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Beautiful Birds and Waterfowl of East Tennessee

By Amber Nestor - Professional Real Estate Agent and Broker for Tennessee

The next time you visit a waterfront park, or go out on a evening boat cruise, or an early hunt, especially with your friends, family, or children, consider seeing how many of these birds you have personally ever had a sighting of before.

Experiencing the diversity of waterbirds in Tennessee is a beautiful thing. If you click on this link, you can see a photo gallery of each one:

Here is a comprehensive list you can print out and take with you to see how many you have sighted:

Waterbird Type Date Sighted Location

Black-bellied Whistling Duck

Fulvous Whistling-Duck

Greater White-fronted Goose

Snow Goose

Ross's Goose

Cackling Goose

Canada Goose

Mute Swan

Tundra Swan

Trumpeter Swan

Muscovy Duck

Wood Duck

Gadwell Duck

American Wigeon

American Black Duck


Blue-winged Teal

Northern Shoveler

Northern Pintail

Green-winged Teal



Ring-necked Duck

Greater Scaup

Lesser Scaup

Surf Scoter

White winged Scoter

Black Scoter

Long-tailed Duck


Common Goldeneye

Hooded Merganser

Common Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser

Ruddy Duck

Red-throated Loon

Pacific Loon

Common Loon

Pied-billed Grebe

Horned Grebe

Red-necked Grebe

Eared Grebe

American White Pelican

Double-crested Cormorant


American Bittern

Least Bittern

Great Blue Heron

Tricolored Heron

Cattle Egret

Green Heron

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

White Ibis

Glossy Ibis

White-faced Ibis

Wood Stork


Golden Eagle

Mississippi Kite

Bald Eagle

King Rail

Virginia Rail


Common Gallinule

American Coot

Sandhill Crane

Whooping Crane

Black-bellied Plover

American Golden Plover

Semipalmated Plover

Piping Plover


Black-necked Stilt

American Avocet

Spotted Sandpiper

Solitary Sandpiper

Greater Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs


Marbled Godwit

Ruddy Turnstone


Semipalmated Sandpiper

Western Sandpiper

Least Sandpiper

White-rumped Sandpiper

Baird's Sandpiper

Pectoral Sandpiper


Stilt Sandpiper

Buff-breasted Sandpiper

Short-billed Dowitcher

Long-billed Dowitcher

Wilson's Snipe

Wilson's Phalarope

Laughing Gull

Franklin's Gull

Bonaparte's Gull

Ring-billed Gull

Herring Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Caspian Tern

Common Tern

Forster's Tern

Least Tern

Black Tern

Great Horned Owl

Barred Owl

Chimney Swift

Belted Kingfisher


Peregrine Falcon

Eastern Wood-Pewee

Acadian Flycatcher

Warbling Vireo

American Crow

Fish Crow

Purple Martin

Tree Swallow

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Bank Swallow

Cliff Swallow

Barn Swallow

Sedge Wren

Marsh Wren

American Pipit

Louisiana Waterthrush

Northern Waterthrush

Prothonotary Warbler

Swainson's Warbler

Kentucky Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

Hooded Warbler

Northern Parula

Yellow Warbler

Le Conte's Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

Red-winged Blackbird

Rusty Blackbird

Common Grackle

Baltimore Oriole

Forest Birds

Grass and Shrub Birds

Here are 3 pictures of what appears to be a Great Blue Heron, or some variation of Heron, I captured a few moments ago while working on paperwork for real estate clients in my home office overlooking the lake.

As always, prayers for you to be blessed with health, wealth, and wisdom.

Thank you for visiting.

Amber Nestor - Professional Real Estate Agent & Broker

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