[va-bird] Eared Grebes at South Holston Lake
- From: Wallace Coffey <jwcoffey@xxxxxxxxxx>
- To: 1-A VA-Birds <va-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 14 Sep 2002 17:15:44 -0300
VA-Birders: The chances of finding the Eared Grebes (4) at South Holston Lake along the Virginia-Tennessee stateline continue to be reasonable. The birds were located again today, just off shore of Musick's Campground, and the overcast weather with light rain in the area may hold them thru Sunday. The best time to search is from middle afternoon until dark. Most grebes using the area move to the vicinity of Washington County, VA park in the late day and to roost at night. It is very difficult to find the birds from Washington County park but, if you you can get access at the gate, you certainly may try. The best viewing is from Musick's Campground which welcomes birders and has a mandatory sign-in box for birders to record their name, hometown and state, vehicle description, and times of arrival and departures as well as birds seen. To reach the area, exit I-81 at the middle Abingdon exit and drive south on Va. Rt. 75 until you come to the lake on your left just after crossing the Spring Creek bridge. This is the first place you cross such a bridge on 75 and can see the mudflats were the lake has been drawn down. After you cross the bridge, continue to the first left turn which leads you towards Painter Creek Marina and into the state of Tennessee. When you turn left onto this road, go over the hill and down to the bottom where you will see a driveway leading into the campground from the curve. A sign will indicate the Musick's Lakeshore Campground. The keep out signs are for people who have no business being there but does not include birders who are properly signed in at the registration box at the top of the gravel driveway in the campground. The underneath side of the sign in box has a map clearly showing what area of the lake is in Tennessee and that which is in Virginia. You can easily see birds in Virginia from the vanatage point. If you find the grebes in Tennessee, hang around until the swim into Virginia. They will before dark. Come and enjoy..... Wallace Coffey Bristol, TN You are subscribed to VA-BIRD. To post to this mailing list, simply send email to va-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx To unsubscribe, send email to va-bird-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field.
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