[TN-Bird] Rankin WMA

Cocke & Hamblen counties, 8/24/10, 2:00 to 4:30 PM, by canoe
Douglas Lake elevation: 986.5 (still too high for good viewing from  
shore)

We saw typical numbers of the usual species, and  STILT SANDPIPER was  
the only first-of-season species recorded.  Oddly, we didn't see any  
shorebirds whatsoever at Rankin Bottoms, but found some in the  
Nolichucky River portion of the WMA.  That's where we also saw  the  
SNOWY EGRET & LITTLE BLUE HERONS.

Partial list:

Pied-billed grebe (near the coal tipple)
Great egret (100+)
Little blue heron (6)
Snowy egret
Osprey (3, lowest count since spring - adults gone?)
Red-tailed hawk
Killdeer (55)
Lesser Yellowlegs
Spotted sandpiper (5)
No peeps
Stilt sandpiper (2)
Prothonotary warbler

Michael Sledjeski & Leslie Gibbens
Del Rio TN






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