[TN-Bird] Douglas Lake 9/21/08

Ten Islands, Cocke county, by canoe
Douglas Lake elevation: 968.6.  TVA has kept the lake at about the  
same level for over 2 weeks, unusual for Sepember.  Much of the  
shoreline and riverbottoms have dried out, and shorebird habitat is  
limited to to muddy stream-fed inlets.

Gayle Rice, visiting from Georgia, and I went from the Walters Bridge  
boat ramp up to Ten Islands. Most of the shorebirds that we saw were  
located about a quarter mile west of the cove where they were  
concentrated during yesterday's field trip.

Partial list:

AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER
   photo at http://www.pbase.com/sylvafoto/image/103489092/medium
Semipalmated plover (5)
Killdeer (20)
Lesser yellowlegs (2)
Semipalmated sandpiper (3)
Western sandpiper
Least sandpiper (22)
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
  photo at http://www.pbase.com/sylvafoto/image/103489001/large


Later, looking toward Dutch Bottoms from Hwy 25E:

Laughing gull
Ring-billed gull (28)
Caspian tern

Michael Sledjeski
Del Rio TN

  
    
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