Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Radnor Lake State Natural Area
Nashville-Davidson Co TN
Wednesday 16 April 2014

It was cold this morning, but the sun was bright, providing some great looks at spring migrants at Radnor Lake for the first of the six weekly walks sponsored by the Nashville chapter of NTOS. The group had barely left the parking lot when we spotted a beautiful male ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK high in bare branches. Lower down within easy view was a BLUE-WINGED WARBLER while several BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS sang and flitted about.

It got calm as we crossed over the dam, but the spillway came to life with warblers: PALM WARBLER, PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, NORTHERN PARULA, and a female PRAIRIE WARBLER  sitting calmly at eye level; this latter is a rare visitor at Radnor. The large number of YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS was a good study in the variety of plumages in this species.

Later along the lake trail, we got looks at BLUE-HEADED VIREO, WHITE-EYED VIREO, YELLOW-THROATED-VIREO and a lone RED-EYED VIREO.

A RED-TAILED HAWK flew in and perched close by and an OSPREY soared overhead its disinctive M shape in outstretched wings.

Thanks to all who participated and helped to spot and identify and to Pam Lasley who kept the checklist going.

44 species

Canada Goose 6
Wood Duck 2
Wild Turkey 3
Great Blue Heron 1
Osprey 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
American Coot 2
Barred Owl 1
Chimney Swift 50
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Eastern Phoebe 1
White-eyed Vireo 3
Yellow-throated Vireo 2
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 30
Tree Swallow 2
Carolina Chickadee 6
Tufted Titmouse 2
Carolina Wren 3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 9
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4
Eastern Bluebird 1
Cedar Waxwing 20
Blue-winged Warbler 3
Prothonotary Warbler 1
Northern Parula 2
Palm Warbler 5
Yellow-rumped Warbler 14
Prairie Warbler 1
Black-throated Green Warbler 6
Field Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 3
Summer Tanager 1
Northern Cardinal 3
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
American Goldfinch 6

Kevin Bowden