Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Radnor Lake State Natural Area
Nashville-Davidson Co. TN
16 May 2012

The last of this year's Spring 2012 walks at Radnor Lake sponsored by the Nashville Chapter of TOS took place in brilliant sunshine and seasonably warm temperatures. While the birding was a bit slow, we did get good looks at a BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER in the parking lot before we got underway and we got a fine look at a MAGNOLIA WARBLER. A male SUMMER TANAGER stayed low to the ground lake side so that we all got a good view. But no doubt the highlight, perhaps a bit gruesome, was watching a BARRED OWL swoop down to catch a large frog and carry it off to an exposed branch where the bird gave us quite a frog anatomy lesson as it pulled its prey apart.

Thanks to all who participated this spring and a special thank you Susan Hollyday, who always keeps an accurate checklist for the group.

Here's a recap of today's walk:

43 species

Canada Goose  12
Wood Duck  17
Mallard  3
Wild Turkey  2
Mourning Dove  1
Barred Owl  1
Chimney Swift  5
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Acadian Flycatcher  2
Eastern Phoebe  2
Great Crested Flycatcher  2
White-eyed Vireo  3
Yellow-throated Vireo  1
Philadelphia Vireo  2
Red-eyed Vireo  5
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  2
Barn Swallow  2
Carolina Chickadee  7
Tufted Titmouse  6
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  7
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  3
Swainson's Thrush  3
Wood Thrush  3
American Robin  1
Louisiana Waterthrush  1
Tennessee Warbler  1
Northern Parula  1
Magnolia Warbler  1
Blackburnian Warbler  2
Field Sparrow  1
Summer Tanager  5
Northern Cardinal  15
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  2
Indigo Bunting  2
Common Grackle  1
Brown-headed Cowbird  3
American Goldfinch  4

Kevin Bowden