Tuesday, May 8, 2012

NTOS Spring Bird Count
May 5, 2012

The Nashville Spring Count was held Saturday and totaled 164 species which ties the highest for the last 10 years. Migrant numbers were low possibly due to high temperatures and southerly winds for the past week. But early morning rains kept it cool until it cleared off in the afternoon.  Several waterfowl species remained, mostly at Radnor Lake where there was a breeding plumaged Horned Grebe. Other highlights included 1 American Bittern at Shelby Bottoms, 5 adult Bald Eagles, 1 late Northern Harrier in Rutherford Co., 1 Black-billed Cuckoo in Cheatham Co., 7 Red-headed Woodpeckers, 2 young Pileateds being fed in a nest hole at Warner Park, 1 Olive-sided Flycatcher along the Natchez Trace Pkwy., 8 Scissor-tailed Flycatchers in Rutherford Co., 2 Loggerhead Shrikes, 1 Bewick's Wren, all the thrushes (including a late Hermit), 1 Swainson's Warbler at Shelby Bottoms, 2 Ceruleans in Williamson Co., 3 Lark Sparrows, 2 Henslow's, 6 Lincoln's, and 30 Grasshopper Sparrows, and 45 Bobolinks.

Thank you to all who participated.

Jan Shaw, Compiler

Click "Bird Count Results" on the right to view the complete results