[TN-Bird] Adult Bald Eagle & Nest- Melton Hill Dam

  • From: robert loveday <rhloveday@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 1 Mar 2010 09:25:14 -0800 (PST)

We birded the Melton Hill Dam campground area near Lenoir City midday Sunday 
2/28.

Above the dam, at the eastern far end of the campground & looking short 
distance north across the lake:

A mature adult bald eagle was spotted perched in a tree surveying the scene. 
While flying a short distance to another nearby tree limb, it was observed 
carrying nesting material in both talons. 

Another short trip to the crotch of a larger 3-pronged tree appeared to show a 
nest!  The eagle maneuvered around the small area, then sat down for a couple 
minutes before flying to yet another tree. Eventually it took off above the 2 
ridges heading north to parts unknown. 

Nest location: from easternmost last concrete pad picnic table pad, looking 
straight across the lake between nearest two ridges & just starting up the 
right one (near a 5’ h x 40 ‘ lg clay bank), the large tree w/ nest is just 
below a pine tree w/ prominent evergreen top. Could not have seen the nest 
without following eagle first using 10x binos as it was kinda behind another 
large tree (maybe could spot w/ scope though). 

Other bird highlights:

100+ ring-billed gulls (primarily above dam on lake, some on Clinch River side)
Pine warbler (heard & saw)
Brown-headed nuthatch
Juvenile red-shouldered hawk
Yellow-bellied sapsucker
Ruby-crowned kinglet
Am goldfinch


Robert & Leigh Loveday
Knoxville, TN


      
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