Rankin Bottoms 06/04/11
On this Harvey Broome Group outing, four paddlers embarked from the "tipple" area at Rankin Bottoms (on Douglas Lake) at about 5:30 pm. We paddled across to the mouth of the Nolichucky, and up the Nolichucky for about 1.5 miles, looking for an area of "shallows" where we hoped to observe wading birds. The lake, at a level of about 995 feet, is a bit above it's so-called "flood guide" level, so we were skeptical of finding such shallows that were good spots for wading birds. Along our route, however, we were rewarded with many sightings of ospreys, one bald eagle, green herons, great blue herons, at least a couple of species of ducks, and several songbirds, including an orchard oriole, blue-gray gnatcatcher, and possibly a scarlet tanager. As we were returning to the put-in, we sighted about a dozen great egrets flying overhead, apparently coming from further upstream on the Nolichucky, and headed toward Douglas Lake.
Jun 5, 2011