Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Radnor Lake State Natural Area
Nashville-Davidson Co TN
Wednesday 28 September 2011

It was an incredible morning at Radnor Lake for the 25 birders who attended today's Wednesday Morning Walk sponsored by the Nashville Chapter of TOS. Not only was the species count high, we also experienced large numbers of individual birds from the beginning of the walk to the end (for the five birders who stayed until 12:30.)

We totaled 14 Warbler species. Again as in previous weeks, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERS were well-represented. MAGNOLIA WARBLERS showed high numbers, but the BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS along the dam seemed equally numerous and were very cooperative, feeding at low levels in the bright sunshine. Several brilliant male AMERICAN REDSTARTS were seen among the large numbers of this species. After the group headed on from Long Bridge, we spotted 3 GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS at intervals.

As for PHILADELPHIA VIREOS, no one can remember ever seeing so many in one morning. The variety of colors from a faded yellow wash on some mostly-gray birds to an almost-brilliant yellow on others was a good lesson in observing this species.

A dull, greenish-olive bird with dark black wings was spotted from the spillway bridge--a reminder that the male SCARLET TANAGER is not bright red all year long.

Finally, as we walked back along Otter Creek Road, we spied 11 GREAT EGRETS all perched high in the trees on the opposite side of the lake.

Thanks to all the great eyes and ears who contributed to making the morning so productive.

Below is a recap of species observed:

56 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  72
Wood Duck  45
Northern Shoveler  2
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  11   
Turkey Vulture  2
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Chimney Swift  7
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  3
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  9
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  3
Eastern Wood-Pewee  3
Empidonax sp.  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
White-eyed Vireo  1
Philadelphia Vireo  17    
Red-eyed Vireo  3
Blue Jay  15
American Crow  5
Carolina Chickadee  16
Tufted Titmouse  15
White-breasted Nuthatch  6
Carolina Wren  18
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Gray-cheeked Thrush  2
Swainson's Thrush  6
Wood Thrush  1
Gray Catbird  3
Northern Mockingbird  1
Brown Thrasher  1
Golden-winged Warbler  3
Black-and-white Warbler  12
Tennessee Warbler  13
Common Yellowthroat  1
American Redstart  15
Northern Parula  3
Magnolia Warbler  15
Bay-breasted Warbler  3
Blackburnian Warbler  3
Yellow Warbler  1
Chestnut-sided Warbler  8
Black-throated Green Warbler  9
Canada Warbler  1
Wilson's Warbler  1
Eastern Towhee  1
Summer Tanager  2
Scarlet Tanager  1
Northern Cardinal  11
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  5
American Goldfinch  2

Bay-breasted Warbler

Gray Catbird