[TN-Bird] Anhinga, Black & Common Terns at Gibson Co. Lake

  • From: Mark Greene <greenesnake@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2008 14:28:14 -0700 (PDT)

August 6, 2008
Gibson County Lake,
East of Trenton,
Gibson County

Drove by Gibson County Lake this morning and immediately saw 2 Black Terns 
flying near the west shore along Sleepy Hollow Road. Way out in the middle of 
the lake I saw an interesting looking bird so I put the scope on the window and 
sure enough my suspicions were right as there was a female ANHINGA in the 
"wing-drying" posture way out on a snag. I drove around to the other side of 
the lake and saw a white tern and thought it would be a Forster's but upon 
closer look it was the less common Common Tern. I did later see a Forster's 
Tern sitting on a post out in the lake - three species of terns in a single day 
anywhere in Gibson Co. is not an easy feat and I've only managed that a couple 
of times before. Other birds of note were a couple of Great Egrets and a couple 
of Double-crested Cormorants. Just west of the lake I had 2 Mississippi Kites 
soaring over the treetops nad later another kite flying over the city of 
Trenton at luch time. Not a bad bunch of
 birds for a hot summer day in the middle of West Tennessee!

Good birding,

Mark Greene
Trenton, TN
Gibson County

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