Gupton Wetlands is getting better and better. This is the TVA property that
somewhat replaced the Kingston Steam Plant sludge area that collapsed and
washed into the Clinch River years ago in Roane county. TVA has made several
embankments leading to the wetlands becoming larger and more mature.
Today 7/13/2016 I had five species listed as rare. I had 2 white Ibis (an
adult and immature), at least 5 little Blue Herons (all immatures) and a
Black Tern. The other two ebird rarities were a cattle egret and 4 American
All of these birds were basically at the far end of the wetlands from the
parking lot. A number of the birds flew north. Note: when you get to the far
end (pond with lots of cat tails) you can walk out over the humps you see that
run between two ponds. There is some good shorebird habitat out there you can't
see from the paved walking path.
When I left I drove around the eastern side of the wetlands and took a road
called Stormin Norman. This road goes down to another area north of the
Gutland Wetlands. The adult ibis and three little Blues were feeding in this
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