[TN-Bird] Wednesday - Ky Lake

  • From: Terry Witt <terrywitt@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: TN-Birds Bird <tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2015 18:39:01 -0800

Windy, but not too cold later in the day

Pace Point disappointing, no gull roost, all the larids out on the lake.
Did find a flock of 20 Pine Siskins.
Lake choppy and distant viewing difficult.

Bennett's Creek - no sign of Golden Eagle.  All 3 mergansers still present

Britton Ford - all 5 goose species still present

I saw a raptor soaring over the road between the kiosk and the BC Overlook  
Definitely a buteo, tail not banded, may have been rusty but not the color of 
adult RT Hawk.
Head dark with dark throat.
Breast light with no belly band
Wings showed about half black , half light, dark feathers on the posterior 
wing.  NOT a dark trailing edge
By plumage, light phase Swainson's Hawk is the only match.
On the downside, wrong time of year, plus I did not notice any difference in 
wing shape from RT Hawk.
Never even considered Swainson's when watching it, just tried to get as many 
field marks as I could
Probably an aberrant RT, but who knows????


Terry Witt
Murfreesboro Tn

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