Friday, September 27, 2013

NTOS Fall Bird Count
Sep. 21, 2013

The Nashville Fall Count was held on September 21 and totaled 115 species, about average for this area.  It included parts of Davidson, Cheatham, Williamson, and Rutherford counties, but Percy Priest Lake itself was not counted this time. Birds or numbers of interest included 809 Blue-winged Teal(mostly at Radnor Lake and Bells Bend), 2 Yellow-crowned Night-Herons in Rutherford Co., 3 Bald Eagles and 2 Osprey in Cheatham Co., 13 Spotted and 14 Solitary sandpipers, 1 Olive-sided and 1 Willow Flycatcher at Warner Parks, 3 Scissor-tailed Flycatchers in Rutherford Co., and 7 Red-headed Woodpeckers, 1 Sedge Wren, and 1 Golden-crowned Kinglet all in Cheatham Co. Thank you so much to all who participated.

To view the entire list click on Bird Count Results on the right and select Fall Count under 2013.       

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Radnor Lake State Natural Area
25 September, 2013

Eighteen birders participated in today's walk let by Danny Shelton. The rain had stopped by the time we got under way, but misty, cloudy conditions persisted for the entire morning making the observing challenging as we continually looked into a gray background. American Redstarts were the top numbering warbler species. The bright spot in the gray was a male Summer Tanager perched atop a bare tree near the Spillway.The red was very obvious.

We spotted an unusually high number of Black Vultures which had begun settling in a nearby tree. We had just walked past the tree when we heard a loud snap, then a crash and the startled flight of numerous vultures suddenly airborne. We assume the weight of perched vultures was more than the branch could bear and down it came, leaving the birds instantly in flight.

35 Species

 Canada Goose 12
Wood Duck 20
Wild Turkey 5
Double-crested Cormorant 2
Great Blue Heron 2
Green Heron 3
Black Vulture 41
Mourning Dove 1
Chimney Swift 9
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 10
Pileated Woodpecker 4
Eastern Wood-Pewee 3
Empidonax sp. 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
Blue Jay 9
American Crow 1
Carolina Chickadee 16
Tufted Titmouse 6
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren 14
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Swainson's Thrush 5
American Robin 18
Gray Catbird 1
Tennessee Warbler 3
American Redstart 9
Magnolia Warbler 7
Palm Warbler 1
Black-throated Green Warbler 3
Eastern Towhee 1
Summer Tanager 2
Scarlet Tanager 1
Northern Cardinal 9
American Goldfinch 2

Kevin Bowden

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Sept. 18, 2013
Radnor Lake, Nashville
Davidson Co.

Action started out slow this morning, but picked up somewhat as we worked the Lake Trail into the woods. Walk participants numbered 23 with new birders Cassidy and her mom Erin welcomed into the fold. Highlights of our last little flock encountered included Wilson's Warbler and female Golden-winged Warbler. See list below.

47 Species

Wood Duck 2
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron 3
Great Egret 1
Black Vulture 7
Turkey Vulture 5
Broad-winged Hawk 1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2
Barred Owl 1
Chimney Swift 13
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
Downy Woodpecker 6
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 3
Empidonax sp. 3
Eastern Phoebe 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
White-eyed Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 6
American Crow 7
Carolina Chickadee 8Tufted Titmouse 7
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 6
Eastern Bluebird 1
Veery 1
Swainson's Thrush 6
American Robin 4
Gray Catbird 1
Cedar Waxwing 40
Golden-winged Warbler 1
Tennessee Warbler 2
Chestnut-sided Warbler 1
Magnolia Warbler 5
Black-throated Green Warbler 1
Bay-breasted Warbler 2
Black-and-white Warbler 2
American Redstart 3
Wilson's Warbler 1
Eastern Towhee 1
Summer Tanager 2
Northern Cardinal 6
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
American Goldfinch 5

Richard Connors

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Sept. 11, 2013
Radnor Lake, Nashville
Davidson Co.

Our first of the season fall Radnor walk was a success as 18 birders gathered to enjoy the morning stroll. The warbler numbers were fairly light, but we managed to see 7 species including Magnolia, American Redstart, Black and White, Bay-breasted, Chestnut-sided, Northern Parula and very satisfying looks at a cooperative Canada Warbler.

The walk up and past the spillway trail was fairly quiet. The highlights included Acadian Flycatchers, a Yellow-billed Cuckoo ( a lifer for some), Summer Tanagers, and White-eyed Vireos. The lake trail had 2 separate pockets of warblers where we found most of those previously mentioned as well as three Swainson's Thrushes. While most of the group returned after reaching Long Bridge, four of us continued along the Otter Creek trail back to the parking lot. Besides a few Wood Ducks and another small pocket of warblers, including the Northern Parulas, we managed to get our Belted Kingfisher and Great Blue Heron for the day. A good morning was had by all.

The complete list of 40 species seen today:

Wood duck - 28
Mallard - 8
DC Cormorant - 5
Great Blue Heron -1
Green Heron -3
Black Vulture -6
Turkey Vulture -1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo - 1
Chimney Swift - 5
Belted Kingfisher -1
Red-bellied Woodpecker -8
Downy Woodpecker -4
Northern Flicker - 2
Pileated Woodpecker -1
Eastern Wood-Pewee - 4
Acadian Flycatcher -2
Eastern Phoebe - 1
White-eyed Vireo -3
Red-eyed Vireo - 2
Blue Jay -7
American Crow -3
Carolina Chickadee -17
Tufted Titmouse -12
White-breasted Nuthatch - 14
Carolina Wren -23
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - 2
Eastern Bluebird -4
Swainson's Thrush -3
Black and white Warbler - 4
American Redstart - 5
Northern Parula - 2
Magnolia Warbler -3
Bay-breasted Warbler -1
Chestnut-sided Warbler -1
Canada Warbler -1
Eastern Towhee -1
Summer Tanager -3
Northern Cardinal - 15
Common Grackle - 1
American Goldfinch - 2

Steve Routledge