[TN-Bird] Elizabethton spring count

  • From: "Rick Knight" <RKnight@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "TN-bird" <tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "bristol-birds" <bristol-birds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 1 May 2006 15:09:17 -0400

The 63rd annual Elizabethton Spring Bird Count was held on Saturday, 29
April 2006, by members and friends of the Lee & Lois Herndon chapter of
TOS.  Twenty-nine observers in 6 parties covered Carter County and parts
of adjacent Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, & Washington counties.

A total of 145 species were found, which is right on the average of the
previous twenty years (144.9).

Temperature: 40-73.  Sky: clear to partly cloudy.  Wind:  5-20+ mph.
The wind was disruptive at times, particularly at high elevations.

Observers were out between 4:30 am - 9:45 pm, accumulating 75 party
hours plus 9 nocturnal hours.

Highlights:  Green-wg. Teal (late), Peregrine Falcon, Virginia Rail,
Caspian & Forster's terns, Barn Owl, N. Saw-whet Owl, Red-headed
Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Philadelphia Vireo, 27 species of
warblers (including Golden-wg., Nashville, Bay-breasted, Prothonotary,
Swainson's, Northern Waterthrush & Canada), Bobolink, Purple Finch, &
Pine Siskin.

Notable misses:  Bufflehead, N. Bobwhite, Yellow-cr. Night-Heron, E.
Wood-Pewee, Loggerhead Shrike, Swainson's Thrush, Hermit Thrush, several
purely transient warbler species (i.e., Blue-winged, Tennessee,
Magnolia, Cape May, Blackpoll & Cerulean), Summer Tanager & Grasshopper

Groups & species totals:
1) - Wallace & Carolyn Coffey (100 species).
2) - Rick Knight, Gil Derouen, Jacki Hinshaw, Charlie & Ellen Parker
(also 100 species).
3) - Fred & JoAnn Alsop, Jacob Job, Rudy Morales (96 species).
4) - Gary Wallace, Frank Ward, Bryan Stevens, Tess Cumbie, David
Thometz, Reece Jamerson, Josh Ferry, Caleb Bollman, Beth Thomes, Jean &
Brookie Potter (96 species).
5) - Joe McGuiness, Kim Stroud, Don Holt, Dianne Draper (93 species).
6) - Tom McNeil, Rob Biller, Michele Glass (89 species).

Thanks to all participants.
Rick Knight
Johnson City, TN

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