2008 WINTER MEETING AT PARIS LANDING
Tennessee Ornithological Society 2008 winter meeting was held at Paris
Landing State Park Friday, February 8 through Sunday, February 10. Twenty-nine
TOS members and guests, including 3 Kentucky folks and one TOS member from Florida
attended. Birding areas included Paris Landing State Park, and the Pace Point
and Britton Ford areas of Tennessee
National Wildlife Refuge. The bird list for the weekend totaled 94 species,
with 85 recorded on Saturday and 9 more added on Sunday.
Winter meeting attendees birding at the Britton Ford area of Tennessee National
Wildlife Refuge. Photos by Richard Connors.
weather was about ideal for February with sunny skies and light winds. Few rarities
were found but clear air and good light meant that good looks were had most of
the species seen. The main field trip on Saturday went to the Britton Ford, Pace
Point, and nearby areas of Kentucky Lake. One trip highlight was a long, "30 minute
glimpse" of a distant soaring Golden Eagle. Good looks at Barred Owl, Bald Eagle,
Pintail, Redhead and Ring-necked Ducks, Snow, Ross's and Greater White-fronted
Geese, good rafts of Canvasbacks and innumerable American Coots. Loon numbers
were noticeably low, with only Common Loon seen.
Britton Ford area was re-visited on Sunday with several species added to the weekend
list. Sunday highlights included Lesser Black-backed Gull, scope views of Red-headed
Woodpecker, and 2 early Tree Swallows. On Sunday afternoon the remaining small
group of birders found a first year male White-winged Scoter at Eva Beach recreation
area, Nathan Bedford Forest State Park. List count was 85 species on Saturday,
with 9 more added on Sunday. Ninety-four species is not a bad total for a TN winter
thanks to TOS member Mike Todd for leading and acting as local guide. His knowledge
of the area and area birds helped make it a successful weekend.
by TOS President Richard Connors.
Rare and unusual species are in upper case, and all observations
are from Henry County except for the Scoter which was in Benton County.
American Black Duck
American White Pelican
PEREGRINE FALCON 1
LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE 1
TREE SWALLOW 2
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