[TN-Bird] Birding At The Honors Golf Course

  • From: "David Stone" <rockyturf@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 27 Jun 2006 13:19:27 -0400

    I know this is late but Saturday afternoon June 24, 2006 from 4:30 until 
7:30 PM, thirty members and guest of the Chattanooga Chapter of the Tennessee 
Ornithological Society had a birding field day at The Honors Golf Course in 
Ooltewah. Thankfully we had some experienced birders with good ears since the 
weather was less than ideal.
A total of 52 species were seen and/or heard. 

Bird species included:

 Mallard
Great Blue Herron
Turkey Vulture
Cooper's Hawk (with Purple Martins in hot pursuit)
Red-tailed Hawk (total of 3 - 2 immatures with an adult)
Killdeer
Morning Dove
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairywoodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern wood-Pewee
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Blue Jay
American Crow
Purple Martin (2 large colonies)
Tree Swallow - 2 (many have already left)
Barn Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
House Wren (one sitting on eggs + another box with 2 
                       eggs)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (several heard late but none seen)
Eastern Bluebird
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
Pine Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat
Summer Tanager
Scarlet Tanager
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Blue Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
House Finch
American Goldfinch (many eating on natural vegetation)
House Sparrow

    With the light showers and threat of heavier rain, we had to skim over some 
areas quickly. Because of this we missed some birds that I have been seeing or 
hearing here every day including: Green Herron, Wild Turkey, Yellow-billed 
Cuckoo, Pileated Woodpecker & Cedar Waxwings.
                                                                            

David Stone
Ooltewah, Tn.
Hamilton Co.

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