[TN-Bird] Re: Godwits, Avocet at Rankin today

  • From: michael sledjeski <mbsledjeski@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, bristol-birds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2011 22:15:00 -0400

Viewing conditions at Rankin Bottoms today were ideal, and should stay that way 
through the weekend.
The  Bottoms Road was driveable, and there were wet mudflats and clear shallows 
for nearly a mile alongside, with  mixed clusters of shorebirds along the way,  
the  2 GODWITS feeding together, the  AVOCET nearby and 12 Northern Shovelers 
in the opposite slow stream, a BLACK TERN gracefully skimming the water.  We  
drove on to the Gate Pond ( just past the gate at the end of the Bottoms Road)  
and found a RED KNOT, foraging in the cockleburs with some Lesser and Greater 
Yellowlegs.     There also was a flock of over 100 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS In a 
farther pool .   After we left for Harriman, Scott Somershoe and David Kirshke 
both report seeing 2 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES.  

Semi-palmated plover (20)
Black-bellied Plover (5)
White-rumped Sandpipers (5)
Baird's Sandpiper
Peeps 60+, 10 or 12 Western Sandpipers
Stilt Sandpiper (10)
Short-billed dowitcher (5)
Wilson's Phalarope

Michael Sledjeski & Leslie Gibbens
Del Rio TN

On Sep 8, 2011, at 11:39 AM, Richard Knight wrote:

> 8 Sep 2011
> Rankin Bottoms, Cocke Co., TN
> Michael Sledjeski just called to say that both godwits (Hudsonian
> & Marbled) are still present this morning.  An Am. Avocet has joined
>  the party.  Most of the birds were along the old road bed running
> through the mudflats.  The road bed is passable.  Walking along
> the shoreline near the treeline also provides viewing from a slightly
> elevated position.
> The action continues.
> Rick Knight
> Johnson City, TN

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