Rankin Bottoms is a Wildlife Management Area on the shores of Douglas Lake at the confluence of the Nolichucky and French Broad Rivers near Newport, TN. When the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) performs its annual draw down of the lake in late summer, the exposed mudflats attract a variety of migrating shorebirds and waders. Some days during late summer can be absolutely spectacular here! Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Pectoral and Least Sandpipers and Black-crowned Night-Heron are just a few of the more common birds we should see. Buff-breasted Sandpipers, although uncommon, are seen here every year along with Sanderling, Ruddy Turnstone, and more. Rarities and surprises occur here as well – we have had both American Avocet and Red Phalarope here on past tours!