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9 Feb Re: new hotspot for Sevier County Black-bellied Whistling Ducks [Scott Somershoe ]
9 Feb Sevier Co Black-bellied Whistling ducks-NOT ["" ]
9 Feb Overton Park Old Forrest Trail - Shelby County [Larry Chitwood ]
9 Feb new hotspot for Sevier County Black-bellied Whistling Ducks [Carole Gobert ]
9 Feb Radnor Lake - rusty blackbirds ["Ann I" ]
9 Feb Unexpected yard bird #189 [Bill Pulliam ]
9 Feb Black-bellied Whistling Ducks [Morton Massey ]
8 Feb White County Sandhills [Douglas Downs ]
9 Feb Re: Black-bellied Whistling Ducks - Yes []
8 Feb Black-bellied Whistling Ducks - Yes ["Ron Hoff" ]
8 Feb Purple Finch - Wayne Co. [Jud Johnston ]
8 Feb Townsend's Solitaire seen on Saturday at Gibson County Lake! ["Mark Greene" ]
8 Feb NTOS Field Trip [Tarcila Fox ]
8 Feb Black-bellied Whistling Ducks in Sevierville, TN []
8 Feb Blount County White-winged Scoter and Common Goldeneyes ["Welsh, Christopher J E" ]
7 Feb North Nashville Ross's Goose, Common Merganser [Michael Smith ]
6 Feb Horned Grebes, loons - Jefferson/Grainger [angst ]
6 Feb Red-throated Loon at Pickwick [Ruben Stoll ]
6 Feb Chattanooga TOS Field Trip Lake Chickamauga 6 FEB 2016 ["Gary Lanham" ]
5 Feb Hatchie NWR, Stanton, TN-- Feb 05, 2016 [Larry Chitwood ]
6 Feb Townsend's Solitaire update ["Mark Greene" ]
5 Feb FOY ["J.N. & Ella Howard" ]
5 Feb Solitaire seach (Gibson Co) 2/5/16 [Michael Todd ]
4 Feb Priest Lake Am. white pelicans continue [richard connors ]
4 Feb Townsend's Solitaire in Gibson County ["Mark Greene" ]
4 Feb Warren Co. Brewer's Blackbirds [Susan McWhirter ]
4 Feb Greater White-fronted Geese: Sevier County []
3 Feb Probable Golden Eagle at Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge [Charles Murray ]
3 Feb Results of KTOS Jay Walk at Melton Hill Park in Knoxville ["Jay Sturner" ]
3 Feb Chattanooga TOS trip to Wheeler NWR last Saturday ["Gary Lanham" ]
2 Feb European Goldfinch in Weakley County ["Mark Greene" ]
2 Feb Delayed Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge Update [Charles Murray ]
1 Feb Memphis TOS February Activities & Spring Meeting [Judy Dorsey ]
1 Feb Tennessee Birders by the Numbers: 2015 (Vol. 11) [kbreault ]
1 Feb KTOS Field Trip Announcements for February ["Jay Sturner" ]
1 Feb Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge, Meigs County - 1/31/2016 ["Mark McShane" ]
31 Jan Re: Ross's Goose, White-winged Scoter (2 dead): Blount Co. []
31 Jan Re: Ross's Goose, White-winged Scoter (2 dead): Blount Co. [Marcia Davis ]
31 Jan Re: Ross's Goose, White-winged Scoter (2 dead): Blount Co. [Charles Nicholson ]
31 Jan Palm Warbler In Ooltewah []
31 Jan Re: Ross's Goose, White-winged Scoter (2 dead): Blount Co. []
31 Jan Ross's Goose, White-winged Scoter (2 dead): Blount Co. ["Ron Hoff" ]
31 Jan Radnor Lake - would like assistance identifying an unusual duck ["cis_135" ]
30 Jan Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge [Charles Murray ]
30 Jan Thursday Jan 28 Bedford Co & Rutherford Co [MElissa Turrentine ]
30 Jan Redheads at Radnor Lake, Davidson Co. [Jan Shaw ]
30 Jan American Woodcocks-Knoxville [Bates Estabrooks ]
29 Jan Orange-cr. Warbler ["Richard Knight" ]
29 Jan west tennessee update [Terry Witt ]
28 Jan Lesser-black Backed Gull [Morton Massey ]
28 Jan Davidson County ducks [Jim Arnett ]
28 Jan Re: Pipits - Warren Co. [Susan McWhirter ]
28 Jan Re: Pine Warbler Knox Co. ["Gary Baumgardner" ]
27 Jan Pipits - Warren Co. [Susan McWhirter ]
27 Jan Orange-crowned Warbler - Knox []
27 Jan Seven Islands Monthly Walk [Morton Massey ]
26 Jan Yellow-headed Blackbird, etc. in Dyer County ["Mark Greene" ]
25 Jan Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge Cranes [Charles Murray ]
25 Jan Vesper Sparrow at Shelby Farms [Virginia Reynolds ]
25 Jan Re: Ross's Goose Seen in North Hamilton County [Hugh Barger ]
25 Jan Re: ABA Big Year ["Alice Beth & Lew" ]
25 Jan ABA Big Year ["Kevin A. Calhoon" ]
25 Jan Ross's Goose Seen in North Hamilton County [Dralle ]
25 Jan Brewer's Blackbird Seen On Snow Hill Road - Hamilton County [Dralle ]
25 Jan Jan 23 Wolf River WMA field trip report [Gaynell Perry ]
25 Jan Pipits at Defeated Creek [Chris Agee ]
25 Jan RFI: ATFL -- was Re: Lark Sparrow []
25 Jan Reminder: KTOS Field Trip to Seven Islands State Birding Park ["Jay Sturner" ]
25 Jan Lark Sparrow [Morton Massey ]
25 Jan Pine Warblers- Andersonville [Bates Estabrooks ]
25 Jan Am Tree Sparrow in Bellevue continues [Frank Fekel ]
25 Jan Baltimore Oriole []
24 Jan Re: Common Redpoll - No [Cynthia Anne Routledge ]
24 Jan Common Redpoll - No ["Rick Shipkowski" ]
24 Jan Re: TOS Winter Meeting 2016 ["james tucker" ]
24 Jan TOS Winter Meeting 2016 [Cynthia Anne Routledge ]

Subject: Re: new hotspot for Sevier County Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
From: Scott Somershoe <ssomershoe AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 20:59:21 -0700
Just thought I'd throw out here (and not sure why this hasn't been posted
yet) that most, if not all, of these Black-bellied Whistling Ducks are
banded with color zip ties, meaning they are almost certainly from a
waterfowl collection and are released/escaped.  None of the birds have USGS
metal bands, which is what state and federal agencies use for banding wild
birds (and states in the SE are banding them, by the way). This zip tie
marking is typical of waterfowl collectors.

A little google effort and I found info on how states are banding
whistlers. States are putting on USGS metal bands on one leg and a color
band with a 3 letter/number combo on the other leg, not zip ties.

So not to be a buzz kill, but these birds are probably not countable (if
that is of concern to you).  I think more info will be forthcoming on the
banding efforts, but if you wanted to chase these for a tick......I'd just
wait until birds return to the Pits this spring and get a pile of other
goodies in the MS River corridor!

Don't kill the messenger, just sharing pertinent info.  :)

Cheers,
Scott Somershoe
Littleton CO



On Tue, Feb 9, 2016 at 4:24 PM, Carole Gobert  wrote:

> A new hotspot has been created to accommodate the many checklists being
> sent in by people going to see the Black-bellied Whistling Ducks found two
> days ago in Sevier County.  I have made this a stakeout hotspot.  It is
> called stakeout Black-bellied Whistling Duck (2016).  Please use the
> hotspot when entering a checklist from this location whether or not you
> actually find the ducks.  The great advantage to having hotspots is to
> allow easy exploration of the data for the site.  You will still be able
> to look at bar charts, etc. showing just your own observations there but
> you (and others) will also be able to see the larger picture.
>
> If you have already entered a checklist at the location and wish to have
> it included in the hotspot, simply open your checklist and click on "Edit
> Location" at the top right.  Then choose Nearby Location to locate the
> hotspot which will show on the map as a large red radio button.  Click on
> the red button and the name will pop up.  click on Continue once you have
> found the right hotspot and the location of your checklist will be changed
> to the hotspot.
>
> Thank you for your cooperation and good birding!  I hope lots of you get
> to see these rare visitors.
>
> Carole Gobert
> eBird Hotspot Administrator for Tennessee
>
>
>
Subject: Sevier Co Black-bellied Whistling ducks-NOT
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "davchaffin" for DMARC)
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 22:06:41 -0500
TN birders,

Keep watch from 3:40-6:40 PM ET. Two vehicles there when I arrived, and I 
stayed until only one left when I departed, but no birds, although, one 
observer said that they had been seen earlier in the day, and this was 
confirmed by Keith Watson. Some times your timing is not good. 


David Chaffin
Cleveland TN
Bradley Co
Subject: Overton Park Old Forrest Trail - Shelby County
From: Larry Chitwood <lmchitwood AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 17:48:49 -0600
Shelby County
February 9, 2016;
4:15 - 5:00 pm

Short afternoon walk through the Old Forrest Trail in Overton Park,
Memphis, TN
*24 species identified.*
1 Barred Owl
2 Red-headed Woodpecker
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Downy Woodpecker
3 Northern Flicker
1 Eastern Phoebe
4 Blue Jay
1 Carolina Chickadee
3 Tufted Titmouse
1 Brown Creeper
1 Winter Wren
2 Carolina Wren
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
1 Hermit Thrush
X American Robin
2 Northern Mockingbird
X European Starling
X Chipping Sparrow
3 Field Sparrow
X Fox Sparrow
1 White-crowned Sparrow
2 White-throated Sparrow
X Song Sparrow
1 Eastern Towhee

​Good Birding,
​
Larry Chitwood
​Arlington, TN​
Subject: new hotspot for Sevier County Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
From: Carole Gobert <cpgobert AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 18:24:59 -0500
A new hotspot has been created to accommodate the many checklists being sent in 
by people going to see the Black-bellied Whistling Ducks found two days ago in 
Sevier County. I have made this a stakeout hotspot. It is called stakeout 
Black-bellied Whistling Duck (2016). Please use the hotspot when entering a 
checklist from this location whether or not you actually find the ducks. The 
great advantage to having 

hotspots is to allow easy exploration of the data for the site. You will still 
be able to look at bar charts, 

etc. showing just your own observations there but you (and others) will also be
able to see the larger picture.

If you have already entered a checklist at the location and wish to have it 
included in the hotspot, simply open your checklist and click on "Edit 
Location" at the top right. Then choose Nearby Location to locate the hotspot 
which will show on the map as a large red radio button. Click on the red button 
and the name will pop up. click on Continue once you have found the right 
hotspot and the location of your checklist will be changed to the hotspot. 


Thank you for your cooperation and good birding! I hope lots of you get to see 
these rare visitors. 


Carole Gobert
eBird Hotspot Administrator for Tennessee
  		 	   		  
Subject: Radnor Lake - rusty blackbirds
From: "Ann I" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "cis_135" for DMARC)
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 15:09:53 -0600
Radnor Lake - rusty blackbirds - At Long Bridge right now. 

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Subject: Unexpected yard bird #189
From: Bill Pulliam <littlezz AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 12:20:21 -0600
Spotted a couple of darkish ducks on my little shallow 1 acre farm  
pond this morning, expecting Hooded Mergansers or something similar.  
Got my glasses on them, and was shocked to be presented with two  
female Greater Scaup!  I did not expect this species; I don't even  
have a Lesser Scaup for the yard!

Bill Pulliam
Hohenwald TN
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Subject: Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
From: Morton Massey <massey6932 AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 07:48:11 -0500
2/9/2016
I got to the location this morning in Sevierville, Sevier County, at dawn and 
the ducks were not present. I waited till 7:35 and started to leave. I then 
spotted the ducks flying over the shopping center and then land back at the 
spot they had been seen the previous two days. 


Morton Massey
Knoxville, TN


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Subject: White County Sandhills
From: Douglas Downs <douglas_downs AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 19:34:36 -0600
Late this afternoon there were more than 625 Sandhill Cranes in the fields 
along Black Oak Road in White County. This is a fairly common occurrence in 
White during the months of February and March. 

Doug DownsSparta, White County, TN 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: Black-bellied Whistling Ducks - Yes
From: shaawitya AT comcast.net
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 01:30:11 +0000 (UTC)




Subject: Black-bellied Whistling Ducks - Yes
From: "Ron Hoff" <aves7000 AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 19:57:18 -0500
TN-birders,

Dollyann & I checked out the Black-bellied Whistling Ducks that were reported 
yesterday at the small parking lot between the Landmark Inn and a public 
parking area for the greenway in Sevierville, Sevier County. The entrance to 
the parking lot is off Forks-of-the-river Parkway (highway 441), which at this 
point is a short bypass from Chapman Highway and the main part of 441 going to 
Pigeon Forge. The Landmark Inn is a large hotel on the right on the banks of 
the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River. 35.86382, –83.56842 


The ducks were roosting and sleeping on one of the small grassy islands in the 
river. The birds may go out in the surrounding area to feed at times, as a 
birder who checked this location earlier in the day missed them. We were there 
around 1:30 pm. 


Great birding,

Ron Hoff & Dollyann Myers
Clinton, TN
Subject: Purple Finch - Wayne Co.
From: Jud Johnston <rivendell AT tds.net>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 10:53:39 -0600
One female seen briefly an hour ago - not since.  The 5th of the winter, 
I think.

Jud Johnston
Waynesboro
Subject: Townsend's Solitaire seen on Saturday at Gibson County Lake!
From: "Mark Greene" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "greenesnake" for DMARC)
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 15:18:34 +0000 (UTC)
February 6, 2016Gibson County Lake, Gibson Co.
A non-birding friend of mine who often fishes on Gibson Co. Lake sent me a pic 
that he took late Saturday afternoon while fishing (when the fishing is slow he 
takes nature pics). He asked me if the bird in the pic was the bird that I saw 
last week. He said at first he thought it was a Mockingbird but then noticed it 
wasn't. He thought it looked like the bird I had posted pics of last week on 
the Facebook birding page. It's clearly a back lit picture of the Townsend's 
Solitaire!  It was seen along the north shore of the lake. He was in his boat 
when he took the picture and said the bird was 20 feet away when he took the 
pic! 


He was going to be out there again today and said he'd look for the bird and 
let me know but apparently the bird may still be in the area but it moving 
around quite a bit! 

Good birding,
Mark GreeneTrenton, TNGibson County
Subject: NTOS Field Trip
From: Tarcila Fox <tarcila AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 05:43:07 -0600
NTOS Field Trip February 13 - 

Come join us for a trip to Kentucky Dams for Winter Gulls. A joint Field trip 
with Kentucky Ornithological Society. The NTOS group will meet at Adventure 
Science Center at 6:30 a.m. for a two hour drive to Kentucky Dam Village State 
Resort Park where we will meet up with KOS at 8:30 Hap Chambers, “the Gull 
Lady.” She be our guide along with other Kentucky Birders. Dress warmly, it 
can be quite cold on the dam. Bring water, snacks and lunch. 


Tarcila Fox
tarcila AT bellsouth.net



Subject: Black-bellied Whistling Ducks in Sevierville, TN
From: shaawitya AT comcast.net
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 04:53:22 +0000 (UTC)
Red Wolfe of Knoxville reported and posted a photo on Facebook of Black-bellied 
Whistling Ducks at the Landmark Inn in Sevierville, TN. I know this spot well 
and it is a good spot for Mallard and Gulls in winter, and shorebirds during 
migration. The photo clearly shows 6 ducks, and Red reported 9. I will check 
this spot early in the morning. 


FYI, Landmark Inn is the motel on the left of the entrance to the Sevierville 
Riverwalk and Greenway, the north side of the river. Turn in between Shoneys 
and the Landmark Inn and park in the greenway parking. That's where the ducks 
are, from what I can tell from the photo, on the lawn right next to greenway, 
Inn, and river. 


Keith Watson 
Pittman Center, TN 
Subject: Blount County White-winged Scoter and Common Goldeneyes
From: "Welsh, Christopher J E" <cwelsh AT utk.edu>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 02:43:26 +0000
Spent 2 hours or so paddling around Ish Creek Bay in Blount County from
2:00-4:30 pm today (Sunday Feb 7).

Lots of Bonapartes and Ring-billed Gulls and Pied-billed Grebes.  Few
ducks initially, but 1st spring female White-winged Scoter (photos on
bird) was in northeast part of bay along with a Horned Grebe.  Not sure if
this is same scoter previously reported from here.  Further out in the bay
were 3 Common Goldeneyes.  An adult Bald Eagle flew over.  Around 4 pm a
good number of ducks were up in the air in direction of Phelps Pond and
Mallards, Gadwall, Ring-necked Ducks, and Hooded Mergansers all landed on
the bay.

Chris Welsh
Knoxville, TN

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Subject: North Nashville Ross's Goose, Common Merganser
From: Michael Smith <ms722 AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 15:10:15 +0000 (UTC)
Coleman Pond, North Nashville, Davidson Co.2-7-16, 9:00 am
A female Common Merganser and a Ross's Goose are currently on Coleman Pond in 
North Nashville. Coleman Pond can be reached from the end of Shepherd Hills Rd 
off Gallatin Rd near Rivergate Mall. 

Mike SmithHendersonville, TN
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Subject: Horned Grebes, loons - Jefferson/Grainger
From: angst <kde AT angst.engr.utk.edu>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 21:32:46 -0500
I stopped by Cherokee Dam on the Jefferson/Grainger Co line around 3:00 
Saturday afternoon for about 1.5 hrs. Best viewing from the access point off of 
Lakeshore Drive on the Grainger Co side as usual. 


Horned Grebe - 500+
Impressive number even for this location where 100-300 are not uncommon many 
years. Counted by 10s. Several large groups of 20-30 seen in flight (rare treat 
away from coast) as they gathered into one large group to roost. Most too far 
out to pick out any Eareds that might be hiding in there but no sign of other, 
more obvious jokers... Not even Pied-billed 


Common Loon - 20+
Redhead - 10
Scaup - 1, probably Greater based on brightness of sides and back but too far 
out to be sure 

Gadwall - 2
Mallard and Canada Geese were the only other waterfowl
Bonaparte's Gull - 300+
Ring-billed Gull - 200+
Black-crowned Night-Heron - didn't count them, below dam along tailwaters 
Bald Eagle on traditional nest as Harold Howell reported at KTOS Wed night

Dean Edwards
Knoxville, TN

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Subject: Red-throated Loon at Pickwick
From: Ruben Stoll <birdchaserrws AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:15:22 -0600
Bruton Branch, Pickwick Lake, Hardin County, February 6th, 2016
  Among the Common Loons this afternoon, an adult Red-throated Loon seen at
fairly long distance, looking toward Mississippi.
  Also a group of 14 Greater Scaup and a single female Canvasback.

  Ruben Stoll, Centerville TN.
Subject: Chattanooga TOS Field Trip Lake Chickamauga 6 FEB 2016
From: "Gary Lanham" <glanham AT epbfi.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 16:00:48 -0500
Today, 6 FEB 2016, eleven members of the Chattanooga Chapter of TOS had a
field trip on the south side of Chickamauga Lake, led by Clyde Blum. We
traveled from the powerhouse lot at Chickamauga Dam to observation points at
Webb Road, Booker T. Washington State Park, Vincent Road, and Harrison Bay
State Park. Highlights of the 53 species seen were many horned grebes, loons
(seen and heard), a red-breasted merganser, and 2 fish crows (at the
Harrison Bay SP playground).

 

Canada Goose

Mallard

Redhead

Lesser Scaup

Bufflehead

Common Goldeneye

Red-breasted Merganser

Common Loon

Pied-billed Grebe

Horned Grebe

Double-crested Cormorant

Great Blue Heron

Black Vulture

Turkey Vulture

Bald Eagle

Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

American Coot

Bonaparte's Gull

Ring-billed Gull

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)

Mourning Dove

Belted Kingfisher

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

American Kestrel

Eastern Phoebe

Blue Jay

American Crow

Fish Crow

Carolina Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse

White-breasted Nuthatch

Brown-headed Nuthatch

Carolina Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Eastern Bluebird

Hermit Thrush

American Robin

Northern Mockingbird

European Starling

Pine Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Chipping Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Song Sparrow

Eastern Towhee

Northern Cardinal

Common Grackle

House Finch

American Goldfinch

 

Gary Lanham

Hamilton County, TN
Subject: Hatchie NWR, Stanton, TN-- Feb 05, 2016
From: Larry Chitwood <lmchitwood AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 19:13:31 -0600
Afternoon of birding at Hatchie NWR, Stanton, TN.
Access to the refuge limited due to high water.
34 species identified. Highlights (for me) were Vesper Sparrow, Horned
Grebe, and large numbers of Yellow-rumped Warblers.
Here's the eBird report:
Hatchie NWR
Feb 05, 2016
3:30 PM
Traveling; 6.50 miles; 146 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:
Most roads closed due to high water.. Only had access to McCool Lake and
Oneal Lake areas.
Submitted from eBird Android 1.0.2

X Greater White-fronted Goose
X Snow Goose
X Canada Goose
X Wood Duck
X Mallard
X Pied-billed Grebe
X Horned Grebe
X Great Blue Heron
X Bald Eagle
X Red-tailed Hawk
X American Coot
X Killdeer
X Belted Kingfisher
X Red-headed Woodpecker
X Red-bellied Woodpecker
X Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
X Eastern Phoebe
X Blue Jay
X American Crow
X Carolina Chickadee
X Tufted Titmouse
X Eastern Bluebird
X American Robin
X Northern Mockingbird
X Yellow-rumped Warbler
X Chipping Sparrow
X Field Sparrow
X Dark-eyed Junco
X White-throated Sparrow
X Vesper Sparrow
X Swamp Sparrow
X Northern Cardinal
X Red-winged Blackbird
X American Goldfinch

Larry Chitwood
Arlington, TN
Subject: Townsend's Solitaire update
From: "Mark Greene" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "greenesnake" for DMARC)
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 00:44:47 +0000 (UTC)
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#715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white 
!important; } February 5, 2016County Lake Rd, Gibson County 

We stayed until dark late this afternoon and the bird did not reappear. There 
were far fewer birds overall at the location than there were yesterday 
afternoon or early this morning. Not sure what to think at this point but for 
anyone interested in looking tomorrow, I would recommend being there at dawn. 
We had Am. Woodcock there at dusk and they had them there at dawn today as 
well.  

There was a total of 9 birders there today looking and the Solitaire was not 
seen or heard after dawn this morning when it was heard and possibly seen 
briefly. 

Birders there today were Ruben Stoll, Victor Stoll, Mike Todd, David Chaffin, 
Tommie Rogers, Ron & DollyAnn Hoff, Stanley York, and me. 

I think a few birders will be looking there again in the morning. Make sure you 
park off the road as I'm sure there will be lots of fishermen with boats headed 
to the lake again tomorrow. 

Good birding!
Mark GreeneTrenton, TN 


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Subject: FOY
From: "J.N. & Ella Howard" <birders3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 15:49:14 -0500
Actually it was more than that.  Last Saturday we plowed our garden spot
and as soon as we were finished, a small bird arrived and began picking
over the clods.  I watched it for a long time for careful observation and
found it to be an American Pipit.  We have lived here full time since 2002
and never seen one here before and never anywhere very close to our
location.  From the first I realized there were some differences from the
various sparrows we have at times so I continued to examine it with binos
although it was close anyway to be sure I could eliminate other
possibilities. Our garden spot is about four tenths of a mile from our
house in a long field.  The bird has not been back other days.
                               J. N. Howard, Fiery Gizzard Cove, Marion
County
Subject: Solitaire seach (Gibson Co) 2/5/16
From: Michael Todd <birder1 AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 18:48:28 +0000 (UTC)
Gibson Co Lake area (County Lake Rd)2/5/16
Several people have looked for the Solitaire this morning. Ruben and Victor 
Stoll and myself were there at first light. I'm certain we heard the bird call 
from the cedars exactly where Mark had it yesterday. It wasn't responsive at 
all to playback (but was the day before luckily!) and we never got a clear look 
at the bird in the 4 hours or so I was there. People will likely be looking 
most of the day, so hopefully it will be back during the afternoon. Only things 
of much note were an Orange-crowed Warbler and Fish Crow in that same area. 

Good Birding!!
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Subject: Priest Lake Am. white pelicans continue
From: richard connors <didymops07 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 18:19:15 -0600
Feb. 4, 2016
Percy Priest Lake, Fall Creek Rec. Area, Rutherford Co. TN

The large flock of American White Pelicans was seen again this afternoon.
Viewing from the Lamar Hill Rd. side of the lake, no pelicans were seen at
first, but a few appeared, then a group of 40. They were fishing
successfully; more joined in, coming from upstream and eventually numbered
over 300, and worked their way down-lake. They may use a herding technique
as a group to herd fish. Also seen: 30 Sandhill Cranes.

Richard Connors
Nashville
Subject: Townsend's Solitaire in Gibson County
From: "Mark Greene" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "greenesnake" for DMARC)
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 23:51:55 +0000 (UTC)
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#715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white 
!important; } February 4, 2016Gibson County 

I had a Townsend's Solitaire late this afternoon on County Lake Rd, east of 
Gibson County Lake! I heard the bird call three times from the E. Redcedar 
trees and the tracked the bird down! 

I got a couple of decent pics of the bird.
A few birders will be checking on the bird first thing I the morning so I'm 
sure there will be updates tomorrow. 

Good birding,
Mark GreeneTrenton, TN


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Subject: Warren Co. Brewer's Blackbirds
From: Susan McWhirter <snmcwhirter AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 13:26:14 -0600
This morning at our farm in NE Warren Co. I had a group of 7 female
Brewer's Blackbirds feeding with a group of Red-wings.

Susan McWhirter
McMinnville, TN
Subject: Greater White-fronted Geese: Sevier County
From: shaawitya AT comcast.net
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 00:43:00 +0000 (UTC)




Subject: Probable Golden Eagle at Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge
From: Charles Murray <dro1945 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2016 13:27:17 -0500
Around 11:30 this morning today, I observed a large raptor perched in a tree 
across the slough from the viewing area at Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge in 
Birchwood (Meigs County). This bird was comparable to the one I had seen in the 
same area on January 14, 2016. That bird had been confirmed and reported by 
Rick Houlk as being an adult golden eagle. A few other highlights from this 
morning, all from Meigs County, were Northern pintails, ruddy ducks, and a snow 
goose at HWR. At the Cherokee Removal Memorial Park earlier in the morning, I 
saw about 15 American white pelicans, a large immature bald eagle, and an 
American wigeon. There were several hundred sandhill cranes in view at the two 
sites. 


I still think that a large number of sandhill cranes were seen migrating north 
over the Birchwood area in the past few days. Has anyone north of Meigs County 
(such as Crossville, Cookeville, etc.) seen any migrating cranes in recent 
days? 


Charles Murray
Birchwood, TN
 		 	   		  
Subject: Results of KTOS Jay Walk at Melton Hill Park in Knoxville
From: "Jay Sturner" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "flowerpetalsonthecreek" for DMARC)
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2016 15:21:56 +0000 (UTC)
A total of zero people showed up for my Jay Walk at Melton Hill Park yesterday 
morning and we had a blast! Me, myself and I arrived extra early, 7 a.m., just 
in time to hear the AMERICAN WOODCOCKS a-peentin' and a-chirpin' across the 
foggy landscape. Then, shortly after 8:00, I led my non-existent group on a 
nice walk around the peninsula, sighting nearly 40 species. Don't believe me? 
Just ask the people that weren't there! Highlights include a NORTHERN 
MOCKINGBIRD hopping along the pavement near my shoe; a snowball-butt NORTHERN 
HARRIER gliding over a field of golden grasses; a massive flock of COMMON 
GRACKLES working the trees along the shoreline, their chatter poking holes in 
the fog's thick silence; a GREAT BLUE HERON moving through the mist like the 
world's slowest pterodactyl; two HERMIT THRUSHES... because, thrushes; and 
finally, near the end, ANOTHER BIRDER, a fine individual who, for various 
reasons, arrived late but arrived nonetheless. So we talked, watched the 
harrier for a bit, then went our separate ways. 

 
And that was that!
 
Jay Sturner
Knoxville
 
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Subject: Chattanooga TOS trip to Wheeler NWR last Saturday
From: "Gary Lanham" <glanham AT epbfi.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2016 09:44:55 -0500
On the 30th of January, eleven members of the Chattanooga Chapter of the TOS
went to Wheeler NWR near Decatur, Alabama, for a field trip led by Dwight
Cooley, Manager at the Refuge.  Although birds may begin to leave soon,
there is still an excellent selection of birds present.  There were 78 total
species (listed below), with the highlight being an immature brown pelican
on the north side of the river near the I-65 crossing.  An orange crowned
warbler continues to be seen near the head of the path to the viewing
center. 

 

20           Greater White-fronted Goose

1000       Snow Goose

10           Canada Goose

100         Gadwall

300         American Wigeon

6              American Black Duck

500         Mallard

50           Northern Shoveler

150         Northern Pintail

100         Green-winged Teal

1              Canvasback

6              Redhead

250         Ring-necked Duck

150         Lesser Scaup

30           Bufflehead

1              Common Goldeneye

30           Hooded Merganser

10           Ruddy Duck

40           Pied-billed Grebe

30           Double-crested Cormorant

1              American White Pelican

1              Brown Pelican

20           Great Blue Heron

20           Great Egret

3              Black Vulture

5              Turkey Vulture

3              Northern Harrier

2              Bald Eagle

3              Red-tailed Hawk

2000       American Coot

2000       Sandhill Crane

3              Whooping Crane

50           Killdeer

10           Ring-billed Gull

2              Herring Gull

1              Bonaparte's Gull

50           Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)

50           Mourning Dove

2              Red-headed Woodpecker

3              Red-bellied Woodpecker

1              Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

3              Downy Woodpecker

1              Hairy Woodpecker

1              Pileated Woodpecker

2              Northern Flicker

10           American Kestrel

1              Merlin

1              Eastern Phoebe

20           Blue Jay

40           American Crow

60           Horned Lark

20           Carolina Chickadee

10           Tufted Titmouse

1              White-breasted Nuthatch

5              Carolina Wren

2              Golden-crowned Kinglet

2              Ruby-crowned Kinglet

30           Eastern Bluebird

50           American Robin

1              Cedar Waxwing

1              Brown Thrasher

20           Northern Mockingbird

30           European Starling

5              American Pipit

1              Orange-crowned Warbler

1              Yellow-rumped Warbler

15           White-throated Sparrow

10           Song Sparrow

1              Swamp Sparrow

1              Savannah Sparrow

3              Eastern Towhee

10           Northern Cardinal

25           Red-winged Blackbird

3              Eastern Meadowlark

10           Common Grackle

6              House Finch

6              American Goldfinch

2              House Sparrow

 

Gary Lanham

Chattanooga TOS, Hamilton County

Sightings in Morgan County, AL
Subject: European Goldfinch in Weakley County
From: "Mark Greene" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "greenesnake" for DMARC)
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 22:58:59 +0000 (UTC)
February 2, 2016Martin, Weakley County
Yesterday there was a European Goldfinch reported at a feeder in Martin, TN. I 
visited the location today and located the bird feeding with a flock of about 
75 American Goldfinches and a couple of Pine Siskins. I saw the bird at a 
sunflower seed feeder and feeding on seeds from Sweetgum balls. The bird is not 
officially countable and who knows if it is a local escapee or whether it might 
have come from Wisconsin or Illinois where there are now established 
populations that are breeding. Martin is due south from Chicago so it is at 
least possible that the bird migrated from there with a flock of American 
Goldfinches. Interesting bird nonetheless and my third goldfinch species in NW 
Tennessee this winter! 

Good birding,
Mark GreeneTrenton, TN
Subject: Delayed Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge Update
From: Charles Murray <dro1945 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 09:24:57 -0500

Sunday,
January 31, and Monday, February 1, were big days for duck species at the
Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge viewing area at Birchwood in Meigs County. The 11
species seen on Monday was a one-day high for me. Some of these were also seen
from the observation deck of the Cherokee Removal Memorial Park, also at
Birchwood in Meigs County.

Species seen
both days:

        
Mallard

        
Gadwall 

        
American black duck

        
Canvasback

        
Redhead

        
Ring-necked

        
Lesser scaup

        
Ruddy

Species seen
only Sunday

        
American wigeon

Species seen
only Monday

        
Northern shoveler

        
Northern pintail

        
Hooded merganser

Other HWR
highlights were: on Sunday wild turkeys and great egrets, and large numbers of
sandhill cranes Sunday afternoon, and bald eagles on both days, and on Monday 
ruby-crowned and golden-crowned kinglets, and 

a brown creeper on the tree. Regular visitors to HWR, especially
photographers, know which tree Im referring to!

 

Many
American white pelicans were seen from the CRMP on Monday. Several were behind
trees near Hiwassee Island and couldnt be accurately counted. Bald eagles were
noted both days. Sandhill cranes were visible at evening roost time both days.

 

Has anyone
north of Meigs County (Crossville, Cookeville, etc.) seen sandhill cranes
migrating north the past few days? I think that may be happening behind the
recent strong winds from the south.

 

Charles
Murray

Birchwood,
TN

 		 	   		  
Subject: Memphis TOS February Activities & Spring Meeting
From: Judy Dorsey <judydorsey AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 14:44:00 -0600
Please join the Memphis TOS chapter for our upcoming activities:


This Sun., Feb. 7: Field trip to Reelfoot Lake State Park with Knox Martin,
starting at the boardwalk behind the visitor center at 8:00 a.m. The annual
Reelfoot Lake Eagle Festival is also happening this Friday-Sunday--much to
see and do.

Info: http://is.gd/JtMWk5 & http://is.gd/WlySjY & http://is.gd/Vh25eL
Directions: http://is.gd/RSMJiS


Wed., Feb. 17 - Chapter meeting at 7:00 p.m., St. George's Episcopal
Church, 2425 S. Germantown Rd., Germantown, TN.  Strawberry Plains Audubon
Center's native plant guru Kristin Lamberson presents "Making Your Backyard
a Haven for Birds, Insects and More."  Refreshments served.

More info:  http://is.gd/u4FhPT & http://is.gd/Icnwpz
Directions: http://mapq.st/1dEWrZk

Fri.-Sun., May 6-8 - Mark your calendars now for the TOS Annual Spring
Meeting, hosted by the Memphis chapter at Reelfoot Lake State Park.
Register and make your lodging reservations ASAP, since space is limited at
nearby motels and you do not want to miss this!

Read all about it here: http://www.tnbirds.org/Events/Springmtg16.html

We're planning a fantastic weekend; hope to see you there!

MTOS on the Web: http://birdmemphis.org

Judy Dorsey
Hickory Withe, TN
Subject: Tennessee Birders by the Numbers: 2015 (Vol. 11)
From: kbreault <kbreault AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 19:05:55 +0000 (UTC)
Tennessee Birders by the Numbers: 2015 (Vol. 11)
Welcome to Tennessee Birders by the Numbers (TBN) report for 2015. 2015 was a 
great year for birders in Tennessee and this report, like last years, will also 
include data from the new year, 2016--up to the present.   

Let me begin with an apology. Last year I included TN county level data from 
the ABA and I had hoped to incorporate both ebird and Surf Birds data in this 
report. Alas, I bit off more than I could chew. While I had expected my work 
responsibilities to decrease, the opposite has happened. In addition, I have 
taken on some of the care of my ailing father who is in late stage melanoma. 
And while I might have been able to include county level data from the ABA 
again, it is clear that some ebirders with large county results are not 
reporting on the ABA. For that reason I decided not to include any TN county 
results. Going forward, it is easier for me to focus on the original idea of 
TBN, which is to mainly report on the activities of TN birders that are 
national and international in scope--beyond the patch as it were. Some of you 
may remember that TBN began when I was at home having missed out on a birding 
trip because of a social engagement, and that I realized three hypotheses I had 
assumed were correct could be tested empirically: 1. not many TN birders are 
interested in Total Ticks, 2. the distribution of the ABA Area list and the 
Total Ticks list is similar: states/provinces with lots of birders on one have 
similarly many birders on the other, and 3. the number of birders in Tennessee 
is lower than other states/provinces on the ABA Area list. (To be precise, 
another reason for starting TBN is that in 2006 I had a stroke that left me 
with some aphasia--difficulty in reading, speaking and writing--and I was 
advised to write as much as possible to reduce it--thus in part TBN, my 
university web pages, etc.) Now, it turned out that in general all of these 
assumptions were incorrect, and so TBN began as a way of demonstrating the 
strength of Tennessee birding in a national and international context. So, I 
will generally go back to that mission given the amount of time I can 
reasonably devote to the project, with the exception that I will include the TN 
list and related ones. 

At the end of the report in the "miscellaneous" category I will also include 
what we have learned in the 11 years of TBN. 

I.TN List (top 30)
As noted before the ABA continues to include Jeff Wilson's important results. 
Note that currently with 409 birds for TN, the 75% level is 307--19 ABA birders 
have reached that level. 

1. 388 Jeff Wilson2. 366 Michael Todd3. 360 Clyde Blum4. 359 Mark Greene6-t. 
355 Dollyann Myers6-t. 355 Terry Witt7. 354 David C. Chaffin8. 352 Kevin 
Calhoon9. 349 Tommy Rogers10. 342 Ron Hoff11. 341 Rick Knight12. 335 Gail & 
Steve Clendenen13. 327 Chris Sloan15-t.326 Francis Fekel15-t. 326 Rick 
Waldrop16. 312 Scott Somershoe17. 311 Ken Oeser18. 307 David Trently19. 303 
Thomas McNeil20. 301 Kevin Breault21. 300 Stephen Zipperer22. 283 Rick Cross24. 
282 Gail King24. 282 Darrel Wilder25. 280 Mike O'Malley26. 278 John O'Barr27. 
276 Rick Shipkowski28. 274 Joshua Stevenson29. 269 Q. Gray30. 265 Morton Massey 

II. TN Birders on States/Provinces List
Many TN birders are on the lists for other states and provinces and with the 
removal of thresholds we perhaps get a better picture of TN birding. The 
following list includes TN birders by the number of states/provinces in which 
they reported lists. Also included are the state/province abbreviations for 
those TN birders who are first among TN birders on these other lists. So for 
example, David Chaffin has reported lists in 61 states/provinces and in the 
indicated 13 states/provinces is the leading TN birder. Note that I did not 
include areas, e.g., Hawaii, that are not in the ABA area. 

1. David Chaffin (61 states/provinces), AK, CA, DC, KY, ME, MI, OK, SD, WV, AB, 
NB, PQ, YT2. Kevin Breault (60), CT, ID, IL, IN, MA, MT, NH, NV, NY, OR, RI, 
UT, VT, WA, WI, WY, BC, MB, NS, PE, SK3. Rick Waldrop (57), GA, MD, MN, ND, 
VA4. Dollyann Myers (54)5. Ron Hoff (50)6. Ken Oeser (49)8-t. Gail Clendenen 
(46), AZ8-t. Steve Clendenen (46)9. David Trently (39), PA, NF10. Mike O'Malley 
(37)11. Gail King (33)12. Tommie Rogers (31), CO, DE, FL, IA, KS, MO, NE13. 
Michael Todd (30)15-t. Kevin Calhoon (24), NM, OH, SC15-t. Scott Somershoe 
(24)16. Francis Fekel (23), NJ17. John O'Barr (9)20-t. Clyde Blum (8)20-t. 
Thomas McNeil (8)20-t. Stephen Zipperer (8)22-t. Rick Shipkowski (6)22-t. Jeff 
Wilson (6), AL, AR, MS, TN23-t. Mark Greene (5)23-t. Rick Knight (5), LA, NC, 
TX 

Note that no TN birder is on the lists for Northwest Territories, Nunavut and 
St. Pierre et Miquelon. 

III. ABA Area
The following are our TN birders on the ABA Area list, including totals and 
ranks in the top 100. 

1. Benton Bashan 881 (4)2. David Chaffin 823 (19)3. Dollyann Myers 782 (73)4. 
Kevin Calhoon 773 (85)5. Tommie Rogers 771 (90)6. Rick Waldrop 7477. Clyde Blum 
7408. Gail & Steve Clendenen 7259. Rick Knight 71810. Michael Todd 70411. Kevin 
Breault 69312. Ron Hoff 68913. Ken Oeser 68814. Darrel Wilder 68115. Terry Witt 
68016. David Trently 63217. Francis Fekel 61518. Gail King 60719. Jon Mann 
60320. Rick Shipkowski 59521. Mike O'Malley 59322. Thomas McNeil 53223. Q. Gray 
52724. Gary Brunvoll 51425. Scott Somershoe 51026. Stephen Zipperer 332 

IV. Canada
Not many TN birders go to Canada, but that is a mistake. Some of my best 
birding experiences were in this undiscovered country. David Chaffin leads TN 
birders with 332 birds (a rank of 78), followed by Kevin Breault, 330 (80), and 
Rick Waldrop, 263 (122). Note that the overall leader on the Canada list is 
Roger Foxall with 546 birds. 

V. Lower Forty-Eight
This list includes all states with the exception of Alaska and Hawaii, and is 
highly correlated with the ABA  Area list. Our leaders for 2015 are: Kevin 
Calhoon and David Chaffin, both at 750, followed by Tommie Rogers at 748, Rick 
Waldrop at 732, Gail & Steve Clendenen at 725, and Clyde Blum at 716. 

VI. United States
Our leaders here are: David Chaffin at 833, Dollyann Myers, 827, Kevin Calhon, 
811, Cylde Blum, 777 and Tommie Rogers 771. 

VII. AOU North
The AOU stands for the American Ornithological Union, established in 1883, and 
the AOU North list is covered by the AOU checklist of North American birds, and 
includes North and Central America and island groups like Hawaii. No change 
from 2014: on the North list, Rick Waldrop has a great position with 1732 birds 
and a rank of 7, followed by David Chaffin at 1282, Clyde Blum, 1040, and Gary 
Brunvoll, 1021.  

VIII. AOU South
In the South, again as last year, Rick Waldrop leads with 2314 birds and a fine 
rank of 9, followed by Gary Brunvoll with 752, Gail King with 750, and David 
Chaffin at 525. 

IX. Mexico
The ABA Mexico list has Dollyann Myers at the top with 732 birds and a rank of 
24, followed by Clyde Blum with 685 and a rank of 32. Gail King also has 660, 
followed by Gary Brunvoll, 591, Ron Hoff, 579, and Rick Waldrop, 567. 

X. Central America
Rick Waldrop leads here with 909, followed by Dollyann Myers, 693, Ron Hoff, 
630, Terry Witt, 615, and David Trently, 605. 

XI. West Indies & Caribbean
Here, Rick Waldrop has 306 birds, Kevin Calhoon with 200, Dollyann Myers at 
195, and Ron Hoff with 157. 

XII. Europe & Western Paleartic
Our top three on this list are Rick Waldrop, 361, Dollyann Myers, 208, and 
David Chaffin with 186. 

XIII. Asia
The top three here are: Ron Hoff at 1865, and a fine rank of 11, followed by 
Dollyann Myers at 1827 (rank of 13), and Terry Witt with 1494. 

XIV. World
Dollyann Myers and Ron Hoff continued to add world birds in 2015: Dollyann with 
8098 and a rank of 8, and 8035 (rank of 10) for Ron. Others are Terry Witt with 
6469, and Rick Waldrop with 5019. We can only be amazed! And note that the new 
leader on the world list is Hugh Buck with 9053! Yes, I hope to come up with an 
all time World list in the next few years. 

XV. North America
No change this year, with Rick Waldrop our leader with 1732 and the fantastic 
rank of 3, followed by Dollyann Myers at 1531, Ron Hoff at 1390, Terry Witt at 
1329, and David Chaffin with 1299. 

XVI. South America
Dollyann Myers and Ron Hoff increased their birds on this list to 2522 and 
2519, respectively, and rankings of 11 and 12. Others are Rick Waldrop at 2314, 
and Terry Witt with 2078. 

XVII. Africa
Dollyann Myers and Ron Hoff also lead here with 1658, followed by Terry Witt 
with 1286. 

XVIII. Australasia
On this list Dollyann and Ron have strong ranks of 4 and 5, and 987 and 978 
birds, respectively. 

XIX. Eurasia
Here, Ron Hoff takes the top spot as last year with 2071, followed by Dollyann 
Myers at 2058. Terry Witt has 1585, Rick Waldrop is at 1103, and David Chaffin 
has 932. 

XX. Atlantic Ocean
On this list, Mike O'Malley remains at the top with 66 (rank of 22), followed 
by Dollyann Myers at 36 and Ron Hoff at 21. 

XXI. Pacific Ocean
Here, Dollyann has 416 and Ron 401 with ranks of 17 and 19. Francis Fekel is at 
160 and Rick Waldrop has 118. 

XXII. Indian Ocean
Ron has a very strong ranking here at 3 with 250 birds, followed by Dollyann 
with 241, rank of 6. 

XXIII. South Polar Region
Mike O'Malley is our leader with 25 birds and a rank of 73, followed by Kevin 
Calhoon with 24, Dollyann Myers with 20, and Ron Hoff with 18. 

XXIV. ABA Millennium
This list includes all the birders who have been the most active regarding the 
ABA Area since the century began (specifically, this is the ABA Area list for 
the 21st century). First on the list is Clyde Blum at 714 birds with a rank of 
18, followed by Gail and Steve Clendenen with 677, Michael Todd with 672, David 
Chaffin at 663, Kevin Breault with 615, and Mike O'Malley at 402. 

XXV. Photographed ABA Area
Mike Todd leads here with 668 (rank of 19), followed by Kevin Calhoon at 656, a 
big change, Tommie Rogers with 635, Ken Oeser with 615, Clyde Blum with 602, 
Ron Hoff with 439 and Mike O'Malley at 426. 

XXVI. Photographed World
Ron Hoff has a great ranking of 2 of this popular list with 4121 birds, 
followed among others by Chris Sloan (new to the list!) with 1609, Kevin 
Calhoon with 1472, and Mike Todd at 1431. 

XXVII.World Families
Dollyann and Ron are leaders here with 232 families and a rank of 9, followed 
by Rick Waldrop with 166. The highest rank has 234 families (two birders), and 
Clements lists 234 as the highest possible. 

XXVIII. All Territories & Provinces
This list is quite similar to the Total Ticks list below and combines all the 
territories/provinces in Canada. Thanks to my trip to the west this year, Kevin 
Breault leads here with 1192 (rank of 19), followed by David Chaffin with 1061 
(rank of 21), and Rick Waldrop with 594, rank of 42. 

XXIX. Total Ticks
My major focus in birding for many years, David Chaffin leads TN birders with 
11,604 (rank of 3), followed by Kevin Breault at 11,473 (rank of 4), Rick 
Waldrop with 9049, Dollyann Myers with 6768, Ron Hoff at 5600, Ken Oeser at 
5360, David Trently at 5202, Gail Clendenen with 4501, Steve Clendenen at 4500, 
and Mike Todd with 3,839. Note that the all time TT list can be found below. 

XXX. Canadian Provinces
On my list, Kevin Breault, David Chaffin, Francis Fekel, Ron Hoff, Dollyann 
Myers, Mike O'Malley, and Rick Waldrop are listed as birding in Canadian 
provinces. Kevin Breault leads in five provinces, British Columbia, Manitoba, 
Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, and Prince Edward Island (my favorite so far), David 
Chaffin leads in four, Alberta, New Brunswick, Quebec and Yukon, and David 
Trently leads in Newfoundland & Labrador. As noted elsewhere there are no TN 
birders in the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and St. Pierre et Miquelon. The 
easiest of these would be St. Pierre et Miquelon, a short distance (ferry ride) 
from Newfoundland & Labrador. And only two birders are on the P & M list, one 
at 15, the other with 128 birds. Canada is a great place to bird, and don't 
hesitate to contact me for information if you are interested in going. 

XXXI. Annual Lists
On the ABA Area annual list we have Kevin Calhoon, 605 (rank of 7), Ken Oeser, 
455, Kevin Breault, 426, David Chaffin, 354, and Stephen Zipperer, 278. Note 
that I missed Rick Shipkowski's result of 421 for 2014. 

XXXII. Annual List for Tennessee
On our annual list, Kevin Calhoon had 273, which if I am right puts him in rank 
24 on the all time TN annual list. (255 is now required to be in the top 50, a 
list as you know lead by Jeff Wilson with 307 in 2002, the only TN birder ever 
to have identified 300 of more birds in a year.) Joshua Stevenson had 253, 
followed by Stephen Zipperer at 243, David Chaffin and John O'Barr both with 
237, Francis Fekel at 231, Terry Witt at 210, and Ken Oeser with 187. See the 
all time top 15 below. 


XXXIII. Miscellaneous: Tennessee Birders by the Numbers, Vol. 1-11: What We 
Have Learned 


Beyond the categories provided by the ABA, what more have we learned?
A. Having lived is so many places (10 states), and having birder in many states 
as a young person (I grew up in the northeast, where it is easy to travel to 
the many states of the region (in the distance it takes to go from Memphis to 
South Holston Lake in NE Tennessee, you can travel from West Virginia or 
Virginia to Maine, 13 states and the province of Ontario--and if you live in 
New York City, where I did, up can extend that range to include NC to the 
south, OH to the west and three additional Canadian provinces = 15 states, 4 
provinces), I had assumed that Tennessee birders were not interested in Total 
Ticks. Clearly, that was incorrect as I showed in the very first TBN that TN 
birders rank in the top 10 of states on Total Ticks, with only Michigan and 
Washington having more Total Ticks birders. In subsequent years, Tennessee 
birders continued to rank very high, and in three years we ranked first among 
all states in the number of Total Tickers. 

The obvious question is why have Tennessee birders been so strong in Total 
Ticks compared to other states, but from a scientific point of view this cannot 
be settled mainly because the sample sizes are low. Several birders over the 
years have suggested various reasons however. For example, Chattanooga area 
birders are well suited to going beyond the patch as they are located near the 
states of Alabama and Georgia. But note that New York has not been highly 
ranked on Total Tickers. 

B. How do the number of TN birders rank with birders from other 
states/provinces? One way to find out is to look at the ABA Area list, and it 
was shown in the TBN that in general we rank in the top 15 or so depending on 
the year, with California #1, followed by Texas #2. In addition, Tennessee has 
more birders on the ABA Area list than any other southern state. Indeed. I was 
surprised at how low some southern states ranked, especially KY and MS. Now, 
obviously states like California and Texas have higher population size, so in a 
subsequent TBN I tried various ways of controlling for population size. After 
several statistical considerations Tennessee ended up with a rank of 10 with 
3.7 ABA Area birders per million. The highest states were New Mexico and 
Colorado at around 6.6 per million, followed by Massachusetts at 5.7 per 
million. 

C. Is there a correlation by state/province between the number of Total Tickers 
and birders on the ABA Area list? That is, does the number of Total Tickers 
simply reflect the number of ABA birders? While I don't think I ever calculated 
the correlation, it is clear that there are important exceptions to what would 
appear to be this reasonable assumption. Notably, Florida, Arizona and North 
Carolina have large numbers of ABA birders but relatively small numbers of 
Total Tickers. As TBN indicated at the time, this may suggest that Total 
Ticking may be less common in the states that are major birding destinations. 
Yet, the exception here is that California and Texas have many Total Tickers. 

D. Every year (including this one, see above), TBN lists the Tennessee birders 
who have reported birds in states other that TN. And every year, David Chaffin 
has been at the top of that list, followed by birders such as the late Robert 
Odear, Rick Waldrop, Kevin Breault, Ken Oeser, Dollyann Myers and Ron Hoff, all 
of whom have listed in more than 50 states and provinces. But TBN has also 
looked at TN birders compared to birders from other states. One way of doing 
this is to construct regional lists as I did in Vol. 2. Here, TBN looked at 
what the U.S. Census Bureau calls the "East South Central Region," consisting 
of Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee. Of the top ten birders on this 
combined list fully six were from Tennessee: Jeff Wilson (#1), David Chaffin 
(#2), Rick Waldrop (#3), Mark Greene (#4), Daniel Jacobson (#9), and John 
Henderson (#10). The following is an updated version of this list (December, 
2015): 

1. 1334 Jeff Wilson2. 1195 David Chaffin3. 1123 Rick Waldrop4. 1080 Kevin 
Calhoon5. 1067 Mark Greene6. 1039 Larry Peavler7. 1007 Kevin Breault8.   978 
Tommie Rogers9.   966 Michael Todd10. 965 Leif Anderson11. 956 Thomas 
Heatley12. 908 Mike Resch14. 871-t Clyde Blum14. 871-t Dollyann Myers15. 863 
Scott Somershoe 

Thus, now eight Tennessee birders are in the top ten on this list, 11 out of 15 
if you include Scott! Very strong performance for TN birders! 

A list that combined other states/provinces was also discussed in Vol. 3. Here, 
TBN reported on the list that combined all of the states adjacent to TN: AL, 
AR, GA, KY, MO, MS, NC & VA. On this list our top birder was Rick Waldrop (#3), 
followed by David Chaffin (#4), and Tennessee had seven birders in the top 13. 
Finally, in Vol. 7, and again in Vol. 9 TBN report on a list that was called 
the "Local Group," that included TN and KY, all the states adjacent to TN and 
KY, and one other state, SC, almost adjacent = 14 states. In this case, 
however, I only included Tennessee birders, and found for Vol. 9 (2013) that 
Rick Waldrop was at the top with 3,591 ticks, followed by David Chaffin with 
3,490, Kevin Breault with 3,124, Kevin Calhoon with 2,817, and Tommie Rogers at 
2,342. I don't have the energy this year to update this list but obviously as 
you increase the number of states/provinces the resulting list increasing 
reflects the ABA Total Ticks list for all states and provinces. In thinking 
about these various lists, the least satisfactory for me is the East South 
Central Region list as many TN birders travel to Georgia, South Carolina, North 
Carolina and Arkansas. I do like the "Local Group" but so many TN birders don't 
bird north of KY. Perhaps a more useful list for TN birders would be a 
"Southeastern" list that would include TN and NC, and all states south: SC, GA, 
AL, MS and FL. And, for now I'll leave someone else to construct that one! 

E. So are Alabama, Kentucky and Mississippi the major states most TN birders 
focus on? Well, not exactly. In Vol. 4, TBN explored this question and found 
that the top three states were Alabama, Kentucky and Georgia in that order. 
Thus, 50% of birders on the Alabama list were from Tennessee, 36% of the 
Kentucky list, and 31% of the Georgia list. Moreover, this result was from ALL 
possible combinations of the states/provinces. AND, the 50%, 36% and 31% of 
Tennessee birders on the lists for AL, KY & GA were the three highest 
combinations! Extraordinary! The next highest (ranks 4 & 5) were Massachusetts 
birders on the New Hampshire list, and Maryland birders on the District of 
Columbia list (tied at 30.8%). With regard to the other rankings, TN birders 
were 24.3% of the South Carolina list (rank 13), 20% of both the North Carolina 
and West Virginia list (rank 21), and 18.5% of the Arkansas list (rank 23). We 
ended up with seven of these combinations or relationships among the top 30, 
the highest overall, with five combinations for birders in Massachusetts. 

F. In the "old days," when thresholds were used by the ABA (you could not enter 
a list unless you had achieved a certain numbers of birds), the goal for many 
Total Tickers was 50% of the birds of states/provinces. A question asked in 
Vol. 5 of TBN was which states/provinces were the easiest to achieve the 50% 
threshold in a 3-5 day trip at the best time of the year? One way to answer 
that question was to divide the top Big Day total for a state/province by the 
number of birds on the state's or province's list. So, for example, 214 birds 
was the top Big Day total for Manitoba, and a total of 394 birds had been 
identified in Manitoba (212/394 = 54.3%). The top ten were: 

1. 54.3% Manitoba2. 53.1 Wisconsin3. 50.1 Missouri4. 49.8 Alberta5. 49.5 New 
Jersey6. 49.1 Delaware7. 49.0 Saskatchewan8. 48.5 Ohio9. 48.2 Iowa10. 48.1 
Kentucky 

Note that TN ranked 28 on this list, quite average in terms of how easy it is 
to reach the 50% threshold. Here is the list of the bottom ten (hardest to 
achieve 50%): 

53. 37.3% Rhode Island54. 36.8 Arizona55. 36.0 California56. 35.5 Florida57. 
33.5 Nevada58. 33.3 New Brunswick59. 31.0 Nova Scotia60. 26.7 Yukon 
Territory61. 23.5 Alaska62 19.9 Northwest Territory 

Now, we don't use threshold anymore (a good thing allowing all birders to 
list), but I think 50% is a "good" number to shot for in the Total Ticking 
game. But, good luck in Northwest Territory! 

G. Vol. 5 of TBN also explored the growth in state/province bird lists from 
1992. In the case of Tennessee, we had 369 birds in 1992 and 408 in 2009, an 
increase of 39 new birds for the state. How did we rank compared to other 
states/provinces during this period? Not too bad! We ended up with a rank of 
19. The top 5 were: 

1. Yukon Territory2. Alaska3. Idaho4. Saskatchewan5. Washington
Lowest on the list?
57. Oklahoma58. Manitoba59. Florida60. Missouri61. Pennsylvania
H. Jeff Wilson, Jeff Wilson, Jeff Wilson. You can't talk about birding in 
Tennessee without talking about the late Jeff Wilson. He was number one on any 
TN list you might want to construct, but my interest was to see how he ranked 
with other birders in a national context. Perhaps Jeff was a good birder in TN 
but not so much when others outside TN were discussed. Not a chance! I took up 
the challenge in Vol. 3 when I compared Jeff with other top ranking birders in 
other states and provinces. Specifically, how did Jeff do as a percentage of 
the birds of Tennessee compared to others. Among all states and provinces, Jeff 
ranked 4th, having identified 95.1% of the birds of Tennessee. Only three 
others had higher rankings, Bud Johnson (AZ) with 95.5%, John Parmeter (NM) 
with 95.4% and Robert Fox (MA) with 95.3%. 

The result in Vol. 3 made me think about other ways to evaluate birders across 
the country and Canada. As I was (slowly, too slowly it turned out) working on 
this, I heard that Jeff had died and so I finished up my work and devoted all 
of Vol. 8 to the report. The question was this: how did Jeff''s ranking on the 
TN list over the last 25 years (1988-2012) compare to all birders in all states 
and provinces. The list I reported was of the top 100 birders during this 25 
years, but of course many more birders were not included. Indeed, about 2,500 
birders were evaluated in the study and total data points ended up being 
63,000. Each birder was scored on a 1,000 point system. Jeff ranked #2, with 
995 points, only Robert Janssen of MN (still active) got higher, 997. Only two 
other TN birders ended up in the top 100, Daniel Jacobson, 929 with a rank of 
46, and John Henderson, 875 a rank of 95. Dollyann Myers and Kathy Jacobson 
came close with 854 and 851, respectively (rank of 122 and 126). Jeff was 
certainly one of the very best state level birders of that 25 year period. And 
I still sorely regret his not having seen the result. 

I. In 2011 (Vol. 6) the issue seemed to be whether the great recession had 
impacted birding. U.S. Big Days, the ABA Area list, the U.S. list, all the 
state and province lists, the Annual ABA  Area list and the Total Ticks list 
were included for national data. Various Canadian lists and other international 
reporting areas were also involved. Nationally, the results indicated a strong 
recession effect. Generally, the number of birders reporting birds in 2010 was 
much lower than in 2005. The Canadian results were better but the best 
non-recession findings were in the area of international reporting areas. 
Clearly, wealthier birders who could go on expensive overseas trips were 
relatively immune from the recession. Perhaps another result indicating 
recession was that birders with lower life lists were hit the most, while high 
life list birders with the money to go the many places needed were comparably 
immune. In an update for the following year (2011-Vol. 7), TBN reported that 
the number of ABA birders had increased by 7.4%: "It would appear that the ABA 
has turned a corner on the recession." 

J. One of the statistics TBN covers is the All Time Annual Tennessee List. Vol. 
7 produced the 50 highest annual TN totals of all time, and 23 of the 50 places 
were held by Jeff Wilson, 46%. Jeff also owned 11 out of the 15 highest places 
or 73%. The following is an updated top 15: 

1. Jeff Wilson (307 birds-2002)3.-t Jeff Wilson (298-1994)3.-t Jeff Wilson 
(298-2005)4. Ruben Stoll (297-2013)5. Rebecca Satterfield (296-1993)7.-t Jeff 
Wilson (290-2011)7.-t Jeff Wilson (290-1990)9.-t Michael Todd (289-2002)9.-t 
Jeff Wilson (289-1996)10. Scott Somershoe (288-2011)12.-t Jeff Wilson 
(286-1989)12.-t Jeff Wilson (286-2003)14.-t Jeff Wilson (284-2000)14.-t Jeff 
Wilson (284-2001)15. Jeff Wilson (283-2004) 

I have a vague memory of one other total for this list so as always let me know 
if I need to make a correction. 

K. In Vol. 7, TBN also calculated an All Time Annual World List, 1988-2011. The 
leading birder on the list was George Winter of MO, who achieved 7,865 birds in 
2006, followed by John Nagstaff of the UK with 6,391 in 2003, and James 
Clements (CA) in 1989. Our Dollyann Myers and Hoff were also on the list with 
ranks of 45 and 49, respectively, with 1,975 and 1,964 for 2006. At the time 
Dollyann was ranked 14 and Ron 16 on the World list noted above. 

L. And, of course, it is possible to calculate an All Time Total Ticks list, 
and the following is the updated current version: 

1. 18,271 Paul Lehman, 20142. 15,760 Deuane Hoffman3. 15,594 Kenneth Ward, 
20114. 13,679 Mike Resch, 20165. 13,587 Thomas Heatley, 20166. 12,990 Jon Dunn, 
20067. 12,209 Cecil Kersting, 20118. 11,604 David Chaffin, 20159. 11,473 Kevin 
Breault, 201610. 11,262 Richard Rosche, 201111. 11,253 Jeffrey Sanders, 201512. 
11,016 Leif Anderson, 201513. 10,921 Stephen Dinsmore, 201014. 10,177 Frank 
Bumgardner, 201515. 10,138 Robin Carter, 2007  

M. Finally, last year (Vol. 10), TBN looked at states/provinces of new rare 
birds (5 or fewer individuals found annually), 1950-2011, based on the book 
Rare Birds of North America by Steve Howell, Ian Lewington & Will Russel 
(Princeton Univ, Press, 2014). First on the list was Alaska for 76 rare birds, 
Texas for 30, California for 21, Florida for 19, and Arizona for 14. Other than 
Florida, the only southeastern state on the list was North Carolina with 6 rare 
birds (rank of 8). Certainly bad news about our Hooded Crane but TN would have 
been our first. 

That is it for Vol. 11 of TBN. Best of luck for 2015! I apologize in advance 
for any errors. Many numbers and calculations are involved. If I've made a 
mistake let me know and I'll make the change next year. And if I've made a big 
mistake I'll email the group asap. 

On a personal note, 2015 was a better year for me as I ended up with 556 annual 
Total Ticks compared to 222 for the previous year, visiting 18 states/provinces 
and 23 out of state trips (OST) for a total of 11,473. Yet, 556 was well below 
what I have done in the past (2005 was the best year with 912 with 21 states 
and 27 OST, still quite short of the top annual total tics). My biggest 
disappointment was not getting to Arizona and New Mexico this winter. Still, 
2015 was a fine life bird year for me mainly because of my trip to Alaska, 
ending up with 693 (ABA Area), seven short of the life goal I had set for 
myself many years ago. I still need two Code 1 birds (Mountain Quail and Bell's 
Sparrow), and 21 Code 2 birds. Of course, the other disappointment is that the 
days of easy total ticks are coming to an end. I still have reasonable 
possibilities in Canada and in the US southwest, but my current life goal of 
12,000 Total Ticks is not going to be easy. I hope to get to central Canada, 
CA, and perhaps AZ and NM in 2016, but of course wishing does not get the work 
done. 

As always you can't list your ABA totals unless you are a member of the 
American Birding Association (http://www.americanbirding.org). It is still 
quite cheap and you get a great deal with the major magazine, "Birding," the 
new magazine called the "Birder's Guide" series that takes on a specific topic 
in significant detail every issue (travel, gear, listing/taxonomy, etc.), and a 
much better interactive site for listing. Note that the current issue of 
Birding (author Diana Doyle) talks about the new Zeiss Victory SF binocular, 
which may "reinvent" the way birders use binoculars--the first to be custom 
designed for birders. 

Always be good to birds and generous to birders of all stripes, totals and 
ranks! Good birding and good totaling! 

Kevin BreaultBrentwood, TN
http://mtweb.mtsu.edu/kbreault/
Subject: KTOS Field Trip Announcements for February
From: "Jay Sturner" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "flowerpetalsonthecreek" for DMARC)
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 17:42:57 +0000 (UTC)
Jay Walk: Winter Birding at Melton Hill Park
 
Where: Melton Hill Park
When: Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Leader: Jay Sturner
 
Join me for a Jay Walk (an impromptu, supplemental KTOS field trip) at Melton 
Hill Park in Knoxville to look for resident and wintering birds. We will meet 
in the parking lot near the volleyball court, scope for birds on the water, 
then walk the trails. 

 
This is a free event. No RSVP required, and you do not have to be a member of 
KTOS to attend. See you there! 

 
GPS coordinates for Melton Hill Park: 35.9511223,-84.2392109 or 35°57'04.0"N 
84°14'21.2"W 

 
For additional information, directions, and a map of Melton Hill Park, see 
Outdoor Knoxville at 
http://www.outdoorknoxville.com/places/parks/west/melton-hill-park 

 
Contact info:
Jay Sturner (865-244-7819, call/text), email: 
flowerpetalsonthecreek(at)yahoo(dot)com 

 
 
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KTOS Valentine's Day Field Trip: Birds of Concord Park
 
Where: Concord Park
When: Sunday, February 14, 2016, 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Leaders: Jay Sturner and Melinda Fawver
 
Join us on this day of romance to look for winter specialties at Concord Park 
in Knoxville. We will meet at The Cove (a hotspot 

for waterfowl, gulls, Brown Creepers, Pine Warblers, and Brown-headed 
Nuthatches), then work our way east to the marina for additional species. 

 
This will be an extra fun field trip. Love is in the air! Being Valentine's 
Day, we will stop on occasion to briefly mention "romantic" birds, the ones 
known to mate for life. Species in this category include the Bald Eagle, Canada 
Goose, Mute Swan, Whooping Crane, Laysan Albatross, and many others! 

 
In addition, participants are encouraged to photograph Mourning Doves, Northern 
Cardinals, House/Purple Finches, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, SAPsuckers, towhee 
eyes, birds in pairs, or anything else that fits the romantic theme. Photos 
will be shared on the KTOS website and Facebook page with the option of adding 
fun captions. Not a photographer? Write a poem! After all, words have been 
known to paint lovely pictures. 

 
This is a free event. No RSVP required, and you do not have to be a member of 
KTOS to attend. See you there! 

 
GPS coordinates for The Cove: 35.8461876,-84.1560137 or 35°50'46.3"N 
84°09'21.6"W 

 
For additional info and directions to Concord Park see Outdoor Knoxville at 
http://www.outdoorknoxville.com/places/parks/west/concord-park 

 
Contact info:
Jay Sturner (865-244-7819, call or text), email: 
flowerpetalsonthecreek(at)yahoo(dot)com 

Melinda Fawver, email: mindyfawver(at)gmail(dot)com
 
 
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KTOS Field Trip: Gupton Wetlands
 
Where: Gupton Wetlands
When: Thursday, February 18, 2015  AT  9:00 a.m.
Leader: Tony King, (865) 966-6172
 
Go west on I-40 from Knoxville, take the Midtown exit, exit 350, turn left 
under the interstate, left on Route 1, and then left onto Swan Pond Rd. After 
arriving at Swan Pond Rd., turn right at the second intersection with Swan Pond 
Circle Rd., then the first right into a gravel lot. 

 
 
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KTOS Field Trip: Birding with Friends
 
Where: Seven Islands State Birding Park
When: Wednesday, February 24, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Leaders: Morton Massey (865-806-9967) and Jay Sturner
(865-244-7819, call/text), email: flowerpetalsonthecreek(at)yahoo(dot)com
 
Meet in the main parking lot at the entrance to the park. Many species from a 
variety of habitats will be seen. 

 
This event is part of a monthly birding series held on the 4th Wednesday of 
every month. No RSVP required, and you do not have to be a member of KTOS to 
attend. See you there! 

 
Location:
Seven Islands State Birding Park
2809 Kelly Lane
Kodak, TN  37764
 
Additional info and directions to Seven Islands: 
http://www.tnbirds.org/birdfinding/SevenIslands.htm 

 
 
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KTOS Field Trip: UT Plant Sciences Farm (RSVP required)
 
Where: UT Plant Sciences Farm
When: Saturday, February 27, 2016, 8:00 a.m. to noon
Leaders: Jay Sturner and Jimmy Tucker
 
Due to strict regulations for visiting this property, this field trip will only 
be available to members of KTOS and is limited to twelve participants and four 
cars. Please contact Jay Sturner to reserve a spot. Details will be forwarded 
via email. 

 
Contact info:
Jay Sturner (865-244-7819, call/text), email: 
flowerpetalsonthecreek(at)yahoo(dot)com 

 
 
Posted by Jay Sturner
Knoxville, TN
Knox Co.
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Subject: Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge, Meigs County - 1/31/2016
From: "Mark McShane" <marksmcshane AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 00:39:40 -0500
Hi All,

Max Medley, of Dalton GA, and I had a fine day of birding in Tennessee
Sunday.  We scoped Chickamauga Lake from the dam, from the western Booker T.
Washington State Park boat ramp, and from the Hwy 58 pullouts at Harrison
Bay.  We birded from the observation platform overlooking the lake at
Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge (twice), as well as from the overlook at the
Cherokee Removal Memorial Park, also twice, and also at Hiwassee WR.

There were a lot of great birds everywhere during the day and evening but
the coolest highlight was spotting about 66 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS (some of
which were previously reported) snoozing and preening on the shore, on the
northwest side of Hiwassee Island, upriver from the overlook at the Cherokee
Removal Memorial Park, while we were looking for a certain reported white
crane.

We decided to revisit the observation platform (gazebo) overlooking the lake
at Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge one more time before night really set in (still
looking for a certain reported white crane).  When we got back to the
parking lot the folks we had last birded with there were pulling out as the
day darkened.  We stayed until deep dusk, when all of the Sandhill Cranes
had finally really quieted down, when we were really surprised to see at
least 85  AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS come in very late in the evening and land
in the middle of the lake below the gazebo.  The birds grouped up tightly in
a large raft and then continually moved to the left and eventually partially
behind some of the trees there.  That was really cool, especially when we
realized it was not a group of cranes coming in, but pelicans!  We don't
know if any of the previous 66 birds were members of this group or not.

A great way to end another great day of birding in Tennessee!

Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Georgia Birder-At-Large
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
www.neargareport.com

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Subject: Re: Ross's Goose, White-winged Scoter (2 dead): Blount Co.
From: kde AT angst.engr.utk.edu
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 20:53:07 -0500 (EST)
Yes, sorry, I should have been more clear.  For example, floating with the 
current in non-motored boat is a legal and popular way to duck hunt.  

Dean Edwards
Knoxville, TN




On Sun, 31 Jan 2016, Charles Nicholson wrote:

> Jump-shooting ducks from a moving boat is legal as long as the boat is not
> moving under engine power ("underway") at the time the shots are fired.
> 
> Chuck Nicholson
> Norris, TN
> 
> On Sun, Jan 31, 2016 at 5:12 PM,  wrote:
> 
> >
> > Jump-shooting ducks from a moving boat like you seem to be describing is
> > actually illegal, much like spot-lighting or herding deer.
> >
> > Dean Edwards
> > Knoxville, TN
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > On Sun, 31 Jan 2016, Ron Hoff wrote:
> >
> > > TN-birders,
> > >
> > > Dollyann & I were out with a couple of friends today doing a bit of
> > birding from Louisville Point Park to the Ish Creek embayment in Blount
> > Co., around 10 am. We spotted a Ross?s Goose at Hitch pond along Lowe?s
> > Ferry Rd. (35.81621, ?84.11617). It was hanging around with some domestic
> > ducks behind the house there.
> > >
> > > We got to the Ish Creek embayment and at first only found nearly 90
> > Pied-billed Grebes at the small finger of the embayment near Lowe?s Ferry
> > Rd., and virtually nothing else was around except a few gulls. We drove a
> > bit further until we came to Marcia Davis?s new home (it?s gorgeous!). We
> > saw Marcia outside her place and drove into her driveway to say hello. She
> > was kind enough to take us on a quick tour around her lovely grounds. While
> > we were walking around we heard some shotgun blasts and Marcia said some
> > local hunters were hunting ducks on the embayment. Today was the last day
> > of duck hunting season in Tennessee.
> > >
> > > We saw that the hunters were two guys, one on the shore and one in a
> > john boat. Eventually they both got together into the boat and were boating
> > around the embayment looking for ducks with binoculars and shooting at
> > them. We didn?t see any ducks to shoot at until we finally saw two birds
> > flying away from the hunters. It turns out they were both White-winged
> > Scoters. We eventually saw one other bird and it turned out to also be a
> > White-winged Scoter but it didn?t flush when the other 2 birds did. We
> > thought the hunters had wounded it and every time the hunters got close to
> > it, the scoter dove under the water instead of flying. We finished our
> > visit with Marcia and decided to check the Ish Creek boat launch for gulls
> > or anything else there.
> > >
> > > When we got to the Ish Creek boat ramp, we didn?t see anything else in
> > the way of birds, but did see the 2 hunters, who had pulled their boat out
> > onto a trailer and were getting ready to leave. As we drove past them, I
> > saw 2 White-winged Scoter carcasses they were putting into their truck.
> > >
> > > Strictly my opinion: by and large I am not against hunting, as long as
> > the population of what you are hunting can withstand it. But how ?sporting?
> > is it when you have a fairly confined area and you run around the area with
> > a fast boat and track down the only waterfowl in the area until you
> > slaughter them? Shooting ducks in a barrel hardly seems ?sporting? to me.
> > >
> > > Ron Hoff
> > > Clinton, TN
> > >
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Subject: Re: Ross's Goose, White-winged Scoter (2 dead): Blount Co.
From: Marcia Davis <tennwren AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 19:41:14 -0500
I looked up the rule. It says you cannot shoot ducks---
 From or by means of any motor boat or sail
boat unless the motor has been completely
shut off and/or the sail furled and its progress
therefrom has ceased
The boat was not moving when I saw the hunters take aim but not shoot 
the scotor that dove. They didn't shoot because they could not find the 
bird. The other two scoters flew by fairly close and the hunters did not 
take a shot at them either. I think the guys were trying to finish off a 
crippled bird which is what they are supposed to do.

Years ago I watched a duck hunter in a moving boat herd a wood duck up 
into a dead end cove, corner it and shoot at it from a moving boat. I 
wrote down his boat registration number and reported him to TWRA. TWRA 
explained to me that I had to be willing to go into court and confront 
and accuse this person in court before they could take any action. A few 
weeks earlier my friend had confronted a hunter in the same area in 
Keller Bend for trespassing and putting up a duck blind on private 
property. He menacingly told her it wasn't very smart of her to be 
confronting a man with a gun. I figured it was the same man again and 
that it was not safe for me to get involved.

I actually have what I've been told is an "Arkansas" duck blind at my 
new house. I always thought it was just an old cattle trough from before 
TVA flood Loudoun Lake in the early 1940's and that it just happened to 
be at the shoreline but one of the workman building my house told me 
it's half of an old concrete septic tank and that they take old septic 
tanks and turn them into duck blinds in Arkansas. I do know that the 
previous owner of my land used to duck hunt here so I may have a duck blind.

Marcia Davis
Louisville, TN


On 1/31/16 7:08 PM, Charles Nicholson wrote:
> Jump-shooting ducks from a moving boat is legal as long as the boat is 
> not moving under engine power ("underway") at the time the shots are 
> fired.
>
> Chuck Nicholson
> Norris, TN
>
> On Sun, Jan 31, 2016 at 5:12 PM,  > wrote:
>
>
>     Jump-shooting ducks from a moving boat like you seem to be
>     describing is
>     actually illegal, much like spot-lighting or herding deer.
>
>     Dean Edwards
>     Knoxville, TN
>
>
>
>
>     On Sun, 31 Jan 2016, Ron Hoff wrote:
>
>     > TN-birders,
>     >
>     > Dollyann & I were out with a couple of friends today doing a bit
>     of birding from Louisville Point Park to the Ish Creek embayment
>     in Blount Co., around 10 am. We spotted a Ross?s Goose at Hitch
>     pond along Lowe?s Ferry Rd. (35.81621, ?84.11617). It was hanging
>     around with some domestic ducks behind the house there.
>     >
>     > We got to the Ish Creek embayment and at first only found nearly
>     90 Pied-billed Grebes at the small finger of the embayment near
>     Lowe?s Ferry Rd., and virtually nothing else was around except a
>     few gulls. We drove a bit further until we came to Marcia Davis?s
>     new home (it?s gorgeous!). We saw Marcia outside her place and
>     drove into her driveway to say hello. She was kind enough to take
>     us on a quick tour around her lovely grounds. While we were
>     walking around we heard some shotgun blasts and Marcia said some
>     local hunters were hunting ducks on the embayment. Today was the
>     last day of duck hunting season in Tennessee.
>     >
>     > We saw that the hunters were two guys, one on the shore and one
>     in a john boat. Eventually they both got together into the boat
>     and were boating around the embayment looking for ducks with
>     binoculars and shooting at them. We didn?t see any ducks to shoot
>     at until we finally saw two birds flying away from the hunters. It
>     turns out they were both White-winged Scoters. We eventually saw
>     one other bird and it turned out to also be a White-winged Scoter
>     but it didn?t flush when the other 2 birds did. We thought the
>     hunters had wounded it and every time the hunters got close to it,
>     the scoter dove under the water instead of flying. We finished our
>     visit with Marcia and decided to check the Ish Creek boat launch
>     for gulls or anything else there.
>     >
>     > When we got to the Ish Creek boat ramp, we didn?t see anything
>     else in the way of birds, but did see the 2 hunters, who had
>     pulled their boat out onto a trailer and were getting ready to
>     leave. As we drove past them, I saw 2 White-winged Scoter
>     carcasses they were putting into their truck.
>     >
>     > Strictly my opinion: by and large I am not against hunting, as
>     long as the population of what you are hunting can withstand it.
>     But how ?sporting? is it when you have a fairly confined area and
>     you run around the area with a fast boat and track down the only
>     waterfowl in the area until you slaughter them? Shooting ducks in
>     a barrel hardly seems ?sporting? to me.
>     >
>     > Ron Hoff
>     > Clinton, TN
>     >
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Subject: Re: Ross's Goose, White-winged Scoter (2 dead): Blount Co.
From: Charles Nicholson <cpnicholson53 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 19:08:09 -0500
Jump-shooting ducks from a moving boat is legal as long as the boat is not
moving under engine power ("underway") at the time the shots are fired.

Chuck Nicholson
Norris, TN

On Sun, Jan 31, 2016 at 5:12 PM,  wrote:

>
> Jump-shooting ducks from a moving boat like you seem to be describing is
> actually illegal, much like spot-lighting or herding deer.
>
> Dean Edwards
> Knoxville, TN
>
>
>
>
> On Sun, 31 Jan 2016, Ron Hoff wrote:
>
> > TN-birders,
> >
> > Dollyann & I were out with a couple of friends today doing a bit of
> birding from Louisville Point Park to the Ish Creek embayment in Blount
> Co., around 10 am. We spotted a Ross?s Goose at Hitch pond along Lowe?s
> Ferry Rd. (35.81621, ?84.11617). It was hanging around with some domestic
> ducks behind the house there.
> >
> > We got to the Ish Creek embayment and at first only found nearly 90
> Pied-billed Grebes at the small finger of the embayment near Lowe?s Ferry
> Rd., and virtually nothing else was around except a few gulls. We drove a
> bit further until we came to Marcia Davis?s new home (it?s gorgeous!). We
> saw Marcia outside her place and drove into her driveway to say hello. She
> was kind enough to take us on a quick tour around her lovely grounds. While
> we were walking around we heard some shotgun blasts and Marcia said some
> local hunters were hunting ducks on the embayment. Today was the last day
> of duck hunting season in Tennessee.
> >
> > We saw that the hunters were two guys, one on the shore and one in a
> john boat. Eventually they both got together into the boat and were boating
> around the embayment looking for ducks with binoculars and shooting at
> them. We didn?t see any ducks to shoot at until we finally saw two birds
> flying away from the hunters. It turns out they were both White-winged
> Scoters. We eventually saw one other bird and it turned out to also be a
> White-winged Scoter but it didn?t flush when the other 2 birds did. We
> thought the hunters had wounded it and every time the hunters got close to
> it, the scoter dove under the water instead of flying. We finished our
> visit with Marcia and decided to check the Ish Creek boat launch for gulls
> or anything else there.
> >
> > When we got to the Ish Creek boat ramp, we didn?t see anything else in
> the way of birds, but did see the 2 hunters, who had pulled their boat out
> onto a trailer and were getting ready to leave. As we drove past them, I
> saw 2 White-winged Scoter carcasses they were putting into their truck.
> >
> > Strictly my opinion: by and large I am not against hunting, as long as
> the population of what you are hunting can withstand it. But how ?sporting?
> is it when you have a fairly confined area and you run around the area with
> a fast boat and track down the only waterfowl in the area until you
> slaughter them? Shooting ducks in a barrel hardly seems ?sporting? to me.
> >
> > Ron Hoff
> > Clinton, TN
> >
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>
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Subject: Palm Warbler In Ooltewah
From: rockyturf AT epbfi.com
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 17:56:40 -0500 (EST)
If memory serves me correctly there have been a few seen in various places 
around the state this winter and most winters. The one I saw yesterday (Jan. 
30) was the first I have ever seen in winter at The Honors Couse in Ooltewah. I 
was not birding but I saw quite a bit of yellow on a small bird and the pumping 
tail got my attention. 


David Stone 
The Honors Course 
Ooltewah, Tn. 
Hamilton Co. 

Subject: Re: Ross's Goose, White-winged Scoter (2 dead): Blount Co.
From: kde AT angst.engr.utk.edu
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 17:12:56 -0500 (EST)
Jump-shooting ducks from a moving boat like you seem to be describing is 
actually illegal, much like spot-lighting or herding deer.

Dean Edwards
Knoxville, TN




On Sun, 31 Jan 2016, Ron Hoff wrote:

> TN-birders,
> 
> Dollyann & I were out with a couple of friends today doing a bit of birding 
from Louisville Point Park to the Ish Creek embayment in Blount Co., around 10 
am. We spotted a Ross?s Goose at Hitch pond along Lowe?s Ferry Rd. (35.81621, 
?84.11617). It was hanging around with some domestic ducks behind the house 
there. 

> 
> We got to the Ish Creek embayment and at first only found nearly 90 
Pied-billed Grebes at the small finger of the embayment near Lowe?s Ferry Rd., 
and virtually nothing else was around except a few gulls. We drove a bit 
further until we came to Marcia Davis?s new home (it?s gorgeous!). We saw 
Marcia outside her place and drove into her driveway to say hello. She was kind 
enough to take us on a quick tour around her lovely grounds. While we were 
walking around we heard some shotgun blasts and Marcia said some local hunters 
were hunting ducks on the embayment. Today was the last day of duck hunting 
season in Tennessee. 

> 
> We saw that the hunters were two guys, one on the shore and one in a john 
boat. Eventually they both got together into the boat and were boating around 
the embayment looking for ducks with binoculars and shooting at them. We didn?t 
see any ducks to shoot at until we finally saw two birds flying away from the 
hunters. It turns out they were both White-winged Scoters. We eventually saw 
one other bird and it turned out to also be a White-winged Scoter but it didn?t 
flush when the other 2 birds did. We thought the hunters had wounded it and 
every time the hunters got close to it, the scoter dove under the water instead 
of flying. We finished our visit with Marcia and decided to check the Ish Creek 
boat launch for gulls or anything else there. 

> 
> When we got to the Ish Creek boat ramp, we didn?t see anything else in the 
way of birds, but did see the 2 hunters, who had pulled their boat out onto a 
trailer and were getting ready to leave. As we drove past them, I saw 2 
White-winged Scoter carcasses they were putting into their truck. 

> 
> Strictly my opinion: by and large I am not against hunting, as long as the 
population of what you are hunting can withstand it. But how ?sporting? is it 
when you have a fairly confined area and you run around the area with a fast 
boat and track down the only waterfowl in the area until you slaughter them? 
Shooting ducks in a barrel hardly seems ?sporting? to me. 

> 
> Ron Hoff
> Clinton, TN
> 
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Subject: Ross's Goose, White-winged Scoter (2 dead): Blount Co.
From: "Ron Hoff" <aves7000 AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 16:45:51 -0500
TN-birders,

Dollyann & I were out with a couple of friends today doing a bit of birding 
from Louisville Point Park to the Ish Creek embayment in Blount Co., around 10 
am. We spotted a Ross’s Goose at Hitch pond along Lowe’s Ferry Rd. 
(35.81621, –84.11617). It was hanging around with some domestic ducks behind 
the house there. 


We got to the Ish Creek embayment and at first only found nearly 90 Pied-billed 
Grebes at the small finger of the embayment near Lowe’s Ferry Rd., and 
virtually nothing else was around except a few gulls. We drove a bit further 
until we came to Marcia Davis’s new home (it’s gorgeous!). We saw Marcia 
outside her place and drove into her driveway to say hello. She was kind enough 
to take us on a quick tour around her lovely grounds. While we were walking 
around we heard some shotgun blasts and Marcia said some local hunters were 
hunting ducks on the embayment. Today was the last day of duck hunting season 
in Tennessee. 


We saw that the hunters were two guys, one on the shore and one in a john boat. 
Eventually they both got together into the boat and were boating around the 
embayment looking for ducks with binoculars and shooting at them. We didn’t 
see any ducks to shoot at until we finally saw two birds flying away from the 
hunters. It turns out they were both White-winged Scoters. We eventually saw 
one other bird and it turned out to also be a White-winged Scoter but it 
didn’t flush when the other 2 birds did. We thought the hunters had wounded 
it and every time the hunters got close to it, the scoter dove under the water 
instead of flying. We finished our visit with Marcia and decided to check the 
Ish Creek boat launch for gulls or anything else there. 


When we got to the Ish Creek boat ramp, we didn’t see anything else in the 
way of birds, but did see the 2 hunters, who had pulled their boat out onto a 
trailer and were getting ready to leave. As we drove past them, I saw 2 
White-winged Scoter carcasses they were putting into their truck. 


Strictly my opinion: by and large I am not against hunting, as long as the 
population of what you are hunting can withstand it. But how “sporting” is 
it when you have a fairly confined area and you run around the area with a fast 
boat and track down the only waterfowl in the area until you slaughter them? 
Shooting ducks in a barrel hardly seems “sporting” to me. 


Ron Hoff
Clinton, TN
   
Subject: Radnor Lake - would like assistance identifying an unusual duck
From: "cis_135" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "cis_135" for DMARC)
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 17:29:33 +0000 (UTC)
Just got back from a walk at Radnor Lake and this duck was diving east of the 
"peninsula" and visible from the road.  I saw it late on Friday afternoon and 
was glad to see it was still at Radnor today. 


Here are some of the features I could see with my binoculars:1.  White cheek 
patch with a dark brown head2.  Blue-ish bill3.  Grayish back4.  White 
sides5.  Larger than a female bufflehead 

My husband and I were wondering if it was a hybrid - maybe between a bufflehead 
and a ruddy duck. 

If anyone sees this unusual duck at Radnor and can identify it that would be 
greatly appreciated. 

The Redhead ducks (3 males and 1 female), 3 American Wigeons and the 2 
Green-winged Teals are still at Radnor.  One male Northern Shoveler was also 
there today. 

~~Ann Inouye  Nashville, Davidson County
Subject: Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge
From: Charles Murray <dro1945 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2016 20:33:25 -0500
Over 40 visitors to the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge viewing area at Birchwood in 
Meigs County this afternoon were able to see at least 22 species of birds. 
Highlights included a fair number of sandhill cranes, 4 great egrets, at least 
six species of ducks (mallard, canvasback, redhead, ring-necked, hooded 
merganser, and ruddy), and at least three immature bald eagles, two of which 
had an aerial hot pursuit and failed attempt to steal a fish that one had 
caught. Late in the day from the overlook at the Cherokee Removal Memorial 
Park, also at Birchwood in Meigs County, I saw about 30 American white 
pelicans, more sandhill cranes, and one whooping crane. I heard a belted 
kingfisher. These birds were also on the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge. 


Charles Murray
Birchwood, TN
 		 	   		  
Subject: Thursday Jan 28 Bedford Co & Rutherford Co
From: MElissa Turrentine <avocet1990 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2016 13:15:36 -0600
While in Murfreesboro for a Choral Event, we squeezed in some exciting 
birdwatching time! 


Bedford Co area included Dement Rd, Hwy 269/to Potts Rd to Hwy 64 toward 
interstate; Rutherford Co area includes Hwy 41A in Beechgrove, toward 
Rutherford Murfreesboro; Bellwood Elem area (the wetland nearby was named after 
my friend -Anne Hettish Swamp-unsure of current status...), No Rutherford Blvd, 
Old Fort Pkwy then toward Eagleville (Swamp Rd, North Rd, Shoemaker Rd, Ditch 
Rd, etc) 


Birds observed include 37 species for the ~4 hours birding...a very good 
day...the low species count is misleading, in my opinion.... 


Canada Geese. 100 (all congregated on new part of MTSU campus off of No 
Rutherford Blvd) 


Great Blue Heron 1
Turkey 2
Black Vulture 12
Coopers Hawk 1
No Harrier 2 (swooping over large average stirring up hundreds of killdeer)
Red Shouldered Hawk 1
Red tailed Hawk 3
American Kestrel 4
Sandhill Cranes 178 (one flock was over a hundred and flew into field beside us 
and we doubled back and others previously counted were still in same spot 

Killdeer 335 (35 in one field...another 300+ off of Shoemaker Rd near Rocky 
Glade Rd...stirred up by one female No Harrier and then a second swooped 
opposite direction, scaring up an enormous amount of killdeer...had already 
counted 80 and 300 is a conservative....friends went and saw same flocks today) 


Coot  20
Rock Pigeon 1
Mourning Dove 2
Downy Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 7
American Crow 64
Horned Lark 3
Carolina Chickadee 3
Carolina Wren 3
Ruby crowned Kinglet 1 (gleaning for insects??)
E Bluebird 16
American Robin 732
No Mockingbird 5
European Starling 1515
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
E Towhee 1
White throated Sparrow 2
White-crowned Sparrow 2 
Dark eyed Junco 20
:Northern Cardinal 2
Eastern Meadowlark 12
Red wing Blackbird 167 (female, male, and immature male)

Common Grackles 10
Rusty Bla bird 9 (really purple heads)

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Normandy, TN
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Subject: Redheads at Radnor Lake, Davidson Co.
From: Jan Shaw <jankshaw1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2016 09:41:24 -0600
1-30-16
Radnor Lake
Davidson Co.

This morning there were two male Redheads at the east end of Radnor Lake,
along with Ring-necked Ducks and Buffleheads. In the east slough the two
Wigeons that Jim Arnett reported on were still there but had multiplied to
four.

Jan Shaw
Nashville, TN
Subject: American Woodcocks-Knoxville
From: Bates Estabrooks <wgpu AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2016 12:41:09 +0000
I visited the Kemp Fain Woodcock Field in Knoxville last eve. (HT: Morton 
Massey) and had a productive twilight. 



Got there around 5:30; sunset was at 5:59. The first bird began beeping 
("peent"ing) around 6:10. At that point the beeping just increased until ~6:30 
when I left and it was pretty much dark. I heard three distinct birds. While 
there was still light, I saw one bird flying. Great place. 




Bates Estabrooks

Anderson County
Subject: Orange-cr. Warbler
From: "Richard Knight" <rknight8 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2016 16:12:54 -0500
29 Jan 2016
TVA trail, downstream from Ft. Patrick Henry Dam
Sullivan Co., TN

Black-cr. Night-Heron - 1 ad.
Winter Wren - 2
Golden-cr. Kinglet - 1
Ruby-cr. Kinglet - 3
Hermit Thrush - 2
Orange-cr. Warbler - 1
Pine Warbler - 1  (rare in northeast Tenn during winter)

Rick Knight
Johnson City, TN
Subject: west tennessee update
From: Terry Witt <terrywitt AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2016 10:07:55 +0000 (UTC)
Spent the last 2 days birding Ky Lake to Reelfoot
The road to Pace Point is still closed due to flood damageThe refuge personnel 
think it will reopen in 2 weeks or so. 

On the lake, many RB Mergansers, nothing else of note
Road at Britton Ford open again
At Eagle Creek gull roost, one Forsters Tern, rare winter
Lots of waterfowl at Reelfoot accompanied by many hunters
Cheers
Terry WittMurfreesboro Tn
Subject: Lesser-black Backed Gull
From: Morton Massey <massey6932 AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2016 18:55:37 -0500
1/28/2016, Bill Felton Bridge Knox County. I observed a LBBG in the large 
roosting raft of gulls at around 6pm. This may be the same bird that was seen 
here about a month ago. There were also 2 sub-adult Herring Gulls and a male 
Red-breasted Merganser. This raft has at least 2000 gulls and is about half way 
between bridge and concord park boat ramp area. Viewing from bridge puts the 
setting sun at your back and provides good elevation to be looking down on the 
raft. 


Morton Massey
Knoxville, TN


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Subject: Davidson County ducks
From: Jim Arnett <jimboa68 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2016 13:59:06 -0600
Nothing too exciting, but I’ve seen two relatively uncommon duck species here 
in Nashville over the past two days. Yesterday while walking the road at Radnor 
Lake, I saw a pair of American Wigeon in the smaller lake across the road from 
the main lake. And then today at the Walter S. Davis marsh, I was treated to a 
beautiful male Redhead along with a couple of other species of divers - 
Bufflehead and Ring-necked Duck - mixed in with the usual large numbers of 
dabblers and Coots. 


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Subject: Re: Pipits - Warren Co.
From: Susan McWhirter <snmcwhirter AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2016 12:24:26 -0600
Actually, the finches are visiting daily, but they do seem to be a happy
group!

On Wed, Jan 27, 2016 at 5:13 PM, Susan McWhirter 
wrote:

> Mid-day Monday Mac and I had a flock of approximately 60 American Pipits
> at our farm in Warren Co.
>
> At our home Purple Finches have been visiting our feeders gaily with a
> high of 16 on the 22nd, which is also when we had two snow-induced Fox
> Sparrows ( they never seem to show up in our yard unless there's snow!).
>
> Susan McWhirter
> McMinnville, TN
>
Subject: Re: Pine Warbler Knox Co.
From: "Gary Baumgardner" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "baumgrdner" for DMARC)
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2016 11:13:38 -0500
1/28/16
Knox Co.

A Pine Warbler visited the suet feeder at 11:00 a.m. in the fog. Not sure if it 
is the same bird that visited Sunday. 

Susan Baumgardner
Subject: Pipits - Warren Co.
From: Susan McWhirter <snmcwhirter AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 2016 17:13:04 -0600
Mid-day Monday Mac and I had a flock of approximately 60 American Pipits at
our farm in Warren Co.

At our home Purple Finches have been visiting our feeders gaily with a high
of 16 on the 22nd, which is also when we had two snow-induced Fox Sparrows
( they never seem to show up in our yard unless there's snow!).

Susan McWhirter
McMinnville, TN
Subject: Orange-crowned Warbler - Knox
From: kde AT angst.engr.utk.edu
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 2016 13:53:41 -0500 (EST)
Had an Orange-crowned Warbler hanging around with one of the chickadee and 
titmouse flocks in the yard at lunch today (27 Jan).  It stuck to foraging 
in the shrubs and plants around the feeder area and did not go for the 
suet.  My first winter record for the yard.

Dean Edwards
Knoxville, TN


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Subject: Seven Islands Monthly Walk
From: Morton Massey <massey6932 AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 2016 12:22:12 -0500
14 people showed up this morning 1/27/2016 for the monthly walk at Seven 
Islands Stare Birding Park in Knox County. Following is a list of sightings. 


Morton Massey
Knoxville, TN



Sent from my iPhoneSeven Islands State Birding Park
Jan 27, 2016
7:08 AM
Traveling
3.50 miles
297 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.1.4 Build 34

34 Canada Goose
2 Wood Duck
1 Great Blue Heron
1 Turkey Vulture
1 Red-shouldered Hawk
1 Killdeer
1 American Woodcock
1 Ring-billed Gull
4 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
2 Mourning Dove
1 Belted Kingfisher
4 Red-bellied Woodpecker
5 Downy Woodpecker
6 Northern Flicker
2 American Kestrel
1 Eastern Phoebe
4 Blue Jay
6 American Crow
6 Carolina Chickadee
4 Tufted Titmouse
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 Winter Wren
9 Carolina Wren
3 Golden-crowned Kinglet
4 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
17 Eastern Bluebird
1 Hermit Thrush
5 American Robin
2 Northern Mockingbird
3 European Starling
20 Cedar Waxwing
3 Yellow-rumped Warbler
45 Field Sparrow
1 Fox Sparrow
10 White-crowned Sparrow
9 White-throated Sparrow
2 Savannah Sparrow
35 Song Sparrow
5 Swamp Sparrow
8 Eastern Towhee
10 Northern Cardinal
1 Red-winged Blackbird
2 House Finch
4 American Goldfinch

Number of Taxa: 44
Subject: Yellow-headed Blackbird, etc. in Dyer County
From: "Mark Greene" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "greenesnake" for DMARC)
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 2016 22:07:39 +0000 (UTC)
January 26, 2016Dyer County
Today, in Dyer County, I saw a flock of Sandhill Cranes (165), feeding in a 
corn stubble field on the west side of Trimble Road, just south of the town of 
Trimble. While there I also saw a small group of 70 Snow Geese there, also 
feeding in the corn stubble. On the east side of the road there was a large, 
mixed flock of blackbirds - Common Grackles, Red-winged Blackbirds, and 
Brown-headed Cowbirds made up the majority of the flock. I began scanning the 
flock and after about 10 minutes or so, I spotted the white wing patch and 
yellow breast, of a first year male Yellow-headed Blackbird! The bird (and the 
entire flock) was moving frequently and it was a bit far away so I wasn't able 
to get a picture. Patient scanning of these mega-flocks of blackbirds will 
sometimes result in finding this western visitor in the ranks. 

Good birding!
Mark GreeneTrenton, TNGibson County
Subject: Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge Cranes
From: Charles Murray <dro1945 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 19:53:33 -0500

From the Cherokee Removal Memorial Park observation deck in
Meigs County at Birchwood near "roost time" this evening, I saw the
largest number of sandhill cranes that I have seen all season. Large flocks
totaling in the thousands were flying in from the north. The down-side of this
is that the water level in the Tennessee and Hiwassee rivers is quite high.
This greatly disrupts the roosting sites of the cranes. Some of the birds were
apparently landing in flooded areas on Hiwassee Island.  Another birder
said that she saw around 30 American white pelicans a few minutes before I
arrived at the CRMP. 

Charles MurrayBirchwood, TN


 		 	   		  
Subject: Vesper Sparrow at Shelby Farms
From: Virginia Reynolds <vbreynolds AT att.net>
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 17:03:51 -0600
A Vesper Sparrow in beautiful plumage was seen on the easternmost levee off 
Moore Road ( E-6 on TOS Directory map of Shelby Farms). The bird was within 6 
feet of my car in a flock of several sparrow species. The white outer-tail 
feathers caught my eye as the bird flew up from the ground and perched on an 
eye-level shrub. 

Virginia Reynolds
Memphis 
Shelby County

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Subject: Re: Ross's Goose Seen in North Hamilton County
From: Hugh Barger <hughbarger AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 17:42:01 -0500
Libby Wolfe and I observed the Ross's Goose at the same location about 4:20
pm
Thanks, Bruce!

On Mon, Jan 25, 2016 at 3:21 PM, Dralle  wrote:

> There is a Ross's Goose feeding with Canada Geese at a farm pond along
> OoltewahGeorgetown Road in North Hamilton County.
>
> Bruce Dralle
> Hamilton County
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Subject: Re: ABA Big Year
From: "Alice Beth & Lew" <ablroyce AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 16:18:47 -0500
Congratulations.  Quite an accomplishment which sounds like it was also a
very good time.

On Mon, Jan 25, 2016 at 4:09 PM, Kevin A. Calhoon  wrote:

> Most of you have probably heard by now but I did a ABA Big Year in 2015.
> My goals were to bird as many of my favorite areas in the US as possible
> and enjoy the travel and experiences along the way.  It turned out to be
> fantastic and even more enjoyable than I had expected.  I was blown away be
> all the friendly, helpful birders I met, particularly in CA, MA, TX, and
> AR.  I want to thank my longtime friend Roger Clark in Santa Fe, we found
> at least a couple hundred species in NM including my first lower 48 Boreal
> Owl!  I want to also thank Lizzie and John Diener for giving me an
> opportunity to go with them to Anchorage and then Adak Island, Alaska.
> Picked up 30 ABA year birds on that trip including two life ABA birds.
> (Little Stint and Common Snipe)  I also went on great trips to India
> (enjoyed travelling with several TN birders) and Australia so it was a very
> full year!
>
>
>
> So here are my final annual numbers for 2015:
>
>
>
> 605 ABA year birds
>
> 583 ABA lower 48
>
> 1058 world  birds
>
> 272 Tennessee year
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> Kevin Calhoon
>
> Assistant Curator of Forests
>
> Tennessee Aquarium
>
> 423-785-4070
>
>
>
Subject: ABA Big Year
From: "Kevin A. Calhoon" <kac AT tennis.org>
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 16:09:26 -0500
Most of you have probably heard by now but I did a ABA Big Year in 2015.
My goals were to bird as many of my favorite areas in the US as possible
and enjoy the travel and experiences along the way.  It turned out to be
fantastic and even more enjoyable than I had expected.  I was blown away
be all the friendly, helpful birders I met, particularly in CA, MA, TX,
and AR.  I want to thank my longtime friend Roger Clark in Santa Fe, we
found at least a couple hundred species in NM including my first lower
48 Boreal Owl!  I want to also thank Lizzie and John Diener for giving
me an opportunity to go with them to Anchorage and then Adak Island,
Alaska.  Picked up 30 ABA year birds on that trip including two life ABA
birds. (Little Stint and Common Snipe)  I also went on great trips to
India (enjoyed travelling with several TN birders) and Australia so it
was a very full year!  

 

So here are my final annual numbers for 2015: 

 

605 ABA year birds

583 ABA lower 48 

1058 world  birds

272 Tennessee year

 

 

 

Kevin Calhoon

Assistant Curator of Forests

Tennessee Aquarium

423-785-4070

 
Subject: Ross's Goose Seen in North Hamilton County
From: Dralle <bwdralle AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 15:21:57 -0500
There is a Ross's Goose feeding with Canada Geese at a farm pond along 
OoltewahGeorgetown Road in North Hamilton County. 


Bruce Dralle
Hamilton County

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Subject: Brewer's Blackbird Seen On Snow Hill Road - Hamilton County
From: Dralle <bwdralle AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 13:56:40 -0500
This afternoon while birding Snow Hill Road. I observed two male Brewer's 
Blackbirds perched in a deciduous tree near the metal barn. 

The Brewer's flew into the field next to the metal barn.

Bruce Dralle
Hamilton County





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Subject: Jan 23 Wolf River WMA field trip report
From: Gaynell Perry <gcperry1 AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 12:54:50 -0600
The day following the snow thirteen Memphis Chapter members and guests birded 
the WMA from 3:00 to 6:30 p.m. Rising temperatures had already melted any 
accumulation. Highlights among the 47 species included a Marsh Wren, 6 species 
of winter sparrows, an adult Bald Eagle, 4 owl species (Barred, Barn, Great 
Horned, and Short-eared), and Woodcock (at least 6 individuals, with fine looks 
at 3 of them) with a beautiful orange full moon rising over the trees as a 
backdrop. 


Snow Goose  25
Canada Goose  45
Mallard  2
Hooded Merganser  2
Great Blue Heron  1
Black Vulture  12
Turkey Vulture  15
Northern Harrier  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  1     adult
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Red-tailed Hawk  3
Killdeer  3
American Woodcock  6
Barn Owl  1
Great Horned Owl  1
Barred Owl  3
Short-eared Owl  1
Red-headed Woodpecker  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  6
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  3
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  6
American Kestrel  1
Eastern Phoebe  2
Blue Jay  6
Carolina Chickadee  5
Tufted Titmouse  5
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Marsh Wren  1
Carolina Wren  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  7
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Hermit Thrush  4
Cedar Waxwing  100
Field Sparrow  1
Fox Sparrow  5
Dark-eyed Junco  3
White-throated Sparrow  5
Savannah Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  25
Swamp Sparrow  36
Eastern Towhee  7
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  13
Common Grackle  40

Good birding!
Gaynell Perry, 
Shelby County









Subject: Pipits at Defeated Creek
From: Chris Agee <chrisageeinindia AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 11:38:55 -0600
1-25-16
Walked along the banks of Cordell Hull lake in Smith county at the Defeated 
Creek campground. I encountered a few small groups of American Pipits totaling 
13. One group of 4, a few groups of 2 and a few singles. 

A female a Common Merganser was hanging around also. 
It was a beautiful morning!
Chris Agee 
Smith County


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Subject: RFI: ATFL -- was Re: Lark Sparrow
From: kde AT angst.engr.utk.edu
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 11:57:14 -0500 (EST)
Thanks for the update on the Lark Sparrow, Morton.  

Any recent reports of the Ash-throated Flycatcher on the Riverwalk in 
Chattanooga?  The last eBird report seems to be from 15 Jan.

Dean Edwards
Knoxville, TN


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> Lark Sparrow continues near harris-Johnson park in Hamilton county on 
1/25/16. Found this morning at 11 am in the hedge line between the park and the 
river city duck bldg near where you park to walk in the park. 

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Subject: Reminder: KTOS Field Trip to Seven Islands State Birding Park
From: "Jay Sturner" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "flowerpetalsonthecreek" for DMARC)
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 16:29:31 +0000 (UTC)
Where: Seven Islands State Birding Park, Knox Co.
When: Wednesday, January 27, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Leaders: Morton Massey (865-806-9967) and Jay Sturner (865-244-7819, call or 
text), email: flowerpetalsonthecreek(at)yahoo(dot)com 

 
Meet in the main parking lot.
 
This event is part of a monthly birding series held on the 4th Wednesday of 
every month. No RSVP required, and you do not have to be a member of KTOS to 
attend. 

 
Location:
Seven Islands State Birding Park
2809 Kelly Lane
Kodak, TN  37764
 
Additional info and directions to Seven Islands: 
http://www.tnbirds.org/birdfinding/SevenIslands.htm 

 
 
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Subject: Lark Sparrow
From: Morton Massey <massey6932 AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 11:09:25 -0500
Lark Sparrow continues near harris-Johnson park in Hamilton county on 1/25/16. 
Found this morning at 11 am in the hedge line between the park and the river 
city duck bldg near where you park to walk in the park. 


Morton Massey 
Knoxville, TN



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Subject: Pine Warblers- Andersonville
From: Bates Estabrooks <wgpu AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 16:02:51 +0000
Twice in the last week I've had a Pine Warbler taking sunflower seed at my 
feeder here in Andersonville. 


It would be interesting to see if others in TN are seeing them. If you do, 
please post on eBIrd. I'd like to see how far north they're wintering. 


Thanks.

Bates Estabrooks
Anderson County

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Subject: Am Tree Sparrow in Bellevue continues
From: Frank Fekel <fekel AT evans.tsuniv.edu>
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 09:21:45 -0600
Bellevue, Davidson Co., TN
2016 Aug. 25
7:00-8:00 am

This Monday morning the AMERICAN TREE SPARROW that was seen yesterday
at my feeder in Bellevue at River Plantation Sec. X returned this
morning and spent most of the hour searching the ground for food. There
is still currently plenty of snow on the ground.

It left around 8 am but is likely still in the area. I headed into work,
the Interstate highways being fine, but the parking lot at TSU was
slippery.

Frank Fekel
Bellevue
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Subject: Baltimore Oriole
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Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 04:42:40 +0000 (UTC)




Subject: Re: Common Redpoll - No
From: Cynthia Anne Routledge <routledges AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Sun, 24 Jan 2016 17:01:14 -0600
Many thanks Rick for your hospitality and for keeping us informed.  Its
been a good winter for rarities in Montgomery County!  Heres to finding a
few more!!

Cheers!
<")
  ( \
  / |`   Cyndi Routledge
Southeastern Avian Research
Specializing in Winter Hummingbird banding
1515 N. Willow Bend Court
Clarksville, TN  37043
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From:   on behalf of Rick Shipkowski

Reply-To:  
Date:  Sunday, January 24, 2016 at 4:46 PM
To:  Tn Bird 
Subject:  [TN-Bird] Common Redpoll - No

The Common Redpoll was last observed early yesterday morning, January 23d.
It has not been seen since, despite numerous attempts to observe it.  We
still have a large flock of goldfinches actively feeding, so perhaps it will
show up again.   We are pleased that so many birders from TN and nearby
states were able to see it over the last two weeks.   Well post if it
returns.
Rick Shipkowski
Montgomery County

Subject: Common Redpoll - No
From: "Rick Shipkowski" <atrox17 AT charter.net>
Date: Sun, 24 Jan 2016 16:46:48 -0600
The Common Redpoll was last observed early yesterday morning, January 23d.
It has not been seen since, despite numerous attempts to observe it.  We
still have a large flock of goldfinches actively feeding, so perhaps it will
show up again.   We are pleased that so many birders from TN and nearby
states were able to see it over the last two weeks.   We'll post if it
returns.

Rick Shipkowski

Montgomery County
Subject: Re: TOS Winter Meeting 2016
From: "james tucker" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "jtuck4478" for DMARC)
Date: Sun, 24 Jan 2016 22:30:00 +0000 (UTC)
 blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px 
#715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white 
!important; } A big thanks to you & Steve for putting together a successful 
weekend. 

Regards, Jimmy Tucker 


Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone


On Sunday, January 24, 2016, 5:20 PM, Cynthia Anne Routledge 
 wrote: 


Tn-birders…Despite Winter Storm Jonas, 21 hearty birders congregated at 
Wheeler Wildlife Refuge this past weekend for the 2016 TOS Winter Meeting.  As 
luck would have it the greater Knoxville area missed most of the snow so of the 
21 , 18 were KTOS members.  Understandably folks in middle and west TN were 
thwarted by the snow storm but by our accounts had the weather been more 
cooperative on Friday we anticipated another 18-20 members who had planned to 
attend.   Which would have brought the potential total to an excess of 40 
members which is an excellent total for a winter meeting.  

Many thanks to Wheeler Wildlife Refuge Project Leader Dwight Cooley for leading 
our group on a wonderful birding adventure on Saturday and for the hospitality 
of the Refuge staff and volunteers.  Thanks also to Damien Simbeck and Captain 
Steve of Wheeler Lake Scenic Cruises for attempting to put together the pelagic 
trip which unfortunately was cancelled due to the weather conditions. 

Undoubtably the highlight of the weekend was the presence of up to 9 Whooping 
Cranes in view, at once, from the observation building among the nearly 12,000 
Sandhill Cranes.  Other highlights included thousands of waterfowl, a family 
of 3 Northern Harriers, a Bald Eagle, which got the masses of ducks “up” 
quite a few times, a Barn Swallow, Orange-crowned, Pine and Palm Warbers, 
Hermit Thrushes and Fox Sparrows were also seen around the Visitor’s Center. 
 A Peregrine Falcon was found at the Beaver Dam observation tower with 
hundreds of American Pipits and a flock of 1000+ Snow Geese was found at 
Limestone Bay with at least 3 identified Ross’s Geese in the mix.  A 
complete weekend list of the 91 species can be found below. 

On Sunday we broke into smaller groups and re-visited some of the places we had 
been on Saturday as well as some of the other Northern Alabama Birding Trail 
spots looking for potential new weekend species.  The weekend ended with a 
last visit to the Observation Building on the Refuge where we witnessed a 
“new” pair of Whooping Cranes fly-in.  The intern working for ICF happen 
to be there and told us that the pair had arrived from Indiana.  By her 
accounts there are now presently 12 Whoopers in and around Wheeler with as many 
as 19 so far this season. It’s truly a wonderful place. 

Thanks to everyone who was able to come out for the weekend.  It was great to 
see “old” friends and meet some new ones.  We look forward to birding 
together in the near future. Until then, as always, Good birding!!  <")  ( 
\ 

  / |`   Cyndi and Steve Routledge          Montgomery County
Weekend Species List:Greater White-fronted GooseSnow GooseRoss’s GooseCanada 
GooseWood DuckGadwallAmerican WigeonAmerican Black DuckMallardNorthern 
ShovelerNorthern PintailGreen-winged TealRedheadRing-necked DuckLesser 
ScaupBuffleheadHooded MerganserRed-breasted MerganserRuddy DuckPied-billed 
GrebeHorned GrebeDouble-crested CormorantAmerican White PelicanGreat Blue 
HeronGreat EgretTurkey VultureNorthern HarrierBald EagleRed-tailed HawkAmerican 
CootSandhill CraneWhooping CraneKilldeerAmerican WoodcockBonaparte’s 
GullRing-billed GullHerring GullRock PigeonEurasian Collared DoveMourning 
DoveGreat Horned OwlBelted KingfisherRed-headed WoodpeckerRed-bellied 
WoodpeckerYellow-bellied SapsuckerDowny WoodpeckerNorthern FlickerAmerican 
KestrelPeregrine FalconEastern PhoebeBlue-headed VireoBlue JayAmerican 
CrowHorned LarkBarn SwallowCarolina ChickadeeTufted TitmouseWhite-breasted 
NuthatchBrown CreeperWinter WrenCarolina WrenGolden-crowned KingletRuby-crowned 
KingletEastern BluebirdHermit ThrushAmerican RobinBrown ThrasherNorthern 
MockingbirdEuropean StarlingAmerican PipitCedar WaxwingOrange-crowned 
WarblerPalm WarblerPine WarblerYellow-rumped WarblerEastern TowheeChipping 
SparrowField SparrowFox SparrowSong SparrowSwamp SparrowWhite-throated 
SparrowDark-eyed JuncoNorthern CardinalRed-winged BlackbirdEastern 
MeadowlarkCommon GrackleBrown-headed CowbirdHouse FinchPine SiskenAmerican 
GoldfinchAccipiter Species 





 
Subject: TOS Winter Meeting 2016
From: Cynthia Anne Routledge <routledges AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Sun, 24 Jan 2016 16:20:11 -0600
Tn-birders
Despite Winter Storm Jonas, 21 hearty birders congregated at Wheeler
Wildlife Refuge this past weekend for the 2016 TOS Winter Meeting.  As luck
would have it the greater Knoxville area missed most of the snow so of the
21 , 18 were KTOS members.  Understandably folks in middle and west TN were
thwarted by the snow storm but by our accounts had the weather been more
cooperative on Friday we anticipated another 18-20 members who had planned
to attend.   Which would have brought the potential total to an excess of 40
members which is an excellent total for a winter meeting.

Many thanks to Wheeler Wildlife Refuge Project Leader Dwight Cooley for
leading our group on a wonderful birding adventure on Saturday and for the
hospitality of the Refuge staff and volunteers.  Thanks also to Damien
Simbeck and Captain Steve of Wheeler Lake Scenic Cruises for attempting to
put together the pelagic trip which unfortunately was cancelled due to the
weather conditions.

Undoubtably the highlight of the weekend was the presence of up to 9
Whooping Cranes in view, at once, from the observation building among the
nearly 12,000 Sandhill Cranes.  Other highlights included thousands of
waterfowl, a family of 3 Northern Harriers, a Bald Eagle, which got the
masses of ducks up quite a few times, a Barn Swallow, Orange-crowned, Pine
and Palm Warbers, Hermit Thrushes and Fox Sparrows were also seen around the
Visitors Center.  A Peregrine Falcon was found at the Beaver Dam
observation tower with hundreds of American Pipits and a flock of 1000+ Snow
Geese was found at Limestone Bay with at least 3 identified Rosss Geese in
the mix.  A complete weekend list of the 91 species can be found below.

On Sunday we broke into smaller groups and re-visited some of the places we
had been on Saturday as well as some of the other Northern Alabama Birding
Trail spots looking for potential new weekend species.  The weekend ended
with a last visit to the Observation Building on the Refuge where we
witnessed a new pair of Whooping Cranes fly-in.  The intern working for
ICF happen to be there and told us that the pair had arrived from Indiana.
By her accounts there are now presently 12 Whoopers in and around Wheeler
with as many as 19 so far this season. Its truly a wonderful place.

Thanks to everyone who was able to come out for the weekend.  It was great
to see old friends and meet some new ones.  We look forward to birding
together in the near future. Until then, as always,
Good birding!!
  
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          Montgomery County

Weekend Species List:
Greater White-fronted Goose
Snow Goose
Rosss Goose
Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Gadwall
American Wigeon
American Black Duck
Mallard
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Bufflehead
Hooded Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
American White Pelican
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Turkey Vulture
Northern Harrier
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
American Coot
Sandhill Crane
Whooping Crane
Killdeer
American Woodcock
Bonapartes Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared Dove
Mourning Dove
Great Horned Owl
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
Eastern Phoebe
Blue-headed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Horned Lark
Barn Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Winter Wren
Carolina Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Brown Thrasher
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
American Pipit
Cedar Waxwing
Orange-crowned Warbler
Palm Warbler
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
Pine Sisken
American Goldfinch
Accipiter Species