|Monarch Butterflies are everywhere|
Seven Islands State Birding Park
On my second day birding in Eastern Tennessee I had to stop at a venue named as a State Birding Park. Seven Islands is located in Kodak, just east of Knoxville.
The fields are planted in native warm season grasses and were ablaze in wildflowers. Blooming flowers are everywhere as are the Monarch and other butterflies that rely on these plants.
Walked about five and a half miles of the trails and saw dozens of Indigo Buntings, American Goldfinches, Field Sparrows. Plus American Kestrels, Eastern Phoebes, Cooper's Hawk, Turkeys, Chimney Swifts, Eastern Bluebirds, Tufted Titmice, Carolina Chickadees, Brown Thrashers, House Wrens, Gray Catbirds, Mockingbirds, Blue Grosbeak, Common Yellow-throats, American Redstarts, and a lone Magnolia Warblers.
Again, for the second day in a row, migrants were not very evident. But the birds, butterflies and wildflowers made for a enjoyable mornings walk.