[TN-Bird] Belated Shorebird Report, Rankin Bottoms, 8 Sept 2011

  • From: "Scott Somershoe" <Scott.Somershoe@xxxxxx>
  • To: <tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2011 21:07:57 -0500

Pardon the really late report, but I wanted to post my shorebird list from 
Rankin Bottoms and Dutch Bottoms from 8 Sept 2011. I also include a small 
gallery of sub-par images of the Hudsonian Godwit, Marbled Godwit, Red Knot 
with a Wilson's Phalarope, among a few others.  I went from Rankin to Whigg 
Meadow, where I was offline until this evening. 

If interested, first image starts here:

I had 24 species of shorebird at Rankin, plus 10 Sanderlings at Dutch Bottoms 
(see second list below), for 25 species of shorebird in about 4 hours in east 
Tennessee!  I think all species were posted previously, however I think my 
numbers differ for a few, for what that is worth.  Quite a nice compilation of 
species!  The number of white-rumped sandpipers was excellent, of course the 
godwits were pretty sweet too!  Another incredible day of shorebirding in east 

Black-bellied Plover  4
Semipalmated Plover  40
Killdeer  4
American Avocet  1
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Solitary Sandpiper  1
Greater Yellowlegs  2
Willet  1
Lesser Yellowlegs  48
Hudsonian Godwit  1
Marbled Godwit  1
Ruddy Turnstone  2
Red Knot  1
Semipalmated Sandpiper  70
Western Sandpiper  3
Least Sandpiper  20
White-rumped Sandpiper  14
Baird's Sandpiper  1
Pectoral Sandpiper  145
Stilt Sandpiper  13
Short-billed Dowitcher  4 (photos)
Long-billed Dowitcher  2 (heard and seen)
Wilson's Phalarope  1
Red-necked Phalarope  2
Black Tern  1

Dutch Bottoms from the 25E bridge to Rankin Hill Rd:
Sanderling  10
Least Sandpiper  4
Laughing Gull  1
Ring-billed Gull  95
Caspian Tern  4
Black Tern  5
Common Tern  8

Great east Tennessee birding!
Scott Somershoe

State Ornithologist
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
P.O. Box 40747
Nashville, TN 37204
615-781-6653 (o)
615-781-6654 (fax)

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