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4 Mar Douglas Lake, Jefferson County; Hordes of Grebes []
3 Mar American Kestrel - Coffee County []
3 Mar Lapland Longspurs, Gibson County ["Mark Greene" ]
3 Mar Woodcocks, winnowing Snipe at Bark Camp Barrens [Susan McWhirter ]
2 Mar Seven Red-throated Loons seen on the Tennessee River Hamilton County [Dralle ]
2 Mar A Third Oak Ridge Scoter [Melinda Fawver ]
2 Mar Sandhill Cranes Wilson Co Sat Feb 27 [R M J Turrentine ]
2 Mar Cherokee Farms - 4 Geese ["Morton Massey" ]
02 Mar Bells Bend bird hike [Barbara Harris ]
2 Mar Com. Mergansers on Watauga Lake ["Richard Knight" ]
2 Mar Chester Frost Park Surf Scoters ["" ]
2 Mar Oak Ridge Scoters [Chuck Lola Estes ]
2 Mar Re: Walter S. Davis Marsh - American Bittern [elizabeth queener ]
2 Mar Lead ammo and fishing tackle ["david kirschke" ]
2 Mar Eared Grebe ["Jim Arnett" ]
2 Mar 4 Species of Geese [S Hoyle ]
1 Mar Re: Eurasian Collared-Doves in Nashville [Lyda Phillips ]
2 Mar Fw: Another good day for ducks ["david kirschke" ]
1 Mar Rusty Blackbird [Cynthia Routledge ]
1 Mar Great Egret seen at Baylor Lake Hamilton County [Dralle ]
2 Mar Black Ducks in Sevier County []
2 Mar Common Mergansers: Silva Creek on Douglas Lake []
1 Mar Eurasian Collared-Doves in Nashville ["Jim Arnett" ]
1 Mar Walter S. Davis Marsh - American Bittern [Michael Smith ]
1 Mar KTOS Meeting and Newsletter [Billie Cantwell ]
1 Mar Lots of Duck Species at Chester Frost Park ["" ]
1 Mar Ish Creek Waterfowl, Blount County []
28 Feb Second Creek Boat Ramp, Trousdale county and Defeated Creek, Smith county ["" ]
28 Feb ky lake saturday [Terry Witt ]
28 Feb Concord Park, The Cove, Knox County 2-28-15 ["Steve Clendenen" ]
28 Feb Re: Priest Lake Com. Mergansers [richard connors ]
28 Feb Re: Priest Lake Com. Mergansers [Michael Smith ]
28 Feb great day for ducks, especially divers ["Richard Knight" ]
28 Feb FOY Surprise ["" ]
28 Feb Golden Eagle - Montgomery Co ["Stanley York" ]
28 Feb Sandhill Cranes over Bellevue ["fekel" ]
28 Feb Sandhill Cranes [Carol Williams ]
28 Feb Are you ready to "get Rusty"?? [Cynthia Anne Routledge ]
28 Feb Both longspurs [Kevin Brooks ]
28 Feb gulls, Merlin - Knox []
28 Feb American Woodcocks behind yard [Dan Ellsworth ]
28 Feb Moderator Email? [Bates Estabrooks ]
27 Feb Gibson & Crockett Counties this week ["Mark Greene" ]
27 Feb Re: Priest Lake Com. Mergansers [richard connors ]
27 Feb Snow Geese in Washington Co. ["Richard Knight" ]
27 Feb Fw: Glaucous Gull [kbreault ]
27 Feb Priest Lake Com. Mergansers [Richard Connors ]
26 Feb Pacific Loon, Red-throated Loon, Common Mergansers at Woods Reservoir [Mac McWhirter ]
26 Feb Re: Am. Tree Sparrow still here - Lewis County [Jud Johnston ]
26 Feb Re: American Tree Sparrow- Davidson County 2/26 ["Andy Lantz" ]
26 Feb Defeated Creek Park, Cordell Hull Lake [Stephen Zipperer ]
26 Feb West Knox County yard bird, 2-26-15 ["Steve Clendenen" ]
26 Feb Am. Tree Sparrow still here [Bill Pulliam ]
26 Feb American Tree Sparrow- Davidson County 2/26 [Joshua Stevenson ]
26 Feb Greater White-fronted Geese/Hawkins County [Susan Hubley ]
26 Feb West Nashville common flicker and bluebirds ["Mark Crowell" ]
26 Feb Merlin and American Pipits in Christiana, TN ["Chloe Walker" ]
26 Feb Walter S. Davis Blvd Marsh -- Gr. White-fronted Goose ["fekel" ]
25 Feb Defeated Creek [Chris Agee ]
25 Feb Warren and Dekalb County Birding ["" ]
25 Feb Fw: Glaucous Gull [kbreault ]
25 Feb Re: White-winged Scoters - Knox Co. []
25 Feb Mucho Waterfowl ["Tom Howe" ]
25 Feb Re: Hamilton County Raptors [Hugh Barger ]
25 Feb White-winged Scoters - Knox Co. ["Ron Hoff" ]
25 Feb Hamilton County Raptors [Hugh Barger ]
25 Feb Am. Tree Sparrow continues, Lewis County [Bill Pulliam ]
25 Feb Unexpected Yard Bird [Douglas Downs ]
25 Feb Re: eBirding Numbers for Tennessee [kbreault ]
24 Feb Re: eBirding Numbers for Tennessee [tim jeffers ]
25 Feb Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge Bald Eagles ["Charles Murray" ]
24 Feb Warren Co. Common Mergansers [Susan McWhirter ]
24 Feb Am. Tree Sparrow continues [Bill Pulliam ]
24 Feb Purple Martins in TN ["Mark Greene" ]
24 Feb Maryville Greenway to Pearson Park [Ronald Shrieves ]
23 Feb Am. Tree Sparrow photos [Bill Pulliam ]

Subject: Douglas Lake, Jefferson County; Hordes of Grebes
From: shaawitya AT comcast.net
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 02:53:24 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all, below is an ebird checklist from this afternoon at Douglas Lake in 
Jefferson County, TN. Good spot for waterfowl when they are around, but today 
the astonishing sight was at least 190 Horned Grebes and 125 Pied-billed 
Grebes. There are links to the photos and one video of this spectacle. I did 
some some darker grebes that could have been Eared but I think these birds were 
just molting Horned Grebes. Light was pretty poor. 


Keith Watson 
Pittman Center, TN 

----- Original Message -----

From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu 
To: shaawitya AT comcast.net 
Sent: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 9:44:58 PM 
Subject: eBird Report - Lake View Grill, Mar 3, 2015 

Lake View Grill, Jefferson, US-TN 
Mar 3, 2015 1:20 PM - 1:50 PM 
Protocol: Stationary 
16 species (+1 other taxa) 

Canada Goose 8 
Gadwall 4 
Mallard 2 
Northern Pintail 11 
Redhead 22 
Ring-necked Duck 3 
Lesser Scaup 6 
Greater/Lesser Scaup 7 
White-winged Scoter 5 Clearly seen large black ducks, white wing patches on all 
light spot behind eye, funny shape bill. 

Common Goldeneye 15 
R ed-breasted Merganser 18 
Common Loon 2 
Pied-billed Grebe 125 Large number of Pied-billed Grebes at this location 
mixing mostly with Horned Grebes, but scattered all of the lake with numerous 
diving and dabbling ducks 

Horned Grebe 190 Incredible number of Horned Grebes at this location, mostly 
mixing with Pied-billed Grebes. One has to see this to believe. Video and photo 
links attached. Three photos provided are of different groups of grebes. 


Img_4804a 


Img_4802a 


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https://flic.kr/p/rswSfi 

Ring-billed Gull 31 
Belted Kingfisher 1 
House Finch 1 

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22163051 


This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) 

Subject: American Kestrel - Coffee County
From: john AT johnstclairphoto.com
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 10:49:26 -0700
Not a rare bird but beautiful. Thought you might enjoy this pic...

Photo from Valentine's Day 2015 on Wayside Road in Coffee County, TN.

John St.Clair
Coffee County
Subject: Lapland Longspurs, Gibson County
From: "Mark Greene" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "greenesnake@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 15:21:09 +0000 (UTC)
March 2, 2015Mt. Orange (2 miles west of Trenton), Gibson County
Yesterday, just after backing out of my garage I noticed a flock of birds 
flying across the field towards me. I stopped the car and got out and realized 
that they were Horned Larks. There were approximately 100 birds in the flock. 
As they came over I heard the distinctive rattles and "tew" notes of 5-6 
Lapland Longspurs mixed in the flock. This is the first occurrence of this 
species that I have noted here this winter. I have had them in previous 
winters. 

Good birding!
Mark GreeneTrenton, TNGibson County
Subject: Woodcocks, winnowing Snipe at Bark Camp Barrens
From: Susan McWhirter <snmcwhirter AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 08:35:08 -0600
Last night Mac and I went to Bark Camp Barrens WMA in Coffee County hoping
to see/hear Woodcock and Short-eared Owls. While we saw no owls, we were
treated to at least 4 Woodcocks calling and at least 2 Snipe. We've never
heard Snipe winnowing outside their breeding grounds, so that was a real
treat.

Susan McWhirter
McMinnville
Warren Co.
Subject: Seven Red-throated Loons seen on the Tennessee River Hamilton County
From: Dralle <bwdralle AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 22:38:31 -0500
This afternoon I found a total of seven Red-throated Loons at two locations 
along the Tennessee River. 

The first two were seen from the boat ramp at Booker T. Washington State Park. 
The other five were seen from the Vincent Road Boat Launch. 


Bruce Dralle
Hamilton County

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Subject: A Third Oak Ridge Scoter
From: Melinda Fawver <mindyfawver AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 21:28:45 -0500
Melton Lake Peninsula on Melton Lake
Oak Ridge, TN
Anderson County
5:45 PM, 3/2/15

After finding and photographing Chuck's two Scoters, we made a celebratory
stop at Riverside Grille, about 1.7 miles northwest of the scoter site and
immediately saw... another Scoter out on the lake.

This one was another White-winged Scoter, immature male.

Doug Bruce and Mindy Fawver



Oak Ridge Rowing Club on Melton Hill Lake
Oak Ridge, TN
Anderson County
1:40 pm, 3/2/15

Initially checked out the Clinch River at the Solway boat ramps off
Edgemoor Road near Oak Ridge. Most of the ducks had dispersed as the ice
and snow have melted.  Did find 11 Canvasbacks but little else.

Returning home, I checked out the waters beside the old marina along Melton
Lake Drive (intersection with Emory Valley Road) where the Oak Ridge Rowing
Association is located.  In the middle of the channel away from the coots
and Canada Geese, I found one Surf Scoter and one White-winged Scoter.  The
sun was behind me and they cooperated with preening and much flapping.  It
was exciting to see something of interest in this location as it is
normally has the same group of geese and coots.

Chuck Estes
Oak Ridge
Subject: Sandhill Cranes Wilson Co Sat Feb 27
From: R M J Turrentine <avocet1990 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 19:27:47 -0600
A flock of 12 Sandhill Cranes flew over the Cedar Glade Walk behind the
Cedars of Lebanon State Park Office around 2:30. They were very high flying
but we heard before them before we could see them. They were circling
before disappearing...

Roy Turrentine heard them 1st (I was talking with daughter as were working
on her Brownie Badge)

Other birds, in addition to the Sandhill Cranes, on the trail walk include:
- American Crow
- Carolina Chickadee
-Blue Jay
- Northern Cardinal

Note the birds were rather sparse. The weather was still cold &
dank...occasional blue sky mixed with cloudy.

Temperature did not rise to a more comfortable temp until 4:00 pm that day.
Quite a bit of the trail was snow covered.

Melissa Turrentine
Bedford Co TN

Sightings: Wilson Co
Subject: Cherokee Farms - 4 Geese
From: "Morton Massey" <massey6932 AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 20:14:54 -0500
I stopped by this afternoon, March 2, 2015, to check out the Geese at
Cherokee Farms.  You can take the first exit after going over the Tennessee
River going south on Alcoa Hwy.   All four species of Geese were still
there.  The Snow and Ross were hanging out together at the end of a short
Cul-de-sac just before you get to the new building.   The Crackling Goose
was down with a larger group of Canada Geese behind the new building and
closer to the river. I more or less parked behind the bldg. and scoped from
there.  The first thing I noticed on the Crackling Goose was how pale its
back was compared to the Canada Geese.  The neck is distinctively short as
well as the smaller size.   You may have to look at a lot of birds to find
it.

 

Morton Massey

Knox County

 

 
Subject: Bells Bend bird hike
From: Barbara Harris <harrbarbara AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Mon, 02 Mar 2015 18:51:08 -0600
Please join us for an early migrant hike at Bells Bend Park, Nashville 
(Davidson Co.) this Fri., March 6. The hike will start at 8:30 AM and 
last approximately 2 hours. We'll meet up at the outdoor center. Please 
call (615)862-4187 to register.
                            Barbara Harris
                            Nashville, Davidson Co.



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Subject: Com. Mergansers on Watauga Lake
From: "Richard Knight" <rknight8 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 17:32:51 -0500
2 Mar 2015
Watauga Lake (Roan Cr. arm), Johnson Co., TN


Com. Merganser - 23  (15 males)
Red-br. Merganser - 12
Bald Eagle - 1 ad, on nest

Rick Knight
Johnson City, TN
Subject: Chester Frost Park Surf Scoters
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "Stczipperer@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 16:38:32 -0500
March 2, 2015
Chester Frost Park
Hamilton Co.
Traveling
 
Finally got to chase the 2 Surf Scoters at Chester Frost Park this morning. 
 They were sleeping across from the boat ramp when I arrived.  Finally woke 
 up and got active. Got great looks. Nemesis bird for Tennessee finally 
seen.  Thanks to all of you who posted.  
 
Also seen
 
150+ Canvasbacks
Redheads
Ring-neck Ducks
American Wigeons
Gadwalls
Lesser Scaup
Bonies and Ring-billed Gulls
Red-headed Woodpecker
Pine Warbler
Brown-headed Nuthatch
and others
 
Complete list on eBird
 
Great morning. Thanks to all again for finding and posting about the  
Scoters. If anyone goes out the next couple of days and finds them please post 

my Dad may be able to run down Thursday and see them.
 
Good birding
 
Stephen Zipperer
Rutherford Co.
 
Subject: Oak Ridge Scoters
From: Chuck Lola Estes <chucklola AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 15:08:26 -0500
Oak Ridge Rowing Club on Melton Hill Lake
Oak Ridge, TN
Anderson County
1:40 pm, 3/2/15

Initially checked out the Clinch River at the Solway boat ramps off Edgemoor 
Road near Oak Ridge. Most of the ducks had dispersed as the ice and snow have 
melted. Did find 11 Canvasbacks but little else. 


Returning home, I checked out the waters beside the old marina along Melton 
Lake Drive (intersection with Emory Valley Road) where the Oak Ridge Rowing 
Association is located. In the middle of the channel away from the coots and 
Canada Geese, I found one Surf Scoter and one White-winged Scoter. The sun was 
behind me and they cooperated with preening and much flapping. It was exciting 
to see something of interest in this location as it is normally has the same 
group of geese and coots. 


Chuck Estes
Oak Ridge
Subject: Re: Walter S. Davis Marsh - American Bittern
From: elizabeth queener <miscueiam AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 06:35:35 -0600
Is a white crowned sparrow in a residential area of West Nashville 
interestingto anyone. 

E. Queener

> Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 13:39:10 -0800
> From: ms722 AT bellsouth.net
> Subject: [TN-Bird] Walter S. Davis Marsh - American Bittern
> To: tn-bird AT freelists.org
> 
> Walter S. Davis Marsh - TSU
> 3-1-15
> Davidson Co.
> 
> I visited the marsh behind TSU this morning to look for ducks and geese. 
While scanning the ducks through my binoculars, an American Bittern literally 
flew across my field of view. It then landed at the edge of the marsh no more 
than twenty feet away. It stayed out in the open for a few minutes allowing for 
amazing views and lots of pictures...better to be lucky than good. 

> 
> Mike Smith
> Hendersonville, TN
 		 	   		  
Subject: Lead ammo and fishing tackle
From: "david kirschke" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "dkirschke@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 17:21:30 +0000 (UTC)
Some may be interested in learning about proposed new legislation that would 
prevent EPA from protecting wildlife from toxic lead ammo and fishing tackle.  
I know this was/is a big issue with California Condors, and apparently it 
impacts many species of birds and other animals.  If anyone is an NRA member, 
you may want to let them know your opinion on this. 


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David KirschkeJohnson City, TN
Subject: Eared Grebe
From: "Jim Arnett" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "jimboa68@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 10:43:29 -0600
After watching this bird for over an hour, I feel sufficiently confident 
reporting an Eared Grebe at seven points campground. It is next to two Horned 
Grebes for comparison. Sharply peaked head is much more forward and the 
transition from the black top of the head to the dusky white below is gradual. 
The overall neck color is also much duskier than the Horned Grebes nearby. 


Philip Casteel pointed the bird out to me initially but we weren't certain. 
Viewing conditions have improved dramatically since he left. 


Jim Arnett
Davidson

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Subject: 4 Species of Geese
From: S Hoyle <hoyleshrike AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 10:32:20 -0500
Cherokee Farm
Knox County

As of yesterday, there was a Ross' Goose, a Snow Goose, and a Cackling
Goose with 170 Canada Geese at Cherokee Farm off of Alcoa Highway.

Susan Hoyle
Knoxville, TN
Subject: Re: Eurasian Collared-Doves in Nashville
From: Lyda Phillips <lydap AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 22:05:26 -0600
I was sure I heard one yesterday calling, that incessant cooing, on Russell st 
in East Nashville when I was walking the dogs but the cooing stopped and I 
never could find or hear it again. Did have a red-shouldered hawk land on top 
of a telephone pole behind my house on Friday. 


Lyda Phillips
Davidson County

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> Subject: [TN-Bird] Eurasian Collared-Doves in Nashville
> Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 16:27:52 -0600
> To: tn-bird AT freelists.org
> 
> As I was leaving Wild Birds Unlimited in Berry Hill, I thought I heard a 
Eurasian Collared Dove calling. I was about to give up finding it when I saw 2 
large doves fly away across the road. Thankfully they didn't go far and I was 
able to drive to a nearby parking lot and get a good look. This is a TN first 
for me. 

> 
> Jim Arnett
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Subject: Fw: Another good day for ducks
From: "david kirschke" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "dkirschke@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 03:11:45 +0000 (UTC)
Email did not seem to go through the first time, so here it is again with photo 
link. 


Many of the ducks Rick Knight reported yesterday were still around this 
morning.  I ran into a couple young birders from Abingdon at Musick's and we 
found 16+ Common Mergansers, and while we were scanning 12 Long-tailed Ducks 
flew in.  Unfortunately, just as they predicted the White-winged Scoters (5) 
flew in just after they had to leave for church.  Soon after, Ron and DollyAnn 
showed up and entertained me with stories of world birding adventures.  They 
told me about a Shrike on Pemberton Rd, which when I went by turned out to be a 
pair.  Then, while scanning from the South Holston Dam, 19 White-winged 
Scoters flew in.  That is at least 24 White-winged Scoters on the lake, which 
ties the high count from Robinson's book but which I suspect has been broken 
since.  Thanks to Rick for the report from yesterday and to Ron and DollyAnn 
and the guys from Abingdon for the good company.  Peace. 

Link to photo of scoter: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dkirschke/

David KirschkeJohnson City, TN


  
Subject: Rusty Blackbird
From: Cynthia Routledge <routledges AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 19:43:53 -0600
I hope everyone was able to get out a bit today and search for a few Rusty 
Blackbirds on this opening day of the 2015 Rusty Blackbird Blitz. 

Steve and I visited a few locations here in Montgomery County and finally found 
a mixed flock of blackbirds that included 23 Rusty Blackbirds. A good start to 
this month long event here in Tennessee. 


Happy Rusty seeking and as always, Good birding!

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Subject: Great Egret seen at Baylor Lake Hamilton County
From: Dralle <bwdralle AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 20:33:44 -0500
I observed the Great Egret at Baylor Lake this evening. This is the same bird 
that has been seen off and on throughout the winter. 


Bruce Dralle
Hamilton County

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Subject: Black Ducks in Sevier County
From: shaawitya AT comcast.net
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 01:32:15 +0000 (UTC)
For only the third time in birding this county, I encountered 4 Black Duck 
today swimming with 4 Mallard on a section of the east prong of the Little 
Pigeon River in Jones Cove area of Sevier County. They were just downstream 
from the Dixon Branch Road bridge over the river. What seems different about 
this sighting is that the Black Ducks were on moving water, albeit, not a very 
big or fast running river; it's more of a lazy agricultural stream, but with 
wooded margins. Part of this is likely due to the many small ponds around here 
still frozen, but also in part, fortune. 


Keith Watson 
Pittman Center, TN 
Subject: Common Mergansers: Silva Creek on Douglas Lake
From: shaawitya AT comcast.net
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 01:24:32 +0000 (UTC)
Today, 3/1/15, Chris Myers and I traveled to the Flat Creek/Silva Creek section 
of Douglas Lake in Sevier County. This is one of the more favorable spots for 
waterbirds and waterfowl; because of its remote nature, it is often less 
visited by boaters and recreationists, especially in winter (this was the 
location where Red-necked Grebe was found last March). 


Today we found 4 Common Mergansers , 3 males and one female, observed northwest 
from the boat launch at the end of Smokey Mountain Queen Road. They were 
probably .3 - .4 mile away and part of the time it was raining, but when the 
wind and rain slacked, we had great views through the spotting scope. I tried a 
few photos and two of the better ones are attached. The quality is poor, but 
the identification is unmistakable. 


This species was a life bird for Chris and a Sevier County first for me. 

Keith Watson 
Pittman Center, TN 
Subject: Eurasian Collared-Doves in Nashville
From: "Jim Arnett" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "jimboa68@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 16:27:52 -0600
As I was leaving Wild Birds Unlimited in Berry Hill, I thought I heard a 
Eurasian Collared Dove calling. I was about to give up finding it when I saw 2 
large doves fly away across the road. Thankfully they didn't go far and I was 
able to drive to a nearby parking lot and get a good look. This is a TN first 
for me. 


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Subject: Walter S. Davis Marsh - American Bittern
From: Michael Smith <ms722 AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 13:39:10 -0800
Walter S. Davis Marsh - TSU
3-1-15
Davidson Co.

I visited the marsh behind TSU this morning to look for ducks and geese. While 
scanning the ducks through my binoculars, an American Bittern literally flew 
across my field of view. It then landed at the edge of the marsh no more than 
twenty feet away. It stayed out in the open for a few minutes allowing for 
amazing views and lots of pictures...better to be lucky than good. 


Mike Smith
Hendersonville, TN
Subject: KTOS Meeting and Newsletter
From: Billie Cantwell <bfcantwell AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 11:02:41 -0500
*Why is the chick-a-dee call of parids so complex? *
Please join us on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 for a presentation entitled "Why
is
the chick-a-dee call of parids so complex?" by Dr. Todd Freeberg, of the
UT Psychology Department.

Freeberg heads up the Comparative Communication Lab, where students
conduct experiments related to avian  vocal communication. Current

projects seek to understand the factors driving communicative complexity,
the
links between social networks in parid flocks and the vocal signals used by
flock
members, individual responses to novel stimuli, and prey species responses
to variation in predators and variation in predator behavior.

For information about UTK's Comparative Communication Lab,
please see web.utk.edu/~tfreeber/default.  The meeting begins
at 6:45 p.m. in Room 118 of the University of Tennessee
College of Veterinary Medicine.  For directions, please visit the
meetings page on the KTOS website at
www.tnbirds.org/chapters/knoxvill/KTOS_Meetings.html


Our newsletter is attached with the March field trips. Please join us!


*Billie Cantwell*
*Knoxville, TN*

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds
discuss people.

 


ELEANOR ROOSEVELT (1884 - 1962)
Subject: Lots of Duck Species at Chester Frost Park
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Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 10:58:39 -0500
Early yesterday morning a pair of Surf Scoters (male and female) were found by 
Jeff Schaarsmidt and Dan Jacobson at Chester Frost County Park in Hamilton 
County. 

They were seen across the lake from the boat ramp parking area which is not far 
from the entrance of the park. They were still there after 1 pm when I left. 
Other birds seen and heard from the boat ramp area were Redheads, Lesser Scaup, 
Mallards, Bonaparte Gulls, Ring-billed Gulls, Am Coots, Pied-billed Grebes, 
Pine Warbler, Brown-headed Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, and Red-headed 
Woodpecker. 



Other duck species were seen if you took the first possible left turn after 
entering the park: Canvasback, Northern Pintail, American Wigeon, Mallard, 
Lesser Scaup, Ring-necked Duck, and Green-winged Teal. 



Libby Wolfe
Ooltewah, Tn
Subject: Ish Creek Waterfowl, Blount County
From: shaawitya AT comcast.net
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 04:22:46 +0000 (UTC)
Hi folks, 

At the recommendation of Steve and Gail Clendenen, I checked out Ish Creek in 
Blount County late this afternoon. There was nothing noteworthy at the Ish 
Creek boat ramp so I moved on toward the mouth of Ish Creek about where Scenic 
Point Drive comes along side of Ish Creek - at the entrance to a big 
subdivision. The waterfowl birding was AMAZING! The list is below, but I'm sure 
I missed something and I think I probably underestimated the numbers. I was 
there 45 minutes, had to leave, and not sure I got to see everything there, but 
maybe I did. Try to get out there soon!! 


Ish Creek and Scenic Point Drive, Blount, US-TN 
Feb 28, 2015 3:45 PM - 4:30 PM 
Protocol: Stationary 
17 species 

Mallard 7 
Canvasback 16 (probably low) 
Redhead 175 Large concentration of these ducks in the embayment (probably low) 
Ring-necked Duck 32 
Greater Scaup 25 Seen next to Lesser Scaup for comparison; large head, large 
bill, large nail on bill, rounded head, extreme white sided, slightly larger 
than adjacent L.Scaup 

Lesser Scaup 25 
White-winged Scoter 1 Large, dark scoter, white-wings showing, male, showing 
white eye mark trailing behind eye, orangish or reddish tip to bill 

Bufflehead 6 
Common Goldeneye 22 Large group of these ducks diving in an amongst the other 
waterfowl; distinct white cheek patch behind bill, green head, golden eye, 
white sides on males; brown head, golden eye, yellow-tipped bill on females 

Hooded Merganser 26 
Common Merganser 3 All males, white-sided, white-necked, green head, large 
reddish bill; no reddish on breast or patterned side; too far away for photo, 
but good views in scope 

Pied-billed Grebe 31 Large group of Pied-billed Grebes at close range seen from 
Scenic Drive 

Double-crested Cormorant 1 
Great Blue Heron 3 
Bonaparte's Gull 65 
Ring-billed Gull 200 
Herring Gull 3 

Keith Watson 
Pittman Center, TN 
Subject: Second Creek Boat Ramp, Trousdale county and Defeated Creek, Smith county
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Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 21:40:23 -0500
February 28, 2015
8am - 9:30am
With the increasing numbers of ducks coming south due to freezing 
waters up north, I had to get out for a couple of hours this morning.

Second Creek Boat Ramp, Trousdale County
about 2 miles south of Highway 25, west of Hartsville

Highlight when I pulled up was looking at the group of Canada Geese at 
the far end of the parking lot and finding that they were all Greater 
White-Fronted Geese.  They then flew out and landed on the water, 
leaving two Canada Geese behind.

Great Blue Heron 7
Pied-Billed Grebe 8
Canada Goose 5
Greater White-Fronted Goose 24
Gadwall 6
Common Loon 1
Ring-Billed Gull 4
Blue Jay 2
American Robin 1
Fox Sparrow 2    feeding along the road just outside the entrance to 
the boatramp
Northern Cardinal  5
European Starling 25
Eastern Towhee 2
White-Throated Sparrow 1
Red-Bellied Woodpecker 1
American Crow 1

Defeated Creek, Smith county  (first two boat ramp parking areas)
Ring-Billed Gull 71
Bonapartes Gull 9
Mallard 7
Hooded Merganser 32
Common Merganser 1 male
Ring-Necked Duck 8
Redhead 22
Canvasback 7
Scaup species, seemed to be some of both scattered
Common Goldeneye 6
Pied-Billed Grebe 4
Horned Grebe 4
Sandhill Crane  flock of 26, heard, then seen flying northwest
Bald Eagle   1 immature seen just south of bridge crossing north of park

Ken Oeser
Hendersonville, TN



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Subject: ky lake saturday
From: Terry Witt <terrywitt AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17:58:56 -0800
Interesting day to say the least
Most bays iced in at least partially

Pace Point: Loads of ice and snow on all gravel roads, plus several severe 
washouts 

Some roads probably not safe to drive w/o 4WD

A Tree Sparrows seen in 2 different spots
A few Common Mergs on the lake
Not much else around

Big Eagle boat launch ramp:
Lots of ice around with loafing gulls
2 adult LBB Gulls seen
good numbers of loons, common only identified

Paris Landing: gate to swimming area/picnic area locked mid-day (a first for 
me) ??? 

Nothing unusual seen on the lake

Cheers

Terry Witt
Murfreesboro Tn
Subject: Concord Park, The Cove, Knox County 2-28-15
From: "Steve Clendenen" <scgwc AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 18:32:25 -0500
Early in the afternoon, we looked for waterbirds at The Cove. We saw 7 
White-winged Scoters. Keith Watson came along and told us that he had seen 8 
earlier. We also saw 8 Hooded Mergansers; 1 Red-breasted Merganser; at least 5 
Bufflehead and 1 Double-crested Cormorant. Keith put us on to 2 American Pipits 
on the mudflat by the overflow parking area. 


Steve & Gail Clendenen
Farragut, Knox County
Subject: Re: Priest Lake Com. Mergansers
From: richard connors <didymops07 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17:32:01 -0600
Checking those same areas of Priest Lake late morning today with Jan Shaw,
we added:

6 Hooded Mergansers at Elm Hill, and 5 Red-breasted Mergansers added to the
Com Mergansers at Seven Points, for a 3 merganser day.
We got distant but fairly good views of one Western Grebe there, all dark
around the eye and dull yellow bill. This is possibly the same bird that
has been on the lake for several weeks.

It was interesting the number of Herring Gulls present, at least 15 by my
count and there were more distant ones not identified; they were in various
ages plumage including a few adults. This is the most I have seen at
Priest, on the main body of the lake; they outnumbered the Ring-billed
gulls, although there weren't that many Ringers present. Some very vocal
and squabbling over fish.

Richard Connors
Nashville



On Sat, Feb 28, 2015 at 5:07 PM, Michael Smith  wrote:

> Percy Priest Lake
> 2-28-15
>
> Thanks to Richard for getting the word out about the Scoters and
> Mergansers.  Both sets of birds were still present today at the same
> locations as originally described.  The probable Western Grebe was not
> relocated, but instead there were two Red-throated Loons at Seven Points -
> one was still in winter plumage, and the other bird was molting into
> breeding plumage - they were seen straight out from the boat ramp among
> several Common Loons.  Other notable birds at Seven Points included at
> least 12 Common Goldeneye, several Herring Gulls, two Bald Eagles and a
> Merlin.
>
> Mike Smith
> Hendersonville, TN
>
> --------------------------------------------
> On Fri, 2/27/15, richard connors  wrote:
>
>  Subject: [TN-Bird] Re: Priest Lake Com. Mergansers
>  To: "tn bird" 
>  Date: Friday, February 27, 2015, 3:53 PM
>
>  Other
>  birds of note from today at Priest Lake:
>  Elm Hill
>  MarinaWHITE-WINGED SCOTERS - 10, a few adult
>  males plus females and sub adults, in with a mixed group of
>  ducks including Can's & Redheads.This is
>  in a side slough accessed from Elm Hill Rec Area, this area
>  not usually open in the winter but open because of some
>  on-going construction.
>  Hamilton Creek marina
>  The
>  large mixed group of ducks, reported from last Sunday by
>  Mike Smith, is still there - Canvasbacks, Readheads,
>  Ring-necked Ducks, and scaup etc. Probably some Greater
>  Scaup in this mix, but I did not make the effort to tease
>  any out.
>  Richard ConnorsNashville
>
>  On Fri, Feb 27, 2015 at
>  12:41 PM, Richard Connors 
>  wrote:
>  27
>  Feb. 2015 Percy Priest Lake, Davidson Co. TN
>
>  7 Points Rec Area
>
>
>
>  24 Common Mergansers, 18 males 6 females, in the cove on the
>  Cook Rec Area side of 7 Points.
>
>  1 Western Grebe (probable)
>
>  4 Com. Goldeneye 2 male 2 female
>
>
>
>  More complete list later.
>
>
>
>  Richard Connors
>
>  Nashville
>
>
>
>  Sent from my iPhone
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Subject: Re: Priest Lake Com. Mergansers
From: Michael Smith <ms722 AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:07:07 -0800
Percy Priest Lake
2-28-15

Thanks to Richard for getting the word out about the Scoters and Mergansers. 
Both sets of birds were still present today at the same locations as originally 
described. The probable Western Grebe was not relocated, but instead there were 
two Red-throated Loons at Seven Points - one was still in winter plumage, and 
the other bird was molting into breeding plumage - they were seen straight out 
from the boat ramp among several Common Loons. Other notable birds at Seven 
Points included at least 12 Common Goldeneye, several Herring Gulls, two Bald 
Eagles and a Merlin. 


Mike Smith
Hendersonville, TN

--------------------------------------------
On Fri, 2/27/15, richard connors  wrote:

 Subject: [TN-Bird] Re: Priest Lake Com. Mergansers
 To: "tn bird" 
 Date: Friday, February 27, 2015, 3:53 PM
 
 Other
 birds of note from today atPriest Lake:
 Elm Hill
 MarinaWHITE-WINGED SCOTERS- 10, a few adult
 males plus females and sub adults, in with a mixed group of
 ducks including Can's &Redheads.This is
 in a side slough accessed from Elm Hill Rec Area, this area
 not usually open in the winter but open because of some
 on-going construction.
 Hamilton Creek marina
 The
 large mixed group of ducks, reported from last Sunday by
 Mike Smith, is still there - Canvasbacks, Readheads,
 Ring-necked Ducks, and scaup etc. Probably some Greater
 Scaup in this mix, but I did not make the effort to tease
 any out.
 Richard ConnorsNashville
 
 On Fri, Feb 27, 2015 at
 12:41 PM, Richard Connors 
 wrote:
 27
 Feb. 2015 Percy Priest Lake, Davidson Co. TN
 
 7 Points Rec Area
 
 
 
 24 Common Mergansers, 18 males 6 females, in the cove on the
 Cook Rec Area side of 7 Points.
 
 1 Western Grebe (probable)
 
 4 Com. Goldeneye 2 male 2 female
 
 
 
 More complete list later.
 
 
 
 Richard Connors
 
 Nashville
 
 
 
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Subject: great day for ducks, especially divers
From: "Richard Knight" <rknight8 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17:00:51 -0500
28 Feb 2015
Birded several area waterways in Northeast Tenn.,
with locally / regionally significant numbers for several 
species (divers & Gr. White-fr. Goose):

Boone Lake - Washington & Sullivan Cos.
Am. Wigeon - 2
Canvasback - 13, mostly males
Redhead - 6
Ring-nk. Duck - 20
Gr. Scaup - 10
Lsr. Scaup - 30
White-wg. Scoter - 11, including 1 ad. male
Com. Goldeneye - 11
Hooded Merganser - 6
Com. Merganser - 8, including 3 males
Red-br. Merganser - 22

Middlebrook Lake - Sullivan Co.
Canvasback - 1 male
Ring-nk. Duck - 10
Hooded Merganser - 3
Com. Merganser - 3, all males

South Holston Lake (Musick's) - Sullivan Co.
Gr. White-fronted Goose - 34, new high count in area
Am. Wigeon - 4
N. Pintail - 2
White-wg. Scoter - 6, including 1 ad. male
Long-tailed Duck - 12, including 5 males
Bufflehead - 2
Com. Merganser - 51, many males, most I've seen locally since late 1970s
Red-br. Merganser - 8

South Holston River weir - Sullivan Co.
Am. Wigeon - 24
Green-wg. Teal - 2
Redhead - 10
Ring-nk. Duck - 13
Gr. Scaup - 1
Bufflehead - 20
Ruddy Duck - 2

South Holston River (Hwy 44 bridge & Rockhold Rd) - Sullivan Co
Am. Wigeon - 6
Green-wg. Teal - 2
N. Shoveler - 2
Canvasback - 25, mostly males
Ring-nk. Duck - 18
Gr. Scaup - 28
Lsr. Scaup - 7
White-wg. Scoter - 1
Bufflehead - 3
Com. Goldeneye - 2 males

###################

Rick Knight
Johnson City, TN
Subject: FOY Surprise
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "tanager5556@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 16:59:50 -0500
This morning I had a surprise guest in my backyard. Before I could make a 
definite identification she flew off. She returned around noon and I was able 
to get this pic and ID. The earliest I have seen this species in my yard. 



https://www.flickr.com/photos/birdoheadtanager55/16649808806/





J Marty Paige    
Cleveland, TN
SW Bradley County
Subject: Golden Eagle - Montgomery Co
From: "Stanley York" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "swy911@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:56:25 -0600
Feb 28, 2015
Palmyra/Montgomery Co, TN

Spotted a Golden Eagle about 20 minutes ago headed southeast towards Cheatham 
and Davidson counties. Bird was pretty distant but was large and dark with flat 
profile. Head appeared smaller than Bald, could not make out golden color on 
back of head, but did see the white tail band as bird banked slightly to one 
side. It maintained general southeast direction there was a second bird much 
further ahead of it which I could not make out much details on. 10 minutes 
later to my southwest I had an adult Bald Eagle circling in one area but it 
stayed back towards the Cumberland River. I had actually been looking for 
Sandhill Cranes that had been spotted by Frank Fekel earlier in Davidson county 
that were headed in my direction. Didn't see them but I'll take the Golden for 
sure! This is the 2nd Golden Eagle I've seen from my house in 11years now. 


Stanley York Jr
Palmyra/Montgomery County

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Subject: Sandhill Cranes over Bellevue
From: "fekel" <fekel AT evans.tsuniv.edu>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:59:49 -0600
Bellevue, Davidson Co., TN
2015 Feb. 28
2:38 pm

This Saturday afternoon I opened the front door and walked
outside to check my feeders. Suddenly I heard the call of
SANDHILL CRANEs several times. It took me a perhaps 15-20
seconds to orient myself to the sound. But I soon found a
faint V formation flock of 29 already flying away from me
toward the northwest. Very nice to have a new yard bird.

Frank Fekel
Bellevue, TN
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Subject: Sandhill Cranes
From: Carol Williams <caroldenson1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:49:49 -0600
Around 2 p.m. today 31 Sandhill Cranes circled over our house, formed a vee
and flew off in a northwestly direction.

Carol Williams
DeKalb County
approx 3 miles north of Smithville



-- 
*Carol*
Subject: Are you ready to "get Rusty"??
From: Cynthia Anne Routledge <routledges AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:14:41 -0600
TOMORROW, March 1st is the International Opening Day of the Rusty Blackbird
Spring Migration Blitz and Tennessees time to shine!
 
As it was last year the Blitz challenges birders to seek Rusty Blackbirds
throughout this species entire migratory range, from the southeastern U.S.
through the Northeast, Midwest, Canada, and Alaska. Its easy to
participate- bird as you normally do and search especially carefully for
Rusty Blackbirds- then report your results to eBird under the Rusty
Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz survey type, even if you dont find a
Rusty.  Or, visit one of our Rusty Blackbird Areas of Interest (visit our
interactive map at 
http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/2015-areas-of-interest/)
to help us assess consistency of migratory timing and habitat use during
spring migration.
 
Many Rusty Blackbirds spend the winter in Tennessee, so our job is largely
to document when Rusties get ready for migration and subsequently leave our
region to head north to their breeding grounds.  To give you a sense of when
peak migratory activity is likely to occur in our area, weve posted a list
of suggested target dates for each region:
http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/states-and-dates/ .
However, migratory timing can vary annually based on weather and climate,
and in Tennessee there were reporting Rusty sightings into April last year,
so any Rusty reports during the Blitz period of 1 March through 15 June will
help our effort. 
 
For more information on Blitz objectives, along with Rusty Blackbird
identification tips, data collection instructions, and data reporting
information, you can find additional resources at
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We hope youll get Rusty with us to help conserve this elusive and
vulnerable songbird! Also, follow us on Facebook to hear about Rusty
sightings, see Rusty pictures, and get the latest Blitz news:
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Subject: Both longspurs
From: Kevin Brooks <brookskc AT goldmail.etsu.edu>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:25:36 -0500
Birding at Reelfoot lake with Dr. Fred Alsop's ornithology class in west
Tennessee. We came across a large flock of 75-100 Lapland Longspurs at the
intersection of Vaun and River roads. The big surprise was a Smith's
Longspur in with the Laplands! It was seen at less than 30 feet away by
Alsop and the entire class.

-- 
Kevin Brooks
Subject: gulls, Merlin - Knox
From: kde AT angst.engr.utk.edu
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:02:11 -0500 (EST)
Was able to spend a little over an hour watching gulls fly over the house 
(west Knox Co) this morning on their way from Ft Loudoun Lake to the 
Chestnut Ridge landfill in Anderson Co.  They were cooperative today 
flying low and directly up Black Oak Ridge right by the house.  Scattered 
groups ranging from singles to 30+ birds throughout that time.  I didn't 
keep a good count but somewhere around 300-400 gulls.

Sadly no luck with the Lesser Black Backed Gull being reported at Ft 
Loudoun lately but did have a whopping 10 HERRING GULLs including 5 1st 
year, 2 2nd year, and 3 adults.

Other highlight of the morning was another MERLIN sighting but this time 
just an unsuccessful pass-through.  Probably in part because a pair of 
Cooper's Hawks spent the morning hanging around the feeders.


Dean Edwards
Knoxville, TN


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Subject: American Woodcocks behind yard
From: Dan Ellsworth <ellsy10 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 07:31:51 -0600
This morning at 6:10 am I woke up to a peent call coming from outside. I raced 
to my back deck and listened and watched as two American Woodcocks made their 
nasal peent calls as well as performed their flight displays. Always an 
interesting sight no matter how many times you see it. By 6:38 am it was all 
over. This is the first I have seen/heard any this year. 

I did monitor the yard the last few evenings but did not see or hear any 
Woodcocks. However, I have had a Red-Shouldered Hawk perched in my yard three 
days straight between 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm overlooking the area where the 
Woodcocks were this morning. I also saw my first coyote in the same vicinity at 
6:15pm last night. It makes me wonder if they may have been targeting them, but 
it could just be coincidence as there is quite a bit of other prey. 

On a side note regarding habitat, my yard has many trees but I back up to an 
open wet meadow. The wet meadow is bordered by creeks on two sides and then a 
forested area on the other side of the creek. This is my first year in a new 
house so not sure if the American Woodcocks come here every year. 

Dan EllsworthFarragut, Knox County TN 		 	   		  
Subject: Moderator Email?
From: Bates Estabrooks <wgpu AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 07:38:58 -0500
List,
Is: wallace AT bristolbirdclub.org still a good direct email address for the 
moderator? I tried a private email to that address a few mins ago and got a 
delivery "failure" notice. 

Thanks.
Bates EstabrooksAnderson County  		 	   		  
Subject: Gibson & Crockett Counties this week
From: "Mark Greene" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "greenesnake@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 23:46:17 +0000 (UTC)
I hit a few various locales in Gibson & Crockett Counties this week. The cold 
weather brought in a few goodies with waterfowl numbers way up. 

Tuesday, February 24Gibson County Lake, Gibson County:
Canada Goose  21
Gadwall  30
American Wigeon  22
American Black Duck  1
Mallard  500
American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid)  1    
Northern Shoveler  5
Northern Pintail  15
Green-winged Teal  4
Redhead  12
Bufflehead  2
Hooded Merganser  10
Red-breasted Merganser  13
Ruddy Duck  11
American Coot  100
Killdeer  1
Ring-billed Gull  20

February 24Trenton Fish Lakes, Gibson County:
Canvasback  25
Ring-necked Duck  55
Hooded Merganser  8
Great Blue Heron  1

February 25Davy Crockett Lake, Crockett County:
Canada Goose  50
Mallard  2
Canvasback  17
Lesser Scaup  1
Hooded Merganser  6

February 26Horns Bluff Refuge, Crockett County:
Greater White-fronted Goose  2
Snow Goose  2500    Several flocks flew over the refuge area from the nearby 
bottoms. Conservative estimate of numbers - probably more. 

Ross's Goose  11    At least eleven Ross's Geese were seen in the large 
flocks of Snow Geese flying overhead. They were picked out in the flocks by 
their smaller size and faster wing beats. 

Canada Goose  8
Gadwall  15
American Wigeon  5
American Black Duck  1
Mallard  300
Northern Shoveler  2
Green-winged Teal  6
Wild Turkey  1
Great Blue Heron  2
Northern Harrier  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Red-tailed Hawk  2
American Coot  50
Killdeer  8
Wilson's Snipe  1
Fish Crow  9    
LeCONTE'S SPARROW 1    I walked a field of Panicum grass looking for this 
species and flushed one individual among the dozens of Swamp Sparrows. 

Song Sparrow  12
Swamp Sparrow  80    While trying to flush a LeConte's Sparrow and flushed 
dozens of Swamp Sparrows. This is a conservative estimate. 


February 27Gibson County Lake, Gibson County:
Greater White-fronted Goose  500
CACKLING GOOSE  4,   Seen with Canada Geese and Greater White-fronted Geese. 
Mallard sized geese with a short necks and small stubby bills. 

Canada Goose  350
Gadwall  25
American Wigeon  12
American Black Duck  1
Mallard  1000
Northern Shoveler  8
Northern Pintail  2
Green-winged Teal  5
Redhead  2
Ring-necked Duck  10
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER  2,    1 first year male, 1 female type. 2nd winter in a 
row for this species at this location. 

Bufflehead  4
Common Goldeneye  5
Hooded Merganser  16
Ruddy Duck  20
Great Blue Heron  1
Bald Eagle  2    1 adult, 1 immature
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Coot  50
Ring-billed Gull  25
Herring Gull  2

February 27Parker Branch WMA, Gibson County:
Fox Sparrow  4AMERICAN TREE SPARROW 2
Good birding!
Mark GreeneTrenton, TNGibson County

Subject: Re: Priest Lake Com. Mergansers
From: richard connors <didymops07 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:53:53 -0600
Other birds of note from today at Priest Lake:

*Elm Hill Marina*
WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS - 10, a few adult males plus females and sub adults,
in with a mixed group of ducks including Can's & Redheads.
This is in a side slough accessed from Elm Hill Rec Area, this area not
usually open in the winter but open because of some on-going construction.

*Hamilton Creek marina*
The large mixed group of ducks, reported from last Sunday by Mike Smith, is
still there - Canvasbacks, Readheads, Ring-necked Ducks, and scaup etc.
Probably some Greater Scaup in this mix, but I did not make the effort to
tease any out.

Richard Connors
Nashville


On Fri, Feb 27, 2015 at 12:41 PM, Richard Connors 
wrote:

> 27 Feb. 2015 Percy Priest Lake, Davidson Co. TN
> 7 Points Rec Area
>
> 24 Common Mergansers, 18 males 6 females, in the cove on the Cook Rec Area
> side of 7 Points.
> 1 Western Grebe (probable)
> 4 Com. Goldeneye 2 male 2 female
>
> More complete list later.
>
> Richard Connors
> Nashville
>
> Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Snow Geese in Washington Co.
From: "Richard Knight" <rknight8 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:45:04 -0500
27 Feb 2015
Bush Hog pond, near Leesburg, Washington Co., TN
(on Precision Blvd)

Snow Goose - 18   (9 white & 9 blue)  
- that's the most I've ever seen in northeast Tenn.

also:
Gadwall - 24
Am. Wigeon - 7
Green-wg. Teal - 2
Canvasback - 1
Redhead - 8
Hooded Merganser - 2

Rick Knight
Johnson City, TN
Subject: Fw: Glaucous Gull
From: kbreault <kbreault AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:41:34 -0800
For those interested in taking the trip this weekend, the Glaucous Gull is 
still in place. 

Kevin Breault
Brentwood, TN

 
On Friday, February 27, 2015 2:26 PM, David Oakley  wrote:
  


Still at the dam!

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Priest Lake Com. Mergansers
From: Richard Connors <didymops07 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:41:20 -0600
27 Feb. 2015 Percy Priest Lake, Davidson Co. TN
7 Points Rec Area

24 Common Mergansers, 18 males 6 females, in the cove on the Cook Rec Area side 
of 7 Points. 

1 Western Grebe (probable)
4 Com. Goldeneye 2 male 2 female

More complete list later. 

Richard Connors
Nashville

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Subject: Pacific Loon, Red-throated Loon, Common Mergansers at Woods Reservoir
From: Mac McWhirter <npmcwhirter AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:19:34 -0600
Susan and I birded Woods Reservoir late this afternoon. The wind was calm
which made viewing the ducks and loons much easier. Numbers of gulls were
down considerably. We were able to see at close range a Red-throated Loon
about 75 yards off the south end of the dam. Later, while scoping from the
Recreation Center parking lot on the north side of lake, we had several
loons within 200 yards of shore and were able to look through them under
ideal viewing conditions, spotting a Pacific Loon among the Commons.

At the pumping station, we located 10 Common Mergansers.

Mac and Susan McWhirter
McMinnville, Warren County, TN


Woods Reservoir, Franklin, US-TN
Feb 26, 2015 2:50 PM - 4:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
12.0 mile(s)
39 species

Canada Goose  25
Wood Duck  2
Gadwall  67
Mallard  8
Greater Scaup  5     broader bills with large dark nail; bulky cheeks
Lesser Scaup  60
Bufflehead  16
Common Goldeneye  19
Hooded Merganser  5
Common Merganser  10     males with white body; green head; females with
rusty head, sharp demarcation with white breast
Red-breasted Merganser  36
Ruddy Duck  1
Red-throated Loon  1     Seen off south end of dam; smaller than Common
Loons with smaller more delicate bill held at a slight upright angle;
speckling on back; white throat and face with eye visible in the white
Pacific Loon  1     Seen off from Recreation Center on north side of lake.
Smaller than nearby Common Loons and with smaller narrower bill; solid dark
back; gray cheek that extended into faint chin strap.
Common Loon  109
Pied-billed Grebe  56
Horned Grebe  54
Double-crested Cormorant  63     Most standing on Little Elder Island.
Great Blue Heron  18     13 on nest on Little Elder Island.
Bald Eagle  3     All immature.
American Coot  101     Not unexpected at this location. Several groups of
10 or more.
Bonaparte's Gull  5
Ring-billed Gull  276
Herring Gull  3     Grayish-brown, larger and bulkier than nearby
Ring-billed Gulls.
Mourning Dove  29
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  4
Tufted Titmouse  5
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Brown-headed Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  4
Eastern Bluebird  7
American Robin  16
Northern Mockingbird  3
European Starling  10
Eastern Towhee  2
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  1
Subject: Re: Am. Tree Sparrow still here - Lewis County
From: Jud Johnston <rivendell AT tds.net>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:35:48 -0600
Wife Sylvia and I found the American tree sparrow reported by Bill 
Pulliam near his residence just west of Hohenwald.  I think we flushed 
it off the road when we drove up; a few minutes later, it and a chipping 
sparrow flew out of the brush to the opposite shoulder.  This pattern 
continued for 30-40 minutes; flushing into the brush at the approach of 
the occasional vehicle, then back to the shoulder a few minutes later.  
Finally it perched up in a small tree across the road from us, offering 
an excellent look at the breast spot.  Alas, it left again before my 
camera could focus on it.  A state bird for me, and a life bird for Sylvia.

Jud Johnston
Waynesboro
Subject: Re: American Tree Sparrow- Davidson County 2/26
From: "Andy Lantz" <andy AT aurora7.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:31:06 -0600
I was just able to relocate Joshua's Am. Tree Sparrow. It was with a few
house finches. Thanks for the great directions!

-Andy Lantz
Nashville, TN

On Thu, February 26, 2015 10:20 am, Joshua Stevenson wrote:
> Today 2/26/15 - 9:30amTVA Powerline Fields - Riverwalk Neighborhood
> Walking Trails
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22079093
> I went out just now thinking that it would be a great time to check my
> "Sparrow" field for American Tree Sparrows. Don't you just love it when
> you actually find what you just know has to be around? After seeing more
> White-Crowned than I've ever seen in that field before, I had the sparrow
> pop up 10ft from me- then perched on a small branch for killer views. Of
> course I didn't camera with me (battery was dead). I'll be going back out
> with a charged battery later. Joshua Stevenson Nashville,
> TNhttps://twitter.com/tennesseebirderhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/9401623
> 3 AT N04/
>
>


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Subject: Defeated Creek Park, Cordell Hull Lake
From: Stephen Zipperer <stczipperer AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:25:54 -0600
2/26/15
Defeated Creek Park, Cordell Hull Lake
Smith Co

Birded Defeated Creek Park with Chris Agee this snowy morning.

Birds seen:

14 Common Merganser, 11 Male, 3 Female
Hooded Mergansers
Common Goldeneyes
Mallards
Redheads
Canvasbacks
Ring-neck Ducks
Ring-bill, Bonaparte's and Herring Gulls
Bald Eagle
Sandhill cranes, nice flight of about 50
C. Geese
were best birds

Good birding

Stephen Zipperer
Rutherford Co.
Subject: West Knox County yard bird, 2-26-15
From: "Steve Clendenen" <scgwc AT earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:02:54 -0500
At 11:30 this morning, a Wilson's Snipe landed in our yard and is sitting in 6" 
of snow. It is roosting in the same spot and has not moved around except to 
turn around when I went outside to try for a better photo. After I came back 
inside, it turned around to its original position facing into trees. 


Steve & Gail Clendenen
Farragut, Knox County
Subject: Am. Tree Sparrow still here
From: Bill Pulliam <littlezz AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:45:39 -0600
Saw the American Tree Sparrow right across the road from our place in  
Lewis County again this morning (2/26/15), though this time it was  
farther back and harder to spot.  Anyone interested e-mail me  
privately and I can give directions.

Bill Pulliam
Hohenwald TN
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Subject: American Tree Sparrow- Davidson County 2/26
From: Joshua Stevenson <ifihadastick AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:20:24 -0500
Today 2/26/15 - 9:30amTVA Powerline Fields - Riverwalk Neighborhood Walking 
Trails 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22079093
I went out just now thinking that it would be a great time to check my 
"Sparrow" field for American Tree Sparrows. Don't you just love it when you 
actually find what you just know has to be around? After seeing more 
White-Crowned than I've ever seen in that field before, I had the sparrow pop 
up 10ft from me- then perched on a small branch for killer views. Of course I 
didn't camera with me (battery was dead). I'll be going back out with a charged 
battery later. 

Joshua Stevenson Nashville, 
TNhttps://twitter.com/tennesseebirderhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/94016233 AT N04/ 

 		 	   		  
Subject: Greater White-fronted Geese/Hawkins County
From: Susan Hubley <shubley AT msn.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:06:58 -0500
2/26/15 John Sevier Lake
This morning we have 27 Greater White-fronted Geese on the lake intermingled 
with the Canada Geese. 


Susan Hubley
Rogersville, Hawkins County


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Subject: West Nashville common flicker and bluebirds
From: "Mark Crowell" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "marktc22@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:55:07 +0000 (UTC)
I-440 and Hillsboro, Nashville, Davidson Co.

Common Flicker . . 1Female bluebird . . 1Male bluebird. . . . . 2
Mark CrowellNashville,TN
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Subject: Merlin and American Pipits in Christiana, TN
From: "Chloe Walker" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "chloebelle119@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:35:02 +0000 (UTC)
  Yesterday, my brother Nolan said he saw a Merlin on the way to pick up our 
sister from school. The bird was on Midland Road, just South of the 
intersection with Highway 269 in Christiana. This morning (2-26-25), we found 
around a dozen American Pipits strutting around a frozen puddle at the same 
spot. We did not see the Merlin. 

Good birding! 
Chloe WalkerMurfreesboro, TNwww.chloesbirdingblog.blogspot.com   
Subject: Walter S. Davis Blvd Marsh -- Gr. White-fronted Goose
From: "fekel" <fekel AT evans.tsuniv.edu>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 07:35:34 -0600
Walter S. Davis Blvd Marsh
Nashville, Davidson Co., TN
2015 Feb. 26
7:15 am

On my way to work this bright Thursday morning I made my usual stop
at Walter S. Davis Blvd Marsh next to the TSU campus. The light snow
cover made for a lovely picture and the lake was perhaps half frozen.
As I scanned a large flock of 50+ CANADA GEESE at the edge of the ice
and in the open water, I found a single GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
with the flock, a new species for my marsh list, which now totals
125.

Frank Fekel
Bellevue, TN
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Subject: Defeated Creek
From: Chris Agee <chrisageeinindia AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 18:43:03 -0600
2-25-15
Smith Co.
 
Defeated Creek Recreation area in Smith county this afternoon was a busy place 
today. Lots of Redheads, Canvasbacks, Goldeneye and other ducks. Saw 8 Herring 
Gulls mixed in with a ton of Ring-billed Gulls and Bonaparte's. The best birds 
today was a group of 10 Common Mergansers. 2 female and 8 males with dark green 
heads and all white neck and sides. 

I hope I didn't miss something out there. I need to go back and really work 
through all of the gulls. 

Chris Agee 
Smith Co.


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Subject: Warren and Dekalb County Birding
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "Stczipperer@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:57:36 -0500
2/25/15
Lake Karen McMinnville, Warren Co.
Student Home Rd, Smithville, and Floating Mill Rec Area Center Hill Lake  
DeKalb Co.
Traveling
 
Arrived at Lake Karen this morning after work and watched the 2 resident  
Bald Eagles swoop and circle over the 90% frozen lake and chase the ducks 
away.  Sat for about 15 minutes while the ducks returned.
 
Mallards
Ruddy Duck
Ring-necked Ducks
Horned Grebe
and Finally a male and female Common Merganser dropped in.
 
Loggerhead Shrike on Student Home Road in Smithville.
 
3 Common Mergansers and three Great Blue herons sitting on nest on the  
Island at Floating Mills.
 
Good birding
 
Stephen Zipperer
Rutherford Co
Subject: Fw: Glaucous Gull
From: kbreault <kbreault AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:38:57 -0800
Tired of rare gulls, tired of birding this cold winter? Well, Kenny & LaDonna 
have a good one about half the way between Little Rock, AR and OK. Instructive 
if you just saw the Iceland. Easy trip on I-40. 


Kevin Breault
Brentwood, TN

 
 
On Wednesday, February 25, 2015 2:27 PM, Kenny Nichols  
wrote: 

  


FYI- just found an adult Glaucous Gull below the dam at Dardanelle. It is 
currently perched on the rail near the lock. Beautiful bird. 


Kenny & LaDonna Nichols
Cabot

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Subject: Re: White-winged Scoters - Knox Co.
From: kde AT angst.engr.utk.edu
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:28:50 -0500 (EST)
Nice on the scoters.

One note for folks looking for the gull, the majority of the large gulls 
that roost on Ft Loudoun Lake leave very early in the morning and fly 
north to the Chestnut Ridge landfill off of I-75 in Anderson Co and don't 
often return until early evening when they come to roost.

We live along the path they travel, and I will often see large flocks 
totalling dozens up to 1-2000 Ring-billed Gulls and occassionally a 
handful of Herring Gulls flying past in the morning starting just after 
sunrise.  I've looked hard for other jokers in the mix over the years but, 
except for Bonaparte's Gulls on a couple of occassions, not found any 
obvious ones.  Definitely been looking since the earlier post though... 
would make a nice yardbird.

Dean Edwards
Knoxville, TN





On Wed, 25 Feb 2015, Ron Hoff wrote:

> TN-birders,
> 
> Dollyann and I went over to the Concord Marina area this afternoon, hoping to 
re-find the Lesser Black-backed Gull found found by the Clendenons the other 
day. No luck with that. 

> 
> On the way home, via Pellissippi Parkway going to Oak Ridge, we drove across 
the Solway Bridge on the Anderson County/Knox County line. Dollyann saw a bird 
on the water and we decided to check it out. We turned east onto Highway 170 
and pulled into the first lakeside parking lot available. From there we set up 
the scope and found 3 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS. One was directly under the bridge 
and the other two were floating around with a flock of Redheads. We found our 
first ever Anderson County White-winged Scoter last year under the same bridge 
on March 13. 

> 
> Great birding,
> Ron Hoff and Dollyann Myers
> Clinton, TN
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Subject: Mucho Waterfowl
From: "Tom Howe" <blountbirder AT nxs.net>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:06:05 -0500
Feb 25, 2015

Blount Co

 

Large numbers of waterfowl were seen today from Ish Creek Boat Ramp in
Louisville. I had seen some ducks far out from the Scenic Point side, but
walking the trail to the right of the boat ramp afforded much closer views,
although a scope was necessary for some viewing. My count included:

 

2 Canada Goose

2 Wood Duck

1 Canvasback

391 Redhead

1 Ring-necked Duck

2 Greater Scaup

24 Lesser Scaup

1 WHITE-WINGED SCOTER male

2 Bufflehead

6 Common Goldeneye

37 Hooded Merganser

1 COMMON MERGANSERANSER (male)

2 Red-breasted Merganser (males)

67 Pied-billed Grebe

7 Horned Grebe

 

Down the road at Phelp's Dairy Farm pond area of note were

8 SNOW GOOSE (4 of each phase) flew into the field on the pond's west

1 American Pipit

 

Tom Howe

Alcoa

 

 
Subject: Re: Hamilton County Raptors
From: Hugh Barger <hughbarger AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:04:41 -0500
Sorry the photo link I posted doesn't work for some reason.

​Merlin

-- 
Hugh Barger
​
Ooltewah​
Subject: White-winged Scoters - Knox Co.
From: "Ron Hoff" <aves7000 AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:59:22 -0500
TN-birders,

Dollyann and I went over to the Concord Marina area this afternoon, hoping to 
re-find the Lesser Black-backed Gull found found by the Clendenons the other 
day. No luck with that. 


On the way home, via Pellissippi Parkway going to Oak Ridge, we drove across 
the Solway Bridge on the Anderson County/Knox County line. Dollyann saw a bird 
on the water and we decided to check it out. We turned east onto Highway 170 
and pulled into the first lakeside parking lot available. From there we set up 
the scope and found 3 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS. One was directly under the bridge 
and the other two were floating around with a flock of Redheads. We found our 
first ever Anderson County White-winged Scoter last year under the same bridge 
on March 13. 


Great birding,
Ron Hoff and Dollyann Myers
Clinton, TN
Subject: Hamilton County Raptors
From: Hugh Barger <hughbarger AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:56:57 -0500
This morning I checked out Standifer Gap Marsh, hoping to find the merlin
that Libby Wolfe and Bruce Dralle ahd reported.  I did observe a red-tailed
hawk perched in a tree.  There were several gadwalls and teals in the front
pond and a female Northern harrier flew from the marsh and began diving at
them. The red-tail joined in and drove the harrier off.
On my way out I observed a red-shouldered surrounded by crows in a tree on
the north side of the marsh.

I checked back at SGM later in the afternoon and finally located the merlin.
[url=

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by [url=https://www.flickr.com/people/76628146 AT N05/]hbvol50[/url], on Flickr
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Subject: Am. Tree Sparrow continues, Lewis County
From: Bill Pulliam <littlezz AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 09:20:54 -0600
The American Tree Sparrow is still on the same grassy roadside at our  
place in western Lewis County today (2/25/15) where it has been since  
Monday.

Bill Pulliam
Hohenwald TN
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Subject: Unexpected Yard Bird
From: Douglas Downs <douglas_downs AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 07:47:22 -0600
While walking the dog this morning, I was somewhat shocked to hear the 
persistent "peent, peent" of an American Woodcock in the grassy lot next to our 
yard. As I listened more closely during our walk, the "peents" were always 
followed by the chittering and twittering of the aerial display. There are 
several fields and excellent borderline areas around our neighborhood, so that 
might explain this unexpected visitor. A new yard bird on a chilly February 
morning! 

Doug DownsSparta, White County, TN 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: eBirding Numbers for Tennessee
From: kbreault <kbreault AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 04:21:46 -0800
Very good, Tim! When we put all of these data together (combining all of the 
various sources), as I hope to do for the 2015 report, we will be in a better 
situation. So, as long as birders use one of the major reporting services (ABA, 
ebird, etc.), your list will be included. (The rule will be that you have to 
have your list published in one of the services.) Among other results, I am 
told that Jeff Wilson's county numbers are still being worked on and may be 
available soon. Good luck for 2015! 

Kevin Breault
Brentwood  


On Tuesday, February 24, 2015 10:37 PM, tim jeffers  
wrote: 

  


With your indulgence - one more little number game with the eBird reports.  
I ran a lookup across the TN county top 100 reports to see which birders were 
in the top 100 in the most counties. 


These are the top 50 All-Time:
(considering there are 95 counties in TN Scott Somershoe's 80 is impressive!) 


# counties
 
 
  1
  
  Scott Somershoe
  80
 
 
  2
  
  Stephen Zipperer
  52
 
 
  3
  
  Ron Hoff
  50
 
 
  3
  
  Ruben Stoll
  50
 
 
  5
  
  Damien Simbeck
  45
 
 
  6
  
  Richard Connors
  43
 
 
  7
  
  Jerry Ledbetter
  41
 
 
  8
  
  Chloe Walker
  40
 
 
  9
  
  Bill Pulliam
  39
 
 
  10
  
  Andrew Core
  37
 
 
  11
  
  Michael Todd
  35
 
 
  12
  
  Allan Trently
  34
 
 
  12
  
  Beth Schilling
  34
 
 
  12
  
  David Kirschke
  34
 
 
  12
  
  Edmund LeGrand
  34
 
 
  16
  
  Steve and Cyndi Routledge
  31
 
 
  17
  
  Ben Britton
  30
 
 
  17
  
  Francis Fekel
  30
 
 
  17
  
  Susan McWhirter
  30
 
 
  20
  
  Michael Hodge
  29
 
 
  21
  
  Jeff R. Wilson
  28
 
 
  21
  
  Mac McWhirter
  28
 
 
  21
  
  Rick Houlk
  28
 
 
  24
  
  John O'Barr
  26
 
 
  24
  
  Mark Greene
  26
 
 
  24
  
  Stephen J. Stedman
  26
 
 
  27
  
  Andy Jones
  25
 
 
  27
  
  Mike McCloy
  25
 
 
  29
  
  Chris Welsh
  24
 
 
  30
  
  Carole Gobert
  23
 
 
  30
  
  Nolan Walker
  23
 
 
  32
  
  Darrel Wilder
  22
 
 
  32
  
  James Brooks
  22
 
 
  34
  
  Susan Hubley
  21
 
 
  35
  
  JC Finch
  20
 
 
  35
  
  Jon Mann
  20
 
 
  35
  
  Kevin Burke
  20
 
 
  35
  
  Michael Ryon
  20
 
 
  35
  
  Roseanna Denton
  20
 
 
  40
  
  Chris Agee
  19
 
 
  40
  
  Keith Watson
  19
 
 
  40
  
  Robin Barrow
  19
 
 
  40
  
  Theresa O'Barr
  19
 
 
  40
  
  tim jeffers
  19
 
 
  45
  
  Bill Sullivan
  18
 
 
  45
  
  Joshua Stevenson
  18
 
 
  45
  
  Phillip Casteel
  18
 
 
  45
  
  Richard Preston
  18
 
 
  49
  
  Stephany McNew
  17
 
 
  49
  
  Thomas McNeil
  17 





and the Top 50 for 2014:

# counties
 
 
  1
  
  Scott Somershoe
  48
 
 
  2
  
  Ron Hoff Dollyann Myers
  42
 
 
  3
  
  Stephen Zipperer
  38
 
 
  4
  
  Ruben Stoll
  31
 
 
  5
  
  John O'Barr
  29
 
 
  6
  
  Mike McCloy
  28
 
 
  7
  
  Jerry Ledbetter
  27
 
 
  8
  
  Beth Schilling
  26
 
 
  9
  
  Chloe Walker
  23
 
 
  10
  
  Darrel Wilder
  22
 
 
  10
  
  Theresa O'Barr
  22
 
 
  12
  
  Allan Trently
  20
 
 
  12
  
  Susan McWhirter
  20
 
 
  14
  
  Damien Simbeck
  19
 
 
  14
  
  Nolan Walker
  19
 
 
  16
  
  Bill Pulliam
  18
 
 
  16
  
  Mac McWhirter
  18
 
 
  16
  
  Stephany McNew
  18
 
 
  19
  
  Michael Ryon
  17
 
 
  19
  
  Michael Todd
  17
 
 
  19
  
  Susan Hubley
  17
 
 
  22
  
  David Kirschke
  16
 
 
  22
  
  Melinda Fawver
  16
 
 
  22
  
  Steve and Cyndi Routledge
  16
 
 
  25
  
  Colin Sumrall
  15
 
 
  25
  
  Edmund LeGrand
  15
 
 
  25
  
  Joshua Stevenson
  15
 
 
  25
  
  Rick Houlk
  15
 
 
  29
  
  David Buehler
  14
 
 
  29
  
  Lyda Phillips
  14
 
 
  31
  
  Chris Agee
  13
 
 
  31
  
  Chris Welsh
  13
 
 
  31
  
  Emily Hockman
  13
 
 
  34
  
  Andrew Isenhower
  12
 
 
  34
  
  Ben Britton
  12
 
 
  34
  
  Jay Sturner
  12
 
 
  34
  
  Justin Lehman
  12
 
 
  34
  
  Kelly Sturner
  12
 
 
  34
  
  Trent Jett
  12
 
 
  40
  
  JC Finch
  11
 
 
  40
  
  Joseph Hall
  11
 
 
  40
  
  Richard Preston
  11
 
 
  40
  
  Stephen J. Stedman
  11
 
 
  44
  
  Adrienne Isenhower
  10
 
 
  44
  
  Caitlyn King
  10
 
 
  44
  
  Francis Fekel
  10
 
 
  44
  
  Hugh Barger
  10
 
 
  48
  
  Caylor Romines
  9
 
 
  48
  
  Eric Bodker
  9
 
 
  48
  
  Jonathan & David Lugo
  9
 
 
  48
  
  Mark Taylor
  9
 
 
  48
  
  Morton Massey
  9
 
 
  48
  
  Reece Jamerson
  9
 
 
  48
  
  Roy Knispel
  9
 
 



Tim Jeffers

Hamilton Co







On Sun, Feb 22, 2015 at 3:26 AM, tim jeffers  wrote:

Kevin's TBN "Birders by the Numbers" Report got me to thinking about how the 
numbers look in eBird. 

>Many of you who use eBird are familiar with the "Top 100" reports you can pull 
up on their Explore Data tab. I retrieved the data for the following by using 
that tool. It was fun until I realized there are almost 100 counties in our 
state! 

>
>
>Depending on how your email is formatted, this may be pretty ugly, but I hope 
most can make it out. Any errors are likely mine, not eBird's. 

>
>ALL-TIME Tennessee State eBirders (top 50
>
Subject: Re: eBirding Numbers for Tennessee
From: tim jeffers <tim.a.jeffers AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 23:36:57 -0500
With your indulgence - one more little number game with the eBird reports.
I ran a lookup across the TN county top 100 reports to see which birders
were in the top 100 in the most counties.

These are the top 50 All-Time:
(considering there are 95 counties in TN Scott Somershoe's 80 is
impressive!)

# counties 1 Scott Somershoe 80 2 Stephen Zipperer 52 3 Ron Hoff 50 3 Ruben
Stoll 50 5 Damien Simbeck 45 6 Richard Connors 43 7 Jerry Ledbetter 41 8
Chloe Walker 40 9 Bill Pulliam 39 10 Andrew Core 37 11 Michael Todd 35 12
Allan Trently 34 12 Beth Schilling 34 12 David Kirschke 34 12 Edmund
LeGrand 34 16 Steve and Cyndi Routledge 31 17 Ben Britton 30 17 Francis
Fekel 30 17 Susan McWhirter 30 20 Michael Hodge 29 21 Jeff R. Wilson 28 21
Mac McWhirter 28 21 Rick Houlk 28 24 John O'Barr 26 24 Mark Greene 26 24
Stephen J. Stedman 26 27 Andy Jones 25 27 Mike McCloy 25 29 Chris Welsh 24
30 Carole Gobert 23 30 Nolan Walker 23 32 Darrel Wilder 22 32 James Brooks
22 34 Susan Hubley 21 35 JC Finch 20 35 Jon Mann 20 35 Kevin Burke 20 35
Michael Ryon 20 35 Roseanna Denton 20 40 Chris Agee 19 40 Keith Watson 19
40 Robin Barrow 19 40 Theresa O'Barr 19 40 tim jeffers 19 45 Bill Sullivan
18 45 Joshua Stevenson 18 45 Phillip Casteel 18 45 Richard Preston 18 49
Stephany McNew 17 49 Thomas McNeil 17




and the Top 50 for 2014:

# counties 1 Scott Somershoe 48 2 Ron Hoff Dollyann Myers 42 3 Stephen
Zipperer 38 4 Ruben Stoll 31 5 John O'Barr 29 6 Mike McCloy 28 7 Jerry
Ledbetter 27 8 Beth Schilling 26 9 Chloe Walker 23 10 Darrel Wilder 22 10
Theresa O'Barr 22 12 Allan Trently 20 12 Susan McWhirter 20 14 Damien
Simbeck 19 14 Nolan Walker 19 16 Bill Pulliam 18 16 Mac McWhirter 18 16
Stephany McNew 18 19 Michael Ryon 17 19 Michael Todd 17 19 Susan Hubley 17
22 David Kirschke 16 22 Melinda Fawver 16 22 Steve and Cyndi Routledge 16
25 Colin Sumrall 15 25 Edmund LeGrand 15 25 Joshua Stevenson 15 25 Rick
Houlk 15 29 David Buehler 14 29 Lyda Phillips 14 31 Chris Agee 13 31 Chris
Welsh 13 31 Emily Hockman 13 34 Andrew Isenhower 12 34 Ben Britton 12 34
Jay Sturner 12 34 Justin Lehman 12 34 Kelly Sturner 12 34 Trent Jett 12 40
JC Finch 11 40 Joseph Hall 11 40 Richard Preston 11 40 Stephen J. Stedman
11 44 Adrienne Isenhower 10 44 Caitlyn King 10 44 Francis Fekel 10 44 Hugh
Barger 10 48 Caylor Romines 9 48 Eric Bodker 9 48 Jonathan & David Lugo 9
48 Mark Taylor 9 48 Morton Massey 9 48 Reece Jamerson 9 48 Roy Knispel 9



Tim Jeffers
Hamilton Co





On Sun, Feb 22, 2015 at 3:26 AM, tim jeffers 
wrote:

> Kevin's TBN "Birders by the Numbers" Report got me to thinking about how
> the numbers look in eBird.
> Many of you who use eBird are familiar with the "Top 100" reports you can
> pull up on their Explore Data tab.  I retrieved the data for the following
> by using that tool.  It was fun until I realized there are almost 100
> counties in our state!
>
> Depending on how your email is formatted, this may be pretty ugly, but I
> hope most can make it out.  Any errors are likely mine, not eBird's.
>
> ALL-TIME Tennessee State eBirders (top 50
>
Subject: Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge Bald Eagles
From: "Charles Murray" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "dro_1945@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 02:23:13 +0000 (UTC)
From the observation deck at the Cherokee Removal Memorial Park at Birchwood in 
Meigs County, I saw 11 immature bald eagles standing in shallow water over a 
mud bar in the Hiwassee River late this afternoon. One of them was feeding on a 
carcass of something (sandhill crane ?), and the rest were waiting their turn. 
I also saw an adult bald eagle on Hiwassee Island. A few hundred sandhill 
cranes were roosting in the shallow waters around the island and on Tennessee 
River mud bars near Hiwassee Island. 

Charles MurrayBirchwood, TN
Subject: Warren Co. Common Mergansers
From: Susan McWhirter <snmcwhirter AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 18:52:33 -0600
After weeks of literally nothing Lake Karen in Warren Co. is starting to
show some activity. There was a pair of Common Mergansers there this
afternoon, which I believe is the first record for the county.

Susan McWhirter
McMinnville, TN
Subject: Am. Tree Sparrow continues
From: Bill Pulliam <littlezz AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 13:29:13 -0600
The American Tree Sparrow at our place in Lewis County continues  
today (2/24/2015), right along the county road.  It has been easy to  
spot on the grassy shoulder in a small group of other sparrows.  Of  
course if anyone else actually decides to come look for it, it will  
immediately decide to move to the brushlands on the far side of the  
pond or some similarly covert place.

Bill Pulliam
Hohenwald TN
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Subject: Purple Martins in TN
From: "Mark Greene" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "greenesnake@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:12:30 +0000 (UTC)
I've not seen them yet myself but according to the Purple Martin Conservation 
Association's "Scout Arrival Study" page, there have been two reports of adult 
male Purple Martins returning to existing nesting colonies already: 

15 February - Lexington (Henderson County) by Thomas Jernigan18 February - 
Munford (Tipton County) by Harry Palmer 

The martins at my yard nesting colony have not returned yet and I really hope 
they don't until this cold weather breaks! 

Good birding,
Mark GreeneTrenton, TNGibson County
Subject: Maryville Greenway to Pearson Park
From: Ronald Shrieves <ronaldshrieves AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 08:28:33 -0500
This outing went from the Maryville Greenway from the library in Maryville out 
to Pearson Spring Park and back. In addition to the listed birds, we may have 
seen a broad-winged hawk, but did not get enough of a look for a positive ID, 
and we recognize this would be unusual if our assessment is correct. 


Maryville Greenway, Blount, US-TN
Feb 23, 2015 9:10 AM - 12:10 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.5 mile(s)
Comments:     
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8 32 species Canada Goose 2 Gadwall 2 Mallard 50 Great Blue Heron 2 Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Red-tailed Hawk 1 American Coot 25 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 8 Mourning Dove 1 Belted Kingfisher 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 5 Downy Woodpecker 3 Northern Flicker 1 Eastern Phoebe 2 Blue Jay 6 American Crow 6 Carolina Chickadee 10 Tufted Titmouse 4 White-breasted Nuthatch 1 Winter Wren 1 Carolina Wren 4 Eastern Bluebird 6 Hermit Thrush 1 American Robin 200 Northern Mockingbird 6 European Starling 30 Yellow-rumped Warbler 1 Eastern Towhee 12 Song Sparrow 20 White-throated Sparrow 8 Dark-eyed Junco 1 Northern Cardinal 16 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22047675 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) Ron Shrieves Knox County, TN
Subject: Am. Tree Sparrow photos
From: Bill Pulliam <littlezz AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 20:43:10 -0600
The American Tree Sparrow that I found at my place in Lewis County  
earlier today (2/23/2015) was in the same spot this afternoon, and I  
got a couple of not great photos (point-and-shoot super zoom through  
windshield of truck).  The first one shows the bill and face  
reasonably well, and the second shows the pale fringing on the outer  
tail feathers that I have found to often be more conspicuous on Tree  
Sparrows than on Fields Sparrows, and can sometimes help a bit at  
picking a Tree out of a Spizella flock.  Not even close to  
diagnostic, though.

Bill Pulliam
Hohenwald TN