Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Radnor Lake State Natural Area
Nashville-Davidson County, TN
April 10, 2013

Nineteen birders attended the the NTOS-sponsored walk at Radnor Lake this morning. From the parking lot onward it was busy; so much so that we made it only to the spillway by 9:30 and thus we decided to take the normally-not-taken path down along the creek back towards the Visitor's Center. Several warblers were highlights including a CERULEAN WARBLER seen out in the open flitting around in the branches near the spillway. Also in the spillway ravine was a HOODED WARBLER that moved low and slow, popping into the open several times for us to have great looks. Along side the HOODED was a PRAIRIE WARBLER that was almost as cooperative. A PALM WARBLER caught a large insect after a bit of a chase and then posed for the group. A NORTHERN PARULA sang and flitted overhead on the path leading back to the Visitor's Center. Also by the spillway was an unusually brightly colored singing WHITE-EYED VIREO. A YELLOW-THROATED VIREO was seen earlier along the dam itself. YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS in every imaginable plumage were very abundant. A BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER stayed at almost eye level along the dam, but only for a few warbler seconds. The YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was the least cooperative of all the warblers this morning. He sang, but only a few of us got minimal looks from a great distance.

In the skies overhead was a large group of DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS flying north and two NORTHERN HARRIERS, the latter not usually seen at Radnor.

A great first walk for Spring 2013. Below is a list of species observed:

52 species

Canada Goose 3
Wood Duck 5
Mallard 5
Bufflehead 1
Double-crested Cormorant 35
Great Blue Heron 2
Black Vulture 1
Turkey Vulture 2
Northern Harrier 2
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 2
American Coot 1
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 6
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 4
Pileated Woodpecker 3
Eastern Phoebe 3
White-eyed Vireo 1
Yellow-throated Vireo 1
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2
Barn Swallow 2
Carolina Chickadee 13
Tufted Titmouse 11
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Carolina Wren 7
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 12
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 7
Eastern Bluebird 5
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 2
Brown Thrasher 1
Hooded Warbler 1
Cerulean Warbler 1 on the spillway seen clearly
Northern Parula 3
Palm Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 35
Yellow-throated Warbler 1
Prairie Warbler 1
Black-throated Green Warbler 2
Field Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 8
Dark-eyed Junco 1
Northern Cardinal 10
Red-winged Blackbird 5
Brown-headed Cowbird 6
American Goldfinch 5

Kevin Bowden