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Friday, February 01, 2013

Rare bird spotted on Kingsport Birding Trail

With all of the crazy weather we’ve been having lately, it must’ve blown in a duck whose habitat is normally in the Alaska/British Columbia and Newfoundland.  This is considered a “life” bird by many because it is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Subject: KBT RARE BIRD ALERT: Harlequin Duck


A Harlequin Duck has found its way to the Kingsport Birding Trail (KBT), which is well outside the normal range for the species, in a probable weather related event. Brookie and Jean Potter of Elizabethton, TN originally found and reported the rare occurrence of this species yesterday, January 31, 2013. The Potter’s were birding along the KBT behind Riverfront Seafood Company when they spotted the duck actively diving and feeding in the South Fork Holston River. Word spread quickly and nearly 20 local birders were able to get the bird into their scope views. For some it was the first time they had identified this species in the wild and thus qualified as an addition to their “Life List” of birds. Others on site reminisced about the previous local record in 2000 when a Harlequin Duck made an extended appearance at the South Holston Weir Dam near Bristol, TN.
The Harlequin Duck was relocated  this morning, February 1, 2013 directly behind the Riverfront Seafood Company at 1777 Netherland Inn Road, Kingsport, TN.

Photo Rack Cross

Rack Cross
Development Services Coordinator
City Of Kingsport
(423) 229-9492

Kingsport is located on the Tennessee-Virginia border at the crossroads of I-81 and I-26 near the geographic center of the Eastern U.S. This city of 50,000 in a metro of 308,000, was planned by renowned American planner John Nolen in his office at Harvard Square. Located in the lush green foothills of the Tennessee Valley, it is surrounded by the Southern Highlands and mountain lakes. Kingsport is home to Marriott’s and thousands of acres of unique, natural amenities at Bays Mountain and Warriors Path Parks. The natural geography provides a temperate, well-balanced climate with four seasons and a natural shelter from extreme weather. Population growth has also been well-balanced, ensuring you will not outgrow your decision to relocate. With no personal property taxes, special assessments, or state income taxes on salaries/wages, you’ll find that Kingsport has a very low cost of living coupled with an exceptionally high quality of life (see for yourself at The regional airport (TRI) has direct flights to Atlanta, Charlotte, Orlando and St. Pete/Clearwater with easy access, parking, and virtually no security lines. The public education system was planned by Columbia University and Newsweek has repeatedly recognized the local high school as one of the best in America. Year in and year out our graduates go on to the top colleges and universities (and without costly private school tuition fees). Harvard also recognized Kingsport in 2009 with the Innovations in American Government Award for its higher education initiative. What are you waiting for? It’s time to leave the high costs, traffic jams, and stress behind and discover this hidden gem.