[TN-Bird] Hamilton Creek Rec Area - Lesser Black-backed Gull, Red-throated Loon

  • From: Michael Smith <ms722@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: TN-Birds <tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 12:28:27 -0800

Hamilton Creek Rec Area and Marina, Percy Priest Lake
Davidson Co.

After all of the nasty weather, I was itching to get over to Percy Priest Lake 
to see what was around.  I picked up Phillip Casteel on the way, and we had a 
nice assortment of birds.  We first found an adult Red-throated Loon out from 
the boat ramp among the dozen or so Common Loons.  While scanning for loons we 
caught sight of a Merlin flying across the water and bombing into some trees on 
the opposite shore.  

Next, we headed over to the marina where we found the previously reported flock 
of Canvasback along with lots of other waterfowl including both Greater and 
Lesser Scaup, Redhead, Shoveler, Hooded Merganser, Bufflehead, a pair of Black 
Ducks, Ring-necked Duck, and Common Goldeneye.  As we were scanning the ducks, 
we heard the distinctive call of an American Pipit that wound up flying right 
over us, calling several times.  As we were driving out, we noticed a large 
dark gull loafing on some ice with several Ring-bills at the entrance to the 
marina (just out from the first parking lot), which turned out to be an adult 
Lesser Black-backed Gull.  Unfortunately, we only managed to get a few fuzzy 
photos before it took off and flew east.  We lost sight of it as it headed past 
all of the boats and out toward the lake.  As we were driving out, we were 
treated to an adult Bald Eagle that circled overhead for a few minutes.

Finally, we headed over to the BMX track and playground area and found 3 Rusty 
Blackbirds and a Fox Sparrow among the more common birds.

For anyone heading that way, please be advised that there is still patchy ice 
and snow covering some sections of road.

Mike Smith
Hendersonville, TN
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