[TN-Bird] Pacific Loon, Red-throated Loon, Common Mergansers at Woods Reservoir

  • From: Mac McWhirter <npmcwhirter@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: Tnbirds <TN-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:19:34 -0600

Susan and I birded Woods Reservoir late this afternoon. The wind was calm
which made viewing the ducks and loons much easier. Numbers of gulls were
down considerably. We were able to see at close range a Red-throated Loon
about 75 yards off the south end of the dam. Later, while scoping from the
Recreation Center parking lot on the north side of lake, we had several
loons within 200 yards of shore and were able to look through them under
ideal viewing conditions, spotting a Pacific Loon among the Commons.

At the pumping station, we located 10 Common Mergansers.

Mac and Susan McWhirter
McMinnville, Warren County, TN

Woods Reservoir, Franklin, US-TN
Feb 26, 2015 2:50 PM - 4:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
12.0 mile(s)
39 species

Canada Goose  25
Wood Duck  2
Gadwall  67
Mallard  8
Greater Scaup  5     broader bills with large dark nail; bulky cheeks
Lesser Scaup  60
Bufflehead  16
Common Goldeneye  19
Hooded Merganser  5
Common Merganser  10     males with white body; green head; females with
rusty head, sharp demarcation with white breast
Red-breasted Merganser  36
Ruddy Duck  1
Red-throated Loon  1     Seen off south end of dam; smaller than Common
Loons with smaller more delicate bill held at a slight upright angle;
speckling on back; white throat and face with eye visible in the white
Pacific Loon  1     Seen off from Recreation Center on north side of lake.
Smaller than nearby Common Loons and with smaller narrower bill; solid dark
back; gray cheek that extended into faint chin strap.
Common Loon  109
Pied-billed Grebe  56
Horned Grebe  54
Double-crested Cormorant  63     Most standing on Little Elder Island.
Great Blue Heron  18     13 on nest on Little Elder Island.
Bald Eagle  3     All immature.
American Coot  101     Not unexpected at this location. Several groups of
10 or more.
Bonaparte's Gull  5
Ring-billed Gull  276
Herring Gull  3     Grayish-brown, larger and bulkier than nearby
Ring-billed Gulls.
Mourning Dove  29
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  4
Tufted Titmouse  5
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Brown-headed Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  4
Eastern Bluebird  7
American Robin  16
Northern Mockingbird  3
European Starling  10
Eastern Towhee  2
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  1

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