Tuesday, June 23, 2015

TOS Meeting Field Trips
May 1-3, 2015

The 100-year anniversary TOS meeting at Montgomery Bell State Park featured a wide variety of field trips. A number of our walks took place at the park itself, yielding a good tally of species expected in a forest habitat. On Saturday and Sunday we ventured farther afield to a variety of mid-state locales such as Mound Bottoms, Bicentennial Trail/Dyson's Ditch, Narrows of the Harpeth, Ft. Campbell, and the Duck River, and those outings brought our count up considerably.

Our total species count for the weekend was 132 (list below), including 27 species of warblers and 11 sparrow species. Among the highlights were Bachman's Sparrow (Ft. Campbell), Henslow's Sparrow (Ft. Campbell), Grasshopper Sparrow (Ft. Campbell), Glossy Ibis (Duck River), Sora (Duck River), and White-rumped Sandpiper (Duck River). Additionally, participants on the Mound Bottoms walk were treated to a young Woodcock, while those on the park's Lake Loop on Sunday got up close looks at a Great Horned Owl.

Thanks to all the field trip leaders and participants for making the weekend excursions memorable and productive!

TOS 100-year Anniversary Meeting Species list:

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Northern Bobwhite
Wild Turkey
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Glossy Ibis
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Mississippi Kite
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Copper’s Hawk
Bald Eagle
Red-shouldered Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Coot
American Golden-Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Least Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
American Woodcock
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Barred Owl
Great Horned Owl
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Acadian Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
White-eyed Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Horned Lark
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
Gray-cheeked Thrush
Swainson's Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Worm-eating Warbler
Louisiana Waterthrush
Northern Waterthrush
Blue-winged Warbler
Golden-winged Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Kentucky Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Warbler
Cerulean Warbler
Northern Parula
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Palm Warbler
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat
Eastern Towhee
Bachman’s Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
Henslow’s Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Summer Tanager
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Blue Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Tony Lance

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Beaman Park
Davidson County, TN
June 20, 2015

The NTOS's field trip to Beaman Park was a great success, despite the wet and windy conditions. Upon arrival, we were treated to a chorus of juvenile Carolina Wrens learning to sing. Worm-eating Warblers, an annual breeder here, responded to pishing and cooperated nicely for the group. A couple of us had fleeting looks at a Great Egret as it flew from the creek - quite a surprise. Louisiana Waterthrushes were also present during our walk, though they were heard only. Thank you to those who participated! Our checklist can be found below.

24 species

Great Egret - 1
Chimney Swift - 4
Ruby-throated Hummingbird - 1
Downy Woodpecker - 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee - 2
Acadian Flycatcher - 3
Red-eyed Vireo - 2
Blue Jay - 1
Carolina Chickadee - 3
Tufted Titmouse - 4
White-breasted Nuthatch - 1
Carolina Wren - 4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - 2
Wood Thrush - 2
Worm-eating Warbler - 4
Louisiana Waterthrush - 4
Kentucky Warbler - 1
Northern Parula - 2
Yellow-throated Warbler - 3
Summer Tanager - 2
Scarlet Tanager - 2
Northern Cardinal - 2
Indigo Bunting - 1
Brown-headed Cowbird - 1

Chloe Walker
NTOS Field Trip Coordinator