2010 Annual Meeting at Knoxville

Field Trips

All field trips will depart at 7 AM (unless noted otherwise) from the Super 8 Knoxville/East, 7585 Crosswood Blvd., at the Strawberry Plains exit of I-40 (Exit 398).

Saturday, May 1

SHARPS RIDGE
This is one of the best places in the Knoxville area for migrant songbirds, including vireos, thrushes, a large variety of warblers, Scarlet Tanagers, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and Baltimore Orioles. It is easy walking along a paved road, with good views of Knoxville and the Great Smoky Mountains. In addition to migrant songbirds, other expected species include woodpeckers and resident songbirds. Possible species include flyover vultures and hawks and resident Wild Turkeys.

After birding Sharps Ridge, the field trip may go to either Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge or Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area. Travel times are about 30 minutes to Seven Islands and 15 minutes to Forks of the River. Target birds at Seven Islands include Bald Eagle, Northern Bobwhite, and grassland and brush species such as Yellow-breasted Chat and Grasshopper Sparrow. Target species at Forks of the RIver are brush species such as White-eyed Vireo, Prairie Warbler, and Yellow-breasted Chat.

COVE LAKE STATE PARK / CROSS MOUNTAIN
Target species at Cove Lake include Red-shouldered Hawk and Swainson's and Prothonotary Warblers. Target species on Cross Mountain include nesting Golden-winged, Cerulean, Worm-eating, Kentucky, Black-throated Green, and Black-and-white Warblers, as well as American Redstarts. Both sites may have migrating songbirds. These adjacent sites are about an hours drive from the hotel. Carpooling is recommended for Cove Lake and required for Cross Mountain. Conditions may be muddy. Bring drinks and, if possible, lunch; lunch may also be purchased in Caryville.

GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK
This trip will focus on high-elevation parts of the park. Birding will start at Sugarlands Visitor Center and proceed up Hwy 441 to Newfound Gap. Target birds include Ruffed Grouse, Common Raven, Black-capped Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Blue-headed Vireo, Blackburnian, Black-throated Blue, Chestnut-sided, Yellow-throated and Canada Warblers, Dark-eyed Junco, and Red Crossbill. Bring a jacket, snack, and drink and be prepared for walking on easy trails. Drive time from Knoxville is about 1.5 hours and carpooling is required. The trip will return around 3 PM.

KYKER BOTTOMS WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA
Kyker Bottoms contains swamp, marsh, and field habitats. Target birds are waterfowl, rails and sparrows. Shorebirds are also possible. Drive time from Knoxville is about 1 1/4 hours; please carpool. After Kyker Bottoms, the group may make a lunch stop in Vonore and then go to the Chota Wildlife Refuge on the upper end of Tellico Lake.

Sunday, May 2

SHARPS RIDGE - See above description. The trip may be extended to either Seven Island or Forks of the River.

SEVEN ISLANDS WILDLIFE REFUGE
See the description above under the first Sharps Ridge heading. This Sunday morning trip will include a bird-banding demonstration. A banding program has been underway for 6 years. Be prepared for walking trails and fields of moderate difficulty.

THREE BEND WILDLIFE REFUGE - OAK RIDGE - departs at 6:45 AM
Three Bend is part of the much larger Oak Ridge Wildlife Management Area, which includes much of the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge Reservation. The Three Bend area has a variety of habitats including lakeshore, woodland, and fields. Target birds include waterfowl, shorebirds, Red-headed Woodpecker, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Pine and Prothonotary Warblers, and Grasshopper Sparrow. Be prepared for walking on trails of easy-moderate difficulty and bring a drink and snack.

For additional information on field trips, contact Harold Howell, howellh2@frontiernet.net.

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