[TN-Bird] TN River Gorge BBS Route

  • From: "Tommie Rogers" <Bananaquit1@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "TNBird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <TN-Bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 8 Jun 2012 17:41:19 -0400

This morning I did the breeding bird survey along the Mullins Cove side of the 
TN river.  For the past 25 years, I have watched changes that occur from more 
houses, more clearing, more traffic, etc.which result from a growing population 
of humans.  The river gorge was once a haven for nesting Neotropical migrant 
birds.  Some species are holding their on in areas which have less disturbance 
by people.  Some formerly present nesting species of Neotropical migrants have 
not been present for years now, Cerulean and American Redstart for example.   
Last year was the first year I heard no Yellow-billed Cuckoos along the gorge 
route.  Cuckoos were silent again today.  There must still be a Yellow Warbler 
somewhere along the shore.  Prothonotary must be too busy to sing, maybe 
feeding young.  This just wasn't a good day for warblers at all, even though it 
was sunny and calm.
If anyone would like to take this BBS route to love and cherish for years to 
come, I would be glad to pass it along.  It is a beautiful route and somewhat 
peaceful, but forever changing.  It is always amusing to see summer campers 
sleeping in the narrow space between the road and shoreline where there isn't 
enough space to fit a new house.  Surely, someone can build a house out over 
the water in those places.

Tommie Rogers
Marion county

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