[TN-Bird] Red Knot, Hudsonian Godwit, Marbled Godwit, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, etc. (Cocke Co., TN)

September 7, 2011 
Cocke County: Rankin Bottoms and Dutch Bottoms 

I arrived at Rankin at 7:48 this morning and stayed for about three hours. On 
the way out, I stopped briefly at Dutch Bottoms along Highway 25-E. Weather was 
magnificent--totally overcast and cool, with only a very light, short-lived 
drizzle, and only occasional light wind. I cannot recall a more comfortable 
time at Rankin in the many years that I have been birding there. 

I logged twenty-two species of shorebirds, along with a pleasing assortment of 
passerines and others. Here's the scoop (all observations at Rankin except for 
the terns, which were at Dutch Bottoms): 

Blue-winged Teal (136) 
Northern Shoveler (4) 
Black-crowned Night-Heron (2) 
Osprey 
Black-bellied Plover (10) 
Semipalmated Plover (20) 
Killdeer (6; I had to work a bit to find any) 
Spotted Sandpiper 
Solitary Sandpiper 
Greater Yellowlegs 
Lesser Yellowlegs (13) 
Hudsonian Godwit 
Marbled Godwit 
Ruddy Turnstone (3, turning ruddy stones along the edge of the roadbed) 
Red Knot (in a large puddle in the grassy area between the roadbed and the 
river; not visible from the roadbed) 
Sanderling (8) 
Semipalmated Sandpiper (22) 
Western Sandpiper 
Least Sandpiper (35) 
White-rumped Sandpiper (3, quite close to the roadbed) 
Pectoral Sandpiper (85) 
Stilt Sandpiper (15) 
Buff-breasted Sandpiper (7, in the grassy area between the roadbed and the 
river) 
Short-billed Dowitcher (2 juveniles) 
Long-billed Dowitcher (viewed well at close range and for quite a while; adult 
transitioning into basic plumage; separated from SBDO by rufous throughout 
undertail coverts, extensive black barring on tail, obvious barring on sides of 
breast, practically no primary extension beyond tertials (creating less pointy 
look), prevalence of very dark-centered feathers on upperparts retained from 
alternate plumage) 
Red-necked Phalarope 
Forster's Tern (8) 
Eastern Wood-Pewee (2) 
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (calls heard well at close range in vegetation near 
tipple; bird not seen) 
Tree Swallow (1000+) 
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (25+) 
Barn Swallow (50+) 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 
Yellow Warbler 
Prothonotary Warbler 
Common Yellowthroat 
Bobolink (5 flyovers, calling) 

Don Miller 
Greeneville, Greene Co., TN 



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