[TN-Bird] Results of KTOS field trip to Seven Islands State Birding Park

  • From: "Jay Sturner" <dmarc-noreply@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> (Redacted sender "flowerpetalsonthecreek@yahoo" for DMARC)
  • To: TN Bird <tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 01:45:54 +0000 (UTC)

Great KTOS field trip to Seven Islands State Birding Park (Knox Co.) this
morning. The walk officially started at 7:30, but since I'm crazy about birds,
I decided to get there at 5:30 and listen for owls in the parking lot. I was
not disappointed. Just up the road, near the first barn, and deep in the fog
bank, were two Eastern Screech-Owls. As one bird trilled, the other one
whinnied. I was like, "Hells yeah." Shortly thereafter, a Great Horned Owl
called in the distance. Even though I was scared of getting eaten by a mountain
lion it was well worth it. Here's my checklist:

As the sun came up a dawn chorus of cardinals, yellowthroats, chats, towhees,
Field Sparrows, Indigo Buntings, and a Wood Thrush blasted through the valley
mist. At 7:30 me and twelve others departed for a beautiful 3-mile hike around
the peninsula and racked up 60 species! One can always count on Seven Islands
to deliver the goods and today was no exception, my friends. Highlights include
every single bird seen. For details, take a look at our checklist at

Jay Sturner
KTOS Field Trip Coordinator
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