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Checklist S20921251

 
Location
Tennessee NWR--Big Sandy Unit--Bennetts Creek Overlook, Henry County, Tennessee, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Sun Dec 14, 2014 6:35 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
2
Duration:
4 hour(s), 25 minute(s)
Distance:
2.7 mile(s)
Observers:
Bill Pulliam , Bill Pulliam (compiler) List
Comments:
Big Sandy CBC with Victor Stoll. Also Chad Beachy in evening.
Overcast, very light mist in morning, wind VL.
6:35-9:00, 14:00-15:00, 16:10-17:10.
7.9 CBC miles
Species
50 species (+1 other taxa) total
9
Cackling Goose (Richardson's)

Seen from the Bennett's Creek viewing platform at several times during the day. Mostly keeping to themselves, nine is the largest number seen at one time. Distance made clear photos difficult; attached is the best shot.

Small size was quite evident; some appeared not much larger than Mallards but of course foreshortened viewing angles could affect this impression. There were also small migratory Canadas, including some quite small birds that could have been B. c. parvipes. The birds considered to be Cackling were not just the smallest, they also showed the typical small bills, short necks, and high foreheads of the Cackling Goose.

Cackling Geese occur regularly here, at Britton Ford, and in the Duck River unit of Tennesse NWR. These are some of the most reliable places in Tennessee for finding this species in numbers.

 photo CacklingGeese_zps772a7288.jpg

20
Canada Goose (moffitti/maxima)
330
Canada Goose (canadensis Group)

Notably smaller and more compact than maxima. Some were not much larger than Cackling, suggesting there might have been some parvipes present too.

2500
Gadwall (Common)

See notes under Mallard

1220
American Wigeon

See notes under Mallard

35000
Mallard (Northern)

Most of these birds were part of a massive dusk movement of birds from the northeast towards the southwest viewed from the overlook, a spectacular show. The birds did not seem to notice our presene, passing directly overhead at an elevation low enough to clearly distinguish the Mallards, Green-winged Teal, Pintails, and mid-sized ducks. Vocalizations of Gadwall and Am. Wigeon were also audible.

The total number of ducks listed here is probably a substantial underestimate, as we did not even begin the estimation process until the flight had been underway for a while. We were a bit overwhelmed and unprepared. I would not be surprised if the actual number of ducks that passed within view of the platform was 100,000 or more. Next year we will be prepared!

22
American Black Duck
63
Northern Pintail
8200
Green-winged Teal

See notes under Mallard

3
Redhead
700
Ring-necked Duck
30
Bufflehead
16
Hooded Merganser
2
Great Blue Heron (Blue form)
4
Bald Eagle
Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female
Sex Unknown 2 2
1
American Coot (Red-shielded)
3
Ring-billed Gull
4
Mourning Dove
1
Belted Kingfisher
2
Red-headed Woodpecker
8
Red-bellied Woodpecker
1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
4
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)
1
Hairy Woodpecker
7
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
5
Pileated Woodpecker
2
Blue Jay
14
American Crow
18
Carolina Chickadee
17
Tufted Titmouse
2
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern)
5
Winter Wren
9
Carolina Wren (Northern)
2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
7
Eastern Bluebird (Eastern)
12
Hermit Thrush (faxoni/crymophilus)

Individual birds seen and heard at many locations up and down the road

1
Brown Thrasher
2
European Starling
4
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
2
Field Sparrow
27
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)
11
White-throated Sparrow
12
Song Sparrow (melodia/atlantica)
5
Swamp Sparrow
3
Eastern Towhee (Red-eyed)
55
Northern Cardinal (Common)
1
Eastern Meadowlark (Eastern)
709
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)
1
Rusty Blackbird
306
Common Grackle (Bronzed)
8
American Goldfinch
 

Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?

Yes