November NTOS Field Trip to Duck River Unit of TNWR

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Timed to occur just before the seasonal closure of the refuge, this trip will give us the opportunity to observe large numbers of migrating and wintering waterfowl as they wing their way down the Tennessee River.  By mid-November, hordes of geese and ducks should be returning to the refuge, and we have the chance to spot over 20 species.  For you raptor lovers, Duck River hosts a large population of wintering birds of prey and it has been a reliable spot for Golden Eagle the past several winters.  Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, and several hawk species are commonly seen.  Duck River is also very good for sparrows, and we’ll have the chance to find at least 10 species, including Vesper, LeConte’s, and perhaps even the rare Nelson’s.   We’ll also be on the lookout for Sandhill Cranes, American White Pelicans, and other wintering arrivals, so come join the fun.  We’ll meet at the MTA Park-and-Ride in Bellevue at 6:30am, where we will carpool to the refuge; for those who don’t feel comfortable carpooling, you can either follow us separately, or meet us at the refuge entrance at 8:00am.  Please dress for the weather and bring plenty of water and snacks.  We should finish up around lunchtime, but for those who wish to bird on, we will keep birding into the early afternoon.  (Contact information:  Please include “NTOS Field Trip” in the subject line.)