[TN-Bird] Rankin birds - 8 Sept

  • From: KD Edwards <sparverius@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: TN-Bird <tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2011 22:21:55 -0400

Lots of birds and birders at Rankin Bottoms in Cocke Co, TN this afternoon (8 
Sept).  Most of the recent good birds were seen including Hudsonian and Marbled 
Godwits, 2 Red-necked and 1 Wilson's Phalaropes, American Avocet, and Red Knot. 
 I ended up with 22 shorebird species and others may have found more.  We also 
had great looks at a Peregrine Falcon (chased by a Cooper's Hawk) and a Merlin 
stirring up the birds.  

Red Knot and Wilson's Phalarope were at the pond at the end of the road with 
lots of Blue-winged Teal, yellowlegs, and other shorebirds.  Birds were moving 
through the cockleburs and took patience to find.  Many shorebirds allowed 
close approach along the lower road bed.

Later I had 2 Laughing Gulls, 11 Common Terns, 1 Forster's Tern, and 5+ Caspian 
Terns at Dutch Bottoms along with several Ring-billed Gulls, Great Egrets, 
Semipalmated Sandpipers, Greater Yellowlegs, etc.

Highlights, with estimates and some exact counts, Scott Somershoe might have 
better totals from Rankin:

At Rankin:

Blue-winged Teal, ~100
Northern Shoveler, ~10-15

Cooper's Hawk, chasing the Peregrine
Peregrine Falcon

Killdeer, ~10
Semipalmated Plover, 15+
Black-bellied Plover, 5
American Avocet, 1
Hudsonian Godwit, 1
Marbled Godwit, 1
Greater Yellowlegs, maybe 5 or so
Lesser Yellowlegs, 50+
Spotted Sandpiper, at least 1
Ruddy Turnstone, 2
Red Knot, 1
Short-billed Dowitcher, ~12
Long-billed Dowitcher, 1
Pectoral Sandpiper, 20-30
Least Sandpiper, 20+
Semipalmated Sandpiper, 100+
Western Sandpiper, 10+
White-rumped Sandpiper, ~12
Stilt Sandpiper, ~20
Buff-breasted Sandpiper, 1
Wilson's Phalarope, 1
Red-necked Phalarope, 2 swimming and spinning across from the point

Black Tern, 1

100s of swallows, mostly Tree, some Barn and Bank

At Dutch Bottoms along Hwy 25E (Cocke / Jefferson Co line):

Laughing Gull, 2
Ring-billed Gull, ~40
Caspian Tern, 5+ scattered along the lake
Common Tern, 11
Forster's Tern, 1

Dean Edwards
Knoxville, TN

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