In about 15 minutes beginning at approximately 11:15 AM yesterday at the
Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge in Meigs County at Birchwood, 8 species were
identified in two small puddles about 6-10 feet apart near the end of the
driveway into the viewing area parking lot at HWR. These birds were using these
almost dry puddles as convenient bird baths or watering holes. I observed 4
sparrow species: Chipping, Field, Song, and White-throated. Three warbler
species were noted: Pine, Palm, and Yellow-rumped. One or more American
Goldfinches were also seen. In the trees above the puddles, a Golden-crowned
Kinglet was feeding. When I first drove into the refuge earlier, I saw a
possible Hermit Thrush.
Earlier in the morning at the Cherokee Removal Memorial Park (Meigs County,
Birchwood), I saw a few American White Pelicans and a few duck species: Wood,
Gadwall, American Black, and Mallard. Many presumably Tree Swallows were
feeding over the Hiwassee and Tennessee rivers. Hundreds of waterbirds – likely
American Coots – were in the Tennessee River north of Hiwassee Island.