open to the public, by the way)

 

Montvale Harmony Family Center, Blount, US-TN Oct 16, 2014 8:00 AM - 11:30
AM

Protocol: Traveling

2.0 mile(s)

Comments:     Nestled at the foot of the Chilhowee Mountains, This camp has
open lawns, pastures and an old lake somewhat filled in, all surrounded by
woodland.

34 species

 

Cooper's Hawk  1

Red-bellied Woodpecker  1

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  2

Downy Woodpecker  2

Hairy Woodpecker  2

Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1

Pileated Woodpecker  1

Eastern Wood-Pewee  2

Eastern Phoebe  9

Blue-headed Vireo  1

Philadelphia Vireo  1

Blue Jay  22

American Crow  1

Carolina Chickadee  1

Tufted Titmouse  5

White-breasted Nuthatch  3

Winter Wren  1

Carolina Wren  2

Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2

Eastern Bluebird  4

Swainson's Thrush  1

Wood Thrush  3     Saw one with Swainson's on poison ivy or Virginia Creeper
along tree trunk. Two others were heard in the woods doing their excited
whit-whit-whit! calls.

Northern Waterthrush  1     Heard the splink call in the brushy flooded area
that was once a lake, now with much black willow. It came closer with
pishing, but never came into sight. Kept low to the ground

Tennessee Warbler  10

Hooded Warbler  3

American Redstart  1

Magnolia Warbler  1

Bay-breasted Warbler  1

Chestnut-sided Warbler  2

Pine Warbler  2

Chipping Sparrow  1

Scarlet Tanager  1     Had long looks from a field at a winter male sitting
still up in an oak canopy. Green plumage with blackish wings.  I believe i
saw several more, but everything was moving through so fast and disappearing
into the trees that are still leafed out. This one seen by both of us.

Northern Cardinal  3

Rose-breasted Grosbeak  6     These were seen and heard (both the "chink"
and the "wheer" calls) mostly in a mowed area that provided good looks into
the trees. I've hardly gone a day without seeing grosbeaks in the last 2-3
weeks. The heaviest migration of them I've seen around here.

 

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20250278

 

 
Subject: Swift Movement
From: "Tom Howe" <blountbirder AT nxs.net>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:59:15 -0400
Blount Co.

10/16/2014

 

The was some very fast movement below the clouds on the north face of the
Chilhowee Mountains at Camp Montvale this morning. We saw probably 3X as
many warblers passing swiftly though that we could I.D. Lots of
rose-breasted grosbeaks still around. We had our FOS Winter Wren and one
each of a late Northern Waterthrush and Scarlet Tanager, which ebird seems
to think is rare now. There just seems to be quite a bit still migrating,
even as the swamp sparrows, Lincoln's sparrows, marsh wrens and other late
fall arrivals have come in. I also had a group of 75 Turkey Vultures
kettling over the house at noon during some strong WNW winds.

 

Tom Howe & Doug Schneeberger

Alcoa
Subject: Clay-colored Sparrow, Henry County
From: birdchaserrws <birdchaserrws AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:52:08 -0500
A Clay-colored Sparrow with two Field Sparrows in a grassy field along the 
entrance road to the new headquarters.  

The field is on the left, just before a small bridge crossing, just before 
headquarters.  

From this spot you can look out across the water and see hundreds of Canada 
Geese and White Pelicans.  

Ruben Stoll
Centerville Tennessee

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Subject: Ruddy Ducks at Radnor Lake, Davidson Co.
From: Jan Shaw <jankshaw1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:18:00 -0500
10-16-14
Radnor Lake
Davidson Co.

This morning there were three male Ruddy Ducks at Radnor, my first of the
season. Also seen were several Tree Swallows, Sapsucker, adult Bald Eagle,
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 40+ Crows, thirteen warbler species (including my FOS
Palm finally), and a Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

Jan Shaw
Nashville, TN
Subject: Chimney Swifts in Downtown Knoxville
From: Dan Ellsworth <ellsy10 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 07:30:26 -0500
Last night just after 5:00 PM as the skies darkened just before it began
 to rain again I saw at least 2500 Chimney Swifts in downtown 
Knoxville.  That is a conservative count.  I have worked downtown for 
ten years and this was the largest number I have noticed around this 
time of day.   It is surprising to me because it seems a late in October
 for those numbers.  The normal numbers I see which is usually a small 
fraction of yesterday's count have been declining substantially over the
 last couple weeks.  Perhaps this is one last push south with all the 
crazy weather we have had?  I am guessing with the rain about to come in
 they may have been staging early for some of the usual Knoxville 
roosting locations.  I had to pick up my son so unfortunately I could 
not stay to confirm exactly where they went.
 
Dan Ellsworth
Knox County, Tennessee  

 		 	   		  
Subject: NTOS meeting
From: "Steve Routledge" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "eyerout@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 05:05:23 -0700
Come join us Thursday October 16 for our monthly NTOS meeting at the Radnort 
Lake Visitor's Center. Melinda Welton will tell us about Chimney Swifts and the 
chimney swift tower projects underway in our area. The program starts at 7:00 
PM. 

 
Hope to see you there!
 
Steve Routledge
Subject: Perry County Yard-List
From: birdchaserrws <birdchaserrws AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 06:34:13 -0500
Smart phones make stupid decisions sometimes. 
  I was saying there is a Northern Waterthrush still present, not in my yard, 
but a mile down the road along Cane Creek. This bird has been here for over a 
month.  


Ruben Stoll, Centerville, TN

Sent from my Verizon Wireless smartphone
Subject: Perry County Yard List, Merlin
From: birdchaserrws <birdchaserrws AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 06:22:18 -0500
    Number 145 for my yard here in North-East Tennessee was a  flyover 
Merlin, yesterday October 15, 2014. 

   Also present, an Ovenbird and my first White-throated Sparrow for the 
Fall. 

   A Northern Waterthrush is 


Sent from my Verizon Wireless smartphone
Subject: Magnolia bonanza
From: "Aborn, David" <David-Aborn AT utc.edu>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 18:48:27 +0000
15 October 2014
Hamilton County, TN

We banded 15 Magnolia Warblers at Greenway Farms this morning, along with 1 
Tennessee Warbler, 1 Chestnut-sided Warbler, 1 White-eyed Vireo, 1 Wood Thrush, 
and 1 Gray Catbird. No sign of wintering species yet. 


David Aborn
Chattanooga, TN
Subject: Creatures of habit
From: Lyda Phillips <lydap AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:35:47 -0500

                                                                          


On Sunday had a little flock of 5 Tennessee warblers in 
the tree next to my house in East Nashville. Just checked and had the 
same number last year between Oct. 11 and 15. Same tree. Same chatter 
and flitting. Amazing!

Lyda Phillips
Davidson County



 		 	   		  
Subject: Books
From: "David Patterson" <dpatterson9328 AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:32:09 -0400
I was amazed at the response to my book offer: 18 total, about 6 during the 
first few minutes, 2 offering suggestions of libraries that would be 
interested, and one sympathy for the sad task of downsizing one’s library. 
Thanks to each of you. They were gone within a few hours. 


David Patterson, 
Chattanooga area
Subject: TN NWR
From: "wodu1440 tds.net" <wodu1440 AT tds.net>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 16:38:54 -0500
TN NWR - Duck River Unit
Pool 2
Humphreys County
10/14/14

Three roseate spoonbills, three greater yellowlegs, one solitary sandpiper
and 2 sora in Pool 2 just off the 1/2 levee.  Spoonbills down levee near
duck trap.

Clayton Ferrell
Subject: Upcoming NTOS Field Trip to Bells Bend
From: "Chloe Walker" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "chloebelle119@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 11:48:58 -0700
    NTOS Field Trip to Bells Bend Park - October 18, 2014 at 7:30 AM
    4187 Old Hickory Blvd, Nashville, TN 37218
 
 It's not too early to remind everyone about this Saturday's NTOS field trip to 
Bells Bend Park in Nashville, TN. Our meeting time and location is 7:30 AM in 
the Outdoor Center parking lot (4187 Old Hickory Blvd, Nashville, TN 37218), 
and birders of all ages and skill levels are welcomed to attend. 

 Bells Bend is an outstanding park for sparrows. Their list includes: Song, 
Swamp, Savannah, Lincoln's, White-crowned, White-throated, Field, and Vesper 
Sparrows, and more. We will likely encounter a few of these, plus other 
songbirds in the woods lining the fields. There's also a possibility of finding 
Marsh or Sedge Wrens in the fields. 

 This outing will likely only last the morning, but feel free to bring snacks 
and drinks if you wish. Hiking boots are recommended since the grass often gets 
fairly wet with dew. For further information about Bells Bend click here. 
Directions from Nashville can be found here. 

 
 If the weather doesn't look promising, a cancellation post will be sent via 
the TN-bird listserv on Friday evening. 


***Get it on your calendars! The next NTOS Field Trip will be at Wheeler NWR in 
Decatur, Alabama, on November 8th, 2014. 

 
 
Chloe Walker
Murfreesboro, TN
http://www.chloesbirdingblog.blogspot.com/ 
Subject: EBird: 3 new pond hotspots in Blount County
From: Carole Gobert <cpgobert AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 11:31:59 -0400

The many checklists being entered recently into eBird of the
3 American Avocets found on a small pond (Stilt Pond) in Blount County prompted
someone to contact me and ask that this pond be made a hotspot. I have done 
that and have also created two 

other nearby pond hotspots:  Lowes Ferry
Rd--Stilt Pond, Phelps Dairy Farm Pond and Hitch Pond. All three ponds are 
birded fairly heavily in 

the winter season as they attract a good variety of waterfowl. Those of you 
familiar with the area can skip 

the next paragraph.

 

Driving roughly northwest on Ralph Phelps Road, just before
you reach its end youll pass through Phelps Dairy Farm. Drive slowly; there 
could be cows crossing 

the road.  On your left is a large pond
commonly referred to as Phelps Dairy Pond. 
Turn right at the stop sign onto Lowes Ferry Road and 2/10 of a mile on
your right is a smaller pond (Stilt Pond). 
If you keep going, youll soon start to see another large pond on the
right but farther back off the road; this is Hitch Pond. After passing Hitch 
Pond, take the next road 

on the right  (the sign says ______ Farms
but I cant remember just what), go about a tenth of a mile down hill and pull
over on the shoulder.  This is the safest
location for viewing Hitch Pond. 

 

The three American Avocets are being seen on Stilt
Pond.  This pond got its name from
another famous visitor ten years ago. 
Jim Humans found a Black-necked Stilt on this small pond on October 9,
2004.  The stilt stayed around for about
2 weeks and was seen by many birders, but only three reported it to eBird. 
Ebird was pretty new in 2004 and not many 

people were using it.  If you are one of
the many eBirders who saw the stilt in 2004, its not too late to send in a
checklist with your sighting.

 

None of these ponds has been an eBird hotspot though they
are all hotspots in the true sense of the word. 
They are all on private land but can be viewed from public roads.  

 

I encourage you to use these hotspots in entering your
checklists.  When you use the mapping
tool, the current hotspots appear as red markers and you need to click on the
marker to see the hotspot
name.  

 

If you have already entered checklists for any of these
ponds, you can merge your personal location with the hotspot and I hope that
most of you will choose to do this.  The
great advantage to having hotspots is to allow easy exploration of the data for
the site.  You will still be able to
create bar charts, etc. showing just your own observations there but you (and
others) will also be able to see the larger picture.

 

Here are the instructions for merging:  From the "My eBird" tab under the
"My Observations" column on the right, choose "Manage my
Locations."  Using the search box on the left, find your location and
click to open it.  Your location will appear on the map screen as a large
green radio button.  Select "Merge" and zoom out until you see a
smaller red radio button for the hotspot.  Viewing the map as a satellite
image will allow you to zoom out farther which may be necessary if the two 
locations 

are very close together.  Once you see the red button, click on it and its
name will appear.  You will now be asked if you want to merge your
checklist/s with the hotspot.  Leave the "Delete after merging"
option checked and click on the merge bar on the left.  When asked if
youre sure say yes and all your checklists for that site will appear in the
hotspot. 

 

If you do not feel comfortable doing the merge yourself, I
can do it for you.  Simply click on the
Suggest as a Hotspot bar at the top of your location and Ill take if from
there.

 

It is also possible to move checklists individually into the
hotspot by opening the checklists, clicking on edit location at the top right
and using the mapping feature. This works fine if you only have one or two
checklists but with a larger number the merge option would be much quicker.

 

Any question, please contact me.

 

Carole Gobert

eBird Hotspot Administrator for Tennessee 

 

 

 

 

 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: Baird's Sandpiper, Snow Bunting Peninsula, Old Hickory Lake
From: "fekel" <fekel AT evans.tsuniv.edu>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 10:08:52 -0500
Snow Bunting Peninsula
Old Hickory Lake
2014 October 14

Glad Mike Smith got the word out on TN-BIRD about the Baird's
Sandpiper seen at Snow Bunting Peninsula this Tuesday morning.
It was still very dark when I got there and the bird was at
the farthest end of the little peninsula. With its very scaly
patterned wings and pale buffy upper breast and face it appeared
to be a juvenile. As noted by Mike Smith, several photos were
taken.

Frank Fekel
Bellevue, TN
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Subject: Re: Baird's Sandpiper, Snow Bunting Peninsula, Old Hickory Lake
From: Michael Smith <ms722 AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 07:25:38 -0700
Correction - the bird was found by Frank Fekel! Sorry about that - wanted to 
give credit where credit is due. 


Mike

--------------------------------------------
On Tue, 10/14/14, Michael Smith  wrote:

 Subject: [TN-Bird] Baird's Sandpiper, Snow Bunting Peninsula, Old Hickory Lake
 To: tn-bird AT freelists.org
 Cc: "Frank Fekel" , "Phillip Casteel" 
 

 Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 8:59 AM
 
 Snow Bunting Peninsula, Old Hickory
 Lake
 Davidson Co.
 10-14-14
 
 Phillip Casteel found and photographed a Baird's Sandpiper
 this morning at Snow Bunting Peninsula. The bird was
 still there when I left at 8:15. I believe Frank Fekel
 saw the bird as well and my provide additional details, but
 I wanted to get the word out in case anyone wanted to go
 look for it.
 
 Mike Smith
 Hendersonville, TN
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Subject: Baird's Sandpiper, Snow Bunting Peninsula, Old Hickory Lake
From: Michael Smith <ms722 AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 06:59:56 -0700
Snow Bunting Peninsula, Old Hickory Lake
Davidson Co.
10-14-14

Phillip Casteel found and photographed a Baird's Sandpiper this morning at Snow 
Bunting Peninsula. The bird was still there when I left at 8:15. I believe 
Frank Fekel saw the bird as well and my provide additional details, but I 
wanted to get the word out in case anyone wanted to go look for it. 


Mike Smith
Hendersonville, TN
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Subject: Books
From: "David Patterson" <dpatterson9328 AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 09:44:22 -0400
Complete 35 volume Bents Life Histories of North American Birds 35 volumes, 
about 50+ other serious bird books, about 100 other serious nature books, free 
to interested person, old age, downsizing. Reply directly for more information. 

David Patterson    dpatterson9328 AT comcast.net
Subject: Re(7); 7
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Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 05:30:02 +0000 (UTC)


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Subject: Re: Douglas Lake, Dutch Bottoms, Oct 13, 2014 - Franklin's Gulls still present
From: Scott Somershoe <ssomershoe AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 20:46:52 -0500
Just a little follow up on my stop at Dutch Bottoms, Cocke Co. on 10 Oct
14.  I guess I was brain dead from a week of meetings and a lot of driving
(definitely!) as I had myself all confused on the gulls (doesn't take
much!). After reviewing my photos finally, I have a series of photos with 3
Franklin's Gulls together. I previously reported one and it flew and hadn't
been relocated.  I don't know how many Laughing Gulls I had since I was all
confused on what was what, but I am pretty sure the group of 9
"black-headed" gulls I saw before I left were all Laughing as I didn't have
any Franklin's-like suspects in view and many were juveniles.  I'll adjust
my Laughing Gull count down a bit on my eBird checklist to 7 to be
conservative, while I'm bumping my Franklin's Gull total to 3!

I have posted a series of photos at the link below of the Laughing and
Franklin's Gulls (and some other birds).  Some interesting shots include a
lone Franklin's in flight (very clear ID points visible) and some flight
shots and standing shots of Franklin's and Laughing Gulls together (none of
which I knew I'd actually taken at the time, again, exhausted!).  Quite the
nice "black-headed" gull clinic to confuse you, but an excellent learning
experience.  I've made some notes under the photos on what is what and
why.  If I've goofed again (and that's distinctly possible), please let me
know.

http://www.pbase.com/shoeman/fall_2014

Good birding,
Scott Somershoe

On Mon, Oct 13, 2014 at 2:31 PM, Darrel Wilder  wrote:

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> The Franklin's Gulls are still present at Dutch Bottoms.
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> Dutch Bottoms, Cocke, US-TN
> Oct 13, 2014 10:45 AM - 11:50 AM
> Protocol: Stationary
> 21 species
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> Canada Goose  40
> Blue-winged Teal  2
> Northern Shoveler  1
> Green-winged Teal  7
> Double-crested Cormorant  400
> Great Blue Heron  12
> Great Egret  54
> Bald Eagle  1     immature
> American Coot  9
> Killdeer  2
> Sanderling  2     Continuing birds
> Laughing Gull  4     Continuing birds
> *Franklin's Gull  2*     Continuing birds; first winter
> Ring-billed Gull  340
> Herring Gull  5
> Caspian Tern  2
> Common Tern  2     Continuing birds
> Forster's Tern  8
> Tree Swallow  8
> Palm Warbler  1
> Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20221977
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> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
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> Johnson City, TN
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