Nashville, Davidson Co. TN1/1/2013
The Hickory - Priest CBC was held on the traditional date of January 1st. This year it was a cold, foggy, overcast, drizzly and generally yucky day! But 18 birders in 5 parties tallied 93 official species, a good-to-average high number for this count, despite the weather. Highlights included one Amer. White Pelican seen at Old Hickory Lake and one adult male Rufous Hummingbird coming to a feeder in Hendersonville; we tallied 16 duck species, but no unusually high numbers for any, and a few with very low numbers. The 3 common owl species were detected. One swallow was seen but no positive identification could be determined. Observers Joe Stone and Sabin Thompson thought it most likely a N. Rough-winged Swallow. No unusual sparrows were observed, and despite this being a good year for the northern irruptives, only a few Purple Finches and Pine Siskins were found. And we are back to our usual dearth of nuthatches on this count; we tried for a Red-breasted but it was not to be.
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Richard ConnorsHickory - Priest CBC Compiler