Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Driving and Birding in Tennessee on Day 4 from Andover to Tucson

1. Dyers Creek-kab Dyer’s Creek Boat Dock Dover, TN

It was hard to say good-bye to Alex and his family on Saturday morning but we had to get on down the road. We still had 1600 miles ahead of us. Since we did little to no birding in Kentucky, Kathryn and I decided to stop somewhere in Tennessee. I scanned the map for a place to stop and we decided on Dover, which is at the bottom of a recreation area known as The Land Between the Lakes. Our first stop was just a short drive off the highway to a place called Dyers Creek We only stayed here about 30 minutes, but we saw a Great Egret as well as our first Carolina Chickadee!

2. vireo-kab Vireo at roadside picnic area in Dover, TN 8-25-12

Just a bit farther down the road we found a roadside picnic area in the town of Dover. It took us a few turns to get to it but it ended up being a very birdy spot! It was too shady for many good pictures but we counted 10 bird species here in the middle of the day. However, I have been having fits trying to identify this vireo. It looks like it has spectacles and yellow flanks but I could not se the wings to see if it had wing bars. eBird says the expected vireos for this date and place are the Red-eyed, the White-eyed, the yellow-throated and the warbling vireo. This bird doesn’t fit any of those descriptions. I am torn between a Blue-headed and a Philadelphia vireo but am still too unsure to call it. If you think you know, please tell me why in the comments.

3. vireo-kab Juvenile White-eyed Vireo (Thanks Laurence!)

Update: Laurence Butler of Butler’s Birds and Things has help me identify this vireo as a juvenile white-eyed! The juvenile does not have the white eye, which was throwing me off. This bird clearly has prominent “spectacles” but it never turned for me to see whether it had wing-bars or not. I thought that if it was a white-eyed vireo that even in this shade the white eyes still would have shown up. I have now learned something new and I hope you have too! Read Laurence’s comments below! You can also visit his blog for more great birding adventures, but be prepared for a good sense of humor as well!

4. viroe-kab Do you know who I am? I am a juvenile white-eyed vireo!


5. titmouse-kab Tufted Titmouse, Dover, TN 8-25-12

Just a bit farther past the picnic area we explored Fort Donaldson State Park. Here we  found history, bird, and wildlife. It was a nice brain break before we had to focus on driving again.

Animals and Birds Seen at Fort Donaldson, TN

6. deer-kab White-tailed Deer


7. Bald eagle-kab Bald Eagle


8. eastern wood pewee-kab Eastern Wood Pewee


9. Cumberland river-kab View of the Cumberland River from Dover, TN


10. Ft Donaldson-kab View downriver at Fort Donaldson near Dover, TN


11. upriver-kab View of the Cumberland River from Fort Donaldson

We finally left Fort Donaldson and got serious about driving. After pointing the car west we spent the rest of the day travelling.

12. Paris Landing-kab Crossing the Tennessee River at Paris Landing, TN


13. Memphis bridge-kab Crossing the Mississippi River in Memphis, TN


14. Miss River-kab The Mississippi River 8-25-12

The rest of this day is all a blur to me as we drove across Arkansas. We stayed the night in Texarkana, AR and crossed into Texas the next morning. I knew we were getting closer, but Texas is a big state and we had big plans for this day!



Birds Seen in Tennessee on August 25, 2012

Dyer’s Creek
(6 species) Stationary/25 mins
Dover, TN (10 species)
.3 miles/25 mins
Ft. Donaldson (10 species)
1.4 miles/1 hour
1 Great Egret 1 Downy woodpecker 1 Turkey Vulture
1 Black vulture 1 Hairy Woodpecker 1 Bald Eagle
1 Turkey Vulture 1 Blue Jay 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 American Crow 1 Americas Crow 1 Eastern Wood Pewee
2 Carolina Chickadee 2 Carolina Chickadee 1 Eastern Phoebe
1 Carolina Wren 1 Tufted Titmouse 1 Carolina Chickadee
  2 Carolina Wren 2 Tufted Titmice
  2 American Robin 1 Chipping Sparrow
  3 Summer Tananger 1 Northern Cardinal
  3 Northern Cardinal 4 American Goldfinches
  1 White-eyed Vireo Juv  


  1. Nice post Kathie.

    The broken spectacles and yellow patches, along with dark eye, point towards juvenile/immature White-eyed Vireo for me.

    1. Laurence, that thought never occurred to me! So...white-eyed vireo juveniles do not have white eyes? Well, that would make sense then! So..I just looked it up and 2 bird guides agreed with you! I guess I should have read the text instead of just looking at the photos, LOL! Thanks for the help!

    2. I don't know. You two birds are really good at ID'ing. I sometimes have drool coming out of my mouth trying to figure out what I'm looking at:) But I appreciate both of your critical eyes to detail. Love your deer shot:) And a white eyed vireo....well that would be a lifer for me as well:) I've loaded the second part of our trip on Facebook. Sounds like you had a productive day:)

  2. More gorgeous photos! The vireo with his head cocked to the side is so cute! Lovely deer!

  3. Love your story of birding across America.

    1. Gaelyn, it was fun, it just went too fast and we were limited by time and the need to keep the pets cool!

  4. Great pictures, I think the Peewee and the deer are my favorites.

  5. Lovely assortment Kathie, always look forward to your photos and blog:)

  6. I love to see all your birding photos with your landscape pix too. It helps to create an all American picture which I so enjoy. Thanks.

    1. Cuby poet, I am so glad that you enjoyed it and see the separate pictures and stories as a whole. We are all part of the fabric of America and nature! Sometimes it take a poet to see that! ;-)

  7. Great birds, Kathi! I would never have been able to id the juvenile white-eye vireo, great bird! I love the eagle shot and your scenic photos are beautiful.

    1. eilleen, as you can see, it was difficult for me too! glad I saw it though! Thanks!


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