[Bristol-Birds] Cormorants still nesting at snall Phipps Bend rookery.

  • From: "Wallace Coffey" <jwcoffey@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "Bristol-birds" <bristol-birds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2012 22:09:36 -0400































Phipps Bend
Holston River
Hawkins Co, TN
14 April 2012

Double-crested Cormorants were again found nesting 
today (14 Apr 2012) at Miller Island along the Holston River
in Hawkins County, TN.  I first found them there on
3 April 2011.

The nests, shown above with a very fine red circle around 
them in this photo, are those of the cormorants.  

The small rookery has, what appears to be, four Great
Blue Heron nests and definitely (at the least) two (2) 
cormorant's nests.  Two other cormorants were observed 
perched in the trees.  

This rookery appears to be the same size as it was a 
year ago. 

Because the small colony is very low in Sycamore
trees, it is difficult to be sure no nests were missed 
in the count.

It is the same location as the colony found there
20 Jan 2006 by Chris O'Bryan and Wallace Coffey 
which had 15 nests and was again found active on 
4 Feb 2006 by O'Bryan, Coffey, Charlie Parker
and Rick Phillips.

This is a routine update of cormorants nesting at
the location when you consider at least 100 birds
are nesting in the Holston Army Ammunition Plant in
western Kingsport of Hawkins County.  And that
Michael Sledjeski and Leslie Gibbens did a survey 
of wading birds found nesting down stream at
Cherokee Lake in Hamblen Co. on 2 June 2008 
and determined 142 Double-crested Cormorant 
nests and 450+ birds.

Wallace Coffey
Bristol, TN

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