[TN-Bird] Duck River Bottoms

  • From: "Steve Routledge" <eyerout@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 20 Feb 2010 23:18:49 -0600

Saturday, February 20, 2010
Duck River Unit, Humphrey's County
After a few weeks hiatus from our Saturday adventures to Duck River Bottoms we 
headed back there this afternoon.  
We were greeted by the usual cast of characters...Mallards, Coots, American 
Widgeons were abundant with lesser amounts of Ring-necked ducks, Shovelers, 
Gadwalls and Green-winged Teal.  We saw a few Canvasbacks, Greater 
White-fronted Geese, Canada Geese, Bufflehead, a couple pairs of Redheads, 
Pintails and American Black Ducks.  Only gulls were Ringed-billed.  We saw a 
couple dozen Double-crested Cormorants on the wing and a large number of 
Robins, Meadowlarks and Killdeer in the open fields.  A belted Kingfisher 
crossed our path and on the trail to the Pintail Point Observation blind we 
were greeted by a Red-bellied woodpecker, a Northern Flicker and a Pileated 
Woodpecker who was none to happy to see us! But most notable was the Heron 
Rookery that seemed to have at least 120 Herons on an 
island in the middle of the Duck River.  While standing there scoping them out 
several sparrows including 3 Le Conte's Sparrows appeared and fed on a grassy 
mudflat close to the roadside.  Other sparrows for the day were Song, Field, 
Savannah, White-throated, Chipping and Swamp.
It was good to be back there...we've begun the countdown to March 15th when we 
can once again explore the rest of the refuge.

Happy Birding...
Steve and Cyndi Routledge
Clarksville, Montgomery Cty

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