Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Richland Creek Greenway
March 31, 2012

Seventeen birders participated in the Nashville Chapter of TOS walk at Richland Creek Greenway in West Nashville. Looking for early migrants, several in our group were fortunate to see perhaps the best bird of the morning, a BROAD-WINGED HAWK on the wing.  Another harbinger of spring was a NORTHERN PARULA,singing along the creek at the 1.5 mile marker.  A single YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER and a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET reminded us that despite the very warm March weather, wintering species are still around.  As we tabulated the birds of the morning, a GREAT BLUE HERON flew by, increasing our total to 41 species found along the greenway on this very enjoyable spring morning.

Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Broad-winged Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Northern Parula
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
American Goldfinch

Frank Fekel
NTOS Field Trip Coordinator