[TN-Bird] Re: Eagle Bend Fish Hatchery

  • From: Sharon Monett <sbm4him@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: TN-Bird Listserv <tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 12 Aug 2013 08:23:51 -0400

Thanks to all who responded with IDs/guesses/comments about the shorebirds
at Eagle Bend!

Several asked that I post the IDs, so they can tell if they were right or
not.Since the photos are all titled with the date and a number, I'm using
the number to identify which photo I'm referring to. If you go to the Eagle
Bend set on my flickr
the list starts with the first photo you see.

1574: Least sandpiper seems to be the consensus.
1675: Spotted, maybe winter plumage?
1688: No guesses yet
1713: One guess for semipalmated sandpiper, one guess for Least.
1746: Consensus is Dowitcher; no one so far ventured a guess as to whether
it's short-billed or long-billed.
1758: Guesses have included Solitary or Yellowlegs. I was thinking Solitary
1781: Spotted
1814: No guesses given
1853: Guesses included Least, Semipalmated and Western. So far, Western
seems to be the consensus.
1858: Spotted
1969: Consensus is Pectoral

For the non-shore birds:
1984: Red-winged blackbirds. Maybe young? Maybe female? Maybe young
females? I had previous pictures of female rwbs that didn't seem to look
like this (but that was back in the spring, so different plumage, I guess?)
so I'd never have guessed that's what these were. Several though
meadowlark, which had been my initial thought until I realized the beak was
all wrong.

1987: Juvenile Starling. This was actually my initial thought because of
the beak. But again, just last week, I was at Eagle Bend and saw a MUCH
larger bird that looked TOTALLY different from this one that also turned
out to be a juvenile starling, so that threw me. Interesting how quickly,
and completely, their plumage can change.

Thanks again to everyone for their input. If I get further confirmations or
IDs on some that are still PBDKs, I'll give an update. (NOTE: PBDK is my
own designation for unknown birds--it stands for "Pretty Bird; Don't Know."
:D )

Sharon Monett
Knoxville, TN

On Sun, Aug 11, 2013 at 5:32 PM, Sharon Monett <sbm4him@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> 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.

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