[TN-Bird] Tennessee weekend notes

Chad Smith and I made a 3 day transect of the state this weekend and there were 
a few finds that may be of interest.

In GSMNP, there were 2 Swainson's Warblers singing on territory at the lower 
end 
of Schoolhouse Gap Trail. 

The entrance to Kingston Steam Plant is now open, and Brown-headed Nuthatches 
may easily be seen in the pines along the lake on the entrance road.

At Black Bayou section, Reelfoot NWR, a rice field has recently been flooded 
and 
will be a good shorebird/wader habitat for the time being.
We saw a large number of shorebirds here including Black-bellied and A Golden 
Plovers, plus an attacking Peregrine Falcon.

At the end of the road that used to access Island 13 off the levee just south 
of 
Tiptonville, there is a colony of Bank Swallows.
The road has washed out completely; the colony is at the west end of the tilled 
field to the north in the bank near the water. 
This is also a good place to see Least Terns.

Cheers

Terry Witt
Murfreesboro Tn 

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