Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Radnor Lake State Natural Area
Nashville-Davidson Co. TN
October 5, 2011

We experienced another good day at Randor Lake for the NTOS-sponsored Wednesday Walk. The weather was splendid, and the birds provided a steady presence in both species and numbers.

Highlights included an immature RED-TAILED HAWK that flew right over us, landing in a branch a short distance from the group. We observed eleven Warbler species. YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, which had been missing until this week, made up for their previous absence by their numbers. However, in sheer volume, MAGNOLIA WARBLERS were the winners. A NASHVILLE WARBLER cooperated very nicely in the willows at the Spillway and just as the group had almost returned to the parking lot, we spied an OVENBIRD in plain view walking along the ground.

A fall first for us was a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, an indication that migration is well underway, whereas the numerous CHIMNEY SWIFTS flying overhead were a sign that the waning summer is not completely gone.

Here's a list of what we observed:

43 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose  2
Wood Duck  16
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Great Blue Heron  2
Black Vulture  2
Accipiter sp. 1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Chimney Swift  120
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  4
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Empidonax sp.  1
Eastern Phoebe  2
Philadelphia Vireo  4
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  12
American Crow  1
Carolina Chickadee  7
Tufted Titmouse  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  7
Eastern Bluebird  3
Swainson's Thrush  3
American Robin  3
Gray Catbird  2
Cedar Waxwing  13
Ovenbird  1
Black-and-white Warbler  3
Tennessee Warbler  4
Nashville Warbler  4
Common Yellowthroat  1
American Redstart  6
Magnolia Warbler  16
Bay-breasted Warbler  3
Chestnut-sided Warbler  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler  11
Black-throated Green Warbler  12
Eastern Towhee  3
White-throated Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  6
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  1

Kevin Bowden

Great Blue Heron