Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Radnor Lake State Natural Area
Nashville, TN
May 20, 2015

The last of the NTOS-sponsored Wednesday Radnor Walks took place in ideal weather- sunshine, light breeze and comfortable temperatures. The big migration wave has mostly passed through; however, there were a few stray migrants in addition to species that normally spend the summer months at Radnor.

All the group got great looks at a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO along the dam. It perched low on a bare branch over the lake in several ideal spots. Later the group saw a female MAGNOLIA WARBLER at the spillway and a few of us spotted a quick moving female ORCHARD ORIOLE in the same location. And due to its position on the sunlight, a male RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD stood out like a brilliant gem on a bare branch. An interesting find further along was a BARRED OWL and then a GREAT-CRESTED FLYCATCHER. The latter we often hear, but seldom see at Radnor. Other cooperative birds included an ACADIAN FLYCATCHER. WHITE-EYED VIREOS were very vocal, but mostly hidden. On the other hand, while the RED-EYED VIREOS remained unusually quiet, one was seen by some of the group as it came down low to feed near the Spillway.

Thanks to all who led and participated in the six Wednesday Walks this Spring.

Below is a recap of species observed:

40 species

Canada Goose  6
Wood Duck  2
Wild Turkey  3
Double-crested Cormorant  6
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  2
Barred Owl  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  4
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  4
Acadian Flycatcher  3
Eastern Phoebe  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  3
White-eyed Vireo  2
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  16
Barn Swallow  2
Carolina Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse  5
Carolina Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  3
Cedar Waxwing  21
Kentucky Warbler  2
Northern Parula  2
Magnolia Warbler  1
Bay-breasted Warbler  1
Blackpoll Warbler  1
Yellow-throated Warbler  1
Black-throated Green Warbler  1
Summer Tanager  2
Northern Cardinal  8
Indigo Bunting  1
Red-winged Blackbird  1
Brown-headed Cowbird  4
Orchard Oriole  1
American Goldfinch  8

Kevin Bowden