[TN-Bird] Red-necked Grebe (South Holston Lake)

  • From: "Thomas McNeil" <tsmcneil@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "Bristol-Birds" <bristol-birds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "TN-Bird Net" <tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "VA-Bird Net" <va-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2005 20:19:9 -0500

23 December 2005
Sullivan County, TN
Washington County, VA
South Holston Lake / Musick's Campground

According to Wallace Coffey, this is called a "DOUBLE QUADRUPLE"!

Don Holt and I made a late afternoon run out to South Holston Lake
(Musick's Campground).  "Four" grebe species were present (first in
Tennessee, then in Virginia).

Red-breasted Merganser (2)
Pied-billed Grebe (12+)
Horned Grebe (5)
Eared Grebe (8)
Bonaparte's Gull (3)
Ring-billed Gull (200+)

The Red-necked Grebe was first observed on the Tennessee side of the lake
area, in association with the Eared Grebes and a couple of Horned Grebes. 
In a short time, the group drifted across the Virginia line and was soon
joined by the Pied-billed Grebes (also from the Tennessee side).  Four in
Tennessee became four in Virginia.

Wallace arrived (just as the light was fading) to see the birds in Virginia.

Thomas S. McNeil
Elizabethton, TN
423-360-2970 (H)
423-354-2487 (W)

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