Howdy to all,
Great to see most of you today and that so far we are all safe. Thought I
would share the following experience we had yesterday.
We were birding in Fentress Co. yesterday afternoon when we stopped by a
creek that was about 20 feet below our level on side road. I thought it
looked good for Acadian Flycatcher so I stopped the car and played the tape
for ACFL. I played the "pizza" call one time and a Gray-Cheeked Thrush
popped up???? Cool for us as it was a county tick and the first of the year
for us (we never found a acfl). Then we noticed a lowa hopping along the
paved road in front of us with food in its mouth. Then it was joined by a
second lowa, also with food in its mouth. I got distracted for a moment and
Dollyann saw one of them fly up to the roadside bank, disappear for a
moment, and then fly out. We drove the car forward to the area, as I
suspected it had a nest there. Dollyann spotted the nest right off and
eventually I got out and took this cell phone photo of only the 2nd lowa
nest I have ever seen. We then backed the car up again and the birds
continued feeding the young. Highlight of our day for sure!
Stay safe out there.
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