In lieu of our annual Wings of Winter festival, come join us for a trip to the Big Sandy unit of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge as we explore the many bays and inlets for wintering ducks, geese, loons, and gulls as well as the surrounding uplands for raptors and songbirds. An impressive number of rarities have occurred at this location and it can hold staggering numbers of waterfowl and sparrows in the winter. All seven woodpecker species can be found with regularity, and the open fields near Britton Ford can be good for larks, longspurs, and pipits. This area is also fairly reliable for wintering Golden Eagle and LeConte’s Sparrow. Local legend Mike Todd will lead us around to the many hotspots of the area as we seek out the many winter visitors of the refuge. We will meet at 8:00 am at the Sunoco Gas Station at the corner of Hwy 69A and Main St. in the town of Big Sandy. For those wishing to follow each other from Nashville, meet at the Bellevue Park-and-Ride and leave no later than 6:15 am. The outing should last through mid-afternoon with a lunch stop back in Big Sandy as we travel from Pace Point over to Britton Ford. Please dress for the weather as it can be windy along the water. (Contact information: email@example.com. Please include “NTOS Field Trip” in the subject line.)
** Social distancing and masks are a must.