Look Rock in the Smokies. Photo by Jimmy Tucker
A special thank you to all who attended the Ijams' Birding & Breakfast Club Hawk Watch Brunch last month at Look Rock on Chilhowee Mountain. Beautiful day, excellent view, warm camaraderie, yet, more vultures than hawks, although we were serenaded by a sprightly pine warbler.
If you could have been lucky enough to be at Look Rock with Barbara Stedman on September 19, 1981 you would have seen a tsunami of broad-wingeds riding the cold front winds southeast. Stedman tallied 5,632 in nine and a half hours. Her big day firmly set a record and established the Tennessee location as a go-to site to watch for hawks in late September.
Our next Birding & Breakfast Club outing is Saturday, November 1. We'll venture to Cove Lake to look for migrating waterfowl: ducks, mergansers, grebes and coots. And of course, have brunch. $15 for Ijams members, $20 for non-members. To sign up call Ijams: (865) 577-4717, ext 110.
Hawk's eye view