Yesterday from the observation ramp at the Cherokee Removal Memorial Park in
Meigs County at Birchwood, at least two first-of-year American Wigeon were seen
in an inlet of Hiwassee Island. Several Gadwalls and Mallards were also noted.
Light conditions and distance yesterday and today at CRMP prevented me from
making positive identification of thousands of probable American Coots in the
Tennessee River on the Rhea County side of Hiwassee Island.
This afternoon at the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge viewing area, also in Meigs
County at Birchwood, ten first-of-season Hooded Mergansers were identified.