Join for FREE
It only takes a minute!
Zeiss - Always on the lookout for something special – Shop now

Welcome to BirdForum.
BirdForum is the net's largest birding community, dedicated to wild birds and birding, and is absolutely FREE! You are most welcome to register for an account, which allows you to take part in lively discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.

First Birding Trip planned

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread
Old Tuesday 13th January 2009, 17:55   #1
MelissaM
Registered User
 
MelissaM's Avatar

 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Pulaski, TN
Posts: 82
Smile First Birding Trip planned

Hey everyone! Hope you all are having a great 2009! I've only been really interested in birding since the end of 2006 and I love it. This weekend I have my first Birding trip planned to Reelfoot Lake here in Tennessee. The state park there does tours to see the Bald Eagles and other water fowl. I am so nervous and excited both. I am sure there will be experienced birders there as well as people there to just see the eagles. Any advice or tips would be helpful. I have printed off a list of birds that I can expect to see in that area. It will be very cold so I have selected my boots and some thermals to help stay warm. I am just so excited that I had to share my news. My boyfriend of 9 months is going with me. He isn't a birder but he shares my interest of the outdoors and he is trying to learn with me. I am just a beginner myself. I have so VERY much to learn. Thanks for reading. Wish me luck! Melissa
MelissaM is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Tuesday 13th January 2009, 18:41   #2
pie
Registered User
 
pie's Avatar

 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Cardiff
Posts: 4,922
It sounds great Melissa. My tip is, keep a small note book & pen in your pocket, It's a good way of keeping track of your observations & nice to look back on.
Enjoy your trip
__________________
No day is so bad if cant be fixed with a nap.
pie is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2006 2007 2008 2009 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Tuesday 13th January 2009, 18:42   #3
joannec
Registered User
 
joannec's Avatar

 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Sussex, England
Posts: 7,089
Good luck with the trip Melissa. Most birders are pretty friendly especially as it's an organised trip you'll probably love it. Sounds like you'll be fine and good luck with seeing bald eagles...they're pretty amazing!

Joanne
__________________
It is easier to criticize somebody else than to see yourself. G Harrison
joannec is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2007 2009 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Thursday 5th February 2009, 15:00   #4
MelissaM
Registered User
 
MelissaM's Avatar

 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Pulaski, TN
Posts: 82
Great Trip

This was the best trip. I saw 15 eagles on Saturday plus several different waterfowl. Then on Sunday I saw about 12 eagles and many more waterfowl. If the weather had been not so windy the trip would have been perfect but was great anyway. I definitely recommend it to anyone thinking of going.
MelissaM is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Thursday 5th February 2009, 18:00   #5
joannec
Registered User
 
joannec's Avatar

 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Sussex, England
Posts: 7,089
Quote:
Originally Posted by MelissaM View Post
This was the best trip. I saw 15 eagles on Saturday plus several different waterfowl. Then on Sunday I saw about 12 eagles and many more waterfowl. If the weather had been not so windy the trip would have been perfect but was great anyway. I definitely recommend it to anyone thinking of going.

Great Melissa. Were they all bald eagles or did you see any golden eagles as well? What else did you see; which ducks and geese?
__________________
It is easier to criticize somebody else than to see yourself. G Harrison
joannec is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2007 2009 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Thursday 5th February 2009, 22:18   #6
MelissaM
Registered User
 
MelissaM's Avatar

 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Pulaski, TN
Posts: 82
I didnt see any golden eagles. They were all bald eagles. Also saw Northern Harriers and Red-Tailed Hawks.

I saw Bufflehead, American Coot, Mallards, Lesser Scaup, and Northern Shovelers.

I also saw Ring-Billed gulls and White American Pelicans and Great Blue Herons. I think I saw a Green Heron too but not definitely sure.

Finally got some good pics of an American Kestrel.
MelissaM is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Monday 16th February 2009, 02:45   #7
bhowdy
Bob
 
bhowdy's Avatar

 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Maryville, Tn
Posts: 532
Sounds like a great trip Melissa! Keep us posted on future outings. If you are ever heading over to east Tennessee drop me a note and I will help you with our birding spots.
__________________
Bob
Maryville, Tennessee
bhowdy is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Monday 16th February 2009, 14:49   #8
MelissaM
Registered User
 
MelissaM's Avatar

 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Pulaski, TN
Posts: 82
Thanks Bob, sure thing. I've driven up to Spring Hill, TN to the GM plant to try and spot the Snowy Owl thats been reported up there but havent been able to see him. Been up there the past 4 weekends with no luck. Oh well I saw him on the news though but I would love to see him in person.
MelissaM is offline  
Reply With Quote
Advertisement
Reply


Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
First Birding Trip Hillister Say Hello 7 Saturday 6th October 2007 19:06
My best birding trip ever Tri-Counties Birder Your Birding Day 2 Monday 6th March 2006 06:25
At last! A Birding Trip. brianfm Birds & Birding 21 Sunday 8th January 2006 21:18
B.C. birding trip WANIPIGOW British Columbia 1 Monday 11th October 2004 04:34
I hadn't planned to go birding today but.... Binocularface Your Birding Day 7 Wednesday 17th December 2003 16:34



Fatbirder's Top 1000 Birding Websites

Help support BirdForum

Page generated in 0.24359202 seconds with 22 queries
All times are GMT. The time now is 15:24.