[Bristol-Birds] Re: Lesser Black-backed Gull and thee Sandhill Cranes (Musick's Canoground)

  • From: rhenson@xxxxxxxxxxx
  • To: jwcoffey@xxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 16 Jan 2014 18:16:04 -0500 (EST)

Just a note-- for the last two days there has been a common loon at Warriors Path across from the marina. This is the first time we have seen a loon at WPSP.

Neal & Jean Henson

On Tue, Jan 14, 2014 at 10:15 PM, Wallace Coffey wrote:

 Musick’s Campground
South Holston Lake
Sullivan Co., TN

Darrel Wilder reported finding a Lesser Black-backed Gull at the campground just after noon today (14 Jan 2014). Shortly before 3:30 p.m., I arrived at the area and found Michele Sparks there.

The Black-backed Gull was eventually located after searching among ~650 gulls which were mostly Ring-billeds and three Herring Gulls. The gulls all left at 4:30 p.m. and went in their usual departure direction down the lake to roost for the night. We saw and agreed with Wilder’s identification of what he called a first winter immature
-–intermediate in size to adjacent Herring and Ring-billed Gulls.

The three Sandhill Cranes, which are again wintering in the area and feeding on spillage from harvesting operations at cornfields near the entrance to Observation Knob Park on Tn. Rt 44, flew in from the northwest side of the campground and landed at 5:40 p.m. on the TVA / TWRA access area just south of Musick’s. During past winters two or three cranes have been going to roost either in the small inlet behind the outerbanks of the campground or in a similar area across the Spring Creek Embayment just north of Musick’s at Washington County Park in Virginia.

Wallace Coffey
Bristol, TN

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