[TN-Bird] Avocets @ Dutch Bottoms

  • From: "michael sledjeski" <mtnsylva@xxxxxxx>
  • To: TN-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, bristol-birds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2007 23:33:27 -0400

Dutch Bottoms, Cocke county, 8/22/07, 6:00-8:00 PM
Douglas Lake elevation: 963.7

We could see big shorebirds from 25E, across from Dutch Bottoms Church, and 
put the canoe in at the Walters Bridge ramp for a closer look.  We counted 
11 AMERICAN AVOCETS, with only one showing any hint of breeding plumage.  
Peeps numbered over 200, nearly all least sandpipers, & exceeding killdeer 
(about 150) for the first time this season.  Only ruddy turnstones were 
missing from the shorebird  list of 8/22.

Still there: black-bellied & semipalmated plover, PIPING PLOVER, WESTERN 
WILLETS (3 today), greater & lesser yellowlegs; least, semipalm & pectoral 
sandpipers, & short-billed dowitchers.

Michael Sledjeski & Leslie Gibbens
Del Rio TN

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