[TN-Bird] Duck River Bottoms

  • From: "Cyndi Routledge" <routledges@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "tn-bird" <tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 13 Mar 2010 20:24:35 -0600

Saturday March 13
Duck River Bottoms
Humphreys/Benton County
Cyndi and I revisited Duck River Bottoms this afternoon under cloudy skies and 
a breezy 47 degrees. We had fairly moderate success, tallying 43 species. 
Numbers of waterfowl were predictably down with the exception of 1500-2000 
Northern Shovelers in various pockets of water and 400-500 Gadwall in the Duck 
River by the large Great Blue Heron rookery.   As hoped ,though,  there were 40 
-50 Blue-winged Teal that have recently arrived, as well as a comparable amount 
of Hooded Mergansers . Most of the other likely species were found but in much 
smaller numbers than usual including Mallards,  Ring-necked Ducks,  a few 
Bufflehead,  7 Common Goldeneye,  several Green-winged Teal,  3 Canvasbacks, 
and 3 pairs of Wood Ducks.  3 mature and 4 immature Bald Eagles were also seen. 
 Killdeer, Red-winged Blackbirds, Eastern Meadowl;arks,  Common Grackles,  and 
Brown-headed Cowbirds were plentiful. Finally , we ended the day with a mild 
surprise when Cyndi found  ~ 70 American Pipits feeding in the grassland 
surrounding a shallow pond.  Another fun day , for sure.

Conspicuously absent were American Widgeons and Northern Pintails with neither 
being found today.

Anxiously waiting for the shorebirds and spring migrants to arrive!

Steve and Cyndi Routledge
Clarksville- Montgomery Co.

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