Thursday, May 7, 2015

Radnor Lake State Natural Area
Nashville, TN
May 6, 2015

Twenty-plus birders joined the NTOS Wednesday walk at Radnor Lake today.  The weather was sunny, without wind, temperature ranging from 65 degrees at 7:30 to 81 degrees at 10:45 am. Warbler migration appears to have peaked, but we saw and/or heard 10 warbler species.  Highlights of the morning were watching barn swallows gather mud for their nest under the rafters at the old visitor's center; watching a Red-eyed and a Philadelphia Vireo within feet of each other in a willow below the dam, and good looks at a Bay-breasted Warbler fairly low in a tangle of trees not far down the lakeside trail from the dam.  A total of 44 species were seen and/or heard as follows:

 Canada Goose 13
Wood Duck  6
Mallard 1
Wild Turkey- loud gobbling out of sight
Turkey Vulture 1
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Mourning Dove 2
Chimney Swift 3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 6
Downy Woodpecker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 3
Eastern Wood Pewee 2
Acadian Flycatcher 3
Great Crested Flycatcher 4
Eastern Kingbird 3
White-eyed Vireo 6
Yellow-throated Vireo 1
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Philadelphia Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 3
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 2
Barn Swallow 2
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6
Swainson's Thrush 1
Louisiana Waterthrush 1
Northern Waterthrush 1
Tennessee Warbler 2
Kentucky Warbler 2
American Redstart 1
Northern Parula 3
Bay-breasted Warbler 3
Blackpoll Warbler 1
Palm Warbler 5
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
Field sparrow 1
Summer Tanager 3
Northern Cardinal 8
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 3
American Goldfinch 4

Camille Monohan