November 12th, 2018
Birding was slow around Pickwick for Daniel Redwine and myself today, with
nothing out of the ordinary at the morning sea watch at Bruton Branch (not
even a Red-throated Loon) and few gulls at the dam.
Best bird of the day was 5 BLACK SCOTERS, including one adult male at the
State Park, so close to our shore that I might have totally overlooked them
if Daniel hadn’t pointed them out. They swam around the bend towards the
marina and we didn’t see them again.
Other highlights were:
Lesser Black-backed Gull, first cycle at the dam.
Common Goldeneye, 5 at Bruton Branch FOS
Brewer’s Blackbird, Savannah Bottoms FOS
American Pipit, several nice flocks in Savannah Bottoms FOS
Horned Lark, several flocks in Savannah Bottoms
Lapland Longspur, heard in Lark and Pipit flocks at two locations, but not
Lecontes Sparrow, new location in Savannah Bottoms.
Vesper Sparrow, numerous throughout Savannah Bottoms, best spot in TN for
this species in Winter.
Complete lists are on eBird of course.
Ruben Stoll, Centerville TN