[TN-Bird] Rankin Bottoms - 8/23/11

Rankin Bottoms, Cocke county, Tuesday, 8/23/11, 4-7PM,  by canoe
Lake elevation 984.4 ft.

After my camera had failed on 2 previous trips, i returned with a backup.  
Total shorebird numbers were down by 75% from 8/22,  with many feathers on the 
water and smaller birds acting skittish - peregrine attack?  Typical waterfowl, 
egret, heron, cormorant, & osprey numbers, otherwise,

Partial list:
Little blue heron (1 juvenile)
Semipalmated plover (2)
Greater yellowlegs
Lesser yellowlegs (6)
Solitary sandpiper
Spotted sandpiper (8)
Semipalmated sandpiper (5)
Least sandpiper (3)
Baird's sandpiper 
   photo at  http://www.pbase.com/image/137505087/original
Stilt sandpiper
  photo at  http://www.pbase.com/sylvafoto/image/137505088
Laughing gull
  photos at  http://www.pbase.com/sylvafoto/image/137505100
    and  http://www.pbase.com/sylvafoto/image/137505121
Ring-billed gull (12000
Herring gull (1 juv.)
Caspian tern

Michael Sledjeski
Del Rio TN  -Home of the Del Rio Song Contest 
                       http://www.delriosongcontest.com/


 

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