[TN-Bird] A few additions to NTOS field trips results

  • From: Michael Todd <birder1@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: TN Birds <tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 1 Feb 2015 07:56:22 -0800

Thanks again to Chloe Walker for inviting along on the NTOS field trip 
yesterday to KY Lake, always fun to bird with the Nashville crew; see some old 
friends and made some new ones!

A few us had 3 Sandhill Cranes playing peek-a-boo with us in a corn stubble 
field just off of Britton Ford after most of the group had left for the day. 
These birds are always scarce away from the refuge proper.

As mentioned we started the day with a bang right off the bat with two Golden 
Eagles at Bennett's Creek again. This time, one was a very white-tailed 
juvenile bird, which makes at least the fourth individual Golden in the area 
this winter. The 2nd bird was an adult, presumably the same one that has been 
hanging around the area.

A few of us also finished with a bang at Paris Landing SP. Viewing conditions 
were great, and gulls were literally everywhere out from Paris Landing. We had 
a minimum of FIVE Lesser Black-backed Gulls, my old high count (from this same 
area) was 4 at once, this may be a state high count. There were 2 first-cycles, 
and a 2nd and 3rd cycle along with an adult. I think that might be the first 
3rd cycle I've seen in the state. Couldn't pick out anything else rare though. 
Fun watching the birds stream in just before dark, from everywhere. The water 
was pretty thick with gulls for a couple of miles out there literally!

Good birding!!

Mike Todd
McKenzie, TN
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