[TN-Bird] Scissor-tailed FC / Ft. Loudon Dam


A Scissor-tailed Flycatcher flew across the road just a few 
feet in front of me Saturday afternoon (13 June 2004) just as 
I was about to drive across Ft. Loudon Dam in Loudon Co., TN.  
The long tail, pale grey plumage and pink under the wings was 
obvious.

After crossing the dam, I turned around and pulled in to the 
overlook parking lot at the dam.  The bird had flown toward 
the electric towers and the substation at the powerhouse of the 
dam beside this parking lot.  Unfortunately it started to rain 
as I got out of the car and it soon turned into a severe
thunderstorm.  I decided that an electrical substation wasn't
the safest place to be right then so I left without refinding
the bird.  

I did see several Black-crowned Night-Herons feeding below the 
dam by diving (ok, plop-ing) into the river for fish chopped
up by the turbines.  I've seen this behavior many times below
Cherokee Dam.  

Also saw an Osprey blown off its perch and almost driven to 
the ground by very strong winds during the storm.


Dean Edwards
Knoxville, TN


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