[TN-Bird] Mossy Creek and Cherokee Dam - 2/21/2010

  • From: "Charles Nicholson" <cpnichol@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 23 Feb 2010 21:32:49 -0500

Sunday morning, 2/21/2010
Mossy Creek Wildlife Viewing Area and adjacent embayment of Cherokee Lake,
Jefferson County - MC
Cherokee Dam, Jefferson and Grainger Counties - CD (most birds visible in
the dam area were on Jefferson County side)
Canada Goose - 9 MC, 15 CD
Mallard - 75 MC
Am. Black Duck - 2 MC
Common Goldeneye - 8 CD
Common Loon - 1 CD
Great Blue Heron - 2 MC
American Kestrel - 2 (paired) CD
Killdeer - 14 - MC
Gulls - huge flock of about 4,500 in the embayment where Mossy Creek enters
Cherokee Lake.  I estimated about 20% (900 birds) were Bonaparte's and 80%
(3600 birds) were Ring-billed Gulls.  The gulls spent most of the time in
rafts on the water or in flocks standing onthe shoreline.  Large groups were
often actively feeding in the area.  There were also several fishermen in
the area and I assume there was a lot of fish activity there.  This is one
of the largest flocks of gulls I've seen in east TN.  Another 30 Bonaparte's
and 150 Ring-bills were near the dam.
Tree Swallow - 3 CD.
Chuck Nicholson
Norris, TN

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