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Red-bellied Woodpecker,©David Sibley

25 Jan Ross's Goose in Overton County north of Livingston ["LeGrand family" ]
25 Jan Sandhill Cranes in Montgomery County [Barbara Wilbur ]
25 Jan Pacific Loon - Woods Reservoir ["Chloe Walker" ]
25 Jan Sandhill Cranes flying north (Robertson County) [Tony Lance ]
25 Jan Northern Shoverlers [Lyda Phillips ]
24 Jan Cooper's Hawk [Lynne Davis ]
25 Jan Pine Siskins in Pittman Center []
24 Jan East Tennessee Birding -- another tool for birdring ["BBC Net" ]
23 Jan TOS Winter Weekend Birding, Feb. 6-8. ["Ron Hoff" ]
23 Jan Re: Golden Eagle project update [Lyda Phillips ]
23 Jan Error in The Migrant [Susan McWhirter ]
23 Jan Re: Golden Eagle project update [birder1 ]
23 Jan Re: Golden Eagle project update [birder1 ]
23 Jan Golden Eagle project update [Scott Somershoe ]
23 Jan Correction to Birding around Old Hickory Lake [Stephen Zipperer ]
23 Jan Birding Old Hickory Lake [Stephen Zipperer ]
23 Jan Re: Unusual looking Crane at Hiwassee Refuge [Michael Todd ]
23 Jan Re: Unusual looking Crane at Hiwassee Refuge [Michael Todd ]
23 Jan Re: Unusual looking Crane at Hiwassee Refuge ["Charles Murray" ]
23 Jan Ross's Goose Soddy Lake, Hamilton County [Dralle ]
23 Jan Greater Scaup and Bald Eagles, Kingsport [Rick Phillips ]
23 Jan Re: Unusual looking Crane at Hiwassee Refuge [Michael Todd ]
23 Jan Re: Hawk Surprise - Take 2 ["Mark Greene" ]
23 Jan Re: Unusual looking Crane at Hiwassee Refuge ["Daniel Estabrooks" ]
23 Jan Re: Hawk Surprise - Take 2 [Rick Phillips ]
22 Jan Re: Hawk Surprise - Take 2 [Michael Todd ]
22 Jan Hawk Surprise - Take 2 [Kristy L Baker ]
22 Jan Hawk Surprise ["Kristy L. Baker" ]
23 Jan New Facebook Page on East Tennessee Birding []
22 Jan Three Accipiter Day! ["Mark Greene" ]
22 Jan Re: FW: West TN birding; Pacific Loon, Long-tailed Ducks....... [Michael Todd ]
22 Jan Radnor Lake Waterfowl [Dustin Crowell ]
22 Jan Unusual looking Crane at Hiwassee Refuge [Starr Klein ]
22 Jan West TN Birding ["Mark Greene" ]
22 Jan FW: West TN birding; Pacific Loon, Long-tailed Ducks....... ["Kevin A. Calhoon" ]
21 Jan The passing of Ed Schell [Richard Lewis ]
21 Jan Reelfoot [Ken Winfield ]
21 Jan Hamilton County birds - Jan. 21 [Hugh Barger ]
21 Jan Re: Red-breasted Mergansers at Melton Hill Park [Carole Gobert ]
21 Jan Red-breasted Mergansers - correction [Carole Gobert ]
21 Jan Red-breasted Mergansers at Melton Hill Park [Carole Gobert ]
21 Jan White-crowned Sparrow at Brainerd Levee Hamilton County [Dralle ]
21 Jan Re: Sandhill Cranes at Kentucky Manor, Nashville ["Michael Lee Bierly" ]
21 Jan Greater White-fronted and Snow Goose, Hamilton Co [Lizzie Goodrick ]
21 Jan Seven Islands [Ronald Shrieves ]
20 Jan Sandhill Cranes - Long Hunter State Park [Jason Allen ]
20 Jan correction [Thais Carr ]
20 Jan Lesser Black-Backed Gull, adult Sumner county ["" ]
20 Jan hiwassee [Thais Carr ]
20 Jan Orange-crowned Warbler [Scott Heppel ]
20 Jan Melton Hill Bald eagles [Wesley James ]
20 Jan Sandhill Cranes [susan hollyday ]
19 Jan Sightings Report,18 Jan 2015, Long-tailed Duck (m), TVA Lakes, Memphis, Shelby Cty [John Walko ]
19 Jan Long-tailed Ducks and Surf Scoter ["Ron Hoff" ]
20 Jan Blount and Knox County birds - highlights: Peregrine Falcon, Long-tailed Duck, Osprey, Surf Scoter ["Welsh, Christopher J E" ]
19 Jan Victor Ashe Park [Ronald Shrieves ]
19 Jan Report from Hiwassee Refuge and nearby areas Saturday 1/17 [Jason Baumgardner ]
19 Jan Sandhills in Franklin [Chris Sloan ]
19 Jan 100th Anniversary Celebration [Cynthia Anne Routledge ]
18 Jan Memphis TOS Events This Week [Judy Dorsey ]
18 Jan Wheeler Typo again...sorry []
18 Jan Cackling Geese - Coleman Lake, Davidson Co. [Michael Smith ]
18 Jan "Preliminary report" Lesser Black Back Gull Cove Lake State Pk []
18 Jan Wheeler Note add 1oo mallards to 20 typo []
18 Jan Wheeler NWR Refuge Jan 15 2015 ALABAMA []
18 Jan Snow Goose and Ross' Goose [Mac McWhirter ]
17 Jan Lesser Black-backed Gull,Rutherford County [Terry Witt ]
17 Jan American Woodcock at Amnicola Marsh in Hamilton County [Dralle ]
17 Jan TN NWR Big Sandy Unit and Duck River Unit [Stephen Zipperer ]
17 Jan Concord Park--The Cove [Ronald Shrieves ]
17 Jan Recent photos and apparent Thayer's Gull at Pace Point [Michael Todd ]
17 Jan Re: Sandhill Cranes at Kentucky Manor, Nashville ["Michael Lee Bierly" ]
17 Jan Red-throated loon. Hamilton Co [tim jeffers ]
17 Jan Re: Drakes Creek (Sumner Co.) CONFIRMED - Great black-backed Gull ["" ]
17 Jan TWO L-T Ducks, Knox Co. 1-17-15 [scgwc ]
17 Jan Tommy Schumpert Park, Knox, US-TN [Ronald Shrieves ]

Subject: Ross's Goose in Overton County north of Livingston
From: "LeGrand family" <elegrand AT frontiernet.net>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 19:02:50 -0600
Steve Stedman and I found a Ross's Goose today (Sunday, Jan 25) among about
40 Canada Geese along Rt. 111 about 300 yards north of the intersection with
Jaybird Lane (or Road) in a wet open area with several small ponds. This is
about halfway between Livingston and the upper end of Dale Hollow Lake (Obey
Recreation Area).

 

Also today, while we were at Willow Grove along Dale Hollow Lake (Clay
County) a flock of 100 Sandhill Cranes flew north overhead.

 

Ed LeGrand

Crossville, Cumberland  Co. TN

 

 

 
Subject: Sandhill Cranes in Montgomery County
From: Barbara Wilbur <8wi18ur AT charter.net>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:40:17 -0600
At approximately 1:45 this afternoon, Sunday, January 25, while 
refilling bird feeders I heard, then observed a flock of 50+ Sandhill 
Cranes pass overhead.  They were traveling in a northeasterly direction.

Barbara Wilbur
Clarksville, TN
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Subject: Pacific Loon - Woods Reservoir
From: "Chloe Walker" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "chloebelle119@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 23:58:36 +0000 (UTC)
My dad, brother, and I found a Pacific Loon from the Morris Ferry Dock at Woods 
Reservoir this afternoon, January 25th. Photos and an eBird checklist can be 
found here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21540235.  Chloe 
WalkerMurfreesboro, TNwww.chloesbirdingblog.blogspot.com    
Subject: Sandhill Cranes flying north (Robertson County)
From: Tony Lance <tonylance AT mac.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:30:14 -0600
I had three different flocks of Sandhill Cranes fly over this afternoon around 
1:30-1:45 while I was in Ridgetop. They were heading north and numbered more 
than 150 birds. 


Tony Lance
Springfield, TN


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appear in the first paragraph.
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        by the members of this discussion group.

         Moderator: Wallace Coffey, Bristol, TN
                 wallace AT bristolbirdclub.org
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                         Cleveland, OH
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                          Rosedale, VA
               --------------------------------
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                        Clemson, SC
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Subject: Northern Shoverlers
From: Lyda Phillips <lydap AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 10:39:57 -0600
Went into Shelby Bottoms Park at the Forrest Green entrance yesterday afternoon 
for a quick look and found about five pairs of Northern Shovelers. They were 
all paired off and in unison spinning slowly around with their heads below the 
water. It was an amazing ballet, and I assume mating behavior. The females 
would occasionally break away but then coming back and they'd start spinning 
again. Two pair were quite close to the walk, the others were farther away down 
the pond. 


Lyda Phillips
(301) 518-7538 (cell)
www.lydaphillips.com
writerworking.blogspot.com/
 		 	   		  
Subject: Cooper's Hawk
From: Lynne Davis <lynnedavis865 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:21:24 -0500
Saturday morning. Jan. 24, I was on my way to Ijams Nature Center for
breakfast. Along Sevierville Pike in South Knoxville (Knox County), I came
upon a Cooper's Hawk having his breakfast on a road-killed possum. I slowed
down, and he flew up into a tree and gave me a fierce look, as if to say,
"Well, are you going to get out of my way?" I did, and I hope he went back
to his breakfast.
Lynne Davis
Knoxville, Knox County
Subject: Pine Siskins in Pittman Center
From: shaawitya AT comcast.net
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:41:41 +0000 (UTC)
We've been having groups of Pine Siskins in our yard most of the winter, with 
numbers ranging from as few as 6 to well over 125, with an average daily at one 
time around 50-60 birds. But today as we were leaving the house in the snow, I 
estimated among three groups, one below the feeders and the other two groups in 
separate trees above the feeders, but much higher, probably 75 feet, a total of 
about 275 Pine Siskins, wow, more than I've ever seen here or anywhere. Was a 
sight to see in the falling snow. 


Keith Watson 
Pittman Center, TN 
Subject: East Tennessee Birding -- another tool for birdring
From: "BBC Net" <jwcoffey AT tricon.net>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 00:18:09 -0500
 

TN-Birders,

 

I recommend to you the new East Tennessee Birding

Facebook group which Keith Watson and John O'Barr

have been promoting.  

 

John used to administer Knox County Birding on 

Facebook, but he has decided to expand the group

to incorporate all of East Tennessee, hence the 

group name East Tennessee Birding.  

 

The new approach reaches out to at least 30

counties from  Bristol to Chattanooga and all 

along the Carolinas.

 

This Facebook  group was previously known

as Knox County Birding and served mostly a

group of counties in and around Knoxville. 

 

I have subscribed.  It is for those who are

subscribed to Facebook.  It is not a listserv

provider which delivers posts by emails.

 

It is a very colorful, exciting and beautiful

Facebook site.  You can hardly imagine

all the fabulous bird photography and even

a baby photo in an infant car seat.  

 

Most posts are brief and you are not 

swamped with documentation and lots

of details about birding trips and specific

locations and the who, what and why

and where background of a list such as 

TN-Birds which must have that information.  

 

The moderators will eventually need to

fine tune the details a bit because 

there will be  many  posts from this area

of nearly 20,000 square miles with little 

to no background.  That is a challenge for

any such online distribution system.

 

In its introductory days,  there appears to

be little bird club and state ornithological

society promotional information and such.

 

It is all about enjoying birds and mostly

the beautiful photos that talented regional

birders are sharing.  

 

Tennessee Birding came on the scene

a year of so ago and made it clear it was

not a bird photo posting site. That Facebook 

group has not rejected bird photos but it

has offered birders a much less documented

place to chat and write about birding adventures

and bird finds than TN-Birds.  It serves a

need in the birding community.

 

East Tennessee Birding serves the digital

camera birders extremely well.

 

Email lists have served the Tennessee

birding community for 20 years.  Many of

you well remember the Valley Birds Net

of 1995 which served not only the great

valley of Tennessee but many surrounding

states that later broke off into their own

state lists.  Today TN-Birds serves 

birders, birding communities, bird clubs

and the Tennessee Ornithological Society.

 

Groups like East Tennessee Birding are 

not divisive to birding and birders of

the Volunteer State.

 

The Knoxville Chapter of TOS has a Facebook

group.  A lesser-involved Facebook group

is also online.  The chapter has a website.

It also posts regularly on TN-Birds 

 

The birding nation is expanding with

almost wildfire rage. The numbers of

birders in the state must be amazing.

 

eBird is a sampling of all the birders

everywhere in our nearby home communities.

It does not always allow us to know where those

birders live or how to reach them.   It mostly

provides us a real name and we meet

many of them in the field and eventually

some of them online. eBirds is the best

archive system of birding we have anywhere.

 

Birstol  Birds Net is a listserv many of you

probably have not heard about.

 

It serves all of the counties in Upper

East Tennesee north of Cocke County 

and the upper end of The Great Smoky 

Mountains National Park.  It also serves

all counties in Southwest Virginia as far

north as the New River and to West Virginia.

It also serves Western North Carolina

in bordering counties to some extent.

 

Bristol Birds Net posted nearly

200 message so far during the month of

January 2015.  It serves a

different purpose than most because

it mines eBird lists from all of the

counties above and edits them to

the significant observations,  The

list does not provide many 

bird photos but they are used 

by some to illustrate events and

document some species.

 

The fast growth of birders in

the state and popularity of

internet birding is providing

a big audience with a nice

share for all such lists and

Facebook groups.

 

In the earlier days, America

Online provided a Tennessee

birding group.  Then listservers

found their niche and Google

Groups and Yahoo Groups

sprouted.  

 

The Herndon Chapter of

TOS has operaed a Yahoo Group

for more than a decade but mainly

for its membership.

 

Knox County Birding was a

local Facebrook group and

was largely flying under most

of our radars. 

 

The Bristol Bird Club has used

a similar local Facebook Group

for about six years.

 

East Tennessee has nearly

a half a dozen bird clubs and

a larger population of both 

citizens and birders.

 

The larger bird clubs are at

Nashville and Memphis.  

The larger metro area clubs

have functional and useful

websites.

 

TOS maintains a reference

website.  It is an archival

site for the society and 

does a very good job of being

the electronic conduit for the

society's newsletter The Warbler.

You can also read digital online

PDF forms of the state journal

of ornithology published prior

to 11 years ago.

 

A few months ago I was invited

to an ad hoc round table type group

of birders from across the state

who were discussing priorities

and looking forward to birding

needs of Tennessee.

 

Online birding groups, TN-Birds

and the future of a state publication

that documents the ever-changing

bird movement and distribution

in Tennessee were heard.

 

Much of what goes into THE SEASON

reports in the state journal is gathered

by regional editors from various listservs.

With the many different digital and

online sources, new challenges are

being presented.

 

Twenty years ago we were

essentially laughed out of a fall

meeting of TOS because we

set up a computer and said you

would need one very soon as an

important part of birding.

 

One senior birder from Knoxville

said we had lost our minds and

were "crazier than h _ _ _."

 

Many birders fought off the idea

of owning and using a computer

for birding.  Cell phones were 

seen as an unnecessary gadget

with little or no potential and another

cost to pay out each month.

 

The majority of birders have caught

a new wave of gadgets called

digital cameras. 

 

eBird is seen by many as the last

straw.  So is Facebook and all the

other new frontier communications.

 

It is obvious that the communication

tools birders use must be simple,

and as lacking in time and effort as

possible.  Digital cameras have

made photo documentation and

many other aspects of birding

much more simple.

 

Few birders can edit or post their

digital photos to a listserv because

they just don't want to know how

to do that and not willing to learn. 

 

Virtually gone are the days of 

buying film and processing slides.  

Gone are the days of slide projectors.  

 

PowerPoint is a new challenge that

has sent lots of good birding programs

to dusty closets.  Scanning slides to

a digital format is too much for many

older birders.  

  

Digital cameras can take hundreds of

exposures and  most cameras can cost 

thousands of dollars.  I use a pocket 

Panasonic Lumix and seldom go afield 

without it.  I maybe spent $300 to buy

that camera.

 

Hundreds of birders simply take photos

with their cell phones and even

take photos thru their spotting scopes

with their cell phones.  It is not about

taking great photos.  It is mostly about

getting good documentary photos of

very good or rare birds.

 

Some birders avoid this because they

believe others should take their word

for anything they say they saw.  Of

course some say they don't want to

waste time taking photos of the birds

they see. That has not always been

their way of birding but digital photos

and digital speed has changed their

approaches.

 

Digital photos can be cropped and

sized and sorted with amazing

speed and accuracy.

 

For many, they post their eBird site

lists in the field for ever site birded and don't

mark field cards.  We get their birding

eBird list reports within minutes.

 

Even the politics of when and how

to post bird list and good observations

has bothered many birders and they feel

like they are walking on thin ice when

they post in front of others.

 

A number of our youngr birders don't

own field guides.  They use electronic

book type gadgets in the field. 

 

Birders race all over East Tennessee

and the state with nothing more than

GPS units mounted in their cars which

give them verbal directions to the rare

birds.  Many have new model cars that

come with GPS built in them.

 

Meanwhile,  lots of birders are on

Facebook and lots of them take and

post beautiful and valuable photos

of birds.  They do that easily and

quickly without having to edit photos.

Facebook makes that seamless.

 

I recommend to you the new East 

Tennessee Birding Facebook group.

Many of you will enjoy it very much.

 

Wallace Coffey

Bristol, TN

 

 

.

 
Subject: TOS Winter Weekend Birding, Feb. 6-8.
From: "Ron Hoff" <aves7000 AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:18:32 -0500
TN-birders,

I just wanted to remind all of the TN-bird readers about the TOS winter Birding 
Weekend at Paris Landing in a couple of weeks. Gaynell Perry, president of the 
Memphis TOS chapter, put together the following information about the weekend. 
At these meetings, there is no formal TOS business meeting, although we may 
discuss ongoing issues at times. Just good folks and lots of great birding in a 
great birding area of our state! 


Please note that people are encouraged to bring some of your favorite 
“nibbles” and drinks for the Friday evening social and Saturday, after an 
evening dinner somewhere. Last year we had so much good food that we didn’t 
even go out for Saturday dinner! More time for chatting with friends and 
laughing our butts off! 


Come join us!

Ron Hoff
President, TOS

TOS will have a winter birding fun weekend Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday 
February 6, 7, and 8, at the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge. Hope you can 
join us! 




In addition to all the winter waterfowl viewing locations, we’ll also tour 
the new NWR visitor center which is filled with educational displays including 
an "aerial survey" of refuge waterfowl, a night sounds theater, an extensive 
North American waterfowl taxidermy collection, a gallery of Junior Duck Stamp 
winning entries and private donation of hand carved shorebird and waterfowl 
decoys, and even an interactive refuge manager game. The Friends of Tennessee 
NWR gift shop is stocked with all the latest field guides and gadgets. The 
building uses green technology to help lower costs and protect the environment. 
Solar panels line the roof and heating and cooling are accomplished with the 
help of a geothermal system which incorporates 6 miles of underground pipes 
filled with an antifreeze solution using the natural temperature of the ground 
instead of a compressor. 


Joan Stevens, NWR Educator, will be our hostess and guide as we explore. 



NWR Visitor Center Open Mon - Sat; 8:00 - 4:00 (So you may visit Fri and/or 
Sat.) 


1371 Wildlife Drive, Springville, TN 38256 

(731) 642-2091   Email: joan_stevens AT fws.gov

Admission is free; donations are always welcome!

Driving directions: from U.S. 79, between the town of Paris and Paris Landing 
State Park, turn on to Oak Grove Road South. From there it's a 7-mile drive 
(follow directional signs). ***Please note: The road is new, so it may not yet 
appear on all GPS maps.*** 




Friday evening social: state park lodge parlor room - bring your fave hors 
d’oeuvre & bev 


Saturday morning meeting time and place: to be announced

Saturday evening social: same as Friday

No formal meeting is planned.



Lodging options:  the state park will be our headquarters.

Paris Landing State Park Inn (13 miles from TN NWR visitor center) $59.95/night 
- code 5957 through Dec 23; free continental breakfast 6:30 a.m.; lunch plate 
$7.95; dinner buffet seafood Fri $15.95; Sat barbecue $12.95; complimentary 
parlor room 


Quality Inn, 1510 East Wood Street, Paris, (11 miles from TN NWR visitor 
center); double queen or king $67.50 through Jan 6; free hot full breakfast 
6:00 a.m. 


Restaurant options in Paris:


http://www.paristnchamber.com/business/search.php?BName=restaurants&Type=Search&Opt=Bus&Submit1.x=-936&Submit1.y=-57&Submit1=Submit 
Subject: Re: Golden Eagle project update
From: Lyda Phillips <lydap AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:38:02 -0600
Wow! You'll really be missed. Glad I met you before you migrated.

Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:38:34 -0600
Subject: [TN-Bird] Re: Golden Eagle project update
From: birder1 AT bellsouth.net
To: ssomershoe AT gmail.com; tn-bird AT freelists.org

Yeah, everybody moves to CO and misses the exciting TN birding scene.....lol. 
It has its moments for sure, but I'm sure the Front Range or Pawnee can get 
your mind off of it! Thanks for the Golden update. Wish one of the Pace birds 
would come close enough for a decent shot..... 

Later,
MT

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone

-------- Original message --------From: Scott Somershoe  
Date:01/23/2015 4:12 PM (GMT-06:00) To: tn-bird AT freelists.org Cc: Subject: 
[TN-Bird] Golden Eagle project update 

All,I've updated the pages for the 5 goldens we are tracking. 
http://www.tnwatchablewildlife.org/GoldenEagles.cfm 


In the last couple weeks, we've had TWO different goldens over Davidson Co. 
(one is a bird with an Alabama transmitter that also flew almost over my office 
after leaving Warner Parks!). That's 3 different tracked goldens in Davidson Co 
since last winter. And no one sees goldens in Davidson Co.! One of our birds 
flew over downtown Murfreesboro, Rutherford Co the other day too. 

Sand Rock wandered all over middle Tennessee from Franklin Co. (into NW AL), to 
LBL and near Pace Point (but on the east side of the river and is not one that 
Mike Todd and others have seen), then over Franklin and Murfreesboro, to Center 
Hill Lake, and then went south along the Sequatchie Valley. That was done in 
the last 3 weeks! 

I'll try to get one more update posted on our Golden Eagles in a few weeks 
before I move to Colorado to start a new job with the US Fish and Wildlife 
Service. I'm going to miss Tennessee and all the great folks (and birds!). 

Cheers,Scott Somershoe

 		 	   		  
Subject: Error in The Migrant
From: Susan McWhirter <snmcwhirter AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:56:16 -0600
Fellow TOS members,

It has come to our attention that the count tabulations for the 2012
Christmas Bird Count were inadvertently omitted from the March 2013 issue
of *The Migrant*. The June 2013 issue was already in print when we realized
this error, so the tabulations will be published in the September 2013
issue. The error was ours, and ours alone. We apologize to the membership
for this error, but more importantly, we apologize to the count compiler,
Ron Hoff. For many years Ron has compiled all of the TOS counts so
that they may be published in *The Migrant*. He has an amazing dedication
to this work and also to maintaining a thorough data base of the
records  afforded by these counts.

Thanks for your understanding, and good birding!

Sincerely,

Susan McWhirter
Martha Waldron
Co-editors,* The Migrant*
Subject: Re: Golden Eagle project update
From: birder1 <birder1 AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:50:12 -0600
My apologies didn't realize I hit reply all in my reply back to Scott.....good 
thing I was nice I guess! 


Mike Todd
McKenzie, TN 


Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone

-------- Original message --------
From: birder1
Date:01/23/2015 4:38 PM (GMT-06:00)
To: ssomershoe AT gmail.com, tn-bird AT freelists.org
Cc:
Subject: [TN-Bird] Re: Golden Eagle project update
Yeah, everybody moves to CO and misses the exciting TN birding scene.....lol. It has its moments for sure, but I'm sure the Front Range or Pawnee can get your mind off of it! Thanks for the Golden update. Wish one of the Pace birds would come close enough for a decent shot..... Later, MT Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone -------- Original message -------- From: Scott Somershoe Date:01/23/2015 4:12 PM (GMT-06:00) To: tn-bird AT freelists.org Cc: Subject: [TN-Bird] Golden Eagle project update All, I've updated the pages for the 5 goldens we are tracking. http://www.tnwatchablewildlife.org/GoldenEagles.cfm In the last couple weeks, we've had TWO different goldens over Davidson Co. (one is a bird with an Alabama transmitter that also flew almost over my office after leaving Warner Parks!). That's 3 different tracked goldens in Davidson Co since last winter. And no one sees goldens in Davidson Co.! One of our birds flew over downtown Murfreesboro, Rutherford Co the other day too. Sand Rock wandered all over middle Tennessee from Franklin Co. (into NW AL), to LBL and near Pace Point (but on the east side of the river and is not one that Mike Todd and others have seen), then over Franklin and Murfreesboro, to Center Hill Lake, and then went south along the Sequatchie Valley. That was done in the last 3 weeks! I'll try to get one more update posted on our Golden Eagles in a few weeks before I move to Colorado to start a new job with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. I'm going to miss Tennessee and all the great folks (and birds!). Cheers, Scott Somershoe
Subject: Re: Golden Eagle project update
From: birder1 <birder1 AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:38:34 -0600
Yeah, everybody moves to CO and misses the exciting TN birding scene.....lol. 
It has its moments for sure, but I'm sure the Front Range or Pawnee can get 
your mind off of it! Thanks for the Golden update. Wish one of the Pace birds 
would come close enough for a decent shot..... 


Later,

MT


Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone

-------- Original message --------
From: Scott Somershoe
Date:01/23/2015 4:12 PM (GMT-06:00)
To: tn-bird AT freelists.org
Cc:
Subject: [TN-Bird] Golden Eagle project update
All, I've updated the pages for the 5 goldens we are tracking. http://www.tnwatchablewildlife.org/GoldenEagles.cfm In the last couple weeks, we've had TWO different goldens over Davidson Co. (one is a bird with an Alabama transmitter that also flew almost over my office after leaving Warner Parks!). That's 3 different tracked goldens in Davidson Co since last winter. And no one sees goldens in Davidson Co.! One of our birds flew over downtown Murfreesboro, Rutherford Co the other day too. Sand Rock wandered all over middle Tennessee from Franklin Co. (into NW AL), to LBL and near Pace Point (but on the east side of the river and is not one that Mike Todd and others have seen), then over Franklin and Murfreesboro, to Center Hill Lake, and then went south along the Sequatchie Valley. That was done in the last 3 weeks! I'll try to get one more update posted on our Golden Eagles in a few weeks before I move to Colorado to start a new job with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. I'm going to miss Tennessee and all the great folks (and birds!). Cheers, Scott Somershoe
Subject: Golden Eagle project update
From: Scott Somershoe <ssomershoe AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:12:26 -0600
All,
I've updated the pages for the 5 goldens we are tracking.
http://www.tnwatchablewildlife.org/GoldenEagles.cfm

In the last couple weeks, we've had TWO different goldens over Davidson Co.
(one is a bird with an Alabama transmitter that also flew almost over my
office after leaving Warner Parks!). That's 3 different tracked goldens in
Davidson Co since last winter.  And no one sees goldens in Davidson Co.!
One of our birds flew over downtown Murfreesboro, Rutherford Co the other
day too.

Sand Rock wandered all over middle Tennessee from Franklin Co. (into NW
AL), to LBL and near Pace Point (but on the east side of the river and is
not one that Mike Todd and others have seen), then over Franklin and
Murfreesboro, to Center Hill Lake, and then went south along the Sequatchie
Valley. That was done in the last 3 weeks!

I'll try to get one more update posted on our Golden Eagles in a few weeks
before I move to Colorado to start a new job with the US Fish and Wildlife
Service.  I'm going to miss Tennessee and all the great folks (and birds!).

Cheers,
Scott Somershoe
Subject: Correction to Birding around Old Hickory Lake
From: Stephen Zipperer <stczipperer AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:04:09 -0600
Hooded Mergansers not lots of Common Mergansers. Thanks Ken Oeser for
catching that. Trying to break that bad habit. Hoodeds around here should
be called Commons.  I know the difference but when I am typing my brain
evidently hiccups on those to names.  Sorry if anyone got exicited.

Stephen Zipperer
Subject: Birding Old Hickory Lake
From: Stephen Zipperer <stczipperer AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 14:39:21 -0600
1/23/15

Decided to do some rainy day birding around Old Hickory Lake this morning.

La Guardo Rec Area Old Hickory Lake
Wilson Co.

67 Rusty Blackbirds
Ringbill and Bonapartes Gulls

Bull Creek Boat Ramp
Sumner Co. Just up stream from the new bridge going into Gallitan on HWY
109.

46 DC Cormorants, best birds
1 White breasted nuthatch heard.

Drakes Creek, Old Hickory Lake
Hendersonville, Tn

Birdiest spot all morning.

Lots of Boanapartes and Ringbills a few Herring Gulls
Am. Wigeon
Common Goldeneye
Buffleheads
Common Mergansers
Did not find the Greater Black-back Gull.

Did spot the Adult Lesser Black-back at Drakes Creek Marina out on the wave
break docks out in front of the marina.

Good Birding

Stephen Zipperer
Subject: Re: Unusual looking Crane at Hiwassee Refuge
From: Michael Todd <birder1 AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 08:43:42 -0800
Sorry for the bad link: http://www.pbase.com/mctodd/image/131542990/original

Mike Todd
McKenzie, TN
birder1 AT bellsouth.net
www.pbase.com/mctodd



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On Fri, 1/23/15, Charles Murray  wrote:

 Subject: [TN-Bird] Re: Unusual looking Crane at Hiwassee Refuge
 To: "TN-Birds Bird" 
 Date: Friday, January 23, 2015, 10:08 AM
 
 Regarding
 my observations of the "Unusual Looking Crane at
 Hiwassee Refuge" that I asked Starr Klein to post to
 TN-Bird:
 I saw the
 crane Thursday from the viewing area at the Hiwassee
 Wildlife Refuge in Meigs County at Birchwood. I was told
 later by Bernie Sweeny, Yuchi Wildlife Refuge Manager, that
 he and others had seen presumably the same crane last
 Saturday at Hiwassee Refuge during the Sandhill Crane
 Festival. The  color of the feathers covering the body
 reminded me of a chocolate Labrador retriever. The color was
 much darker brown than the photos of the common cranes
 shared by Daniel and Mike. The neck was also very dark
 almost to the head, which to me looked like a sandhill
 crane's head, but I might not have studied the head
 really closely.
 The
 following question is offered to persons far more expert
 than I am in "crane genetics". Is there the
 remotest possibility that a hooded crane might be able to
 produce a hybrid offspring with a sandhill
 crane?
 Charles
 MurrayBirchwood,
 TN 
 
 
     On Friday, January
 23, 2015 9:35 AM, Michael Todd 
 wrote:
     
 
  I
 had that same thought, when I first saw the post as well.
 Common isn't much darker than Sandhill, really few of
 the Cranes are and the ones that are look nothing like a
 Sandhill. Assuming it is a pigment issue, but who knows! I
 photographed a few Sandhills with the big flocks of Common
 Cranes that winter in the Yangtze River Delta of China. The
 color is about the same, with of course Common having the
 distinctive black and white neck and face. It is certainly
 possible we could get a Common at Hiwassee one of these days
 though!! Here are a couple of photos if interested:
 
 http://www.pbase.com/mctodd/image/131542988
 
 http://www.pbase.com/mctodd/image/131589392
 
 (note, young Common are much
 more similar to Sandhills)
 
 Good Birding!!
 
 Mike Todd
 McKenzie, TN
 birder1 AT bellsouth.net
 www.pbase.com/mctodd
 
 
 
 --------------------------------------------
 On Fri, 1/23/15, Daniel Estabrooks 
 wrote:
 
  Subject: [TN-Bird]
 Re: Unusual looking Crane at Hiwassee Refuge
  To: "TN-Bird" 
  Date: Friday, January 23, 2015, 7:41 AM
  
  FWIW, a
  few
 Common Cranes have turned up in flocks of Sandhills out
  west this year (New Mexico & Texas).
 Definitely
  something to keep an eye out
 for. You never
  know!
  For
 anyone
  who isn't familiar with what a
 Common Crane looks like,
  here's a link
 to a Flickr image:
  https://www.flickr.com/photos/faisca/2201901353
  
  Daniel
 
 EstabrooksWinter
  Haven, FL 
  
  
      On
 Thursday, January
  22, 2015 12:36 PM, Starr
 Klein
  
 wrote:
  
     
  
   
  
   
   
 
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  Charles
 Murray noticed an
  unusually dark crane
 among the Sandhill Cranes 
  this morning. 
 It isn’t the
  Hooded Crane. 
     
  Starr Klein 
  Chattanooga TOS 
  Chattanooga,
 TN 
     
  
  
  
  
  
  
 
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Subject: Re: Unusual looking Crane at Hiwassee Refuge
From: Michael Todd <birder1 AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 08:36:05 -0800
Charles,

I'm far from an expert on cranes, much less crane genetics, but it is entirely 
possible a Hooded Crane could hybridize with Sandhills, don't think it has been 
recorded though. Your bird sounds like a Sandhill with pigment issues from just 
the description though. Hooded and Common are known to hybridize in the wild, 
and these are seen frequently in Japan, South Korea, and China. They are pretty 
obvious though of the mixed parenting, here is a hybrid of this pairing I 
photographed in China: http://www.pbase.com/update_image/131542990 


Good Birding!!

Mike Todd
McKenzie, TN
birder1 AT bellsouth.net
www.pbase.com/mctodd





--------------------------------------------
On Fri, 1/23/15, Charles Murray  wrote:

 Subject: [TN-Bird] Re: Unusual looking Crane at Hiwassee Refuge
 To: "TN-Birds Bird" 
 Date: Friday, January 23, 2015, 10:08 AM
 
 Regarding
 my observations of the "Unusual Looking Crane at
 Hiwassee Refuge" that I asked Starr Klein to post to
 TN-Bird:
 I saw the
 crane Thursday from the viewing area at the Hiwassee
 Wildlife Refuge in Meigs County at Birchwood. I was told
 later by Bernie Sweeny, Yuchi Wildlife Refuge Manager, that
 he and others had seen presumably the same crane last
 Saturday at Hiwassee Refuge during the Sandhill Crane
 Festival. The  color of the feathers covering the body
 reminded me of a chocolate Labrador retriever. The color was
 much darker brown than the photos of the common cranes
 shared by Daniel and Mike. The neck was also very dark
 almost to the head, which to me looked like a sandhill
 crane's head, but I might not have studied the head
 really closely.
 The
 following question is offered to persons far more expert
 than I am in "crane genetics". Is there the
 remotest possibility that a hooded crane might be able to
 produce a hybrid offspring with a sandhill
 crane?
 Charles
 MurrayBirchwood,
 TN 
 
 
     On Friday, January
 23, 2015 9:35 AM, Michael Todd 
 wrote:
     
 
  I
 had that same thought, when I first saw the post as well.
 Common isn't much darker than Sandhill, really few of
 the Cranes are and the ones that are look nothing like a
 Sandhill. Assuming it is a pigment issue, but who knows! I
 photographed a few Sandhills with the big flocks of Common
 Cranes that winter in the Yangtze River Delta of China. The
 color is about the same, with of course Common having the
 distinctive black and white neck and face. It is certainly
 possible we could get a Common at Hiwassee one of these days
 though!! Here are a couple of photos if interested:
 
 http://www.pbase.com/mctodd/image/131542988
 
 http://www.pbase.com/mctodd/image/131589392
 
 (note, young Common are much
 more similar to Sandhills)
 
 Good Birding!!
 
 Mike Todd
 McKenzie, TN
 birder1 AT bellsouth.net
 www.pbase.com/mctodd
 
 
 
 --------------------------------------------
 On Fri, 1/23/15, Daniel Estabrooks 
 wrote:
 
  Subject: [TN-Bird]
 Re: Unusual looking Crane at Hiwassee Refuge
  To: "TN-Bird" 
  Date: Friday, January 23, 2015, 7:41 AM
  
  FWIW, a
  few
 Common Cranes have turned up in flocks of Sandhills out
  west this year (New Mexico & Texas).
 Definitely
  something to keep an eye out
 for. You never
  know!
  For
 anyone
  who isn't familiar with what a
 Common Crane looks like,
  here's a link
 to a Flickr image:
  https://www.flickr.com/photos/faisca/2201901353
  
  Daniel
 
 EstabrooksWinter
  Haven, FL 
  
  
      On
 Thursday, January
  22, 2015 12:36 PM, Starr
 Klein
  
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  Charles
 Murray noticed an
  unusually dark crane
 among the Sandhill Cranes 
  this morning. 
 It isn’t the
  Hooded Crane. 
     
  Starr Klein 
  Chattanooga TOS 
  Chattanooga,
 TN 
     
  
  
  
  
  
  
 
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Subject: Re: Unusual looking Crane at Hiwassee Refuge
From: "Charles Murray" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "dro_1945@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:08:54 +0000 (UTC)
Regarding my observations of the "Unusual Looking Crane at Hiwassee Refuge" 
that I asked Starr Klein to post to TN-Bird: 

I saw the crane Thursday from the viewing area at the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge 
in Meigs County at Birchwood. I was told later by Bernie Sweeny, Yuchi Wildlife 
Refuge Manager, that he and others had seen presumably the same crane last 
Saturday at Hiwassee Refuge during the Sandhill Crane Festival. The  color of 
the feathers covering the body reminded me of a chocolate Labrador retriever. 
The color was much darker brown than the photos of the common cranes shared by 
Daniel and Mike. The neck was also very dark almost to the head, which to me 
looked like a sandhill crane's head, but I might not have studied the head 
really closely. 

The following question is offered to persons far more expert than I am in 
"crane genetics". Is there the remotest possibility that a hooded crane might 
be able to produce a hybrid offspring with a sandhill crane? 

Charles MurrayBirchwood, TN 

 On Friday, January 23, 2015 9:35 AM, Michael Todd  
wrote: 

   

 I had that same thought, when I first saw the post as well. Common isn't much 
darker than Sandhill, really few of the Cranes are and the ones that are look 
nothing like a Sandhill. Assuming it is a pigment issue, but who knows! I 
photographed a few Sandhills with the big flocks of Common Cranes that winter 
in the Yangtze River Delta of China. The color is about the same, with of 
course Common having the distinctive black and white neck and face. It is 
certainly possible we could get a Common at Hiwassee one of these days though!! 
Here are a couple of photos if interested: 


http://www.pbase.com/mctodd/image/131542988

http://www.pbase.com/mctodd/image/131589392

(note, young Common are much more similar to Sandhills)

Good Birding!!

Mike Todd
McKenzie, TN
birder1 AT bellsouth.net
www.pbase.com/mctodd



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On Fri, 1/23/15, Daniel Estabrooks  wrote:

 Subject: [TN-Bird] Re: Unusual looking Crane at Hiwassee Refuge
 To: "TN-Bird" 
 Date: Friday, January 23, 2015, 7:41 AM
 
 FWIW, a
 few Common Cranes have turned up in flocks of Sandhills out
 west this year (New Mexico & Texas). Definitely
 something to keep an eye out for. You never
 know!
 For anyone
 who isn't familiar with what a Common Crane looks like,
 here's a link to a Flickr image:
 https://www.flickr.com/photos/faisca/2201901353
 
 Daniel
 EstabrooksWinter
 Haven, FL 
 
 
    On Thursday, January
 22, 2015 12:36 PM, Starr Klein
  wrote:
 
    
 
  
 
  
  
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 Charles Murray noticed an
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 this morning.  It isn’t the
 Hooded Crane. 
    
 Starr Klein 
 Chattanooga TOS 
 Chattanooga, TN 
    
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Subject: Ross's Goose Soddy Lake, Hamilton County
From: Dralle <bwdralle AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:03:19 -0500
I observed a Ross's Goose briefly this morning from 10:10 to10:18 at Soddy Lake 
with a large flock of Canada Geese. 

The Ross's Goose took flight and headed south.
A Ross's Goose was observed at Soddy Lake on January 10th by Kevin Calhoon.

Bruce Dralle
Hamilton County

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Subject: Greater Scaup and Bald Eagles, Kingsport
From: Rick Phillips <sunfish0501 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 10:30:19 -0500
Netherland Inn Road, Kingsport, Sullivan County
Jan. 23, 2015

On a tip I got yesterday from long-time birding friend Glen Eller, I went
to check out some scaup that had been hanging out on the S. Fork Holston
River along Netherland Inn Road in Kingsport. We had Greater Scaup (as well
as Lesser) at this spot last year during the big winter invasion. I quickly
located the birds about 50 yards downstream from the boat ramp. Sure enough
there were 4 Greater Scaup males, 4 Greater Scaup Females and one male
Lesser Scaup for good measure and comparison. While I was there spotted one
adult and one second year Bald Eagle perched in a large dead tree on the
opposite bank from the greenbelt trail and about 100 yards downstream of
the boat ramp. Good, although slightly wet, morning.

Rick

-- 
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Kingsport, Tennessee
Subject: Re: Unusual looking Crane at Hiwassee Refuge
From: Michael Todd <birder1 AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 06:34:40 -0800
I had that same thought, when I first saw the post as well. Common isn't much 
darker than Sandhill, really few of the Cranes are and the ones that are look 
nothing like a Sandhill. Assuming it is a pigment issue, but who knows! I 
photographed a few Sandhills with the big flocks of Common Cranes that winter 
in the Yangtze River Delta of China. The color is about the same, with of 
course Common having the distinctive black and white neck and face. It is 
certainly possible we could get a Common at Hiwassee one of these days though!! 
Here are a couple of photos if interested: 


http://www.pbase.com/mctodd/image/131542988

http://www.pbase.com/mctodd/image/131589392

(note, young Common are much more similar to Sandhills)

Good Birding!!

Mike Todd
McKenzie, TN
birder1 AT bellsouth.net
www.pbase.com/mctodd



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On Fri, 1/23/15, Daniel Estabrooks  wrote:

 Subject: [TN-Bird] Re: Unusual looking Crane at Hiwassee Refuge
 To: "TN-Bird" 
 Date: Friday, January 23, 2015, 7:41 AM
 
 FWIW, a
 few Common Cranes have turned up in flocks of Sandhills out
 west this year (New Mexico & Texas). Definitely
 something to keep an eye out for. You never
 know!
 For anyone
 who isn't familiar with what a Common Crane looks like,
 here's a link to a Flickr image:
 https://www.flickr.com/photos/faisca/2201901353
 
 Daniel
 EstabrooksWinter
 Haven, FL 
 
 
     On Thursday, January
 22, 2015 12:36 PM, Starr Klein
  wrote:
 
    
 
  
 
  
  
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 Charles Murray noticed an
 unusually dark crane among the Sandhill Cranes 
 this morning.  It isn’t the
 Hooded Crane. 
    
 Starr Klein 
 Chattanooga TOS 
 Chattanooga, TN 
    
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Subject: Re: Hawk Surprise - Take 2
From: "Mark Greene" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "greenesnake@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 14:14:43 +0000 (UTC)
Several years ago a Harris's Hawk escaped from the Aerie Trail Raptor Walk 
display located on the boardwalk at Cypress Grove Nature Center in Jackson, 
Madison County. The bird flew away and was never seen again! 

Good birding!
Mark GreeneTrenton, TNGibson County
Subject: Re: Unusual looking Crane at Hiwassee Refuge
From: "Daniel Estabrooks" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "hyla514@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 13:41:49 +0000 (UTC)
FWIW, a few Common Cranes have turned up in flocks of Sandhills out west this 
year (New Mexico & Texas). Definitely something to keep an eye out for. You 
never know! 

For anyone who isn't familiar with what a Common Crane looks like, here's a 
link to a Flickr image: 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/faisca/2201901353

Daniel EstabrooksWinter Haven, FL 

 On Thursday, January 22, 2015 12:36 PM, Starr Klein 
 wrote: 

   

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Subject: Re: Hawk Surprise - Take 2
From: Rick Phillips <sunfish0501 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 08:06:10 -0500
I attended a falconry meet once in Georgia. Watching the Harris Hawks hunt
in a trio was one of the most fascinating things I've ever seen. a couple
of birds would jump on a squirrel nest and tear it apart while the third
sat nearby waiting on the squirrel to exit. They were absolutely deadly.
Never saw a single squirrel get away.

On Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 10:17 PM, Michael Todd 
wrote:

>
> That is awesome! Harris's are very common in falconry, and often flown in
> pairs since they communal hunt in the wild. A shame you couldn't stick
> around and enjoy the show!
>
> Good Birding!!
>
> Mike Todd
> McKenzie, TN
> birder1 AT bellsouth.net
> www.pbase.com/mctodd
>
>
>   On Thursday, January 22, 2015 8:58 PM, Kristy L Baker <
> kristybaker AT comcast.net> wrote:
>
>
> * I was almost to work this morning in Franklin when I noticed a hawk
> perched on a pole down in the middle of a lot.  I did a double take at the
> dark bird.  It can't be a Harris's Hawk!  (Where is a camera when you need
> one!?!  I need proof for eBird!)  I turned the car around and when I got
> back, there were now two birds.  I was so excited!  As I reached to get my
> "emergency binos", the pole started moving.  What?  As I looked down
> through the 'nocs, I realized the birds had leather straps on their legs
> and they were on top of a tall perch hoisted up by a man walking in the
> field/lot.  Darn!  Well - at least I got to see a Harris's Hawk this
> morning.  I'm guessing these were falconry birds.  I do believe they were
> both Harris's Hawks, but I only know for sure that one was.  I was too
> shocked by what I was seeing in the brief bit I was there to actually try
> to get a better view of the second bird.  I thought about sticking around
> to watch and ask, but I had to get to work. *
>
>
> *Kristy Baker*
> *Rockvale TN*
> *Rutherford County*
>
>
>
>


-- 
Rick Phillips
Kingsport, Tennessee
Subject: Re: Hawk Surprise - Take 2
From: Michael Todd <birder1 AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 19:17:55 -0800

That is awesome! Harris's are very common in falconry, and often flown in 
pairs since they communal hunt in the wild. A shame you couldn't stick 
around and enjoy the show!

Good Birding!!
Mike Todd
McKenzie, TN
birder1 AT bellsouth.net
www.pbase.com/mctodd 


On Thursday, January 22, 2015 8:58 PM, Kristy L Baker  
wrote: 

 


I was almost to work this morning in Franklin when I noticed a hawk perched on 
a pole down in the middle of a lot. I did a double take at the dark bird. It 
can't be a Harris's Hawk! (Where is a camera when you need one!?! I need proof 
for eBird!) I turned the car around and when I got back, there were now two 
birds. I was so excited! As I reached to get my "emergency binos", the pole 
started moving. What? As I looked down through the 'nocs, I realized the birds 
had leather straps on their legs and they were on top of a tall perch hoisted 
up by a man walking in the field/lot. Darn! Well - at least I got to see a 
Harris's Hawk this morning. I'm guessing these were falconry birds. I do 
believe they were both Harris's Hawks, but I only know for sure that one was. I 
was too shocked by what I was seeing in the brief bit I was there to actually 
try to get a better view of the second bird. I thought about sticking around to 
watch and ask, but I 

 had to get to work. 


Kristy Baker
Rockvale TN
Rutherford County
Subject: Hawk Surprise - Take 2
From: Kristy L Baker <kristybaker AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 20:56:57 -0600
 I was almost to work this morning in Franklin when I noticed a hawk perched on 
a pole down in the middle of a lot. I did a double take at the dark bird. It 
can't be a Harris's Hawk! (Where is a camera when you need one!?! I need proof 
for eBird!) I turned the car around and when I got back, there were now two 
birds. I was so excited! As I reached to get my "emergency binos", the pole 
started moving. What? As I looked down through the 'nocs, I realized the birds 
had leather straps on their legs and they were on top of a tall perch hoisted 
up by a man walking in the field/lot. Darn! Well - at least I got to see a 
Harris's Hawk this morning. I'm guessing these were falconry birds. I do 
believe they were both Harris's Hawks, but I only know for sure that one was. I 
was too shocked by what I was seeing in the brief bit I was there to actually 
try to get a better view of the second bird. I thought about sticking around to 
watch and ask, but I had to get to work. 



Kristy Baker
Rockvale TN
Rutherford County
Subject: Hawk Surprise
From: "Kristy L. Baker" <kristybaker AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 20:48:39 -0600
I was almost to work this morning in Franklin when I noticed a hawk perched on 
a pole down in the middle of a lot. I did a double take at the dark bird. It 
can't be a Harris's Hawk! (Where is a camera when you need one!?! I need proof 
for eBird!) I turned the car around and when I got back, there were now two 
birds. I was so excited! As I reached to get my "emergency binos", the pole 
started moving. What? As I looked down through the 'nocs, I realized the birds 
had leather straps on their legs and they were on top of a tall perch hoisted 
up by a man walking in the field/lot. Darn! Well - at least I got to see a 
Harris's Hawk this morning. I'm guessing these were falconry birds. I do 
believe they were both Harris's Hawks, but I only know for sure that one was. I 
was too shocked by what I was seeing in the brief bit I was there to actually 
try to get a better view of the second bird. I thought about sticking around to 
watch and ask, but I had to get to work. 



Kristy Baker
Rockvale TN
Rutherford County


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Subject: New Facebook Page on East Tennessee Birding
From: shaawitya AT comcast.net
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 01:49:09 +0000 (UTC)
John O'Barr asked me to post this, for what it's worth I agree. 

John used to administer Knox County Birding on Facebook, but he has decided to 
expand the page to incorporate all of East Tennessee, hence the group name East 
Tennessee Birding. 


You can perform your own search while on Facebook, but if you're in, here is 
the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/275792949251916/ 


Here is John's announcement 

"I would like to welcome all of the people who have joined our group (Knox 
County Birding). Such great pics and birding info have been shared here, and it 
has been a true joy to see. I have decided that we must expand a little. We 
have members in surrounding counties, Blount, Loudon, etc. So we are going to 
change our group to include all of the counties in East Tennessee. I know that 
Scott runs Tennessee Birding but I think it would be nice to have a group that 
covers the eastern counties surrounding Knox where most of this group birds. 
Want to welcome pics and sightings from these areas. Thanks to everyone who 
takes the time to share with this group. I hope everyone enjoys and benefits 
from the expansion." 






You can then scroll down and see which counties this site will cover. 





Please pass this along to anyone who this forum or Facebook doesn't reach and 
ask them to consider joining and posting if they are birding the East Tennessee 
area. 






Many thanks 


Keith Watson 
Pittman Center, TN 
Subject: Three Accipiter Day!
From: "Mark Greene" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "greenesnake@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 22:46:03 +0000 (UTC)
January 22, 2015Obion & Gibson Counties
While working in Obion County today I came across an immature Northern Goshawk 
on Charles Bushart Road. The bird was sitting in a tree line near address 6927. 
There is a small pond and a sign that says "mower repair". The bird was seen in 
the treeline along the road here. When I first saw the bird I thought it was 
probably a Red-tailed Hawk but after putting the binoculars on it I realized 
that it was not a Red-tailed Hawk nor a Red-shouldered Hawk. I stopped the 
truck, got out and got a little closer because the bird was partially blocked 
by some branches. I got a clear unobstructed view for a few seconds before the 
bird flushed. When it flushed, there was no doubt, it looked like a flying 
stovepipe, heavily streaked below. It flew across an open pasture to a tree 
line to the east where it had a brief disagreement with an immature 
Red-shouldered Hawk. The Red-shouldered was none too happy with its presence 
and called incessantly to voice its displeasure! The young Goshawk then soared 
for a couple of minutes before disappearing behind some trees to the east. I 
was able digi-scope a poor photo of the bird before it sailed out of sight. 
This location is not too far from where I had a Goshawk back in January of 2009 
during the ice storm that hit NW TN. 

A short while later, I had an immature Cooper's Hawk on Wright Road and then on 
the way home I had an adult Sharp-shinned Hawk along Hwy 45W, just south of 
Kenton in Gibson County for a three Accipiter day! 

Good birding,
Mark GreeneTrenton, TNGibson County
Subject: Re: FW: West TN birding; Pacific Loon, Long-tailed Ducks.......
From: Michael Todd <birder1 AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 11:29:51 -0800
For anyone who might be interested, the immature Golden Kevin had was the same 
as one of the two I had together in that area the other day, initially thinking 
both adult til looking at the photos. It is a near-adult bird, probably 4th 
year or so, no white in the tail at all but with a sliver of white just visible 
at the base of a couple of remiges. This bird is distinctive when soaring, it 
is missing a tail feather. Still, three Goldens in that area isn't bad! 


Good Birding!!

Mike Todd
McKenzie, TN
birder1 AT bellsouth.net
www.pbase.com/mctodd



On Thursday, January 22, 2015 5:11 AM, Kevin A. Calhoon  wrote:
 


 
I spent parts of three days (Sunday 18 - Tuesday 20) birding in west Tennessee 
starting at the Big Sandy Unit of Tennessee NWR and Pace Point. Highlights at 
Pace Point included 2 PACIFIC LOONS, and two flyby male LONG-TAILED DUCKS. 
Gulls were disappointing with just Ring-billed and Herring. The rest of the 
refuge held several Common Mergansers (three merganser day), a Cackling Goose, 
and an immature Golden Eagle seen from observation deck (yes Terry I finally 
found one about an hour after you left, figured you were long gone). 

 
At Bogota WMA in Dyer County near Dyersburg I observed two SHORT-EARED OWLS at 
dusk and three LeCONTE'S SPARROWS and a couple Lapland Longspurs the next 
morning. 

 
Finally at the Air Park Inn Campground at Reelfoot State Park (Lake County) 
area found three AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS. 

 
Heard two American Woodcocks beeping at the model airplane field on Moccasin 
Bend near Chattanooga last evening (Wednesday 21) around 6:20 PM. This is still 
the most regular display area in Hamilton County and has been for several 
years. 

 
Kevin Calhoon
Chattanooga, TN
Subject: Radnor Lake Waterfowl
From: Dustin Crowell <dusscrow AT utm.edu>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 11:55:28 -0600
Radnor Lake SNA, Davidson Co.
1/22/15

A good day overall despite the cooler weather, wind, and clouds. I started
the walk around with 2 Northern Shovelers in the slough with Mallards and a
few Gadwalls. The Redheads remain near the old Lake Trail observation deck,
though there seem to be 4 or 5 less than when they first arrived. The last
nice surprise was the return of the Common Goldeneye hanging out in the
large "middle" cove.

Dustin Crowell
Nashville, TN
Subject: Unusual looking Crane at Hiwassee Refuge
From: Starr Klein <starr.klein AT dixiegroup.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:35:43 +0000
Charles Murray noticed an unusually dark crane among the Sandhill Cranes
this morning.  It isn't the Hooded Crane.

Starr Klein
Chattanooga TOS
Chattanooga, TN



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Subject: West TN Birding
From: "Mark Greene" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "greenesnake@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 14:35:20 +0000 (UTC)
January 21, 2015Obion & Gibson Counties
I made a quick trip by Hop-In Refuge in Obion County and immediately saw that 
there were Sandhill Cranes sitting everywhere near the south entrance to the 
refuge off Hwy 89. The refuge is closed right now but the birds can easily be 
seen from the parking area near the refuge sign and gate. There were over 1000 
birds present. I counted 1,054 birds but I feel certain that I missed a few 
because I was blocked out by the treeline to the west. There were also easily 
10,000 Snow Geese in the area with another 1200 or so Greater White-fronted 
Geese in the flock. I also picked out about a dozen Ross's Geese as the birds 
would get up and move around. An adult Bald Eagle came over and chaos ensued! 
All the geese got up and were calling. The cranes never got up but they were 
well aware of the eagle's presence and were honking and calling like crazy. As 
Jeff Wilson used to say "Katy bar the door"! It was deafening there for a few 
minutes until the eagle moved on and the masses calmed down. There were also a 
couple of courting Red-shouldered Hawks and a couple of Red-tailed Hawks in the 
area. 

Just outside of Trenton on the north side of town, there is a small pond beside 
Hwy. 45W that I call Canvasback Pond. I checked it yesterday and there were 3 
Canvasbacks and a single Ring-billed Gull present. 

On Hwy 54, southwest of Trenton, on the highway towards Alamo, there has been a 
gorgeous adult rufous-morph Red-tailed Hawk present. I've seen the bird 3 times 
in the last week or so. 

Good birding!
Mark GreeneTrenton, TNGibson County
Subject: FW: West TN birding; Pacific Loon, Long-tailed Ducks.......
From: "Kevin A. Calhoon" <kac AT tennis.org>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 06:10:47 -0500
 

I spent parts of three days (Sunday 18 - Tuesday 20) birding in west
Tennessee starting at the Big Sandy Unit of Tennessee NWR and Pace
Point. Highlights at Pace Point included 2 PACIFIC LOONS, and two flyby
male LONG-TAILED DUCKS.  Gulls were disappointing with just Ring-billed
and Herring. The rest of the refuge held several Common Mergansers
(three merganser day), a Cackling Goose, and an immature Golden Eagle
seen from observation deck (yes Terry I finally found one about an hour
after you left, figured you were long gone). 

 

At Bogota WMA in Dyer County near Dyersburg I observed two SHORT-EARED
OWLS at dusk and three LeCONTE'S SPARROWS and a couple Lapland Longspurs
the next morning.

 

Finally at the Air Park Inn Campground at Reelfoot State Park (Lake
County) area found three AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS.

 

Heard two American Woodcocks beeping at the model airplane field on
Moccasin Bend near Chattanooga last evening (Wednesday 21) around 6:20
PM.  This is still the most regular display area in Hamilton County and
has been for several years.

 

Kevin Calhoon

Chattanooga, TN

 

 

 
Subject: The passing of Ed Schell
From: Richard Lewis <mountainbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 23:00:46 -0500
I didn't see this posted previously, so I thought I would make it known to
those who knew Ed and had not heard about his passing.  I spent a fair
amount of time with Ed in the 1970's birding, and looking for plants.  He
was quite a naturalist and photographer.

Richard Lewis
Bristol, TN

Edward Schell, LEXINGTON, S.C.

Edward “Ed” Hageman Schell, 92, died peacefully at the Presbyterian
Community on Friday evening, January 16, 2015.

A memorial service will be held in the Presbyterian Community Chapel,
located at 700 DaVega Dr., Lexington, SC, on Saturday, January 24, 2015, at
3 PM. The family will receive friends from 2-3 PM, prior to the service in
the vestibule area.
Born Dec. 18, 1922, in Steubenville, OH, Ed was the son of the late Charles
Anthony and Ethel M. (Johns) Schell.
He served in the Navy and was stationed at Pearl Harbor during the Japanese
attack in 1941. After the war he went to college at Michigan State
University, graduating in 1956 and began working for the federal government
at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH. He continued his career
at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC, from 1969 until his
retirement in 1974.
He moved to Johnson City, TN, in 1975 to pursue his love of nature as a
naturalist photographer. He published his first book, “Potomac — The
Nation’s River,” in 1976 and his second book, “Tennessee,” in 1979. He
compiled photographic surveys of areas that contained rare and endangered
species for the purpose of preserving those lands for future generations.
In 1990, the Sierra Club honored him with their annual “Ansel Adams Award
for Conservation Photography”. His work was seen in many publications,
including National Geographic and the Sierra Club Magazine.
He was actively involved with Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy,
Friends of Roan Mountain, TN Native Plant Society, Southern Maryland
Audubon Society and many other organizations that fostered a love of the
environment. Ed was an avid hiker with various groups; most frequently with
the “Old Timers Hiking Club.” He celebrated his 80th birthday with a 15
mile circuit hike to the top of Mt. LeConte and back, through the snow and
ice.
He is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Barbara Joan (Blanding)
Schell; his daughters, Christina Driggers (Ted), of Lexington, SC, and
Ann-Marie Schell, of Due West, SC; his son, Laurence Schell, of Tonasket,
WA; his daughter-in-law, Charlene Schell, of Cincinnati, OH; his brother,
Hal Schell (Mary Sue), of Cedar Lake, IN; 12 grandchildren and 12
great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his parents; son, Jerry Donald Schell; 3 older
brothers, Jim, Chuck and Bob Schell; and 2 younger sisters, Maxine Ash and
Sally Ruhe.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Presbyterian Community of
Columbia and the staff at Lighthouse Hospice for their kind and loving care
of Dad. Also, thank you to all who shared his love of the Southern
Appalachians and special environmentally sensitive areas. He was never
happier than when he was sharing this love with others that felt the same
way.
Memorials can be made to the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, 34
Wall Street, Suite 502, Asheville, NC 28801 or to a charity of one’s choice.
Subject: Reelfoot
From: Ken Winfield <kenman75 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 14:51:18 -0600
Hi All,

Haven't seen anybody listing Reelfoot lately. We went up yesterday for a
little bit and this is what we saw just anyone was thinking of going.

10          Bald Eagles   (One on a nest)
1            Cooper's Hawk
3            Buffleheads
1000+    Mallards
1000+    White Fronted Geese
200        Snow Geese
8            Yellow Rumped Warblers
10          Turkey Vultures
6            Black Vultures
10          Ruddy Ducks
              Several Sparrows to fast for me to get ID on
6            Red Tailed Hawks
12          Kestrals
1            Hairy Woodpecker
1            Norther Flicker
250        Canada Geese
Assorted Mockingbirds, Blackbirds, Cardinals etc....

Thanks




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Subject: Hamilton County birds - Jan. 21
From: Hugh Barger <hughbarger AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 14:34:26 -0500
I observed one red-throated loon this morning from the Vincent Rd.
boat-launch.  It was feeding near the middlle of the river channel.  Also
two adult and two immature bald eagles were seen, one immature bird perched
in a tree upriver from the ramp and the other 3 on the shore at the small
inlet south of the ramp.

Later in the morning Janice Chadwell and I had a nice mixture of birds
along the walkway at Amnicola Marsh including 2 hermit thrushes, a
blue-headed vireo, an orange crowned warbler and both ruby-crowned and
golden-crowned kinglets.

Hugh Barger
Ooltewah
Subject: Re: Red-breasted Mergansers at Melton Hill Park
From: Carole Gobert <cpgobert AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 14:30:30 -0500
Another correction. Don't know what's wrong with me this morning, They were 
clearly not adult males but females. Sorry again. 


Carole Gobert

From: cpgobert AT hotmail.com
To: tn-bird AT freelists.org
Subject: [TN-Bird] Red-breasted Mergansers at Melton Hill Park
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 13:32:58 -0500




This morning, around 11 am at Melton Hill Park in west Knox County I watched 
two gorgeous male Red-Breasted Mergansers just off shore from the right hand 
boat ramp. I tried for a photo but they never held still and couldn't get a 
decent one before they swam off to the left. Just before I left, at around 
noon, I tried to relocate them but could not. As I was sitting there in my car, 
scanning, I got a phone call and had a 17 minute conversation. Was still on the 
phone when they popped up again just opposite me. I would have left without 
seeing them again if not for the call. This time I did manage some blurry 
photos. 


These mergansers were first reported (to Facebook) on the 19th by John and 
Theresa O'Barr. I know they're not rare but they sure are beautiful to watch. 


Carole Gobert, Knoxville 
 		 	   		   		 	   		  
Subject: Red-breasted Mergansers - correction
From: Carole Gobert <cpgobert AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 13:35:01 -0500
Sorry. I said the mergansers were reported to FB on the 19th. I should have 
said eBird. All these birding sites have me confused. 


Carole Gobert
 		 	   		  
Subject: Red-breasted Mergansers at Melton Hill Park
From: Carole Gobert <cpgobert AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 13:32:58 -0500
This morning, around 11 am at Melton Hill Park in west Knox County I watched 
two gorgeous male Red-Breasted Mergansers just off shore from the right hand 
boat ramp. I tried for a photo but they never held still and couldn't get a 
decent one before they swam off to the left. Just before I left, at around 
noon, I tried to relocate them but could not. As I was sitting there in my car, 
scanning, I got a phone call and had a 17 minute conversation. Was still on the 
phone when they popped up again just opposite me. I would have left without 
seeing them again if not for the call. This time I did manage some blurry 
photos. 


These mergansers were first reported (to Facebook) on the 19th by John and 
Theresa O'Barr. I know they're not rare but they sure are beautiful to watch. 


Carole Gobert, Knoxville 
 		 	   		  
Subject: White-crowned Sparrow at Brainerd Levee Hamilton County
From: Dralle <bwdralle AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 12:00:11 -0500
This morning there were three immature White-crowned Sparrows feeding around 
the house next to the levee. 


Bruce Dralle
Hamilton County

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Subject: Re: Sandhill Cranes at Kentucky Manor, Nashville
From: "Michael Lee Bierly" <mlbierly AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 09:08:42 -0600
On January 20, 2015, at 10:53 a.m., 17 Sandhill Cranes were observed just
west of Kentucky Manor (N36.15932 and W-086.85136), Nashville. The birds
were in a level line flying slowly to the west. They then made several
circles, not gaining much altitude, and continued drifting to the west
mostly in a line. They were initially detected by three short calls. No
other vocalizations were heard.

 

Michael Lee Bierly, Kentucky Manor, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee.
Subject: Greater White-fronted and Snow Goose, Hamilton Co
From: Lizzie Goodrick <lizziegoodrick AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 07:05:26 -0600
Yesterday at 5:45 Dan Jacobson had a Greater White-fronted and a Snow Goose at 
Camp Jordan, in Hamilton Co. TN. 
Subject: Seven Islands
From: Ronald Shrieves <ronaldshrieves AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 07:55:58 -0500
Seven Islands, Knox, US-TN
Jan 20, 2015 10:03 AM - 4:03 PM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
Comments: great weather, but I got a late start 
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8 25 species Canada Goose 11 Red-bellied Woodpecker 3 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1 Downy Woodpecker 3 Northern Flicker 1 Pileated Woodpecker 1 Eastern Phoebe 3 Blue Jay 3 Carolina Chickadee 6 Tufted Titmouse 1 White-breasted Nuthatch 1 Carolina Wren 1 Golden-crowned Kinglet 1 Eastern Bluebird 21 American Robin 3 Brown Thrasher 1 Northern Mockingbird 6 Eastern Towhee 7 Field Sparrow 55 Song Sparrow 11 Swamp Sparrow 2 White-throated Sparrow 10 White-crowned Sparrow 7 Northern Cardinal 12 American Goldfinch 1 Ron Shrieves Knoxville, Knox County=================NOTES TO SUBSCRIBER==================== The TN-Bird Net requires you to SIGN YOUR MESSAGE with first and last name, CITY (TOWN) and state abbreviation. You are also required to list the COUNTY in which the birds you report were seen. The actual DATE OF OBSERVATION should appear in the first paragraph. _____________________________________________________________ To post to this mailing list, simply send email to: tn-bird AT freelists.org. _____________________________________________________________ To unsubscribe, send email to: tn-bird-request AT freelists.org with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field. ______________________________________________________________ TN-Bird Net is owned by the Tennessee Ornithological Society Neither the society(TOS) nor its moderator(s) endorse the views or opinions expressed by the members of this discussion group. Moderator: Wallace Coffey, Bristol, TN wallace AT bristolbirdclub.org ------------------------------ Assistant Moderator Andy Jones Cleveland, OH ------------------------------- Assistant Moderator Dave Worley Rosedale, VA -------------------------------- Assistant Moderator Chris O'Bryan Clemson, SC __________________________________________________________ Visit the Tennessee Ornithological Society web site at http://www.tnbirds.org * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * ARCHIVES TN-Bird Net Archives at http://www.freelists.org/archives/tn-bird/ MAP RESOURCES Tenn.Counties Map at http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/states/tennessee3.gif Aerial photos to complement google maps http://local.live.com _____________________________________________________________
Subject: Sandhill Cranes - Long Hunter State Park
From: Jason Allen <jasonkallen2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 21:30:08 -0600
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - Davidson County - 2 p.m.

I heard (then saw) approximately 130 Sandhills flying high above Couchville
Lake headed north. There was a group of about 70, followed closely by a
group of about 60.

Jason Allen
Hermitage, TN
Subject: correction
From: Thais Carr <thaiscarr AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 19:28:19 -0600
Mike Todd graciously pointed out what I hadnt even paid attention to earlier- 
the naturalist most probably misspoke about the vulture being a king vulture. 
My friend & I were watching the blue herons which we had great views of. Looked 
like they were having great success looking for lunch. 


A friend in Huntsville Alabama reported that the weekend before, they went to 
the sandhill crane festival at Wheeler & it was quite crowded. While I 
generally prefer to avoid crowds, Im thrilled that so many folks in our 
general region now have an awareness of those magnificent birds. 


Thais Carr
  
Subject: Lesser Black-Backed Gull, adult Sumner county
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "oeserscave@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 19:12:25 -0500
Tuesday   Jan. 20    2 pm
 Drakes Creek Marina
Sumner county

On the way home for a dental appointment, I stopped by briefly stopped 
by and saw the two Cackling Geese in Goodlettsville reported by Mike 
Smith Sunday.  They were absent on my visits the previous two days, 
when I was able to scan through Canada Geese.  Today at 1 pm there were 
no Canada Geese, just the two Cackling Geese and 3 Ruddy Ducks.

On to Drakes Creek in Sumner county, I pulled in to Mallard Point boat 
ramp and only found a 2nd cycle Herring among the hordes of Ring-Billed 
and Bonapartes Gulls.  I then went north to the first pullover area and 
scoped the area there.  I found 5 Redhead and 6 Lesser Scaup mixed in 
with the several Common Goldeneye and Hooded Mergansers.  Gulls 
everywhere, and all I could find odd were a few other Herring Gulls.

On a whim I decided to head to the marina and check their docks.  
Pulling in to the public viewing area of the island north of Drakes 
Creek Marina, I scoped the docks and immediately spotted a dark-backed 
gull among just a few other gulls and three cormorants.  Too far for a 
400mm photograph, I drove to the marina, parked, and walked the public 
lakeshore north to a curve where I could see the docks beyond the boat 
sheds.  At first the Lesser-Black Backed Gull was facing me, but after 
about 2 minutes it turned and started walking along the dock. This is 
likely the one spotted during the Christmas county on January 1.

I rechecked the other areas as I left, hoping to find a POSSIBLE 
Thayers Gulls I spotted and photographed on Saturday along with the 
Greater Black-Backed Gull, but could not find it anywhere.

Attached are 1 photo of the Greater Black-Backed Gull with Herring and 
Ring-Billed (from Saturday) for size comparison, 1 of it flying, 1 of 
the Lesser Black-Backed from today, and two of the possible Thayers 
 from Saturday.  This gull is obviously smaller then the Herring Gulls 
flanking it, shaped somewhat different, and from scope viewing for 
several minutes had a dark bill, darker pink feet than the two Herring 
Gulls nearby, and once when it stretched there was no color difference 
between the primaries, secondaries, or the rest of the wing.  I was not 
able to photograph the wing stretch, and I did not see it fly as I was 
primarlly occupied by the Greater Black-Backed Gull at the time.

Subject: hiwassee
From: Thais Carr <thaiscarr AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 17:38:38 -0600
I met an old friend & we took the TN Aquariums Gorge Explorer to the Hiwassee 
refuge. Very nice boat- they even had wine as well as soft drinks. ( I stayed 
on the upper level the whole time, so I cant give any details about that. My 
friend said the restroom was much nicer than airplane restrooms) I didnt keep 
a detailed count- to be honest, I was too busy catching up with my friend, whom 
I had not seen in more than a few years. I did count 12 bald eagles, adult & 
juvenile. Of course, lots of cranes. A couple of interesting sightings- two 
swans were clearly visible thoI wasnt able to get a good look due to 
vegetation obscuring details . Perhaps tundra. 


Something else unusual. The naturalist was quite certain that it was a 
peregrine falcon we saw harassing several king vultures. This went on for quite 
a while; they were a good distance from us. That was certainly a first for me. 


Thais Carr
Thompsons Station 
Subject: Orange-crowned Warbler
From: Scott Heppel <scott.heppel AT me.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 16:24:54 -0600
An Orange-crowned Warbler has made extended visits to our suet feeders for the 
second consecutive day. Other notable birds in the yard today are an adult 
Cooper's Hawk this morning and a Barred Owl this afternoon. Also had a red fox 
pass through. 


Scott Heppel
East Memphis

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Subject: Melton Hill Bald eagles
From: Wesley James <wkjames53 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 13:33:38 -0500
Today, January 20, a little after noon I observed 2 adult plumage bald
eagles soaring together over the Solway Boat Ramp area on Melton Hill
Reservoir, just above the Hwy. 62 bridge in Anderson County.
Possibly paired up birds?  Any nesting reports from that area this year?
Wes James
Oak Ridge TN
Roane Co.
Subject: Sandhill Cranes
From: susan hollyday <shollyday AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 14:48:37 +0000 (UTC)
1:30 p.m. 
Monday, January 19, 2015 
Davidson Co. 
  
38 Sandhill Cranes circling high eight miles south of the center of Nashville. 

  
Susan Hollyday 
Nashville 
Subject: Sightings Report,18 Jan 2015, Long-tailed Duck (m), TVA Lakes, Memphis, Shelby Cty
From: John Walko <walko AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 23:28:22 -0600
Long-tailed Duck(m) still hanging out with the Scaup, all three thousand of 
them(est). 

Sunday afternoon I went down to the bottoms and was surprised at the numbers of 
Scaup(Lesser & Greater) present Couldn't count the details. 

 LT Duck was asleep on the mud/sand flat on far north shore sharing time with 
several Canvass Backs and the Scaup until something really disturbed the huge 
group as they all swam together from all over the lake. 

 I couldn't see any raptors in the air. 
Then whoosh, 90% of the birds took flight, eventually 75% came back down, but 
the long-tailed took off with a large group of scaup and headed down into 
McKellar lake out of view. 


Next thing you know there's a Perigrine Falcon flying higher and higher over 
the lake moving northward. 


Ducks were nervous nellies for the remainder of my time there.


John "Jay" Walko
Collierville, TN
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Subject: Long-tailed Ducks and Surf Scoter
From: "Ron Hoff" <aves7000 AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 23:08:54 -0500
TN-birders,

Chuck & Lola Estes, Dollyann, and I went out to the Concord Marina in west Knox 
Co. early this afternoon looking for the recently reported Long-tailed Ducks 
seen there. We found the pair out from the center of the marina, across the 
water near the railroad tracks on the other side of the embayment. The 
beautiful, warm day and great light allowed for gorgeous views. Our scope was 
great but you should be able to see them well enough with just binoculars. We 
left for a while and came back to try to find a scoter. While I was scoping 
through the American Coots, I had the pair of Long-tails fly through my scope 
view, heading southwest. 


We also looked for the recently reported White-winged Scoter. We saw Chris 
Welsh out there and he said he had seen it over by dock “A”. When we went 
over there, we found the bird and thought that was it. The light was against 
the sun, so we could tell it was a scoter and assumed that was the bird. Chris 
later went out in his kayak and took some photos of the scoter. He sent me a 
copy this evening and it turned out to be a juvenile, first year SURF SCOTER, 
according to the plates in Sibley’s field guide. The feathering on the side 
of the beak did not protrude out far enough for it to be a White-winged. Great 
catch by Chris! 


Another bonus was Chuck and Lola finding 4 Black-crowned Night-Herons perched 
on the far side of the aluminum roof rafters, under the roof of dock “A”. 
There were 4 adults and Chuck said he saw a juvenile in the same area 
yesterday. Not an easy bird to find at times. 


Great birding,

Ron Hoff & Dollyann Myers
Clinton, TN
Subject: Blount and Knox County birds - highlights: Peregrine Falcon, Long-tailed Duck, Osprey, Surf Scoter
From: "Welsh, Christopher J E" <cwelsh AT utk.edu>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 03:21:34 +0000
Monday January 19th:  Made a run down to Maryville to see the Peregrine
Falcon that others have reported (feels odd standing along a main street
staring up at the side of a building with binoculars), quick stop at
Louisville Point Park for Brown-headed Nuthatches (3), then up to Concord
Marina in Knox County to look for the Long-tailed Ducks and White-winged
Scoter that had been reported.

Long-tailed ducks (winter male and female) were about mid-way out from
about mid-way around the marina.  Not terribly close, but good scope views.

First saw the scoter near the first and 2nd set of docks, but it was
between me and the sun so not great view.  Later got much better view from
kayak and took number of photos.  Something didnt feel right about
white-winged.  I did not see any white on the wings, which I know is often
not visible.  However, the bird briefly lifted one wing to preen, and I
saw no white in that brief glimpse.  Not enough to swear to, but pretty
sure.  The other thing that got me was the bill, which did not seem to
have any feathering along the side toward the nostril.  Sibley has a
diagram showing the feathering on White-winged coming down almost to
nostril on top and side of the upper mandible whereas Surf has wide
unfeathered base of upper mandible with feathering just on top.  Looking
at photos later has me convinced it is a juvenile female Surf Scoter.
Its a ringer for the bottom right bird on the Surf Scoter page of
Crossley ID Guide.  Would be happy to hear confirmatory (or otherwise)
opinions.  Two photos are posted on East Tennessee Birding Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152627966853671&set=pcb.411625299
002013&type=1&theater
This bird was barely bigger than the many surrounding coots.
It was still there when I left this evening about 5:15 pm.

I was surprised to have an Osprey fly right over me, talons clutching a
fish.  Osprey in January?
Later an adult Bald Eagle cruised by fairly high up, essentially over
Northshore Dr.  High up, but not so high that all the gulls on the marina
roof didnt notice and take flight.

Chris Welsh
Knoxville, Knox County, TN

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Subject: Victor Ashe Park
From: Ronald Shrieves <ronaldshrieves AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 17:55:28 -0500
Hight point was 2 Rusty Blackbirds.

Victor Ashe Park, Knox, US-TN
Jan 19, 2015 9:15 AM - 11:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
Comments:     
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8 26 species Canada Goose 7 Cooper's Hawk 2 Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Red-tailed Hawk 2 Mourning Dove 3 Red-bellied Woodpecker 3 Northern Flicker 1 Blue Jay 6 American Crow 5 Carolina Chickadee 15 Tufted Titmouse 2 White-breasted Nuthatch 1 Carolina Wren 3 American Robin 120 Brown Thrasher 1 Northern Mockingbird 6 European Starling 20 Cedar Waxwing 3 Yellow-rumped Warbler 1 Eastern Towhee 9 Song Sparrow 25 White-throated Sparrow 13 Dark-eyed Junco 1 Northern Cardinal 12 Rusty Blackbird 2 House Sparrow 1 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21420698 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) Ron Shrieves Knoxville Knox County
Subject: Report from Hiwassee Refuge and nearby areas Saturday 1/17
From: Jason Baumgardner <jlbaumga AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 16:05:47 -0500
On Saturday 1/17 I visited Hiwassee Refuge and Cherokee Removal Memorial
Park with Rebecca Byrd of Atlanta during the Crane Festival.  We also
stopped briefly at Harrison Bay State Park close to sunset.  Here is the
full list from three locations.  This is from Rebecca's eBird report, and
she deserves most of the credit for what we saw and counted, as she is a
good birder with a sharp eye.  The Sandhill Crane number at our first stop
is obviously not accruate, but we gave up on counting them.  There were
several thousand.   The vesper sparrows were a life bird for me.


Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge, Meigs, US-TN
Jan 17, 2015 10:52 AM - 1:33 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8 22 species Gadwall (Anas strepera) 10 Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 23 Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 3 Canvasback (Aythya valisineria) 12 Redhead (Aythya americana) 19 Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) 6 Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) 2 Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 5 Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) 4 Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 2 Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1 Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) 160 Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 12 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) 1 American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 13 Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) 6 Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 15 Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus) 2 Seen perched in tree through scope at 60 yards. White eye ring, white mutton chop malars, pink bill, rufous coverts obvious in the wind when contour feathers blow up. Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 2 Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 35 Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 6 Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) 60 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21381444 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) Cherokee Removal Memorial Park, Meigs, US-TN Jan 17, 2015 2:46 PM - 4:40 PM Protocol: Traveling 0.5 mile(s) Comments:
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8 19 species Gadwall (Anas strepera) 1 American Black Duck (Anas rubripes) 4 Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 100 Canvasback (Aythya valisineria) 7 Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) 1 Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 32 Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 2 Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 14 Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1 Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) 3 Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 3 Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) 300 Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 14 Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 1 American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 1 Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa) 6 Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 20 Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 1 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21384472 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) Harrison Bay SP, Hamilton, US-TN Jan 17, 2015 5:17 PM - 5:40 PM Protocol: Stationary Comments:
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8 8 species Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 3 Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 100 Common Loon (Gavia immer) 8 Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 73 Counted individually at the marina Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 1 American Coot (Fulica americana) 100 Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 70 House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 1 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21385664 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) Jason Baumgardner Atlanta, GA
Subject: Sandhills in Franklin
From: Chris Sloan <csloan1973 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 13:09:12 -0600
Two flocks of about 25 each just flew over Westhaven Golf Course in
Franklin (Williamson Co.) headed north.

Chris Sloan
Nashville, TN
Subject: 100th Anniversary Celebration
From: Cynthia Anne Routledge <routledges AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 09:35:56 -0600
Have you made your reservations for the 100th Anniversary Celebration April
30-May 3rd??
Its easier than everjust click on the link below
http://www.tnbirds.org/Events/Springmtg15.html

Hope you can join us!

<")
  ( \
  / |`   Cyndi Routledge
Southeastern Avian Research
Specializing in Winter Hummingbird banding
1515 N. Willow Bend Court
Clarksville, TN  37043
931-206-3517

Subject: Memphis TOS Events This Week
From: Judy Dorsey <judydorsey AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 17:02:13 -0600
Wed., Jan. 21 - Chapter meeting at 7:00 p.m., St. George's Episcopal
Church, 2425 S. Germantown Rd., Germantown, TN.  MTOS member Georges McNeil
presents "Birding the Guadalupe Mountains and Big Bend National Park."
Light refreshments served.
More info:  http://is.gd/ekJkNO & http://is.gd/DF0W5h
Directions: http://mapq.st/1dEWrZk

Sun., Jan. 25 - Field trip to the Wolf River Wildlife Management Area, led
by Gaynell Perry and Martha Waldron. Meet at 3:00 p.m.at Main St. and Hwy
57 in LaGrange, TN. Various sparrows, American Woodcock, and Short-eared
Owls are possible.
More info: http://is.gd/Lm4Xgv
Directions: http://is.gd/A7N8vc

Visit us at http://birdmemphis.org

Judy Dorsey
Hickory Withe, TN
Subject: Wheeler Typo again...sorry
From: roymel AT cafes.net
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 14:19:31 -0600
 

RING-NECKED DUCK not Ring-billed Duck at Wheeler Jan 17 in Alabama as
earlier posted! One of those typos...apology. 

Melissa Turrentine 
Bedford Co reporting Wheeler Refuge AL 
Subject: Cackling Geese - Coleman Lake, Davidson Co.
From: Michael Smith <ms722 AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 11:14:06 -0800
Coleman Lake

North Davidson Co., 1-18-15


There were TWO Cackling Geese amidst a large flock of Canada Geese at Coleman 
Lake in North Nashville this morning. The geese were in a vacant lot at the end 
of Val Marie Dr on the back side of the lake. From Gallatin Rd, take Twin Hills 
Dr (across from Rivergate Mall), turn right on Val Marie Dr, and follow it to 
the end. You can also access Coleman Lake from the end of Shepherd Hills Dr. 
I've attached a pic of one of the birds that shows the size comparison with a 
regular Canada; pretty amazing - the white neck ring is visible as well. 


Mike Smith
Hendersonville, TN
Subject: "Preliminary report" Lesser Black Back Gull Cove Lake State Pk
From: moorephotography AT comcast.net
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 18:53:39 +0000 (UTC)
Observed what I am 98% sure was a LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL this morning at Cove 
Lake State Park standing on the ice in the company of Ring-Bill gulls as well 
as in flight at Cove Lake State Park.Campbell County. I had other obligations, 
thus no time to try and photograph. 

There were a couple hundred gulls on the ice this morning. 
Leaving now to try and find again and/or photograph. 
Detail/ description later.. 
.. 
Nell Moore 
Caryville, TN 
Subject: Wheeler Note add 1oo mallards to 20 typo
From: roymel AT cafes.net
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 07:40:40 -0600
 

Add 100 mallards to list of 20....typo! Thanks 

Melissa Turrentine 
BEdford Co 
John Sellars Lebanon TOS 
Wheeler NWR Alabama near Decatur 
Subject: Wheeler NWR Refuge Jan 15 2015 ALABAMA
From: roymel AT cafes.net
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 07:21:56 -0600
 

Note: Area very busy with tour & scouting groups today...Festival was
last week. 

_JANUARY 17TH 2015_ 

Weather: A beautiful day of sunny skies with temps ~50"s to 60's and
cranes abound EVERYWHERE! 

Observers: Ann & Bernie Holiday Roy, Melissa & JosEllen Turrentine Amy &
Bob Swanson 

Birds Seen Time Frame- 10:00 - 5:00 pm 

~31 species -River Crossing prior Refuge,, Blind & VC area only 
~20 Great Egrets 
~2 Great Blue Herons 
1 lone Ring-billed duck 
thousands of Gadwalls (blind & crabtree slough) 
~50 Greater-white-fronted Geeses 
~20 Mallards 
~hundreds of No. Pintails male & female combined 
2 Male Redheads 
~20 No Shovelers male & female combined 
~150 Green-winged Teal male & female combined 
Hundreds of American Wigeon 
3 Red-tailed HAwks 
2 American Kestrels- male & female- fantastic looks 
1 Bald Eagle- mature 
1 lone American Coot 
3000+ Sandhill Cranes (*see note below) 
2 Whooping Cranes 
~30 Ring-billed Gulls 
2 Downy Woodpeckers 
3 American Crows 
2 Carolina Chickadees 
1 White-breasted Nuthatch 
~10 House Finches 
1 No Cardinal 
2 Carolina Wrens 
1 possible Winter Wren 
2 Eastern Bluebird 
3 Northern Mockingbirds 
~10 (small flock) Cedar Waxwings 
~10 White-throated Sparrows 

Sandhill Crane Notes: approximately 16,000 Sandhill Cranes are on the
refuge, according to volunteer Nancy Williams 

Other birds observed that day but not by group: Ms. Williams also notes
that 2 Ross's Geese...2 White-face Snow Geese and 2 Blue-faced Snow
Geese were present before our arrival. 

Other Nature Notes: 
JosEllen spotted a Turtle (much excitement) near the raft of ducks close
to blind (Wigeons then Gadwall spot) 
An otter created much excitement among the ducks, causing their "wave
reaction...then swam away from them, allowing all of us to have a fun
look when it surfaced 

Other Trip Notes: 

* No one took the walk across from the refuge (cannot recall the name of
area specifically)...2 Observers drove to lot and saw 1 GBH but nothing
else...The other 3 observers never made it over there because the blind
was so good! Last year, a wonderful look at Golden Crowned Kinglet
occurred at the boardwalk over the water here 

* We have not made Observation Tower north side of river in 2-3 years 

* Have not birded Limestone Bay (last year 2014...water too high not
many birds...year before 2013, so much water the VC blind was even
closed due to high water) This year may have yielded more geese for
us...so many birds so little time! 

* Did not make it to Mooresville where we often get feeder/yard birds 

Melissa Turrentine 
Bedford Co TN 
John Sellars Lebanon Chapter TOS 

Area Birded: Near Decatur/ Priceville Alabama... Wheeler National
Wildlife Refuge 
Subject: Snow Goose and Ross' Goose
From: Mac McWhirter <npmcwhirter AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 06:48:19 -0600
While scoping the ducks to get a count on the expected Redheads, Ring-necked, 
Mallards, and Hooded Mergansers on the farm lake, Susan and I observed two 
white geese, a Snow Goose and a Ross's Goose swimming together with the Canada 
Geese. 

Several Green-winged Teal were also also seen. 

Mac McWhirter
NE Warren County

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Subject: Lesser Black-backed Gull,Rutherford County
From: Terry Witt <terrywitt AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 18:36:17 -0800
I finally managed to find an adult? LBB Gull at the Middlepoint Landfill this 
morning. 

The bird was too far away for any more than ID views. May well have been the 
same bird reported earlier by Steve Zipperer. 

There are thousands of gulls present each day, but most are at the limits of 
even a scope evaluation. 

There are good numbers of young Herring Gulls present, I keep looking for 
Thayer's, but no luck so far. 


Cheers

Terry Witt
Murfreesboro Tn
Subject: American Woodcock at Amnicola Marsh in Hamilton County
From: Dralle <bwdralle AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 20:57:46 -0500
This evening after watching the ducks and geese fly into Amnicola Marsh, I 
stayed around to listen for American Woodcock. 

At 6:19 PM, I heard the ground call of one American Woodcock along Riverport 
Road. When I left at 6:38 PM, there were at least two birds displaying. 


Bruce Dralle 
Hamilton County

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Subject: TN NWR Big Sandy Unit and Duck River Unit
From: Stephen Zipperer <stczipperer AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 19:43:55 -0600
1/17/15
TN NWR Big Sandy Unit, Henry County, TN
TN NWR Duck River Unit, Humphreys County, TN
Traveling

Headed out with the person who got me into birding today, Dad.  Arrived at
the Big Sandy Unit, TN NWR right at sunup.  First bird of the day
Pileated.  Still to dark to scope the birds from the Entrance info sign so
birded along the road until we got to the Benet Creek Overlook. Sun was
just right for putting everything in shadows so we continued birding along
the road out to Pace Point.  Pace Point had Ring-bills and Herring Gulls
along with at least 30 Common Goldeneyes, 1 Common Loon, Mallards, American
Wigeons, Ring-neck duck, Horned and Pied-bill Grebe, large flock of mixed
Lesser and Greater Scaup and Ruddy Ducks.  Unfortunately the wind was
already causing whitecaps.  Drove down to Rocky Point and counted 50 Common
Goldeneyes,  had an Adult Bald Eagle fly over and go out and harass the
ducks and fly to the other side of the lake.

Got back to the Bennett Creek overlook about 10am.  Shortly saw gulls and
ducks getting up and zeroed in on the culprit. A large dark Eagle.  It
swoped in several times and climbed and then turned and it's glourious
Golden head glowed in the morning sun.  Finally my Lifer Golden Eagle.
Thanks to Mike Todd for posting. Got great looks at this bird flying and
soaring around. What a day. Lifer for my Dad too. Does'nt get much better
than that. About 15 minutes later a young Bald Eagle got the ducks up
again.  Nice comparison between the two eagles species.  Lots of Mallards,
American Wigeon, Gadwalls, Green-winged Teal, Buffleheads, a few Black
Ducks,around.  Saw 3 Redheaded Woodpeckers also.

Duck River Unit was pretty slow. Did get Dad a lifer Cackling Goose. At
least 4 N. Harriers, 2 Red-tail Hawks, Red-Shouldered Hawk, 1 Young Eagle.
Normal assortment of other ducks. Counted 75 DC Cormorants up at the
Pumphouse lake.

Great day
Good Birding

Stephen Zipperer
Rutherford Co. TN
Subject: Concord Park--The Cove
From: Ronald Shrieves <ronaldshrieves AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 19:12:57 -0500
See attached photos - of poor quality, but I IDed the small gull in the center 
of the first photo as a Bonapartes (leg color, bill, and spot on head), and 
the large gull in the second photo as a Herring gull (size relative to 
ring-billed, red on tip of bill plus pink legs). Please let me know if you 
think I got them wrong. 


Concord Park--The Cove, Knox, US-TN
Jan 17, 2015 3:01 PM - 4:01 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments: Walked around the paved trail, then into the area next to the "cove." 
There were lot's of folks about, and aside from the gulls which were out on the 
lake on a sandbar, there was too much traffic on the greenway to expect any 
birds. Nevertheless we saw the golden-crowned kinglets along the paved trail, 
and then yellow-rumps and the brown creepers when we got a little ways off the 
paved trail into the thicket beside the cove.
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8 10 species Mallard 20 Bonaparte's Gull 2 Ring-billed Gull 200 Herring Gull 1 Downy Woodpecker 1 American Crow 1 Carolina Chickadee 2 Brown Creeper 2 Golden-crowned Kinglet 2 Yellow-rumped Warbler 2 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21386571 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) Ron Shrieves Knoxville Knox County
Subject: Recent photos and apparent Thayer's Gull at Pace Point
From: Michael Todd <birder1 AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 15:26:38 -0800
I've posted a number of photos to my winter 2014-2015 gallery. Among these are 
documentary shots of Red-necked Grebes, the Golden Eagle, Common Mergansers and 
Lesser Black-backed Gulls (adult and first-cycle) along with a few more common 
birds. Most photos are very distant. Captions under most photos. 



I missed it in the mass of gulls stacked up at Pace Point, but in going thru a 
lot of photos I snapped of the flock as it lifted off due to an Eagle, I have 2 
shots that show the wing pattern of an adult Thayer's Gull pretty well. Most of 
the Thayer's I've seen in the state have been young birds, with only two 
previous adults (one here at Pace and one at Pickwick) 


First new photo starts here: 
http://www.pbase.com/mctodd/image/158844858/original 


Good Birding!!

Mike Todd
McKenzie, TN
birder1 AT bellsouth.net
www.pbase.com/mctodd
Subject: Re: Sandhill Cranes at Kentucky Manor, Nashville
From: "Michael Lee Bierly" <mlbierly AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 16:34:12 -0600
On January 17, 2015, at 1:10 p.m., around five calls of Sandhill Crane were
heard at Kentucky Manor (N36.15932 and W-086.85136), Nashville. The calls
came from just south of the Manor and lasted around fifteen seconds. The
birds were not observed. Day was crystal clear with southerly wind 5-10 mph
with gusts; high 60 F.

 

Michael Lee Bierly, Kentucky Manor, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee.

 
Subject: Red-throated loon. Hamilton Co
From: tim jeffers <tim.a.jeffers AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 17:37:43 -0500
i see a single Red-throated Loon now at Booker T Wash. st park. 1/17/15

Tim jeffers
Hamilton co
Subject: Re: Drakes Creek (Sumner Co.) CONFIRMED - Great black-backed Gull
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "oeserscave@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 14:59:41 -0500
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Sumner county
Drakes Creek
8 - 10 am

This morning being my first weekend in town this year, I took my bike, 
scope, camera, and binoculars and went for a bike ride around the 
Drakes Creek area.

Pulled off at the first paved lots on the left after crossing the small 
water area, about 1/2 mile before Mallard Point park and boat ramp.  
First saw several Herring Gulls among the hordes of Ring-Billed and 
Bonaparte's Gulls, thinking they weren't quite big enough.  After about 
15 minutes a large, dark gull with a whiter head than body gull flew 
west in front of me.  It eventually climbed onto a log with Herring, 
Ring-Billed and Bonaparte's Gulls very close by, helping confirm my 
first sighting of a Greater  Black-Backed Gull in TN.

I don't have time to download, crop, and attach photos today, but will 
get to it, along with a 'mystery' gull on another submerged log.  This 
gull is light-medium brown/gray, without dark wingtips or tail, and it 
is in between size of Herring Gulls on the log with it, and nearby 
Ring-Billed Gulls.  I have decent photos, although it sat preening and 
napping for over 30 minutes, so I don't have flight photos.

Other birds in the lake here were Gadwall, many Hooded Mergansers, 
Common Goldeneye, 1 American Wigeon, Mallards, and Canada Geese.  
Nothing of note at the boat ramp at Mallard Point, but about a dozen 
Black-Crowned Night Herons and 30 Hooded Mergansers in the cove across 
the road, which with the bicycle I was able to access easily.

At Memorial Park I drove to the north side of Drakes Creek on my bike 
and walked it down to check the Canada Geese, finding nothing unusual 
in the area of the gulls, however just past the soccer field there was 
a lone Greater White-Fronted Goose with 4 Canada Geese.  It was quite 
wary of me and other walkers and bikers on the paved trail, so I 
believe it is wild.  None of these geese were in the area on my return 
of checking the main flock on Drakes Creek by the boat sheds.

Ken Oeser
Hendersonville, TN



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Subject: TWO L-T Ducks, Knox Co. 1-17-15
From: scgwc <scgwc AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 13:57:21 -0500
At 1:00 we saw a male from between docks C & D at Concord Marina next to 
Lakeside Tavern.  It was far out across the water. Several minutes later, we 
saw the male and Patty Ford's female a few yards apart closer between docks A & 
B.  A scope was helpful. 

Steve & Gail Clendenen
Farragut, Knox County


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Subject: Tommy Schumpert Park, Knox, US-TN
From: Ronald Shrieves <ronaldshrieves AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 11:04:57 -0500
Tommy Schumpert Park, Knox, US-TN
Jan 16, 2015 2:15 PM - 4:35 PM
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Comments:     
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8 11 species Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 2 American Crow 2 Carolina Chickadee 5 Eastern Bluebird 1 American Robin 5 Northern Mockingbird 3 European Starling 2 Song Sparrow 2 White-throated Sparrow 2 Northern Cardinal 7 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21370348 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) Ron Shrieves Knoxville Knox County