January 31, 2015
The NTOS field trip to the Pace Point/Britton Ford area was a wonderful success!
Our group started at the Bennetts Creek Overlook within the Big Sandy Unit of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge, and no sooner had we stepped out of our vehicles when the cry of "Golden Eagle!" sounded. We all had fantastic views of both an adult and an immature together - a life bird for many.
Duck numbers were sky-rocketing throughout the day, the vast majority being Mallards. Three hybrid dabblers were sighted: one, a "Brewer's Duck" (Gadwall x Mallard) at the Bennetts Creek Overlook; the second, a handsome Mallard x American Black Duck at Tennessee NWR--Britton Ford Unit; and finally, an additional "Brewer's Duck" at Britton Ford. Also of note was a merganser "trifecta" at Bennets Creek Overlook and all five regular geese at Britton Ford.
Notable misses: American Coot (!)
Wow...what a day! A huge thanks to Mike Todd for leading the trip, and thank you to all who attended.
|Great White-fronted Goose
American White Pelican
Great Blue Heron
Field Trip Coordinator