I spent a good chunk of the day on Friday, Aug. 9 at the Eagle Bend Fish Hatchery in Anderson County. I saw quite a few different shore birds. Unfortunately, I am an extreme novice when it comes to identifying birds, and shore birds (along with sparrows) are particularly challenging to me. I just cannot seem to figure out how to distinguish one from another, even with pictures. I'm more a bird photographer than a "birder" anyway (at least, I know more about photography than I do about birds!). I took pictures, but didn't get any really good ones--except of killdeer. I'm certain of the killdeer, which there were plenty of, as usual. I'm also certain that I saw at least three semipalmated plovers. Beyond that--I'm *fairly* sure that I saw a couple of spotted sandpipers, several solitarys and maybe a couple of least sandpipers. If anyone feels so inclined, you can go to my flickr set, http://www.flickr.com/photos/24369838@N07/sets/72157635032397740/ and help ID what the shore birds are (I didn't include the semipalmated plover or the killdeer, since I knew those for sure). There are also a couple of non-shore birds in the set that I don't know the ID for. I spent about two hours on the Cornell allaboutbirds website, trying to differentiate and ID the shore birds, before I gave up! Any tips on how to figure out how to ID these birds for a novice? Other than the shore birds, one thing of note was that I did NOT see, the entire time I was there (probably about 5 hours total) a single Great Egret or Great Blue Heron. However, I saw evidence that something had gotten ahold of, I believe, a Great Blue Heron. There wasn't much of it left, but a wing and the legs. I did see about 4 green herons. Also starlings, pigeons and maybe doves (can't really tell them apart either, from a distance anyway), Canada geese--at least 50, a single female Mallard, about 9 or 10 double-crested cormorants, a belted kingfisher, and a lot fewer swallows than on recent previous trips. Sharon Monett Knoxville, Knox Co.