Snow Bunting Peninsula Old Hickory Dam area Davidson Co. Nashville, TN 2011 Sept. 5 10:05-11:10am Recalling the good birds in the spring seen in bad weather at Snow Bunting Peninsula my wife Bonnie and I decided to venture there after going out to eat breakfast. Rain was very light or nonexistent but the dark clouds and some wind made for chilly birding. Arriving at the end of the gravel spit, I almost immediately saw several FORESTER'S TERNs and after watching them a bit from inside the car I got out to look more carefully at them. I was about to get the scope from the trunk when I noticed a very large,extremely long tailed, mostly black bird flying higher up over Old Hickory Lake. It was just beginning to fly away from me as I got
on it and I watched it in binoculars for what seemed like a minute or two. From its size, shape, color, and style of flight I quickly realized that it could be nothing else but a MAGNIFICENT FRIGATEBIRD. I tried to will it to turn around but it continued to fly away toward the dam. Finally I went for my scope, which was not set up at all, but did manage to find the bird again due to its very distinctive droopy winged soaring style. As I was looking through the scope, Phillip Casteel arrived and quickly used the scope to get on the bird for some seconds before it sailed out of view for good behind the pines near the dam. Phillip had arrived in the area much earlier and found 2 SANDERLINGs and 2 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERs at the peninsula. As we discussed the FRIGATEBIRD sighting, the SANDERLINGs returned and eventually a lone SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, different from the first two, also put in an appearance on the gravel at Snow Bunting Peninsula. A number of CASPIAN TERNs were also seen, plus about a dozen PIED-BILLED GREBEs. We stayed around for another 45 minutes or so but saw no other unusual birds. Frank Fekel Bellevue, TN =================NOTES TO SUBSCRIBER===================== The TN-Bird Net requires you to SIGN YOUR MESSAGE with first and last name, CITY (TOWN) and state abbreviation. You are also required to list the COUNTY in which the birds you report were seen. The actual DATE OF OBSERVATION should appear in the first paragraph. _____________________________________________________________ To post to this mailing list, simply send email to: tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx_____________________________________________________________ To unsubscribe, send email to: tn-bird-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field.
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