I had some spring arrivals over the extended Easter weekend at home on Simerly Creek Road, Hampton, TN.
On Good Friday, an Osprey made a leisurely flyover. This is the first "yard" Osprey I have recorded in several years. I also had a pair of Hairy Woodpeckers raising a ruckus.
On Saturday, April 11, a pair of Brown Thrashers cavorted through the yard, visiting several different thickets and even the feeders. Although not new arrivals, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and Ruby-crowned Kinglets flitted about in the willows.
Also on Saturday, I made a brief stop at Erwin Fishery Park in Erwin, Unicoi Co., TN. There was a single female Hooded Merganser on the pond and three swallows (Barn, Tree and N. Rough-winged) skimmed over the pond's surface. While walking around the park's wetland area, I came across a remarkable flock of 10 to 12 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers mixed with Yellow-rumped Warblers, Carolina Chickadees and Tufted Titmice. This is the most gnatcatchers I have ever observed at the same time. There were indeed plenty of gnats present also, so I am sure they were finding plenty of food in the wetland area.
I didn't actually record any new arrivals on Easter Sunday, but enjoyed looks at many American Robins and also some male American Goldfinches who are looking their very best right now.
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