Monday, April 16, 2012

Bells Bend Park
Davidson Co., TN
2012 April 14

On Saturday, April 14, 15 eager birders showed up for the Nashville Chapter of TOS visit to Bells Bend Park in western Davidson County. A group of young scouts and their parents joined us for part of our stroll. The walk began with a SAVANNAH SPARROW perched on a wire fence near the office building, but we missed hearing or seeing HENSLOW'S SPARROWs. On the other hand, NORTHERN BOBWHITEs were very vocal, and a male and female pair seen in the middle of the path provided excellent looks. Singing PRAIRIE WARBLERs and COMMON YELLOWTHROATs seemed to be ubiquitous, but seeing them took patience. BLUE-WINGED and wagging PALM rounded out the warbler contingent. A male ORCHARD ORIOLE graced us with its song and some brief views. Near the Cumberland River we found an OSPREY, EASTERN KINGBIRDs, a flyby FORESTER'S TERN, and a DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT that showed off it double crests.

Frank Fekel
NTOS Field Trip Leader

58 species
Minimum numbers are listed for several species

Wood Duck 2
Mallard  1
Northern Bobwhite  11     6 seen including a pair on the path.
Wild Turkey  1
Double-crested Cormorant  3
Great Blue Heron  1
Green Heron  1
Black Vulture  14
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2
American Kestrel  1
Killdeer  1
Forster's Tern  1     flyby on the Cumberland River
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Eastern Kingbird  2
White-eyed Vireo  5
Blue Jay  8
American Crow  4
Purple Martin 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  1
Tree Swallow  2
Barn Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee 1
Tufted Titmouse  1
Carolina Wren  3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
Eastern Bluebird  3
American Robin  1
Northern Mockingbird  2
Brown Thrasher 1
European Starling  7
Blue-winged Warbler  3  singing
Common Yellowthroat  9  singing and seen with difficulty
Palm Warbler  3
Prairie Warbler  11  singing and seen
Eastern Towhee  6
Chipping Sparrow  1
Field Sparrow  8
Savannah Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  1
Swamp Sparrow  2
White-throated Sparrow  2
White-crowned Sparrow  13
Northern Cardinal  3
Red-winged Blackbird  11
Eastern Meadowlark 1
Common Grackle 2
Brown-headed Cowbird  9
Orchard Oriole  1     singing and seen
American Goldfinch  8
House Sparrow 1

Prairie Warbler