[TN-Bird] Standifer Gap Marsh 12-18-05

  • From: Jacob Job <zjrj5@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 18 Dec 2005 10:32:07 -0800 (PST)

Went birding today at the marsh from 8-1030 and got a few good species of 
birds.  The list is as follows:
  American Bittern
  Great Blue Heron
  Northern Shoveler
  Sharp-shinned Hawk
  Red-shouldered Hawk
  Red-tailed Hawk
  American Kestrel
  American Coot
  Mourning Dove
  Belted Kingfisher
  Downy Woodpecker
  Northern Flicker
  Pileated Woodpecker
  Eastern Phoebe
  Blue Jay
  American Crow
  Carolina Chickadee
  Tufted Titmouse
  Carolina Wren
  Marsh Wren
  Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  Eastern Bluebird
  American Robin
  Northern Mockingbird
  European Starling
  Yellow-rumped Warbler
  Northern Cardinal
  Song Sparrow
  Swamp Sparrow
  White-throated Sparrow
  Red-winged Blackbird
  Eastern Meadowlark
  American Goldfinch
  Some other interesting things that happened were me teaching a young 
White-throated Sparrow to sing.  Seems unlikely I know, but I do a really good 
imitation and this one bird would imitate me during or right after I was doing 
the song.  It started off with only a few notes in the beginning, but after 10 
mins or so, he was doing the whole song with me.  Also, while I was doing this, 
I had 2 White-tail deer walk up on me to about 20 feet or so before I turned 
and scared them.  I stalked them back to where they ran and got to about 20 
feet again and then one of the does blew and they both took off.  Right after 
that, I noticed a lot of the birds go quiet and the American Robins all fly 
away and I thought to myself, just wait and there should be a hawk that flys by 
in a minute.  Sure enough, a Sharp-shinned Hawk flew over and landed almost on 
top of me.  Very productive morning!
  Jacob Job
  Johnson City, TN
  Ooltewah, TN
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