[TN-Bird] Little Elder Island fall bird count

  • From: Jeannie Swant <jswant@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: tn-bird <tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 23 Aug 2009 21:34:20 +0000

On Saturday, Aug. 22, 2009, the annual Little Elder Island fall bird count was 
conducted on Woods Reservoir in Franklin Co.  Unseasonably cool temperatures 
made for a mostly pleasant count, although at times the wind made for difficult 
binocular viewing and a rather chilly ride back to the dock.  As in previous 
years, the count began with a survey of birds present on the island upon our 
arrival.  This year we had the largest and most experienced group of observers 
yet on three boats positioned around the island, utilizing radio communication. 
Observers included: 
Richie Wyckoff 
Scott Somershoe

David Haskell
Jim Peters
Sasha Peters
Ruth Luckado
Linda Foster
Lloyd Swant
Cathy Swant
Melinda Thomas
Teddy Thomas
Dale Swant
Jeannie Swant
Island Bird Count
6 Snowy Egret
2381 Cattle Egret 
47 Great Egret
2 White Ibis (juvenile)
73 Little Blue Heron
13 Great Blue Heron
4 Green Heron
3 Black-crowned Night Heron
Other Birds Observed
1 Bald Eagle
38 DC Cormorant
23 Black Tern
2 Caspian Tern
2 Osprey
17 Mallard
1 Coot
1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
This great team of observers made the challenging task of sorting species among 
hundreds of white birds a manageable feat.  Especially significant this year 
was the confirmation of Snowy Egrets breeding on the island for the first time. 
A special thank you goes out to Richie Wyckoff, representing AEDC Conservation, 
Scott Somershoe, State Ornithologist TWRA, David Haskell and Jim Peters from 
the University of the South, and Sasha Peters. up and coming birder 
The birding is always special on Woods Reservoir!
Dale and Jeannie Swant
Manchester, TN


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