Duck River Unit (pool 7 area)11/5/2017
Several birders converged on the pool 7 area yesterday, luckily with Ken Oeser
having the foresight to bring some webbing and milk jugs to make a drag for
rails with! I arrived at 7 AM and were we out in the fields until about 2 PM,
for a lot of walking. We didn't have any luck with Yellow Rail, but did flush
Sora and Virginia Rail, numerous Marsh and Sedge Wrens, and had great looks at
LeConte's and a cooperative (finally) Nelson's Sparrow. The Nelson's behavior
was a bit different, flew out of heavy cover into the recently cut stubble, and
proceeded to hide pretty well in it as well.
I saw the Clay-colored for a brief moment when I first arrived, but the area
was covered in sparrows then and never did have any luck getting it to stay up
for me. We tried several more times checking the area along the entrance road
where it was seen, with no luck. Justin Nation happened to arrive (fortuitous
on his part) just as we were trying to work the Nelson's into view, about noon
or so. The only sparrow they saw while walking it was the Clay-colored! We
triend again shortly afterwards, with no luck, but finally as we were leaving
it showed well in the exact same location; flying into the little bush along
the road before the treeline.
Everyone else there got at least one lifer or state bird, with some getting
several. Tough birding at times, and it isn't supposed to be 80 degrees in
Nov......but well worth it.
For those interested, this eBird checklist has a few photos from the day
Michael ToddJackson, TNbirder1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx/mctodd