[TN-Bird] Chattanooga RBA #19

This is Kevin Calhoon with the Chattanooga RBA, sponsored by the
Chattanooga Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society.

This is Update Number #19 made on November 9, 2004.

You can call the RBA at 423 -821-4381.

 

For those of you that do not subscribe to TN-birds, here is a note from
Wallace Coffey:

 

A WHOOPING CRANE was observed at the Armstrong Bend area of the Hiwassee
Wildlife Refuge in Meigs Co. north of Chattanooga at 8 a.m. today (11/9).
The bird was seen by Orabelle Campbell.  This information was telephone to
me at 9 a.m. by Ken Dubke of Chattanooga.

This may be the first Whooping Crane observed this fall in Tennessee.

 

The location is on the north side of the Hiwassee River.  

 

As many as 50 Sandhill Cranes are present but birds have been coming and
going.

 

Yesterday Campbell saw an immature Golden Eagle flying up the river.
(Wallace Coffey)

 

 

Yesterday (Nov 8) at least 500 Sandhill Cranes were present flying over
Blythe Ferry and heading to Hiwassee Island (Meigs co).  Also an adult Bald
Eagle was present. (Kevin Calhoon, Bill Hughes)

 

The earliest report of migrating Sandhill Cranes came from Colledgedale
(Hamilton co.) with 7 on the very early date of October 7. (Keith Synder)

 

Waterfowl are beginning to migrate through our region.  Thirty-three
Ring-neck Ducks, one Gadwall and ten Ruddy Ducks were present on Soddy Lake
(Hamilton co,) on November 8 (Kevin Calhoon, Bill Hughes) and two
Ring-necks, 50 Gadwall, and a Ruddy Duck were present at the Standifer Gap
Marsh on November 7. (David Patterson)

 

Virginia Rails, Sora, Marsh and Sedge Wrens are still present at Standifer
Gap Marsh.  A Common Yellowthroat was present on November 7. (David
Patterson) A Lincoln'

s sparrow was seen there by David Patterson on October 20 and a Vesper
Sparrow on October 25. The first report of Rusty Blackbird came from there
on November 1.

 

Irruptive species are present in our area in decent numbers.  The first
report of Pine Siskin came from Colledgedale (Hamilton co.) with three on
October 28. (David Patterson)  The first report of Purple Finch came from
Clyde Blum's residence on Signal Mountain just across the Sequatchie County
line on November 1. James Peters had three Purple Finches at his feeder in
Sewanee, TN (Franklin co.) on October 31.   Red-breasted Nuthatches are
showing up at feeders all over.  Be on the lookout for Evening Grosbeaks!

 

A Cattle Egret was present at the Riverpark on the Olan Mills property on
October 24, for a rare fall sighting of the species in our area. (David
Aborn)

 

The next general meeting of the Chattanooga TOS will be on November 11

7:00 PM at Accension Luthern Church, 720 South Germantown Rd. 

Get out in the Field and let me know what you see !

 

 



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