Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge – 16 January 2016

The checklists below were posted to the TN-birds mailing list here:

Wheeler-NWR-Refuge-Trip-John-Sellars-TOS-General-Bird-List

Members & friends of the John Sellars TOS Chapter from Lebanon TN birded at
Wheeler NWR in Decatur, AL today. Temperatures ranged from low 40’s to upper 40’s. Partly cloudy to overcast today…

A great day birding!!

*Wheeler NWR list:*

White-fr Goose
Snow Goose- adult immature/juvenile
Canada Goose
American Wigeon
Gadwall
Mallard
Amer Black Duck
Buffleheads
No Pintail
No Shoveler
Green winged Teal
*Canvasback- Still in refuge off I 65 long bridge
Ring necked Duck
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Pied Billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
American White Pelicans
Double Crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Sandhill Crane
Whooping Crane
Turkey Vulture
Northern Harrier
American Coot
Killdeer
Ring-b Gull
Herring Gull
Bonaparte’s Gull
Belted Kingfisher
Red B WP
YB Sapsucker
Downy Wp
Hairy WP
Rock Dove
E Phoebe
Blue Jay
American Crow
Ca Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-br Nuthatch
Ca Wren
Golden-cr Kinglet
Kinglet sp
E Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
No Mockingbird
Br Thrasher
American Pipit
Cedar Waxwing
Pine Warbler
E Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sp
Cardinal
Rusty Blackbird
House Finch
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch

OF NOTE:

No Bald Eagles seen
Large numbers of American White Pelicans and Snow Geese-Limestone Bay; Smaller flock at Flint Creek pier
Large flock of Bonaparte’s Gulls feeding Limestone Bay
GREAT looks of Cedar Waxwings…Pine Warbler E Phoebe Good looks of
Whooping & Sandhills (of course)
Behaviors Noted: Brown Thrasher working fervently sticking bill into leaf
litter and and throwing it in opposite direction, making a little cup hol
for 10+ minutes before startled into cover
Unusual behavior of Robins trying to compete with Cedar Waxwings for Privet berries

*In area surrounding refuge:*

American Kestrel
Black Vultuure
Eurasian Starling
Mourning Dove
Rock Pigeon
Red T Hawk

TURRENTINE TENNESSEE CAR LIST

Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Bl Vulture
Killdeer
Gull sp
Belted Kingfisher
Blue Jay
American Crow
E Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
No Mockingbird
E Towhee
White-throated Sp
Cardinal
American Kestrel
Black Vultuure
Eurasian Starling
Mourning Dove
Rock Pigeon
Red T Hawk
Blue Jay

*ALABAMA CAR LIST non refuge area*

House Sparrow
Blue Jay
Crow
Gulls
Red T Hawk
Rock Pigeon
Mo Dove
E Bluebird
Amer Kestrel
Bl Vulture
T.Vulture

Members Stephen Zipperer, Turrentine Family (Roy, Melissa, & JosEllen),
Friends joining included Daryl, Amy & Bob S., & Ralph G.
Total of of 8 persons birded the area for most of the day.
Below is a list of species seen… no numbers are included with this initial list.

LOCATION:

Wheeler NWR Morgan & Limestone Co (we think!?) AL
Alabama Car Birding included Limestone Co & Morgan Co outside refuge
boundaries

Tennessee Car Birding – Bedford, edge of Marshall & Giles Counties

List was compiled by Stephen Zipperer, Melissa & Roy Turrentine

Melissa Turrentine of Bedford Co TN
John Sellars TOS Chapter

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lebanonbirding.org

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