[TN-Bird] Bells Bend -- Bobolinks

  • From: Frank Fekel <fekel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 15 May 2018 09:14:31 -0500

Bells Bend
Old Hickory Blvd
Davidson Co., TN
2018 May 15

Went to Bells Bend to see if I could find the Grasshopper Sparrow
reported by Mike Smith. Unfortunately, although I arrived by 7:10 am,
I did not hear or see it at the hay bales next to the road where the
Harris's Sparrow was often found over the winter. It could have
been there, as I know from experience that my ears are nowhere
near as sensitive in hearing distant sounds compared to Mike's.
As a consolation prize, in the same field with the hay bales next
to the road there were 13 BOBOLINKs feeding in the tall grass
behind the orange and white cone in the field. At times they
would disappear into a little valley behind the area where they
were feeding. They could be seen with binoculars but a scope would
help. I also had 3 singing DICKCISSELs in that field, one quite
close by and singing in a large tree.

After staying there for perhaps 35 minutes, I next went down the road
to the wet area in the farm field across from the main sod farm field.
I saw 3 LEAST SANDPIPERs. I lucked out when I went back along to road
to move my scope as the SORA appeared for a few seconds in the
open before quickly returning to the tall reed bushes.

Frank Fekel
Bellevue, TN
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