[TN-Bird] more Knox County Common Loons

  • From: Carole Gobert <cpgobert@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: Tennessee Bird List <tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 29 Mar 2010 18:36:40 -0400

This morning at 10:30 I returned to the site of my loon sightings Friday the 
26th (Concord Park, west Knox County, TN) and from the end of the walking trail 
found more breeding plumaged Common Loons.  This time a group of 7 was along 
the shore to the east (where I?d seen 4 three days ago), a short distance from 
them were at least 16 Double Crested Cormorants.  Four tree swallows were 
checking out the nestbox beside the loop as well as the crotch of a small dead 
tree; I couldn?t tell if there was a cavity in the tree they were interested 
in.  A Brown Thrasher was singing in another tree.
I moved on to The Cove (about 2.3 miles west and still in Concord Park) and 
there I found another Common Loon.  It may have been one of the seven I saw at 
the Walking Trail because as I was leaving there I saw what I think was a loon 
flying in that direction.  The Cove loon was in so close that at one point I 
could clearly see its amber eyes.  I?ve never seen a loon at the Cove before.   
Farther out were two Horned Grebes, one in breeding plumage and one still in 
winter plumage.  An Osprey made repeated trips to its nest on the osprey 
platform at the Yacht Club, bringing sticks to the nest.  A second Osprey was 
on the nest.  Saw my FOS Northern Rough-winged Swallow and a few Tree Swallows.
Carole Gobert, Knoxville, Knox County, TN                                       
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