Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Old Hickory Dam area
J. Percy Priest Dam
Sat. Nov. 17 2012

Nine birders enjoyed a morning outing to the Old Hickory Dam area followed by a short visit to J. Percy Priest Dam. The forest trail at the dam produced large numbers of HERMIT THRUSHes BROWN CREEPERs and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETs. Two PINE SISKINs called as they flew over, while a single RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was heard by only a small part of the group. Two RED-SHOULDERED HAWKs were calling in the distance. Seen circling overhead through the pines was a flock of 12 BONAPARTE'S GULLs. At Snow Bunting Peninsula highlights included COMMON LOONs, HORNED GREBEs, two NORTHERN SHOVELERs, and two HERRING GULLs. A quick visit to J. Percy Priest Dam added no additonal species. We found a total of 55 species for the morning.

Frank Fekel
NTOS field trip coordinator