[TN-Bird] Some west Knox County birding

  • From: Carole Gobert <cpgobert@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: Tennessee Bird List <tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 14 Feb 2010 17:10:38 -0500

Did some birding in west Knox County late morning/early to mid afternoon today, 
Sunday, Feb. 14.  Started at the wetland behind Dalen on Gilbert Road, looking 
for waterfowl.  Found Gadwalls, Mallards, an American Coot and a male/female 
pair of Green-Winged Teal.  There were 20-30 Gadwalls and Mallards but I have a 
hard time IDing flying ducks.  I managed to see 8+ Gadwalls on the water and a 
male Mallard.  Big surprise came when I was back at my car.  Yellow-rumped 
Warblers were plentiful in the marsh but in a tree beside the gravel area where 
I parked I found a first for me, an Audubon's Yellow-rumped Warbler.  I was 
looking at this small bird with a brilliant yellow throat thinking, what the 
heck is that, it doesn't look like a pine warbler, when it turned and showed me 
its yellow rump.  Then it was gone.


At the Cove in Concord Park I found the first Palm Warbler I've seen in a few 
months but Horned Grebes were hard to come by.  They've been much less in 
evidence this winter than usual.  In fact I was there an hour and a half before 
I finally spotted one on the far side of the Yacht Club.  A Pied-Billed Grebe 
was much closer but was the only one I found.  Sometimes I'll see 15-20 
Pied-bills way out. Dark-eyed Juncoes were numerous and I briefly heard the 
song of a Brown-headed Nuthatch.  Two Ruby-crowned Kinglets but no 
Golden-crowns though I had two foraging down low in a pine treeat the Cove a 
few days ago.


Again counted 9 Great Blue Herons in the heronry across Northshore from the 
Cove.  At least two were sitting on nests.


Yesterday (Saturday) I was surprised to see a Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker at my 
groundl level birdbath in the back yard.  It was also very popular with the 
local Robins and an itinerant flock of Cedar Waxwings.


Carole Gobert, Knoxville, Knox County, Tn
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