[TN-Bird] Rankin Bottoms

Cocke & Hamblen Counties, 8/8/10, 5:30-8:30 PM; by canoe
Douglas Lake elevation: 998.7 ft.   The road under the coal tipple out  
to the  bridge abutment now is open, so viewing from shore has  
improved; a little blue heron was foraging in the mudflat to the west  
of the road;  mudflats also coming into view at the WMA entrance.

Shore bird numbers are picking up, with first-of-season SEIMIPALMATED  
PLOVER  and SANDPIPER;   we also spotted F-O-S RING-BILLED GULLS.   
Three juvenile WHITE-FACED IBIS, a nice flock of LITTLE BLUE HERONS,  
and  more GREAT EGRETS flew to roost at the north end of the embayment  
around sunset.  The SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER  we saw had an orange  
breast, unlike the one Rick Knight & I saw a week ago.

Partial list:
Canada Goose (80+)
Wood duck (45)
Great blue heron (28)
Great egret (125+)
Little blue heron (23 juv., 1 adult)
  -photo of adult:  http://www.pbase.com/image/127300995/original
Green heron (24)
White ibis (3 juv.)
  -photo:  http://www.pbase.com/sylvafoto/image/127300794
Osprey (12)
Semipalmated plover
Killdeer (50+)
Lesser yellowlegs (6)
Spotted sandpiper (10)
Semipalmated sandpiper
  -photo:  http://www.pbase.com/sylvafoto/image/127300947
Least sandpiper (24)
Pectoral sandpiper (22)
Short-billed dowitcher (1 adult)
Ring-billed gull (12)
Orchard oriole (adult female)

Michael Sledjeski & Leslie Gibens
Del Rio TN





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