A ruffed grouse standing in the Forest Service road on Holston Mountain in Elizabethton provided one of five grouse found on this year’s Elizabethton Summer Bird Count. (Photo by Bryan Stevens)

By Bryan Stevens

The 25th Elizabethton Summer Bird Count was held Saturday, June 9. Participants produced a tally of 117 species of birds, including 20 species of warblers. The long-running seasonal count is conducted by members of the Lee and Lois Herndon Chapter of Tennessee Ornithological Society.

Last week, I discussed the results of the Unicoi County Summer Bird Count. This week I will shift the focus to the count conducted in neighboring Carter County. The most common birds for the count included Canada goose (264), European starling (224) and American robin (216). Some exceptional finds included American woodcock, grasshopper sparrow and yellow-rumped warbler.

The survey total follows:

Canada goose, 264; mallard, 75; ruffed grouse, 5; wild turkey, 13; and double-crested cormorant, 1.

Great blue heron, 16; yellow-crowned night-heron, 1; black vulture, 3; turkey vulture, 23; sharp-shinned hawk, 3; Cooper’s hawk, 1; bald eagle, 1; broad-winged hawk, 1; and red-tailed hawk, 10.

Killdeer, 10; American woodcock, 1; rock pigeon, 44; Eurasian collared dove, 3; and mourning dove, 74.

Yellow-billed cuckoo, 2; Eastern screech owl, 3; barred owl, 3; chuck-will’s-widow, 6; and whip-poor-will, 6.

Chimney swift, 83; ruby-throated hummingbird, 20; belted kingfisher, 5; red-headed woodpecker, 2; red-bellied woodpecker, 13; yellow-bellied sapsucker, 4; downy woodpecker, 7; hairy woodpecker, 4; Northern flicker, 9; and pileated woodpecker, 19.

Eastern wood-pewee, 12; Acadian flycatcher, 20; alder flycatcher, 2; least flycatcher, 5; Eastern phoebe, 45; great crested flycatcher, 5; and Eastern kingbird, 13.

White-eyed vireo, 4; yellow-throated vireo, 1; blue-headed vireo, 29; red-eyed vireo, 133; blue jay,27; American crow, 118; and common raven, 3.

Northern rough-winged swallow, 24; purple martin, 17; tree swallow, 78; barn swallow, 70; and cliff swallow, 188.

Carolina chickadee, 30; tufted titmouse, 39; red-breasted nuthatch, 7; white-breasted nuthatch, 10; brown creeper, 1; house wren, 51; winter wren, 6; and Carolina wren, 47.

Blue-gray gnatcatcher, 12; golden-crowned kinglet, 6; Eastern bluebird, 42; veery, 26; hermit thrush, 2; wood thrush, 39; American robin, 216; gray catbird, 46; brown thrasher, 23; Northern mockingbird, 31; European starling, 224; and cedar waxwing, 56.

Ovenbird, 58; worm-eating warbler, 4; Louisiana waterthrush, 4; golden-winged warbler, 1; black-and-white warbler, 18; Swainson’s warbler, 1; common yellowthroat, 13; hooded warbler, 56; American redstart, 10; Northern parula, 10; magnolia warbler, 1; Blackburnian warbler, 1; yellow warbler, 1; chestnut-sided warbler, 20; black-throated blue warbler, 3; pine warbler, 2; yellow-rumped warbler, 1; yellow-throated warbler, 5; black-throated green warbler, 20; and Canada warbler, 10.

Grasshopper sparrow, 1; chipping sparrow, 48; field sparrow, 51; dark-eyed junco, 50; vesper sparrow, 1; song sparrow, 114; and Eastern towhee, 82.

Yellow-breasted chat, 5; scarlet tanager, 10; Northern cardinal, 80; rose-breasted grosbeak, 11; blue grosbeak, 1; and indigo bunting, 82.

Eastern meadowlark, 11; orchard oriole, 3; Baltimore oriole, 2; red-winged blackbird, 48; brown-headed cowbird, 24; and common grackle, 107.

House finch, 30; red crossbill, 1; pine siskin, 2; American goldfinch, 59; and house sparrow, 11.

For more information about the Lee and Lois Herndon Chapter of TOS, email ahoodedwarbler@aol.com or visit the chapter’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Elizabethton-Bird-Club.