[TN-Bird] Ash-throated Flycatcher at Woods Reservoir

  • From: Douglas Downs <douglas_downs@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: TennBird <tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 15 Nov 2009 08:27:31 -0600

While birding the Woods Reservoir area yesterday, a group of birders from the 
Upper Cumberland area found and identified an Ash-throated Flycatcher.  The 
bird was first located in a brushy clear-cut area on the southern end of the 
Elk River Dam.  Initially identified only as a Myiarchus species, the group 
gathered and sought better looks and photos of the bird.  It was then 
determined that the bird was an Ash-throated Flycatcher based upon the 
following criteria:  dusky head and back but lacking olive brown of Great 
Crested, whitish throat with pale yellow belly (contra Great Crested), bill too 
small and thin to be possible Brown-crested, pale white wing bars and edges on 
secondaries, rufous coloration on bottom edge of the wings, and broad rufous 
band on tail when seen from below.  On one occasion, the bird was seen in the 
company of an Eastern Phoebe and was noticeably larger than the phoebe.  This 
time of year would be appropriate for vagrant Ash-throated Flycatchers and the 
habitat was ideal (lakeside, with lots of scrub, tall weeds and brush piles).  
The bird was most cooperative in providing good looks and numerous photos were 

For those who might seek the bird, the south end of Elk River Dam can be 
reached via an access road turning north off of Morris Ferry Bridge Rd. (SR 
279) about 2 miles west of the turnoff at SR 127 (Woods Reservoir bridge).  
Those in our group yesterday included Steve Stedman, Peter Li, Winston Walden, 
Ed LeGrand, Judy Fuson, Carol Williams, Sue Pirolo, and Doug Downs.

Douglas Downs
Sparta, White County, TN

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