Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Radnor Lake State Natural Area
Apr 30, 2014

The heavy rains moved out and the birds moved in. It was a great morning once the sun came out.

67 species 

Canada Goose  5
Wood Duck  6
Wild Turkey  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Chimney Swift  10
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
Acadian Flycatcher  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
White-eyed Vireo  3
Yellow-throated Vireo  2
Blue-headed Vireo  2
Warbling Vireo  1
Philadelphia Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  4
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  6
Barn Swallow  3
Carolina Chickadee  7
Tufted Titmouse  8
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  1
Veery  2
Swainson's Thrush  5
Wood Thrush  1
Gray Catbird  1
Cedar Waxwing  6
Ovenbird  1
Louisiana Waterthrush  3
Northern Waterthrush  1
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Prothonotary Warbler  1
Tennessee Warbler  6
Nashville Warbler  2
Common Yellowthroat  1
Hooded Warbler  2
American Redstart  3
Cerulean Warbler  1
Northern Parula  3
Magnolia Warbler  3
Bay-breasted Warbler  2
Blackburnian Warbler  1
Yellow Warbler  1
Chestnut-sided Warbler  4
Blackpoll Warbler  4
Palm Warbler  8
Yellow-rumped Warbler  6
Yellow-throated Warbler  1
Black-throated Green Warbler  4
Canada Warbler  2
Field Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  4
Summer Tanager  4
Scarlet Tanager  2
Northern Cardinal  8
Indigo Bunting  2
Brown-headed Cowbird  5
Baltimore Oriole  1
American Goldfinch  3

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Radnor Lake State Natural Area
April 23, 2014

On a beautiful spring morning a couple of groups went birding at the lake. Below is a combined list of the species seen. For the past week or so, Yellow-rumped Warblers were the most dominant warbler species, however, they were outnumbered by Palm Warblers today.

49 species

Canada Goose  6
Wood Duck  3
Mallard  3
Wild Turkey  1
Great Blue Heron  2
Turkey Vulture  1
American Coot  3
Broad-winged Hawk 1
Barred Owl  1
Chimney Swift  7
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Red-headed Woodpecker  4
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Downy Woodpecker  2
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Acadian Flycatcher  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Eastern Kingbird  3
White-eyed Vireo  2
Blue-headed Vireo 3
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee  5
Tufted Titmouse  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  6
Eastern Bluebird  2
Wood Thrush  1
Cedar Waxwing  8
Louisiana Waterthrush  1
Prothonotary Warbler  1
Nashville Warbler  2
Kentucky Warbler  1
Hooded Warbler  2
Northern Parula  1
Blackpoll Warbler  1
Palm Warbler  7
Yellow-rumped Warbler  3
Eastern Towhee  1
White-throated Sparrow  3
Summer Tanager  1
Scarlet Tanager  2
Northern Cardinal  7
Red-winged Blackbird  1
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
American Goldfinch  7

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Long Hunter State Park
Apr. 19, 2014

The weather was great, the sky a brilliant blue, and the birds happily out-and-about this morning as six birders gathered for the NTOS field trip to Long Hunter State Park. We all agreed it was a wonderful trip. Highlights include a welcoming Orchard Oriole singing in the parking lot; dozens of Prothonotary Warblers singing and feeding, even a couple at nearly eye level; four Ospreys circling (two of which were carrying fish) in the same field of view; five Spotted Sandpipers feeding and bobbing along the rocky bank; one somewhat cooperative Great Crested Flycatcher; a handsome male Summer Tanager; a very vocal Broad-winged Hawk that briefly soared above us; and finally, a "bee-buzzy" Blue-winged Warbler that almost broke our backs and necks.

A complete species list is below. Thank you, Mary Zimmerman, for your great help today!

44 species

Wood Duck-2
Great Blue Heron-3
Black Vulture-2
Cooper's Hawk-1
Broad-winged Hawk-1
Spotted Sandpiper-5
Red-bellied Woodpecker-6
Downy Woodpecker-3
Hairy Woodpecker-3
Pileated Woodpecker-1
Great Crested Flycatcher-2
Eastern Kingbird-5
Yellow-throated Vireo-1
Red-eyed Vireo-3
Blue Jay-2
American Crow-5
Northern Rough-winged Swallow-x (heard only)
Purple Martin-20+
Barn Swallow-20+
Tree Swallow-10+
Carolina Chickadee-12
Tufted Titmouse-12
White-breasted Nuthatch-2
Carolina Wren-6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher-20+ (2 w/nests)
Blue-winged Warbler-1
Prothonotary Warbler-20+
Palm Warbler-1
Yellow-rumped Warbler-8
Yellow-throated Warbler-1
Prairie Warbler-1
Eastern Towhee-2
Chipping Sparrow-5
Field Sparrow-1
Summer Tanager-1
Northern Cardinal-15
Indigo Bunting-1
Red-winged Blackbird-3
Common Grackle-2
Brown-headed Cowbird-12
Orchard Oriole-1
House Finch-2
American Goldfinch-15+

Chloe Walker

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