[Bristol-Birds] American Bittern in Shady Valley (Crandall community) Johsnon Co., TN

  • From: "Wallace Coffey" <jwcoffey@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "Bristol-birds" <bristol-birds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 1 Apr 2012 13:27:03 -0400

Crandall community
Shady Valley
Johnson Co., TN
31 March 2011

John Shumate reported this morning that yesterday (31 March 2012) he and his 
wife Lorrie were traveling down highway TN Rt 133 towards Damascus and, at the 
small stream with wild watercress in it about one half a mile south of the 
Nature Conservancy's Dickey Ppreserve, he noticed an American Bittern standing 
in the first part of the stream with it's head pointing straight up. He stopped 
and backed up and it stood still. It was only about 10 feet from their car.   
Lorrie tried to get a picture with her cell phone through the open window but 
it didn't turn out well so she opened the door to try to get a better picture 
but it flew down to the end of the stream.  They got a great look at the 
blackish outer wing feathers. He pulled down beside it and it just stood still 
with it's head up. 

After they arrived home, they heard something in the basement. After a while it 
was pinpointed coming from their woodstove. When they looked in with a 
flashlight they saw a duck.  It was a female Green-winged Teal. It was
taken to the small stream beside their house and released.  When it was put 
down it flew away. 

Let's go birding . . . .

Wallace Coffey
Bristol, TN

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