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:
Great Blue Heron
Great Horned Owl
Great Crested Flycatcher
Black-throated Green Warbler