Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Radnor Lake State Natural Area
Nashville-Davidson Co. TN
September 23, 2015

Brilliant sunshine, calm winds and moderate temperatures greeted 25 birders who participated in today's NTOS-sponsored Walk at Radnor Lake.

By far the highlight of the morning was a very cooperative WILSON'S WARBLER that spent a lot of time near the Spillway as did the group. Everyone got good looks at this bird as it foraged in the open at eye level for more than 5 minutes.

Later and further down the lake trail almost to the overlook that is under construction, an enigmatic warbler flitted about overhead; one that had the group puzzled. Opinions varied. This bird morphed into several different species as the various possibilities were discussed. One possibility was a female Cape May Warbler, but in retrospect, due to its heavy notched tail, I suspect it may have been a very dull-looking Pine Warbler. Confusing Fall Warbler, for sure.

Below is a list of the more definitively-identified birds:

Wood Duck 6
Mallard 11
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
Chimney Swift 23
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 6
Downy Woodpecker 6
Northern Flicker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 3
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue Jay 8
American Crow 6
Carolina Chickadee 5
Tufted Titmouse 6
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren 4
Swainson's Thrush 8
American Robin 4
Cedar Waxwing 48
Blue-winged Warbler 1
Black-and-white Warbler 3
Tennessee Warbler 2
American Redstart 8
Magnolia Warbler 15
Black-throated Green Warbler 4
Wilson's Warbler 1
Northern Cardinal 10

Kevin Bowden

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Bells Bend Park
Davidson County, TN
September 12, 2015

What a beautiful and pleasantly chilly morning! Ten smiling birders met at the Bell’s Bend Nature Center. We had two brand new birders with us, a nine year-old and her mom who seemed to thoroughly enjoy the whole experience. The group decided to take the trails behind the nature center first and to try the sod farms later. The cool temps and light wind were refreshing. We saw 41 species (listed below), if we count a dead Ovenbird that was found on the road this morning by one of the birders. Highlights were a Yellow-billed Cuckoo, a Bald Eagle, and a Great Egret. Thanks to everyone who participated!

Pied-billed Grebe
Great Egret
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Cooper’s Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Tern (species)
Mourning Dove
Yellow Billed Cuckoo
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Hairy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Least Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Wood Pewee
American Crow
Blue Jay
Carolina Chickadee
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
Cedar Waxwing
Philadelphia Vireo
White-eyed Vireo
Ovenbird (dead)
American Redstart
Black and White Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Palm Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Eastern Towhee
Field Sparrow
American Goldfinch

Tarcila Fox
NTOS Field Trip Coordinator