Friday April 28, 10:30 am- Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park (I-40
Crab Orchard exit- go south)- went up park road and back down pretty
quickly(just hope you don't meet anyone on this road! Its paved, but no room to
get around another vehicle in some places!)
Was able to hear:
Worm-eating Warbler (2)
Actually saw the most Scarlet Tanagers I have ever seen in one area (5 males in
different locations, and one female).
Kept hearing Hooded Warblers, and finally saw one. There were at least 6
calling in various places. Was a treat because I had never seen one!
May 2, 11:00 am central, I was able to go up to the Swan Pond Rd / Circle area
of Roane County where the TVA ash spill occurred. Lakeshore Park has some good
potential bird viewing. There is an Osprey nest on platform (there are multiple
platforms, as well), female was presumably sitting on egg(s).
Rookery on small island visible (on left)as soon as you turn onto Lakeshore
Park Rd (parking area on right). Mostly nesting Double-crested Cormorants on
the leafless upper branches of the trees. Adults delivering food to very large
young on nest.
There were also a couple of Great Blue Heron nests here as well mixed in with
the Cormorants. There were 2 Black-crowned Night Herons picking up sticks for a
nest. And 2 Cattle Egrets present also. Could not tell if there was an egret
nest or not. Both of the latter species were on the lower right part of the
living trees on the island.
Went to Gupton Wetland area of the park and saw a male Prothonotary warbler
singing and checking out dead snags in the wetland, and Yellow-breasted Chat in
the blackberry briars along the trail. Of course the usual Canada Geese,
Eastern Bluebirds, Indigo Buntings and Red-winged Blackbirds.
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