I rarely bird beyond the confines of Blount County, but this afternoon I was
exploring new territory in a strange county when I turned a corner on Lytle
Creek Road in Rutherford County and saw 16 scissor-tailed flycatchers together
on a power line. They were about half adults and half immatures. I was parked
almost underneath them, so before getting out of the car I counted the birds
and took a few photos through the windshield of the nearest ones. When I
emerged from the car, some birds scattered, so I did not get a photo of the
entire group. The photos aren't great, because of the low light situation.
(It was getting late and was very overcast.)
Here is a link to the eBird report:
I also went by the Sod Fields on Highway 99 before coming to Lytle Creek Road.
I arrived at the Sod Fields during a pretty decent rain. There were about 60
killdeer (at least), about 25 pectoral sandpipers, two solitary sandpipers, and
three least sandpipers.
Randy WinsteadMaryville, Blount County
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