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