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20 Dec Blue-headed Vireo, Chattanooga River Park, Hamilton County ["Dave Spicer" ]
20 Dec Re: White Goose at Pellissippi State Campus pond ["Sumrall, Colin D" ]
20 Dec Snow Goose At PSCC [Michael Crouse ]
20 Dec January Tennessee Aquarium River Gorge Explorer Hiwassee Sandhill Crane Tours ["Kevin A. Calhoon" ]
19 Dec Re: White Goose at Pellissippi State Campus pond [Andrew Core ]
19 Dec Re: White Goose at Pellissippi State Campus pond [Kelly Roy ]
19 Dec Rusty Blackbird Spring Blitz 2015! [Cynthia Anne Routledge ]
19 Dec Re: White Goose at Pellissippi State Campus pond ["Sumrall, Colin D" ]
19 Dec Re: White Goose at Pellissippi State Campus pond []
19 Dec White Goose at Pellissippi State Campus pond [Marcia Davis ]
18 Dec Re: Feathered Forecasters? Tiny Birds Knew Killer Tornadoes Were Coming ["Michael Lee Bierly" ]
18 Dec Common Goldeneye Hooded Merganzers ["Jerry Webb" ]
18 Dec Sandhill Cranes Lookout Mountain Hamilton County [Dralle ]
18 Dec Re: Yard Birds - Brown Creeper & Pine Siskin ["Charles Murray" ]
18 Dec Elizabethton & Roan Mtn CBCs ["Richard Knight" ]
17 Dec Memphis CBC [van harris ]
17 Dec Bald Eagle in Lawrence County.... [Jim Williams ]
17 Dec Re: Bogota WMA: Short-eared Owl, possible Rough-legged Hawk [Michael Todd ]
18 Dec Greater White Fronted Geese []
18 Dec Bogota WMA: Short-eared Owl, possible Rough-legged Hawk ["Daniel Estabrooks" ]
17 Dec A few ["J.N. & Ella Howard" ]
17 Dec Sandhill Crane roost, Coffee Co. [Susan McWhirter ]
17 Dec Yard Birds - Brown Creeper & Pine Siskin ["Harold Birch" ]
16 Dec Golden Eagle project update [Scott Somershoe ]
16 Dec Pine Siskin in Wayne County [Jud Johnston ]
16 Dec Entering CBC data in eBird -- some notes [Bill Pulliam ]
16 Dec Siskin Invasion ["Tommie Rogers" ]
15 Dec Big Sandy CBC preliminary results [Bill Pulliam ]
15 Dec This Week's Event - Memphis TOS [Judy Dorsey ]
15 Dec Cherokee Farm - Knox County [Ronald Shrieves ]
15 Dec Britton Ford, Great Black-backed Gull, Common Mergansers, etc. [birdchaserrws ]
15 Dec Trip to Cook Rec Area, Percy Priest Lake - Wed, Dec 17 [Scott Somershoe ]
14 Dec Sightings Report, Incomplete, 14 Dec 2014, Ensley Bottoms, TVA Lakes Shelby Cty, Memphis CBC [John Walko ]
14 Dec Norris Lake Scoter [Charles Nicholson ]
14 Dec Dyson Ditch Wildlife Refuge-Eagles, Pelicans and more... [Jim Coffroth ]
14 Dec Saturday ramble [Terry Witt ]
13 Dec Ross's Goose at Steele Creek Park [Rick Phillips ]
13 Dec Results from NTOS Field Trip ["Chloe Walker" ]
13 Dec Re: Red headed Woodpeckers/BlackScoter - Hamilton County [Hugh Barger ]
12 Dec Red headed Woodpeckers - Hamilton County [Hugh Barger ]
12 Dec Shelby Farms Memphis CBC This Sunday [Judy Dorsey ]
12 Dec Re: Black Scoter-Hamilton County [Dralle ]
12 Dec Black Scoter-Hamilton County [Hugh Barger ]
12 Dec 2014 tn-hawk watch records in review []
11 Dec Bald eagle [Barbara Harris ]
11 Dec Field Trip ["Tom Howe" ]
10 Dec KY lake birds, incl Golden Eagle - 10 Dec 14 [Scott Somershoe ]
10 Dec Eagle Bend Fish Hatchery Ducks [Chuck Lola Estes ]
10 Dec Swans at Lauderdale Waterfowl Refuge; Lauderdale Co [Michael Todd ]
10 Dec Re: more Pacific Loons at Percy Priest [Bill Pulliam ]
10 Dec Ross' Goose, Steele Creek Park (and holiday invitation) ["Don Holt" ]
10 Dec Merlin - Knox []
10 Dec Percy Priest [Roy Zimmerman ]
9 Dec Nickajack Lake Chrismas Count ["Dave Spicer" ]
9 Dec Long-tailed Duck, Big Sandy unit of TN NWR [Shawna Ellis ]
9 Dec Upcoming NTOS Field Trip ["Chloe Walker" ]
9 Dec Knoxville Common Nighthawk ["Welsh, Christopher J E" ]
9 Dec SE Tennessee Birding 8 Dec 2014 ["Charles Murray" ]
8 Dec Re: more Pacific Loons at Percy Priest [Scott Somershoe ]
8 Dec Make that FIVE Pacific Loons at Percy Priest [Scott Somershoe ]
8 Dec more Pacific Loons at Percy Priest [Chris Sloan ]
8 Dec Woods Reservoir [Stephen Zipperer ]
8 Dec Sandhill Cranes - Warren County [Mac McWhirter ]
8 Dec Re: Hamilton County - Ross's Goose [Hugh Barger ]
8 Dec Hamilton County - Ross's Goose [Hugh Barger ]
8 Dec Sandhill Cranes ["David Patterson" ]
8 Dec Sandhill Cranes [Carol Williams ]
8 Dec Snow Goose Anderson County Park, TN []
7 Dec Hickory - Priest Lake CBC [Tarcila Fox ]
7 Dec Birding in Jefferson City, Tn [Sara Smith ]
7 Dec Snow Bunting- Chattanooga [Michael McCloy ]
06 Dec Brown Creeper! [Kristy L Baker ]
06 Dec J. Percy Priest Lake, Pacific Loons, etc. ["fekel" ]
6 Dec Dyson Ditch Wildlife Refuge Cheatham Co. [Jim Coffroth ]
5 Dec Murfreesboro CBC, 27 Dec 2014 [Scott Somershoe ]
5 Dec Louisville Pt trip postponed [Tom Howe ]

Subject: Blue-headed Vireo, Chattanooga River Park, Hamilton County
From: "Dave Spicer" <birdsnbflys AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:08:05 -0500
While participating in the Chattanooga CBC today we found a Blue-headed Vireo. 
It was in the area of light pole 388 which is downriver from the Curtain Pole 
Road parking area. There is a walkway that goes through the woods to the back 
side of the Chattanooga Food bank just behind the light pole. The bird was 
hanging out in this area. 


Dave Spicer, Hamilton County
Subject: Re: White Goose at Pellissippi State Campus pond
From: "Sumrall, Colin D" <csumrall AT utk.edu>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:23:00 +0000
Snow goose is in the parking lot opposite the lake at 10:30

Sent from my iPhone

On Dec 19, 2014, at 4:57 PM, "Andrew Core" 
> wrote: 


At 5 PM the Snow Goose continued with 55 Canada Geese in the field just next to 
the Weigels on Hardin Valley Road. Cherahala Boulevard is just to the east of 
the field. 


Thanks to all who posted regarding this bird.

-
Andrew Core
Tucson, AZ

On Dec 19, 2014, at 3:48 PM, Kelly Roy 
> wrote: 


The SNOW GOOSE was not present at Pellissippi Pond (Knox County) at 2:30 pm 
today. A snow goose was, however, located a short distance to the east at the 
NTRC retention basin off Cherahala Blvd (which is off Hardin Valley Rd). It was 
hanging out with a number of Canada geese. 


Also, there is a raft of REDHEADs at Solway Park (Anderson County) right now. 
When I saw them, they were in the cove nearest the west side of Haw Ridge Park 
(east of the boat ramp near Solway bridge). This is in the same area where 
thousands of American coots have been seen recently. 


Kelly Roy
Knoxville TN



On Fri, Dec 19, 2014 at 10:24 AM, Sumrall, Colin D 
> wrote: 

Snow goose!

Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 19, 2014, at 9:35 AM, "Marcia Davis" 
> wrote: 

>
> I just received a phone call about a white goose, thought to be a Snow Goose 
at Pellissippi State Camupus pond. There was a Ross's Goose there several years 
ago. Hope someone can go and checkthis out. 

> --
> Marcia Davis
> Knox County
>
>
>
>
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Subject: Snow Goose At PSCC
From: Michael Crouse <mjcrouse AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:18:35 -0500
The Snow Goose is still hanging out with a group of Canada Geese. At 10:15 a.m. 
the goose was in one of the parking lots. 


Michael

Sent from my iPhone=================NOTES TO SUBSCRIBER====================
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         Moderator: Wallace Coffey, Bristol, TN
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Subject: January Tennessee Aquarium River Gorge Explorer Hiwassee Sandhill Crane Tours
From: "Kevin A. Calhoon" <kac AT tennis.org>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:29:27 -0500
Special Sandhill Crane Cruises

January 9, 10, 11 & 16, 17, 18 & 19*

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*On January 19th, there will only be one Sandhill Crane cruise offered
at 11am.

 

The annual Sandhill Crane migration is one of the greatest spectacles of
nature in the Southeast. Each winter, between 15 and 20,000 of these
graceful birds stop over or winter at the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge on
their journey from the upper Midwest to Florida.

 

The Blue Moon is no longer doing trips in the Hiwassee area so join the
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17th.

 

Passengers will enjoy excellent viewing from inside the
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circumnavigating Hiwassee Island, the heart of this critical stopover
point. This protected habitat is also home to a large number of nesting
and migrant Bald Eagles,  numerous waterfowl species including Snow,
White-fronted Geese and occasional sightings of Ross's Geese and White
Pelicans. A few Whooping Cranes (Operation Migration and the Crane
Foundation) should be around also.  We usually see wintering Dunlin,
Least Sandpipers and Wilson's Snipe on the mudflats.  You never know
what other rarities we may encounter!

 

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Mississippian cultural sites in the region as well as being an important
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Special pricing for non-member groups of 15 or more: $35 per person 

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e-cruises 


Board at Sale Creek Marina near Soddy Daisy

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Link to Google Map and directions: http://bit.ly/1ByJ1sW 

 

 

 

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Assistant Curator of Forests

Tennessee Aquarium

423-785-4070

 
Subject: Re: White Goose at Pellissippi State Campus pond
From: Andrew Core <andrewcore AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:56:55 -0500
At 5 PM the Snow Goose continued with 55 Canada Geese in the field just next to 
the Weigels on Hardin Valley Road. Cherahala Boulevard is just to the east of 
the field. 


Thanks to all who posted regarding this bird. 

-
Andrew Core
Tucson, AZ

> On Dec 19, 2014, at 3:48 PM, Kelly Roy  wrote:
> 
> The SNOW GOOSE was not present at Pellissippi Pond (Knox County) at 2:30 pm 
today. A snow goose was, however, located a short distance to the east at the 
NTRC retention basin off Cherahala Blvd (which is off Hardin Valley Rd). It was 
hanging out with a number of Canada geese. 

> 
> Also, there is a raft of REDHEADs at Solway Park (Anderson County) right now. 
When I saw them, they were in the cove nearest the west side of Haw Ridge Park 
(east of the boat ramp near Solway bridge). This is in the same area where 
thousands of American coots have been seen recently. 

> 
> Kelly Roy
> Knoxville TN
> 
> 
> 
>> On Fri, Dec 19, 2014 at 10:24 AM, Sumrall, Colin D  wrote:
>> Snow goose!
>> 
>> Sent from my iPhone
>> 
>> > On Dec 19, 2014, at 9:35 AM, "Marcia Davis"  wrote:
>> >
>> > I just received a phone call about a white goose, thought to be a Snow 
Goose at Pellissippi State Camupus pond. There was a Ross's Goose there several 
years ago. Hope someone can go and checkthis out. 

>> > --
>> > Marcia Davis
>> > 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.
>> > _____________________________________________________________
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>> >                   tn-bird AT freelists.org.
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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
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>> >
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>> >
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>> 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.
>> _____________________________________________________________
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>> ______________________________________________________________
>>   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
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>> 
>> _____________________________________________________________
Subject: Re: White Goose at Pellissippi State Campus pond
From: Kelly Roy <luvsbirdn AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:48:02 -0500
The *SNOW GOOSE* was not present at Pellissippi Pond (Knox County) at 2:30
pm today.  A snow goose was, however, located a short distance to the east
at the NTRC retention basin off Cherahala Blvd (which is off Hardin Valley
Rd).  It was hanging out with a number of Canada geese.

Also, there is a raft of *REDHEAD*s at Solway Park (Anderson County) right
now.  When I saw them, they were in the cove nearest the west side of Haw
Ridge Park (east of the boat ramp near Solway bridge).  This is in the same
area where thousands of American coots have been seen recently.

Kelly Roy
Knoxville TN



On Fri, Dec 19, 2014 at 10:24 AM, Sumrall, Colin D  wrote:
>
> Snow goose!
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Dec 19, 2014, at 9:35 AM, "Marcia Davis" 
> wrote:
> >
> > I just received a phone call about a white goose, thought to be a Snow
> Goose at Pellissippi State Camupus pond. There was a Ross's Goose there
> several years ago. Hope someone can go and checkthis out.
> > --
> > Marcia Davis
> > 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.
> > _____________________________________________________________
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> 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field.
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> >       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
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> >
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> >
> >
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> 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.
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>         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
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>
> _____________________________________________________________
>
>
>
Subject: Rusty Blackbird Spring Blitz 2015!
From: Cynthia Anne Routledge <routledges AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:45:35 -0600
Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz 2015
The Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz aims to track Rusty Blackbirds
from their wintering grounds in the southeastern United States throughout
their entire migratory journey into the northeastern United States, Canada,
and Alaska.  This northward migration generally begins in early March and
finishes when the last birds reach their breeding grounds in northern
Canada.  Capturing such an extensive process requires a long window and a
certain degree of flexibility.  The overall Blitz window lasts from the
beginning of March through mid-June, the target dates for TENNESSEE is the
entire month of March.  Of course, migratory timing can vary based on
environmental factors, so please report Rusty Blackbirds to the ≥Rusty
Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz≤ protocol on eBird
  whenever you encounter them during their
northward migration!  So get ready Tennessee birdersäas you turn your
calendars to 2015 please make a note to watch and report all Rusty
BlackbirdsäletĻs double our sightings and 2014 eBird reports!!  HereĻs the
link for instructions on reporting data:
http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/collecting-and-reporting-
data/ 
And as always, if you have any questions please contact me at
routledges AT bellsouth.net and IĻll do my best to get back with you.
Thanks!  And happy Rusty!

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

Subject: Re: White Goose at Pellissippi State Campus pond
From: "Sumrall, Colin D" <csumrall AT utk.edu>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:24:56 +0000
Snow goose!

Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 19, 2014, at 9:35 AM, "Marcia Davis"  wrote:
> 
> I just received a phone call about a white goose, thought to be a Snow Goose 
at Pellissippi State Camupus pond. There was a Ross's Goose there several years 
ago. Hope someone can go and checkthis out. 

> -- 
> Marcia Davis
> Knox County
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
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Subject: Re: White Goose at Pellissippi State Campus pond
From: kde AT angst.engr.utk.edu
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:24:51 -0500 (EST)
It is a lone, white... Snow Goose.  Thanks for the alert.  Maybe it will 
hang around for the CBC on 3 January.

Dean Edwards
Knoxville, TN



On Fri, 19 Dec 2014, Marcia Davis wrote:

> I just received a phone call about a white goose, thought to be a Snow Goose
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Subject: White Goose at Pellissippi State Campus pond
From: Marcia Davis <tennwren AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:34:27 -0500
I just received a phone call about a white goose, thought to be a Snow 
Goose at Pellissippi State Camupus pond. There was a Ross's Goose there 
several years ago. Hope someone can go and checkthis out.
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Knox County






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Subject: Re: Feathered Forecasters? Tiny Birds Knew Killer Tornadoes Were Coming
From: "Michael Lee Bierly" <mlbierly AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:29:53 -0600
You might find this of interest,
http://www.nbcnews.com/science/environment/feathered-forecasters-tiny-birds-
knew-killer-tornadoes-were-coming-n270381 .

 

Michael Lee Bierly, Kentucky Manor, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee.
Subject: Common Goldeneye Hooded Merganzers
From: "Jerry Webb" <theprojectroom AT juno.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 23:25:17 GMT
I observed a male and female Common Goldeneye on Old Hickory Lake in 
Hendersonville this afternoon along with at least 50 Hooded Merganzers and a 
dozen or so Bufflehead. The Goldeneye and Merganzers could be seen from the 
first boat dock on Saunders Ferry Road and the Buffleheads from the second boat 
dock past there. None were near the bank. Jerry Webb 

Sumner County
Hendersonville TN 

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Subject: Sandhill Cranes Lookout Mountain Hamilton County
From: Dralle <bwdralle AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:59:31 -0500
While I was birding the Guild Trail on Lookout Mountain this afternoon, 
eighteen Sandhill Cranes flew over heading southeast at 1:15 p.m. 


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Subject: Re: Yard Birds - Brown Creeper & Pine Siskin
From: "Charles Murray" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "dro_1945@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:40:49 +0000 (UTC)
I had a brown creeper a few weeks ago and a LIFE BIRD pine siskin (2) on 
12/10/14! 


Charles MurrayBirchwood, TN 

 On Wednesday, December 17, 2014 9:55 AM, Harold Birch  
wrote: 

   

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Subject: Elizabethton & Roan Mtn CBCs
From: "Richard Knight" <rknight8 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:32:20 -0500
The 72nd consecutive Elizabethton CBC was held on Sunday, 14 Dec.
25 observers in 6 parties tallied 69 species (+ 3 species in count week).
This was slightly below the recent 30-year average of 72 species.
(The all-time high was 80 species in 2012.)
Highlights:  Gr. White-fronted Goose, Am. Woodcock, Palm Warbler.
Also notable: Purple Finch - 5, Pine Siskin - 18, but no Red-br. Nuthatch.
Notably absent: Ruby-cr. Kinglet & E. Meadowlark.
--  --  --  --  --  --  --  --  --  --  
The 62nd Roan Mountain CBC was held on Monday, 15 Dec.
8 observers in 2 parties found 53 species.  
This was above the recent 30-year average of 45 species and the most
since 1995 (54 spp.).
Highlight:  Northern Goshawk (1, imm.).
Also notable: Red-br. Nuthatch - 1 (low), Purple Finch - 2, Pine Sislin - 4.
--  --  --  --  
Also of interest, Com. Ravens were found on both counts: Eliz - 11, Roan Mtn - 
24. 


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

Rick Knight
Johnson City, TN
Subject: Memphis CBC
From: van harris <shelbyforester1223 AT rittermail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:19:45 -0600
‚ÄčThe Memphis Christmas Bird Count was held on Sunday, December 14, with 30
observers participating.  Preliminary species total is 95.  Most unusual
sightings were Long-tailed Duck at Ensley Bottoms and Long-eared Owl at
Shelby Farms.  The Long-eared Owl was only the fourth sighting ever for
Shelby County and the first since the Eisenhower administration.


Van Harris
Millington, TN
Subject: Bald Eagle in Lawrence County....
From: Jim Williams <jbwilliams79 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:54:22 -0600
Saw a Bald Eagle at Crockett Park today in Lawrence County.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/williajb1979/15426557953/

Jim Williams
Ethridge, TN
Subject: Re: Bogota WMA: Short-eared Owl, possible Rough-legged Hawk
From: Michael Todd <birder1 AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:26:34 -0800
Awesome, I will be going thru there Friday I am sure, will keep an eye out for 
a Roughy in the area. 


Good Birding,

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



On Wednesday, December 17, 2014 6:12 PM, Daniel Estabrooks 
 wrote: 

 


Bogota Wildlife Management Area
Dyer County
12/17/14

I got a great look at a Short-eared Owl at Bogota WMA right around dusk this 
evening. Lifer for me! It was just southwest of the "main intersection" 
mentioned on the Tennessee Watchable Wildlife page. And, just as Scott suggests 
on the page, it popped up about 5 minutes after the three harriers I'd been 
watching disappeared. It made a couple north-south passes and then perched up 
in a bush. Couldn't have asked for a better view. 

Now, for the one that got away... I'm 90% sure I had a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK out 
there, in the treeline directly east of the "main intersection". It first got 
my attention because it was perched on a tiny twig at the very top of a tree 
(classic Rough-leg behavior). I got my scope on it and could see that it had 
fine dark spots evenly distributed throughout the belly and chest. The legs 
looked to be fully feathered, but it was too far away to see for sure. And of 
course, as I was driving around for a closer look, the bloody thing dropped 
down and flew along the treeline for maybe 200 yards before disappearing, never 
to be seen again. I was able to stop and get my binoculars on it just before it 
disappeared. It looked to have white on the rump or tail base, but it was such 
a fleeting glimpse, I can't even say for sure. It was alternating bouts of 
flapping with very flat-winged glides. 

Anyway, I'm confident that it was a Buteo and not a Red-tail, and that doesn't 
leave a whole lot of other options. I hate to potentially lead people on a wild 
goose chase, but it'd be great if someone else could find the bird and confirm 
or deny. 


Daniel Estabrooks
Winter Haven, FL
Subject: Greater White Fronted Geese
From: moorephotography AT comcast.net
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:19:26 +0000 (UTC)
A nice find for Cove Lake State Park (Campbell County, TN_) this afternoon were 
(2) Greater White-Fronted Geese/adults 

mixed in with the Canada Geese. 
Was able to approach them quite closely for a photo when 
a couple dogs were unleashed in the area. That took care of that.. 
Did manage to take a lousy phone shot for documentation purposes. 

Nell Moore 
Campbell County, TN 
Subject: Bogota WMA: Short-eared Owl, possible Rough-legged Hawk
From: "Daniel Estabrooks" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "hyla514@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:10:57 +0000 (UTC)
Bogota Wildlife Management AreaDyer County12/17/14
I got a great look at a Short-eared Owl at Bogota WMA right around dusk this 
evening. Lifer for me! It was just southwest of the "main 
intersection" mentioned on the Tennessee Watchable Wildlife page. And, just as 
Scott suggests on the page, it popped up about 5 minutes after the three 
harriers I'd been watching disappeared. It made a couple north-south passes and 
then perched up in a bush. Couldn't have asked for a better view.Now, for the 
one that got away... I'm 90% sure I had a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK out there, in the 
treeline directly east of the "main intersection". It first got my attention 
because it was perched on a tiny twig at the very top of a tree (classic 
Rough-leg behavior). I got my scope on it and could see that it had fine dark 
spots evenly distributed throughout the belly and chest. The legs looked to be 
fully feathered, but it was too far away to see for sure. And of course, as I 
was driving around for a closer look, the bloody thing dropped down and flew 
along the treeline for maybe 200 yards before disappearing, never to be seen 
again. I was able to stop and get my binoculars on it just before it 
disappeared. It looked to have white on the rump or tail base, but it was such 
a fleeting glimpse, I can't even say for sure. It was alternating bouts of 
flapping with very flat-winged glides. 

Anyway, I'm confident that it was a Buteo and not a Red-tail, and that doesn't 
leave a whole lot of other options. I hate to potentially lead people on a wild 
goose chase, but it'd be great if someone else could find the bird and confirm 
or deny. 

Daniel EstabrooksWinter Haven, FL
Subject: A few
From: "J.N. & Ella Howard" <birders3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:32:03 -0500
Some few Siskens dropped off before getting to Tommie Rodger's in that huge
flock - Wow!  We have 6 this morning.
                                                       J. N. Howard, Marion
County
Subject: Sandhill Crane roost, Coffee Co.
From: Susan McWhirter <snmcwhirter AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:19:29 -0600
I had heard last year that there was an area in Coffee Co., north of Bark
Camp Barrens WMA that was a significant Sandhill Crane roost. Yesterday I
was able to find it on Fountain Grove Rd., north of Love Rd.

When I first arrived at 4:00 pm there were  about 30 cranes in the marsh;
this increased to over 400 by dark.

Susan McWhirter
McMinnville, TN
Subject: Yard Birds - Brown Creeper & Pine Siskin
From: "Harold Birch" <harold8326 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:54:40 -0500
A good yard bird week.  Last Friday and again on Monday I observed a Brown
Creeper.  Then today I had 5 Pine Siskin at the Sunflower Feeder.  As an
added enjoyment, the Brown-headed nuthatches returned to feed at the peanut
feeder

 

Harold Birch

Soddy Daisy, TN

 
Subject: Golden Eagle project update
From: Scott Somershoe <Scott.Somershoe AT tn.gov>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:33:24 +0000
I updated the web site and pages for each bird with the latest info. This 
continuing heavy cloud cover doesn't allow for transmitters to charge well, so 
we don't get data often, but they are still collecting it. 


Monroe finally checked in a week or so ago and is still in southern NY. He 
spent the summer a little east of where Hytop spends the summer in northern 
Quebec. 


Two of our birds (Letson and Sand Rock) are back at the southern end of the 
Cumberland Plateau at the TN/AL line. Hytop was near Cookeville, but is now in 
KY. Hatfield Knob has been back in KY where he's spent the majority of the last 
two winters. 


Jericho still hasn't checked in. I have my fingers crossed that she's still far 
north (which is distinctly possible). 


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

Cheers,
Scott Somershoe

State Ornithologist
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
P.O. Box 40747
Nashville, TN 37204
615-781-6653 (office)
615-781-6654 (fax)
Subject: Pine Siskin in Wayne County
From: Jud Johnston <rivendell AT tds.net>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:19:58 -0600
This morning, had one pine siskin  mixed with 30 or so goldfinches at my 
feeders in Waynesboro.

Jud Johnston
Waynesboro
Subject: Entering CBC data in eBird -- some notes
From: Bill Pulliam <littlezz AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 09:20:27 -0600
Many of you will be putting data from your Christmas Bird Count  
parties into eBird.  There are some things to keep in mind when you  
do this:

MILEAGE:  Number one issue.  CBC and eBird want mileage tracked  
differently.  For the CBC you report the total number of miles you  
travelled, including multiple traverses of the same road or trail.   
But eBird wants to know the number of miles or trails you covered,  
NOT double counting backtracking.  So if you drive the same mile of  
road twice, that is 2 CBC party-miles, but only 1 eBird mile.   
Likewise, it you walk out a half mile from your vehicle and then  
back, the CBC counts that as 1 party mile, eBird would count that as  
0.5 mile.

I know nobody wants to keep track of these mileages separately.  What  
I do is look at my territory map, and estimate what fraction of the  
miles got covered twice.  Then I decrement my CBC miles by this  
amount for eBird reporting.  For example, my Big Sandy territory is  
essentially a bunch of spokes like a badly-mangled bicycle tire.   
Every road leads to a dead end, all branching off the same main  
route.  So it is simple.  Every road got driven out and back, so I  
cut my CBC miles in half for eBird.  In fact, some of these roads got  
driven out and back twice, so I subtract that extra distance yet  
again.  In comparison, my Buffalo River territory is a typical rural  
road "spaghetti bowl."  Most roads only got covered once, only about  
10-15% were driven twice.  So I'll reduce those CBC miles by only a  
small amount for eBird.

OWLING:  New this year, eBird offer a "Nocturnal birding" protocol.   
You get it by looking under "other" on the list of protocols.  Note  
there is also "Nocturnal flight call count;" that is a different  
beast for a different purpose.  The "Nocturnal birding" protocol  
pretty much matches the "Owling" definition of the CBC -- more than  
about a half hour before sunrise or after sunset.  Also eBird  
requests (but does not require) that you include in your checklist  
comments whether or not you used playback or imitations as  
attractants, and for which species.   If you hear cardinals,  
whitethroats, loons, etc. during your owling, you can include these  
too.  If you went owling and found nothing at all, you can submit a  
zero species nocturnal birding list (negative data are as valuable as  
positive).

DISTANCE COVERED PER LISTS:  Of course eBird takes all checklists,  
whether they covered you backyard or a 300 mile Big Day.  However,  
many of the projects that use eBird data statistically prefer shorter  
checklists covering smaller areas.  Many CBC territories are pretty  
large.  Their data can be more useful for these projects if they are  
subdivided.  The ideal is to have checklists covering 5 miles or  
fewer; this can be pretty difficult in many CBC territories.  On  
these marathon runs, if you can get them below 25 miles per checklist  
it is better, below 10 miles is great, and below 5 miles is superb.   
Of course if all you have is the day's tally, please enter it as is,  
it is welcome and highly useful even if it does not meet the criteria  
for some specific statistical analyses.  One of the biggest values of  
the CBC is getting birders out and looking at every bird, not just  
the "fancy" ones, at a time of year when otherwise there would be  
pretty sparse coverage.

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Hohenwald TN
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Subject: Siskin Invasion
From: "Tommie Rogers" <sundragon1 AT epbfi.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 08:34:09 -0500
This morning approximately 160 Pine Siskins arrived.  I had been seeing an
average of 40 for the past two weeks.  

Purple Finches have been here daily in small numbers for the past month.

Keep feeders and bird baths clean.  Remove old seeds beneath feeders, also.
Siskins are so vulnerable to disease.

 

Tommie Rogers

Marion county
Subject: Big Sandy CBC preliminary results
From: Bill Pulliam <littlezz AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 23:11:46 -0600
The inaugural Big Sandy Christmas Bird Count was held on Sunday,  
December 14.  This newly-established count circle extends from the  
town of Big Sandy north to Paris Landing State Park, in Henry and  
Benton Counties.  It encompasses Pace Point, Britton Ford, most  of  
the rest of the Big Sandy Unit of Tennessee NWR, and many less  
frequently birded areas such as Grannys Branch, Lick Creek Inlet,  
Bass Bay, and the West Sandy Bottoms.  At the peak I believe we had  
18 adventurous observers afield exploring some of Tennessee's best  
known birding hotspots as well as veritable ornithological terra  
incognita.  The weather was cooler and mistier than expected, but  
this did not seem to dampen bird activity and the calm winds  
counterbalanced the light mist when it came to scoping birds out on  
the lake.

The preliminary species total was 109, with a possible nudge one way  
or the other after everything is tallied and cross-checked.  Some of  
the highlight species were a 1st year Great Black-backed Gull at  
Britton Ford (in with the flock of gulls that is mostly staying in  
closed areas, it appears), Lesser Black-backed Gull at Pace Point,  
multiple Forster's Terns in the Lick Creek-Bass Bay area, two Long- 
tailed Ducks in the Rocky Point vicinity, and American Tree Sparrow  
in the West Sandy area.  Loons, grebes, and diving duck were present  
in moderate numbers, with no scoters or rare loons detected.  Numbers  
of geese (five species found) and puddle ducks were good, with a  
spectacular movement of many tens of thousands of ducks over  
Bennett's Creek at dusk from the northeast.  And the land birding in  
the area proved to be quite productive as well, with good numbers and  
diversity.  Even without the lake birds we had about 70 species, a  
very respectable CBC showing in its own right.

This count is now planned for the first Sunday of each CBC count  
period, so keep it in mind for the coming CBC seasons.  Next year  
this will be December 20, 2015.

Bill Pulliam
Hohenwald TN
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Subject: This Week's Event - Memphis TOS
From: Judy Dorsey <judydorsey AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 18:18:03 -0800
This Week's Event - Memphis TOS

This Wed., Dec. 17 - Chapter meeting at 7 p.m., St. George's Episcopal
Church, 2425 S. Germantown Rd., Germantown, TN.  MTOS member Bill Hampton
presents a program on waterfowl identification. Light refreshments served.
Directions: http://mapq.st/1dEWrZk

Learn more about MTOS at http://birdmemphis.org

Judy Dorsey
Hickory Withe, TN
Subject: Cherokee Farm - Knox County
From: Ronald Shrieves <ronaldshrieves AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:29:23 -0500
Walked a new (not completed) greenway this morning, from UT Visitor Center 
across Buck Karnes bridge and along the TN River on the UT Research Campus, as 
far as the US Navy Recruiting Center. Here is the report: 


Cherokee Farm, Knox, US-TN
Dec 15, 2014 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.6 mile(s)
Comments: Walked the (unfinished) greenway route from the UT Visitor Center to 
the end of the new UT research campus and back. 

21 species

Canada Goose  150
Great Blue Heron  6
Osprey (American) 1 Location is along Tennessee River. Osprey are NOT rare in 
this general vicinity, though we were near an urban area, there are also 
unpopulated islands and open fields nearby. 

Red-tailed Hawk  1
Killdeer  20
Ring-billed Gull  70
American Kestrel  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  5
Carolina Wren  1
Eastern Bluebird  6
American Robin  15
Northern Mockingbird  15
European Starling  90
Field Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  12
White-throated Sparrow  2
House Finch  5
American Goldfinch  2
House Sparrow  1

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Subject: Britton Ford, Great Black-backed Gull, Common Mergansers, etc.
From: birdchaserrws <birdchaserrws AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 14:22:52 -0600
  Yesterday, December 14th my group was doing our section of the Big Sandy CBC 
 (Britton Ford area) when we found a Great Black-backed Gull with a group of 
Herring Gulls.  

  The bird was first spotted by Ann Anouye (sorry if the name is misspelled, 
I'm not good with names) as it flew over the water from V. L. Childs overlook 
toward the main lake. 

  The large size and white rump (It was an immature) tipped us off that we 
need to get better looks, so we searched the area until we found it resting 
with the Herring Gulls at the end of a   peninsula, sadly, still not visible 
from anywhere except open water, or popping up on it from close range.  

  The bird flushed, ofcourse, but the entire group got good looks at it as it 
circled several times before heading out to rest on the open water. 

  Other highlights were four Common Merganser females that stayed in the area 
all day, and a group of Sandhill Cranes feeding in a green field along Elkhorn 
Road.  

  One of the Mergansers put on quite a show as it caught and apparently tried 
to eat a Horned Grebe in front of the V. L. Childs  observation deck. The 
struggle lasted for several minutes, under water part time, and ended with the 
unfortunate Grebe escaping.  

  Another interesting find (By Adam Beachy) was several Owl Pellets in a 
Grassy Marsh, that appeared to be left by a Short-eared Owl. unfortunately, the 
bird was not to be found.  

Ruben Stoll, Centerville TN.

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Subject: Trip to Cook Rec Area, Percy Priest Lake - Wed, Dec 17
From: Scott Somershoe <ssomershoe AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:27:17 -0600
If anyone is interested in looking for the hopefully continuing Pacific
Loons and other waterbirds, I plan to get to the boat ramp at Cook Rec Area
on Percy Priest Lake and be heading out to the point at 3:15 pm this
Wednesday, Dec 17th.  Bring a scope (if you have one), warm clothes (I stay
until dusk) and hiking boots or rubber boots since the shoreline is rocky
and muddy in places.

Please contact me off the list at ssomershoe AT gmail.com if you're interested.

I can't guarantee we'll see anything extra special, but we'll try!

Cheers,
Scott Somershoe
Subject: Sightings Report, Incomplete, 14 Dec 2014, Ensley Bottoms, TVA Lakes Shelby Cty, Memphis CBC
From: John Walko <walko AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 23:20:02 -0600
As part of todays CBC Memphis, Five birders recorded a male long tailed duck on 
the small lake at 

the TVA Lakes of the Allen Steam Plant off of Riverport Rd. Seems he was seen 
last week but not again until today. 


John "Jay" Walko
Collierville, TN
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Subject: Norris Lake Scoter
From: Charles Nicholson <cpnicholson53 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 21:11:08 -0500
While working the Norris CBC this afternoon, Harold Howell and I found a
scoter in the Mill Creek area in Union County.  We saw it from the boat
ramp at Loyston Point Recreation Area.  It was on the far side of the
embankment and slowly swimming southwest towards Waterplace Marina.  It was
too far off for us to ID to species.  It was uniformly dark colored and
appeared to have some lighter color on the bill and possibly on the sides
of the head.

There were also 2 adult bald eagles near Waterplace,  not too far from a
known nest site.

Chuck Nicholson
Norris TN
Subject: Dyson Ditch Wildlife Refuge-Eagles, Pelicans and more...
From: Jim Coffroth <JCoffroth AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 16:31:13 -0600
Today an adult bald eagle was present at the Pardue Pond eagle nest. This is on 
the south side of the Cumberland River near the inlet to the Dyson Ditch WR. 


Back in Dyson Ditch 3 White Pelicans and what I believe to be 3 Canvasbacks 
ducks were among the several hundred water birds present. 


The Snow Geese seen last week were gone....

Of course a GB Heron was parked on nearly every stump.
The leaves are all gone and the best viewing is from the Cumberland River 
Bicentennial Trail via the Eagle Pass trail head off of Chapmansboro Rd. 


Jim Coffroth
Chapmansboro, TN

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Subject: Saturday ramble
From: Terry Witt <terrywitt AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 04:13:26 -0800
Yesterday was cool and cloudy, but virtually no wind was very welcome indeed.

Duck River NWR: many eagles seen, all bald-headed. All 5 geese present with 
hundreds of speckle-bellies. 


Pace Point: At the gull roost, a partially obscured bird appeared to be a first 
year Thayer's. In the process of getting a better view, all the gulls flew, but 
95% were back in a few minutes. Unfortunately, no sign of the bird in question. 

No scoters seen.

Rocky Point: several hundred very vocal loons, I didn't identify any other than 
Common. Also several hundred RB Mergansers. 


Britton Ford: I made my first foray inside the new visitors' center. I would 
have to agree with the person just outside the refuge with the signs re 
government waste. 

Lots of waterfowl, the large gull roost was loaded with birds but is now 
inaccessible inside the closed area. 


Nothing exceptional around the north part of the lake

Cheers

Terry Witt
Murfreesboro Tn
Subject: Ross's Goose at Steele Creek Park
From: Rick Phillips <sunfish0501 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 18:34:45 -0500
December 13, 2014
Steele Creek Park, Sullivan County, Tennessee

The Ross's Goose reported earlier by Don Holt and Larry McDaniel was still
present at Steele Creek Park at around 4 pm this afternoon. The bird was
initially on the beach in front of the picnic shelter near the nature
center. Eventually moved into the lake with a large flock of Canada Geese
and made it's way down the lake towards the lookout platform.

-- 
Rick Phillips
Kingsport, Tennessee
Subject: Results from NTOS Field Trip
From: "Chloe Walker" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "chloebelle119@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 20:00:16 +0000 (UTC)
12-13-14Old Hickory Dam area, Nashville, TN     It was a chilly morning at 
Old Hickory Lake; nonetheless, thirteen birders gathered for a wonderful 
outing. Activity was slow along the Nature Trail, but a few highlights 
included brilliant views of a Pileated Woodpecker which landed on a telephone 
pole behind the woodlands and Hermit Thrushes and Fox Sparrows near 
the trail's entrance.     "Snow Bunting Peninsula" was a bit more 
productive. One Bonaparte's Gull and one Herring Gull were the only gulls in 
the vicinity other than the abundant Ring-bills. Common Loons were scattered 
around the lake, as well as both Horned and Pied-billed Grebes. A raft of Ruddy 
Ducks was a nice addition to the trip list, and not far away floated a lone 
female Bufflehead. Overall, it was a nice morning! Thank you to all who 
participated! (List below.) ***Get it on your calendars...the next NTOS field 
trip is on January 31st, 2015, at the Pace Point/Britton Ford Area.  44 
species  Canada Goose - 2Gadwall - 1Mallard - 20Northern Shoveler - 
8Bufflehead - 1 Ruddy Duck - 35Common Loon - 6Pied-billed Grebe - 20Horned 
Grebe - 40Great Blue Heron - 5Cooper's Hawk - 1Bald Eagle - 1 Bonaparte's Gull 
- 1Ring-billed Gull - 100Herring Gull - 1Belted Kingfisher - 1Red-bellied 
Woodpecker - 1Downy Woodpecker - 5Hairy Woodpecker - 2Northern Flicker - 
3Pileated Woodpecker - 5Blue Jay - 3American Crow - 7Carolina Chickadee - 
15Tufted Titmouse - 7White-breasted Nuthatch - 1Carolina Wren - 4Winter Wren - 
2Golden-crowned Kinglet - 10Ruby-crowned Kinglet -3Eastern Bluebird - 10Hermit 
Thrush - 6American Robin - 70Brown Thrasher - 2Northern Mockingbird - 1European 
Starling -160Yellow-rumped Warbler - 3Field Sparrow - 1Fox Sparrow - 2Song 
Sparrow - 5Swamp Sparrow - 3White-throated Sparrow - 6Northern Cardinal - 
9American Goldfinch - 13 Chloe Walker - NTOS Field Trip Coordinator 
Murfreesboro, TNwww.chloesbirdingblog.blogspot.com    
Subject: Re: Red headed Woodpeckers/BlackScoter - Hamilton County
From: Hugh Barger <hughbarger AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 13:51:28 -0500
I'm sure everyone in the Chattanooga area caught my typo - it was David
Stone who helped me find the red-headed woodpeckers, not "Davis".  Sorry,
David.
The black scoter female was present again along Harrison Bay rd.Saturday
about 11 AM, but after about 10 minutes, I looked away for a few moments to
check out some nuthatches in the pine trees and when I looked backed and
she was gone.  If anyone refinds her let us know.

Hugh Barger
Ooltewah
Subject: Red headed Woodpeckers - Hamilton County
From: Hugh Barger <hughbarger AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 21:36:20 -0500
Based on advice from Davis Stone I checked the woods in Harrison Bay State
Park today and found at least four red-headed woodpeckers and got some
excellent looks at them.  They were either storing or retrieving acorns
that they had embedded in the bark of several trees along the main
campground road. One of my favorite birds.

Hugh Barger
Ooltewah
Subject: Shelby Farms Memphis CBC This Sunday
From: Judy Dorsey <judydorsey AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:02:37 -0600
The Shelby Farms contingent of the Memphis Christmas Bird Count will meet
this Sunday morning, December 14th, at 7:15 a.m. in the Amphitheater
Parking Lot on North Pine Lake Drive at Shelby Farms.  Depending on the
number of people that we have, we will split into groups to cover more area.


The group will meet again for lunch at Top's Bar-B-Q at the NE corner of
Sycamore View and Macon at 11:30 a.m. to get I out of the cold and see what
we need to work on in the afternoon.

Directions to the meeting location: http://goo.gl/maps/wHgls

Memphis TOS website: http://birdmemphis.org

Judy Dorsey

Hickory Withe, TN
Subject: Re: Black Scoter-Hamilton County
From: Dralle <bwdralle AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:38:53 -0500
The female Black Scoter first observed by Hugh Barger this morning, was still 
present this afternoon at 2:30 p.m. 


Bruce Dralle
Hamilton County


Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 12, 2014, at 12:24 PM, Hugh Barger  wrote:
> 
> I observed a female black scoter this morning in the slough adjacent to 
Harrison Bay Rd. near TN Highway 58. It was alone, diving frequently and 
apparently finding food. 

> 
>  
Subject: Black Scoter-Hamilton County
From: Hugh Barger <hughbarger AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 12:24:41 -0500
I observed a female black scoter this morning in the slough adjacent to
Harrison Bay Rd. near TN Highway 58.  It was alone, diving frequently and
apparently finding food.

Subject: 2014 tn-hawk watch records in review
From: TenacBirder AT comcast.net
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 02:48:19 +0000 (UTC)
Soddy Mountain Hawk Watch
Flat Top Mountain, Hamilton Co., TN

2014 season totals

BV      21
TV     215
MK*      1   (juvenile)
OS       6
BE      29   ( 17 ad/ 12 im)
NH       6
SS      61
CH      24
RS      12
BW    2874
RT      94
GE*      1   (juvenile)
AK       2
ML       1
PG       4

UB      (1)  (unidentified buteo)
     ______
      3352

15 species with 3352 individuals counted
181.25 hours
35 days coverage from Sept. 10 thru Nov. 28, 2014

On slow days we recorded 59 species of birds seen from the lookout proper.

A few raptor HIGHLIGHTS from the season:
1 Our first Broad-winged Hawk was seen on Sept. 10  Our last was seen on Oct. 5
2 This year we broke 50,000 BW's seen over the years. This happened Sept. 18 at 
9:49 when 29 distant specks flew over. 

3 A juvenile Mississippi Kite flew to the southwest at 11:33...only the third 
bird of this species in our history. 

4 A immature Golden Eagle flew by on Nov. 10. (from Bill Haley's notes:) " flew 
directly over the lookout about 200 yards up-great looks" 


A brief summary:
We had few cold fronts, even so they were not the traditional types where a 
front passed and then rain for two or three days to hold up the forward 
movement. Our best days were early in the season i.e 9/17 we recorded 436 BW; 
9/18 we saw 1063; 9/19 we saw 275. The next week when counts should have been 
high or higher we counted 223 on 9/23; 161 on 9/24 and 191 on 9/25. When the 
calendar approaches the mid twenties is when we normally see our largest 
kettles and our biggest number days. Altogether these six days represented 2549 
of our 2874 Broad-winged Hawks talied for the 2014 season! 


Jimmy Wilkerson
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Subject: Bald eagle
From: Barbara Harris <harrbarbara AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 17:40:37 -0600
  This morning (Dec. 11) in Nashville, Davidson Co., I was surprised to 
see an adult Bald Eagle crossing the Victory Memorial bridge as it flew 
down the Cumberland River.
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Subject: Field Trip
From: "Tom Howe" <blountbirder AT nxs.net>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 10:50:40 -0500
12/11/14

Knox County     

 

FIELD TRIP ANNOUNCEMENT:

KTOS is having field trip to the Bristol area (Musick's Campground and South
Holston Dam and Weir) this Saturday, December 13.
Leader: Jay Sturner (flowerpetalsonthecreek AT yahoo.com / 865-244-7819)

Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the Food City on Kingston Pike near the intersection of
Kingston Pike and Northshore Dr. (5941 Kingston Pike, Knoxville) to carpool.
It will take about 2.5 hrs to get to Musick's Campground, where we'll look
for our target bird, EARED GREBE.

After Musick's we'll visit the South Holston Weir and Dam for looks at other
waterfowl.

Bring lunch and drinks and plan on a full day with return to Knoxville late
afternoon or early evening.

 

Tom Howe
Subject: KY lake birds, incl Golden Eagle - 10 Dec 14
From: Scott Somershoe <ssomershoe AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 22:31:52 -0600
Female surf scoter at pace point, big sandy unit, TN NWR in Henry Co. Very few 
loons and even fewer gulls, other than a couple hundred Bonaparte's at pace 
point. Not much else worth noting. 


Two Forster's terns at Lick Creek bottoms boat ramp, Henry co. 

Adult Golden Eagle at duck river unit, Tn NWR, Humphreys Co. It was seen from 
the main road and within view of the Pintail Point Obs building. Little else 
around. The river is high for this time of year and the flats are not exposed. 
All ducks/coots were quite distant. 


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Subject: Eagle Bend Fish Hatchery Ducks
From: Chuck Lola Estes <chucklola AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 23:05:20 -0500
December 10, 2014
Eagle Bend Fish Hatchery
Anderson County
4pm to 4:30pm

Lola and I checked out Eagle Bend this afternoon hoping that the cold front had 
moved some birds and we were rewarded with some ducks. All the diving ducks we 
had were in the large pond to the right and above the main road. Hopefully 
these will stay around for the Norris CBC. 


- 8 Mallards
- ~75 Ring-necked Ducks
- 2 Redheads
- 2 Lesser Scaup
- 1 Ruddy Duck

Chuck Estes
Oak Ridge, TN
Subject: Swans at Lauderdale Waterfowl Refuge; Lauderdale Co
From: Michael Todd <birder1 AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:27:04 -0800
12/9/2014
Lauderdale Waterfowl Refuge; Lauderdale Co

Just passing along some info from friends that hunt alongside Lauderdale 
Watefowl Refuge. They had 2 flyover swan sp. yesterday while hunting, something 
to keep an eye out for if anyone happens to be in the area; unknown as to 
species, but the birds were unbanded. My friends said there weren't as many 
birds using the refuge as there often are, but still good numbers and lots of 
geese. I should be in the area next week. Hope to bird KY Lake tomorrow, and 
might even attempt a run to Nashville to see the pretty much unprecedented 
Pacific Loon show. I've got 29 Pac Loon records for the state in eBird (mostly 
from KY Lake of course), but a high count of only 2..... 


Good Birding!!

Mike Todd
McKenzie, TN
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Subject: Re: more Pacific Loons at Percy Priest
From: Bill Pulliam <littlezz AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 12:24:06 -0600
There are now a half dozen or so reports of these birds in eBird; it  
would be great if SOMEONE would attach a photo to one of the eBird  
checklists for documentation and posterity.  Non-common loons don't  
seem to get photographed in Tennessee very often, in comparison to  
how often they are detected in recent years.

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Hohenwald TN
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Subject: Ross' Goose, Steele Creek Park (and holiday invitation)
From: "Don Holt" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "dnldhlt@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 12:09:40 -0500
WED 10 DEC 2014
Steele Creek Park, Bristol
Sullivan Co., TN
D. Holt

 On both Sunday and Monday I saw a Ross' Goose on the lake near the Nature 
Center at closing time (around 5 pm). I was not working Tuesday, but this 
morning the Ross' Goose is present on the "beach" in front of the Lodge (the 
building next to the Nature Center). It is with the large flock of Canada Geese 
dozing and preening. The park is quiet and it's drizzling rain occasionally, so 
the geese will probably be around for a good while today, in case anyone would 
like to come for a look. If you need an update later feel free to call me at 
423 483 0470. 

 If you come out, be sure to drop into the Nature Center to check out the 
world's scrawniest, all natural Christmas Tree, and bring some small natural 
treasure to hang on it! 


Don Holt, Naturalist
Steele Creek Nature Center
Bristol, TN
Subject: Merlin - Knox
From: kde AT angst.engr.utk.edu
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 10:17:41 -0500 (EST)
Had a Merlin on a snag in the woods behind our home in west Knox Co Wed 
morning (10 Dec) eating an unidentifiable bird.  We had one hanging out in 
the area last winter as well that was spotted occassionally by a few folks 
at a few different spots throughout the Cedar Bluff / Middlebrook area 
from Nov-Jan.  Maybe this one will hang around as well.

Dean Edwards
Knoxville, TN

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Subject: Percy Priest
From: Roy Zimmerman <roymz756 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 06:47:59 -0600
Hello.  I grew up in Tennessee but have lived in Minnesota for many years.
I am here visiting family for a week and yesterday went to Cooks Point with
Ann Inouye to look for the Pacific Loons.  We did find 5 Pacific Loons best
seen after hiking along the "beach" to the east to the next point from the
parking lot.  Back at the parking lot we saw a Red-necked Grebe.  It was in
transition plumage with a partially red neck, long neck, distinctive black
and white head pattern.  I should have photographed.  I did not realize
that this is rare here until I put the sighting in eBird.
Subject: Nickajack Lake Chrismas Count
From: "Dave Spicer" <birdsnbflys AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 18:33:36 -0500
As Starr has already posted the Nickajack Lake count will be held on Dec. 27. 

Several people have already contacted me about it, if anyone else will be 
available to help please do one of two things. 

1. Contact the group leader you have worked with in past years and coordinate 
with them. 

2. Contact me so I know you are available. If you have a specific area you are 
interested in covering let me know that also. 


Thanks,
Dave Spicer
Ooltewah, TN
Subject: Long-tailed Duck, Big Sandy unit of TN NWR
From: Shawna Ellis <yodergoat AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 15:53:44 -0600
December 9, 2014
12:30 pm
Rocky Point area of Big Sandy unit of TN National Wildlife Refuge
Henry County

We saw a male Long-tailed Duck today at Rocky Point. Unfortunately we
did not see it on the water, it had flown up upon seeing us as we
approached the shore. We did have lengthy views as it flew away. We
were wondering if this was the same male Ruben Stoll had seen last
week. If so, it may still be hanging around the area. If we had made a
slower and more careful approach, we may have seen it before it flew.
It was on the left side.

Shawna Ellis
Paris, Henry County
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Subject: Upcoming NTOS Field Trip
From: "Chloe Walker" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "chloebelle119@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 15:48:36 +0000 (UTC)
Nashville Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society field trip this 
Saturday, December 13th, at Old Hickory Dam and the surrounding area! Please 
meet in the Nature Trail parking lot (36.29598, -86.65932) at 7:30 AM. We plan 
to briefly walk the trail before checking the dam and "Snow Bunting 
Peninsula." Expected species include Hermit Thrush, an assortment of sparrows, 
Ruddy Duck and other diving and dabbling ducks, Horned Grebe, and Common Loon. 
Rusty Blackbirds and Orange-crowned Warblers have been found along the Nature 
Trail in past winters. Please bring a scope if you have one since we will be 
scanning the lake for gulls and waterfowl. The outing should only last the 
morning, so feel free to bring snacks and drinks. More information about Old 
Hickory Dam and the vicinity can be found here. It should be a wonderful 
morning! Birders of all ages and skill levels are welcomed to join us! Chloe 
WalkerMurfreesboro, TNwww.chloesbirdingblog.blogspot.com     
Subject: Knoxville Common Nighthawk
From: "Welsh, Christopher J E" <cwelsh AT utk.edu>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 14:46:31 +0000
Last night (12/8) at about 7 pm I saw a lone Common Nighthawk foraging over the 
intramural field near the University of Tennessee Aquatic Center (between Tom 
Black Track and the outdoor pool) in Knoxville, Knox County. 


It's late for nighthawks, but some years they stay around this location into 
mid-December. It's now finals week at UT, so in a few days students will have 
left and less likely the lights will be on around the fields. 


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Subject: SE Tennessee Birding 8 Dec 2014
From: "Charles Murray" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "dro_1945@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 02:10:24 +0000 (UTC)
A total of 52 species were identified in Hamilton County and Meigs County today 
in my second highest individual total ever for one day. Highlights included: 

   
 - 2 immature bald eagles feeding on a sandhill crane carcass in the slough at 
the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge viewing area (Meigs County) 


   - 3 snow geese - one a blue phase goose - at the HWR viewing area
 - 7 duck species at the HWR viewing area: gadwalls, mallards, N. shovelers, 
green-winged teal, canvasbacks, ring-necked, and hooded mergansers 


   - both native North American crane species on the HWR
 - golden-crowned and ruby-crowned kinglets at my home in Birchwood (Hamilton 
County) 

   - hermit thrushes at HWR and at home
 - 5 species of woodpeckers: red-bellied, yellow-bellied, downy, N. flicker, 
and pileated at home 

Charles MurrayBirchwood, TN
Subject: Re: more Pacific Loons at Percy Priest
From: Scott Somershoe <ssomershoe AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 19:35:19 -0600
I meant to add that this is the 4th consecutive winter season where we've
had at least 1 Pacific Loon on Percy Priest Lake. The first state record
was on Priest in 1988, but they have become much more regular in the state
in recent years (or maybe just since I've been paying attention and birding
and finding them).  They seem to be almost expected (well, not a big
surprise anyway) to find one on Kentucky Lake in the area of Big Sandy,
Paris Landing SP now.  I'm not sure if this is a true more regular
occurrence or what.  Thoughts?

Scott Somershoe
Subject: Make that FIVE Pacific Loons at Percy Priest
From: Scott Somershoe <ssomershoe AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 19:18:16 -0600
Thanks Chris for posting for me.  I decided to go look for the Pacific
Loons that Frank Fekel, Mike Smith, and Phillip Casteel had a couple days
ago.  I hadn't been to Priest in quite a while and needed to do some real
birding.  I walked out the peninsula at Cook Rec Area and scanned the east
side towards Seven Points first and eventually came around the point and
quickly found 3 Pacific Loons together basically due south of the tip of
the peninsula.  Two were immatures (fairly thin chin strap), while the
other was an adult and had a grayer face and thicker chin strap.  Then I
realized there was a 4th (another adult) and then all 4 were together
feeding and chasing each other (in my scope view at once!!).

I scanned back and forth thru the ducks and grebes (and common loons)
numerous times and every once in a while I was pretty sure there was a 5th
Pacific Loon, but they were diving and I couldn't be sure.  Eventually I
saw the initial group of 4 together and then scanned a good distance away
and confirmed a 5th. I double confirmed that since 4 Pacific Loons is
ridiculous and 5 is really ridiculous.  The 5th was also an adult.  I later
had all 5 in close proximity at the same time.

As it got dark, I lost them in the low light, but two came relatively close
and they battled with a Common Loon for a minute (and lost).  I eventually
saw one swimming out into the middle of the lake where you'd be able to see
it from the parking lot at Cook Rec Area.

I'm guessing these birds may hang out for a bit, so good luck to those
trying!

There were also 7 or 8 species of waterfowl, at least a dozen Herring Gulls
(I rarely see more than 1 or 2) and thousands of Ring-billed. I'll eBird
(of course).

Great birding and thanks for the initial find (and post) to Frank, Phillip
and Mike!

Scott Somershoe


On Mon, Dec 8, 2014 at 3:50 PM, Chris Sloan  wrote:

> Scott Somershoe texted me that he just found at least 4 Pacific Loons out
> from Cook Recreation Area on J. Percy Priest Lake. Three were in the same
> scope view.  He's still looking so might find more.
>
> Chris Sloan
> Nashville, TN
> http://www.chrissloanphotography.com
>
Subject: more Pacific Loons at Percy Priest
From: Chris Sloan <csloan1973 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 15:50:46 -0600
Scott Somershoe texted me that he just found at least 4 Pacific Loons out
from Cook Recreation Area on J. Percy Priest Lake. Three were in the same
scope view.  He's still looking so might find more.

Chris Sloan
Nashville, TN
http://www.chrissloanphotography.com
Subject: Woods Reservoir
From: Stephen Zipperer <stczipperer AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 15:17:11 -0600
12/8/14
Woods Reservoir
Franklin County,  TN

Birded Woods Reservoir this morning.  Saw a Bald Eagle, at least a 3rd year
bird.  Lots of Buffleheads,  1 Red-breasted Merganser female, nice group of
Common Goldeneyes, Mallards, Gadwalls, Ruddy Ducks, Am. Wigeon, lots of
Common Loons and Horned Grebes and Ring-bills and Bonaparte's gulls. Nice
morning.

Good birding

Stephen Zipperer
Rutherford Co ,  TN
Subject: Sandhill Cranes - Warren County
From: Mac McWhirter <npmcwhirter AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 14:22:03 -0600
After front moved through Saturday, December 6, we counted approximately
325 Sandhill Cranes flying SSE over farm at Rock Island in NE Warren
County. Time was 2:15 p.m. They were in four separate flights in close
proximity.

Mac McWhirter
McMinnville, TN
Warren County
Subject: Re: Hamilton County - Ross's Goose
From: Hugh Barger <hughbarger AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 14:58:07 -0500
Sorry!!  I neglected to say that the goose was seen at the Brainerd Levee.

Hugh Barger
Subject: Hamilton County - Ross's Goose
From: Hugh Barger <hughbarger AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 13:20:24 -0500
This morning at about 9 AM:  a single Ross's goose hanging with about 45
Canada geese, also over 35 green-winged teal about as many northern
shovelers and 20 or so mallards.
A large mixed flock of blackbirds at Standifer Gap marsh; mostly common
grackles and red-winged but two rustys were in the mix also.

Hugh Barger

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Subject: Sandhill Cranes
From: "David Patterson" <dpatterson9328 AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 12:03:58 -0500
21 Sandhill Cranes overhead about 11:30, 8 Dec 2014, Houston Lane, Ooltewah, 
Hamilton County 

flying north, approximately the direction of Hiwassee refuge.

A few minutes later 2 smaller groups heard but not seen.

About the same time 2 Black Vultures and 2 Turkey Vultures, flying high.

David Patterson
Subject: Sandhill Cranes
From: Carol Williams <caroldenson1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 09:23:22 -0600
Approximately 45 Sandhill Cranes flying south over South Willow, Cookeville
 AT  9:20 a.m.

Carol Williams
Smithville


-- 
*Carol*
Subject: Snow Goose Anderson County Park, TN
From: moorephotography AT comcast.net
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 02:34:41 +0000 (UTC)
Birded around Anderson County Park a couple hours this afternoon as well as 
Loyston Point TVA recreation area, (Anderson County) 

I checked overlooks of Norris Lake where ever possible. 
Best find was an immature Snow Goose at Loyston Point late afternoon. 
12 Horned Grebes as well as 6 Pied Billed were seen on the lake. 
Numerous rafts of Gulls were off Loyston Point towards Big Ridge State park but 
were too distant to identify. 

Several Bonaparte Gulls were seen in various areas. 

Nell Moore 
Campbell County, TN 
Subject: Hickory - Priest Lake CBC
From: Tarcila Fox <tarcila AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 20:07:30 -0600
Hi everyone, 

We are conducting the Hickory- Priest CBC (Christmas Bird Count) on Thursday 
January 1st. Everyone can help, new birders, and experienced birders and all 
in-between all are welcome to join us. The areas covered are Shelby Bottoms, 
Neelyís Bend, Old Hickory, Hermitage, Metro Center, and Percy Priest. 


If you are interested, please contact me by email, at tarcila AT bellsouth.net. 
put ďCBC" in the subject line of your email. 


I will give you more details as we get responses.

It is always a fun experience!

Tarcila Fox, 

tarcila AT bellsouth.net
Subject: Birding in Jefferson City, Tn
From: Sara Smith <ssmith2685 AT att.net>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 16:15:45 -0500
I did a little birding today around Jefferson City.  
Saw a snow Goose in with about 25 Canada geese in the Mossy Creek pond. A raft 
of coots on Cherokee Lake (15) and several blue birds.. I would love to see 
some owls. Anyone seeing any round the Jefferson, Hamblen, or Greene counties? 

Sara Smith
Talbott, Tn


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Subject: Snow Bunting- Chattanooga
From: Michael McCloy <prothonotarywarbler AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 11:23:06 -0500
Hi all,

Tommie Rodgers and I just had a snow bunting fly over the chickamauga dam in 
Chattanooga (Hamilton Co.) and alight on the scree slope alongside the main dam 
parking area. It flew off after about 45 seconds, heading NE over the lake, but 
anybody in the vicinity should keep their eyes open. I was able to obtain 
several photos as it was perched on the rocks. 


Mike McCloy
Graduate Research Assistant
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee
(910)690-3142
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Subject: Brown Creeper!
From: Kristy L Baker <kristybaker AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 06 Dec 2014 14:47:32 -0600
As we were backing out of the driveway, I noticed a brown creeper! This might 
be a new yard species for me! I'll have to check when I get home. Also have 
lots of Pine Siskins right now. 


Kristy Baker
Rockvale TN
Rutherford County
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Subject: J. Percy Priest Lake, Pacific Loons, etc.
From: "fekel" <fekel AT evans.tsuniv.edu>
Date: Sat, 06 Dec 2014 12:36:15 -0600
J. Percy Priest Lake
Davidson Co.
2014 Dec. 6

I birded Saturday morning with Mike Smith and Phillip Casteel doing
a partial tour of J. Percy Priest Lake. Highlights follow.

We began before 7 am at the J. Percy Priest Lake Dam. For a while
we saw the usual suspects but after a few minutes a loon flew in
close to the dam, and we got great looks at a PACIFIC LOON next
to a couple of COMMON LOONs. Phillip got several excellent photos.

Our next stop was Hamilton Creek Rec. Area where we spotted
2 female PURPLE FINCHes in the hemlock and pine trees.

At Cooks Recreation Area we found a MERLIN in a bare tree next
to the parking lot. We walked out to the point between Cooks and
7 Points and found 3 more PACIFIC LOONs. The MERLIN was still in
the area when we left at least 45 minutes later.

After Mike and Phillip headed for home I went down the road to
7 Points Rec. Area and had a single COMMON GOLDENEYE.

Frank Fekel
Bellevue, TN
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Subject: Dyson Ditch Wildlife Refuge Cheatham Co.
From: Jim Coffroth <JCoffroth AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 09:48:45 -0600
Yesterday at Dyson Ditch, before the frontal passage, we saw six Snow Geese - 
five adults and one juvenile. The usual several hundred Canadian geese and a 
variety of ducks were present and quite active. Also 28 Sandhill Cranes flew 
over headed west downstream. Several GB Herons were perched throughout the 
wildlife refuge. No activity was seen at the Eagle Pass or Pardue Pond eagle 
nests, but one adult was seen sitting in a tree along the river bank on 
Chapmansboro Road. 

Best viewing is from the Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail via the Eagle Pass 
trail head off of Chapmansboro Rd. 


Jim Coffroth
Chapmansboro, TN

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Subject: Murfreesboro CBC, 27 Dec 2014
From: Scott Somershoe <ssomershoe AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2014 19:56:10 -0600
A few of us resurrected the defunct Murfreesboro CBC last year.  This year
we'll do the count on Sat, Dec 27th. The count is centered on the
courthouse downtown, but includes some good birding places in town.

Terry Witt found a first state record Bullock's Oriole many years ago, so
you just never know!

If you're interested in helping out (and we only have 3 people so far and
need 10 to be a legit CBC), please email me off the list.
ssomershoe AT gmail.com

Thanks!
Scott Somershoe
Subject: Louisville Pt trip postponed
From: Tom Howe <blountbirder AT nxs.net>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2014 18:53:48 -0500
12-5-14
Blount Co

Due to The high likelihood of heavy rain in the morning, I am postponing the 
KTOS field trip to Louisville point park tomorrow. 

We will hopefully do it Sunday afternoon. I will post details soon

Tom Howe

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