Sunday, May 20, 2012

Shelby Bottoms Greenway, Phase 3
Nashville, Davidson Co., TN
2012 May 19

Saturday morning ten birders began a search for Connecticut, Mourning, and Swainson's Warblers at Shelby Bottoms Greenway, Phase 3 section. The Swainson's Warbler was very cooperative. We first heard and then got excellent looks at the Swainson's that has been announcing its territory since late April. It is presumably the same bird that was found in the same place last year. Connecticut and Mourning Warblers were not as cooperative, so unfortunately we did not hear or see any, although a late arriving Phillip Casteel reported hearing a Connecticut Warbler in Phase 1 earlier in the morning. As expected we found numerous Yellow-breasted Chats and Common Yellowthroats, as well as several Prairie Warblers and Indigo Buntings. Also seen or heard were Yellow-billed Cuckoo and Gray-cheeked Thrush.

44 Species

Double-crested Cormorant 2
Green Heron 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 2
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2
Chimney Swift 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 5
E. Wood-Pewee 1
White-eyed Vireo 4
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 4
American Crow 1
N. Rough-winged Swallow 2
Tree Swallow 2
Barn Swallow 1
Carolina Chickadee 7
Tufted Titmouse 3
Carolina Wren 3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6
E. Bluebird 1
Gray-cheeked Thrush 1 singing in deep woods
American Robin 1
European Starling 2
Swainson's Warbler 1  star of the morning, heard and seen
Common Yellowthroat 7
N. Parula 2
Magnolia Warbler 1
Prairie Warbler  3
Yellow-breasted Chat 5
E. Towhee 7
Field Sparrow 4
Song Sparrow 1
Summer Tanager 1
N. Cardinal 9
Blue Grosbeak 1
Indigo Bunting 8
Red-winged Blackbird 6
Common Grackle 4
Brown-headed Cowbird 4
Orchard Oriole 1
American Goldfinch 4

Frank Fekel
NTOS Field Trip Chair

Swainson's Warbler