[TN-Bird] Drakes Creek Greater Scaup, Red-breasted Merganser

  • From: Michael Smith <ms722@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 1 Feb 2015 11:54:59 -0800

Drakes Creek, Old Hickory Lake
Hendersonvile, TN (Sumner Co.)

I spent about 45 minutes scanning the upper portion of Drakes Creek (Old 
Hickory Lake) in Hendersonville this rainy Sunday morning from the pull-out 
along Sanders Ferry Rd as well as from Mallard Point Park.  There were several 
small rafts of Scaup on the lake, totalling approx. 90 birds.  Scanning through 
the ranks a couple of times yielded at least 18 Greaters (pretty even number of 
males and females) - really nice comparisons.  There were also 8 Red-breasted 
Mergansers (7 males, and one poor female getting lots of attention).   Also 
lots of Bonaparte's and Ring-billed Gulls flying about.

Full list is below:

Canada Goose  25
Wood Duck  2
Gadwall  5
American Wigeon  4
Mallard  7
Canvasback  2
Redhead  3
Greater Scaup  18     
Lesser Scaup  65     
Bufflehead  40
Common Goldeneye  12
Hooded Merganser  2
Red-breasted Merganser  8     
Ruddy Duck  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Bonaparte's Gull  220
Ring-billed Gull  135
Herring Gull  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Red-winged Blackbird  1

Mike Smith
Hendersonvile, TN
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