[TN-Bird] Gupton Wetland, July 21

  • From: Carole Gobert <cpgobert@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: Tennessee Bird List <tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2016 13:12:05 -0400

Tony King visited the Gupton Weland in Roane County on Thursday, July 21.  He 
has been trying to post his experience to TN-bird but has not been able to get 
the message through.  This is what Tony wrote on July 22:

Yesterday I had the best three hours of birding this summer. Five of us 
from KTOS, riding in a two car convoy, leap-frogged from the end of 
Gupton Wetland around Swan Pond Circle Road, in a clockwise direction . 
We birded at three stops where we could look into the wetland from a 
distance and without trespassing on private property . Our last stop was
 on Stormin Norman Street.Then we completed the loop after visiting  
Lakeshore Park .Never have I seen so many white birds in a swampy 
valley  in Tn. Thanks are due to Morton Massey of KTOS and the Stoll   
brothers for making me aware of this bird phenomenon . We saw the 
following birds :

Double Crested Cormorants               36
Cattle Egret                                         35
Great Egret                                         15
Great Blue Heron                                 2
Green Heron                                        8
Little Blue  Heron ( imm. )                  21
Black-crowned Night Heron                 2
White Ibis  (imm. )                                1
Wood Duck                                         18
Canada Geese                                 355
Osprey                                                 7
Turkey Vulture                                     2
Northern Bobwhite                              1
Killdeer                                                3
Mourning Dove                                    8
Kingfisher,Belted                                 4
Eastern Kingbird                                 1
Eastern Phoebe                                  1
Barn Swallow                                      3
American Crow                                   2
Carolina Chickadee                            1
Carolina Wren                                    1
Eastern Bluebird                                 5
American Robin                                  3
Gray Catbird                                       1
Northern Mockingbird                         5 
Brown Thrasher                                  1
European Starling                               4
Common Yellowthroat                        3
Indigo Bunting                                    1
Northern Cardinal                               4
Field Sparrow                                     1
Red-winged Blackbird                       14
Brown -headed Cowbird                     1
Eastern Meadowlark                           1
American Goldfinch                            5

Bird On!
Tony King Certified Craniac
865 988 6172
(Lenoir City resident)

(submitted by Carole Gobert, Knox County)


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