Audubon Christmas Bird Count, Kingsport, TN (TNKI) Dec. 26, 2007Thanks to all those who participated in the restart of the Kingsport Christmas count. The count circle was the same as done since the 1940's, but the count identifier was changed to TNKI. A total of 82 species and 5275 total birds were counted by 22 participants in 6 areas with one feeder counter.
The summary by area:North Kingsport area is primarily above US 11W. The leader was Rick Phillips, assisted by Tom Laughlin. They observed 400 birds representing 45 species. Of note were 2 Merlins seen in Oak Hill Cemetery. The merlins have been present in this area for several years and were observed on CBC's 20 years ago.
Bays Mountain area included Bays Mountain, Meadowview, and Sullivan Gardens was done by John Moyle. John observed 425 birds in 45 species.
Central Kingsport area is between 11W and I-81 between I-26 and Fort Henry Drive. This area was done by Bill Grigsby (leader), Ron Harrington, David Taylor, Faye Metzl, Sybil Williams who counted 1033 birds in 48 species.
East Kingsport area is east of John B. Dennis and Fort Henry Drive between 11 W and I-81. This team in this area was lead by Wallace Cofey who teamed with Dr. Andrew Jones of Cleveland, OH, Charlie Parker, Chris O'Brien, Michelle Sparks. The team observed 884 birds in 45 species.
Boone Dam area is the southeast portion of the circle. The count team was lead by Rick Knight with Larry McDaniel and Jacki Hinshaw. They observed 1096 birds in a count high of 59 species.
The surpise of the count was the Southwest Kingsport Area. This is the area west of I-26 and south of TN 93. We didn't expect to have much in the area and almost rolled it into another area, but the team lead by Tom McNeill assisted by Don Holt surprised us. The team included Rob Biller, Diane Draper, and Mary Anna Wheat counted a high of 1395 birds in 51 species. Great Effort!
Don Jones, AKA Wayne Jones, was a feeder watcher and observed 12 species in his yard.
This was a very successful count. Since it had not been done in a while, we did not have experience in many of the areas. I appreciate the help of all those who participated. We have already started discussing how we can improve it next year. If you have any ideas, please let me know.
Species List: Canada Goose 403 Gadwall 73 Mallard 350 Northern Shoveler 3 Northern Pintail 2 Redhead 3 Ring-necked Duck 2 Lesser Scaup 3 Bufflehead 6 Hooded Merganser 10 Red-breasted Merganser 3 Wild Turkey 13 Common Loon 2 Pied-billed Grebe 21 Horned Grebe 5 Double-crested Cormorant 37 Great Blue Heron 30 Black-crowned Night-Heron 6 Black Vulture 268 Turkey Vulture 139 Sharp-shinned Hawk 6 Cooper's Hawk 7 Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Red-tailed Hawk 29 American Kestrel 23 Merlin 2 American Coot 81 Killdeer 102 Spotted Sandpiper 1 Bonaparte's Gull 9 Ring-billed Gull 123 Rock Dove 560 Mourning Dove 165 Eastern Screech-Owl 5 Barred Owl 1 Belted Kingfisher 15 Red-headed Woodpecker 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 34 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 6 Downy Woodpecker 23 Hairy Woodpecker 6 Northern Flicker 19 Pileated Woodpecker 7 Eastern Phoebe 8 Loggerhead Shrike 3 Blue Jay 176 American Crow 301 Common Raven 3 Horned Lark 1 Carolina Chickadee 121 Tufted Titmouse 133 Red-breasted Nuthatch 1 White-breasted Nuthatch 29 Brown Creeper 2 Carolina Wren 99 Winter Wren 3 Golden-crowned Kinglet 41 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 11 Eastern Bluebird 170 American Robin 43 Northern Mockingbird 109 Brown Thrasher 2 European Starling 387 Cedar Waxwing 41 Yellow-rumped Warbler 82 Eastern Towhee 23 Chipping Sparrow 6 Field Sparrow 74 Song Sparrow 206 Lincoln's Sparrow 1 Swamp Sparrow 37 White-throated Sparrow 98 White-crowned Sparrow 10 Dark-eyed Junco 60 Northern Cardinal 149 Red-winged Blackbird 1 Eastern Meadowlark 9 Purple Finch 6 House Finch 37 American Goldfinch 150 House Sparrow 36 American Pipit 1 Bill Grigsby Kingsport, TN