[TN-Bird] Smokies

  • From: "Mitch Mobley at charter" <19660211mm@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <sourpersimmon@xxxxxxxxx>, <tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 5 Nov 2011 22:00:58 -0500

    I can testify to the fact that it indeed did get cold in the smokies. I 
just returned from a three day venture from Cosby campground. The first night 
we camped at the Davenport Gap shelter. We hiked  approximately 11 miles via 
lower Mt. Cammerer trail, three hours of which it was steadily raining.  Day 
two was down the AT about 7 miles, to Cosby Knob Shelter, after a short detour 
to MT Cammerer fire lookout tower. Saturday it was a short three miles down Low 
Gap trail, back to the parking lot with a 2300 " elevation drop. 
    Regretfully I chose to save the weight and did not carry my field guide. 
The conditions where not optimum and I spent most of the time watching the 
trail in front of my feet. It seemed the birds had mostly vacated the area. I 
did hear a few occasionally. I have not gotten beyond my local yards birds for 
ID'ing by sound. 
     I was able to ID a Great Horned owl this morning before the rest of the 
gang climbed out of their sleeping bags. A lifer for me, so that got me pumped 
up enough to forget I couldn't feel my toes. 
Crows where the most prevalent birds for the trip.  I did get a look at a pair 
that I think might have been purple finch at about 4200 ' but visibility was 
very poor and I am an amateur to say the least. 
    I got a decent look at a pair that resemble the blue gray gnatcatcher at  
4000'. The fog was very thick so my binoculars were useless. Is there another 
bird in that area that would have the distinct white outer tail feathers or 
should I be comfortable which my ID? 

All in all a good trip, Would do it over in  a heart beat just to have been 
able to observe that Owl, as the sun tried to make its way over the mountain, 
gliding from tree to tree without a whisper of sound. At least not above the 
faint trickle of the stream across the trail.  All alone with nature. Oh why do 
I not make time to do such, more often? 

Mitch Mobley
Lebanon (Laguardo)TN
Wilson County 
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Rikki Hall 
  To: tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Friday, November 04, 2011 2:26 PM
  Subject: [TN-Bird] ambitious sharpie

  While in my backyard this afternoon, an alarm cry drew my attention to the 
woods just in time to see a northern flicker burst into the yard with a 
sharp-shinned hawk in close pursuit, just a foot behind. The flicker curved 
back into the trees trying to lose the hawk, giving sharp cries throughout the 
chase. A few seconds later they emerged down the hill with the flicker several 
yards ahead. It banked up into open space and the hawked banked away, giving 
up, and flew off to the west. It was a small sharpie, probably a male, not much 
bigger than its intended prey.

  It must have gotten cold up in the Smokies last night, because today I saw a 
FOS pair of juncoes foraging on the ground and a female purple finch on a 

  Rikki Hall
  South Knoxville, Knox Co.


  No virus found in this message.
  Checked by AVG - www.avg.com
  Version: 10.0.1411 / Virus Database: 2092/3999 - Release Date: 11/05/11

Other related posts:

  • » [TN-Bird] Smokies - Mitch Mobley at charter