North American Birds

VOLUME 69 NO2 2016

A Quarterly Journal of Ornithological Record Published by the American Birding Association. The mission of the journal is to provide a complete overview of the changing panorama of our continent’s birdlife.

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V O L U M E 6 9 ( 2 0 1 6 ) • N U M B E R 2 243 T E N N E S S E E & K E N T U C K Y single individuals were on Reelfoot Lake, Lake 20 Dec (MCT, BF); at the Duck River Unit, Ten - nessee N.W.R., Humphreys 30 Jan (RS); and on Woods Reservoir, Franklin 4 Feb (SM), with 2 at Pace Point 14 Jan (MCT). The regular win - tering flock of Eared Grebes at South Holston Lake were strangely present during Nov and Mar but absent in between (RLK). Elsewhere, single Eared Grebes were found on the Ohio River at Louisville 4-6 Dec (ph. EHu, MA et al.); on Green River Lake, Taylor, KY 26 Dec– 17 Jan (ph. ML, ph. JSo et al.); on Woods Res - ervoir, Franklin, TN 3-4 Feb (BEv, SM); and on the Tennessee River, Hamilton, TN 20-22 Feb (LW). A Western Grebe was reported from the Hamilton Creek Recreation Area, J. Percy Priest Lake, Davidson, TN 31 Jan–15 Feb (ph. PC, MSm, m.ob.); what was probably the same in - dividual was at Seven Points Recreation Area, J. Percy Priest Lake, Davidson, TN 27 Feb (RCo). An American White Pelican on the Ohio River at Craig's Creek, Gallatin, KY 2 Dec (ph. BP, EHu) was the only one reported away from the w. portion of the Region. A Great Egret lingered at Sinclair through 5 Dec (SG, TG), and a very tardy bird was seen adjacent to Bal - lard W.M.A., Ballard, KY 16 Dec (ph. SG, TG, BP, EHu). One in Sullivan, TN 2-20 Jan (RLK, m.ob.) furnished a first Jan record for ne. Ten - nessee. Elsewhere in Tennessee, one to 4 Great Egrets were reported from four locations regu - larly through the period. Exceptionally tardy or overwintering Os - preys were reported at Amnicola Marsh, Ham- ilton, TN 7 Dec (MMy); at Lake Reba, Mad ison, KY 14 Dec (†DBn, DBr); at Knoxville, TN 15 Dec and 19 Jan (RS; CWe); and in Anderson, TN 1 Jan–11 Feb (WG, MF). An imm. Northern Goshawk was found in Obion, TN 22 Jan (ph., †MG); one was also reported in far ne. Tennes - see at Hampton Creek Cove State Natural Area, Carter 15 Dec (FA et al.), where the species is rare but more regular. There were only three locales as follows: 10 still on the Ohio River at Louisville 3 Dec (TB, CBe et al.), with 2 there until 6 Dec (MA, BBC et al.); one on Lake Pee - wee 3-4 Dec (BP, JBa, MY, SG, TG, DSi); 4 on the Ohio River at Ashland, Boyd, KY 18 Dec (VS); and an imm. male that was present on the Ohio River at Louisville 1 Jan into Mar (ph. BJ et al.). The only one reported in Tennessee was a female at Harrison Bay, Chickamauga Lake, Hamilton 12 Dec (HB). It was another decent winter for Long-tailed Ducks, with reports of one to 2 at six Kentucky and four Tennessee lo - cales 2 Dec–28 Feb; in addition, 7 were at Cove Lake S.P., Campbell, TN 3 Jan (BH); 8 were on Lake Cumberland, Russell, KY 5 Jan (TEs); and 12 were on South Holston Lake 28 Feb+ (RLK). Common Mergansers were slightly more nu - merous than normal in Kentucky, with one to 9 reported from more than a dozen locales, mostly after early Jan; 23 on Paintsville Lake, Johnson 17 Feb (TL) represented the high count for the season. In Tennessee, where Common Mergansers are normally only reported a few times in small numbers most winters, the spe - cies was reported from 12 different locations in the e. part of the state during late Feb; these in - cluded peak counts of 49 on John Sevier Lake 27 Feb (SHu) and 51 on South Holston Lake 28 Feb (RLK), the latter representing the high - est local count since the late 1970s. LOONS THROUGH SHOREBIRDS It was a good season for Red-throated Loons in Kentucky, with five re ports of single birds: Freeman Lake, Hardin 3 Dec (ph. BP, JBa, MY); Green River Lake, Taylor 9-10 Jan (RD, ph. BP et al.); Ohio River upstream from Warsaw, Gallatin 15 Jan (BP, ph. EHu); Cave Run Lake, Bath/Rowan 17 Jan (†SP); and Ohio River just up stream from Louisville 24-28 Feb (ph. BJ et al.). Similarly, there were five reports from Tennessee: one at Cove Lake S.P., Campbell 31 Dec–5 Jan (DE, BEs, m.ob.); 2 on Woods Res - ervoir, Franklin 11 Jan (SZ), with one present there 26 Feb (MMr, SM); and one at Booker T. Washington S.P., Hamilton, TN 17 Jan (TJ), with possibly the same individual still pres - ent there 23 Feb (DJ, TJ, LW). An astonishing 5 Pacific Loons were at the Hamilton Creek Recreation Area, J. Percy Priest Lake, Nashville, TN 8-9 Dec (SS, RZ) with one continuing there through 14 Feb (m.ob.). Also reported were 2 at Pace Point 14 & 19 Jan (MCT; KC) and one on Woods Reservoir, Franklin, TN 25 Jan–26 Feb (CWa, NW, m.ob.). Four Red-necked Grebes were found in Kentucky: Ohio River at Louisville 2 Dec (ph. EHu, JBa et al.); Lake Cumberland, Russell 3 Dec (†RD); Lake Peewee, Hopkins 3-11 Dec (ph. SG, TG, BP, JBa, MY et al.); and Lake Bar - kley, Lyon 14 Dec (†JHa et al.). In Tennessee, reported in Hart, KY 1 Dec (†JSo). Two male Gadwall x Mallard hybrids were at Tennessee N.W.R., Henry, TN 31 Jan, with one each at the Big Sandy Unit and Britton Ford (MCT et al.). Later in the season, various cold periods resulted in most other high counts for diving ducks: 312 Canvasbacks on Nickajack Lake, Marion, TN 27 Dec (KC); at least 200 Canvas - backs on the Ohio River at Louisville during the last two weeks of Feb (DSt et al.); and 175 Redheads and 150 Greater Scaup on the Ohio River at Louisville 26 Feb (BP et al.). Unusu - ally high numbers of Canvasback, Redhead, Greater Scaup, Common Goldeneye, and White-winged Scoter were also reported in Tennessee during late Feb, particularly in the east. Highlights included 25 Canvasbacks at South Holston River, Sullivan, TN 28 Feb (RLK) that represented the largest flock the reporter had ever seen in the ne. part of the state. Small numbers of Surf Scoters were found during the 2-3 Dec fallout, with 2-6 reported on four bod - ies of water in Kentucky; a few more showed up later during Dec, including one at Pace Point 10 Dec (SS). Later in the season, the cold weather of Feb resulted in the appearance of a few more, including an ad. male on the Ohio River at Newport, Campbell 17-18 Feb (ph. JW et al.); an ad. male on the Ohio River at Louis - ville 22-26 Feb (CBs, MWa et al.); and one on Norris Lake, Union, TN 23 Feb (RHo, DMy). One outlier was an individual on Fort Loudoun Lake, Knox, TN 19 Jan (CWe). It was another excellent winter for White-winged Scoters: small numbers (one to 6) were reported from five locales in Kentucky and two in Tennessee 2-5 Dec, followed by a second wave of birds that arrived during mid-Jan and slowly built in numbers through Feb. That wave included one to 16 birds at eight Kentucky locales and one to 17 at 12 Tennessee locations, all but one from e. Tennessee with many subsequently lingering into Mar. Black Scoters were found at three Kentucky The winter 2014-2015 season saw an above-average number of Red-throated Loons reported in the Tennessee and Kentucky region. This nicely photographed bird was present on the Ohio River at Louisville, Kentucky 24-28 (here 25) February. Photo- graph by Brian Johnson. This Western Grebe was at Hamilton Creek Recreation Area, J. Percy Priest Lake, Davidson County, Tennessee 31 January through 15 February 2015, with likely the same individual at the nearby Seven Points Recreation Area 27 February. Photograph by Phillip Casteel.

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