[Bristol-Birds] estimate Bald Eagle nests in Upper Tenessee River watershed

  • From: "Wallace Coffey" <jwcoffey@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "Bristol-birds" <bristol-birds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2012 19:38:31 -0500

One can estimate nearly two dozen nesting pairs of Bald Eagles in the Tennessee 
River watershed of Southwest Virginia and Upper East Tennessee.  The numbered 
list below is based on where nests have recently been active or where eagles 
are repeatedly and reliability reported during the breeding season.

The 20 sites listed below represent pairs.  Some are sites reported in the last 
few years and some this year.

1     Middle Fork Holston River (1 Chilhowie, Smyth Co.) 
4     North Fork Holston River (1 Mendota; 1 Hayters Gap; 1 Holston; 1 Hiltons 
in Scott Co.) 
5     South Fork Holston River (2 Boone Lake; 1 SFH River,  Sullivan Co.; 1 
South Holston Lake, Washington  Co., Avens Bridge; 1 east of Marion Smyth, Co.)
1     Watauga River (1 Boone Lake, Sullivan Co.)
2     Nolichucky River (1 Erwin, Unicoi Co.; 1 Warrensburg, Greene Co.)
3     Clinch River (1 Lebanon, Russell Co.; 1 Dungannon, Scott Co.; 1 Tazewell, 
Hancock Co.)
1     Powell River (1 Rose Hill, Lee Co.)
3     Holston River (1 Church Hill Hawkins Co.; 1 Rogersville Hawkins Co.; 1 
Jefferson Co.)

 The sites and their first known years of activity are:

2004 -- downstream of Cherokee Dam on the Holston River in Jefferson
            County, TN, reported by Dean Edwards.

2004 -- Rankin Bottoms area of Douglas Lake in Cocke County, TN reported
            by Michael Sledjeski & Leslie Gibbons.

2005 -- Holston Army Ammunition Plant, Holston River, Hawkins County
            at Kingsport, TN reported by Bruce Cole.

2007 -- near Kyles Ford on the Clinch River, Hancock Co TN, reported by
            Wayne Jones. 

2009 -- Nolichucky River, Warrensburg, Greene Co., TN, reported by Don Miller.

2010 -- South Holston Lake, Washington Co., VA, reported by Bob Riggs and
            Wallace Coffey.

2010 -- New River, Burke's Garden, Tazewell Co., VA, reported by Stan Bentley.

2010 -- Powell River, Lee Co., VA, reported by Dave Kramar.

2010 -- John Sevier Lake, Holston River, Hawkins Co., TN reported by Susan 

2012 -- South Fork Holston River, Sullivan Co., TN reported by Wallace Coffey
            Mike Sanders, Lois Cox, Wilma Boy.

2012 -- Boone Lake, South Fork Holston River embayment, Sullivan Co, TN 
            reported by Wallace Coffey, Mike Sanders, Gail Williams.

Please share any updates.

Wallace Coffey
Bristol, TN


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