Saturday, October 17, 2015

Davidson County
October 17, 2015

There was a change of plans about where we were going this morning. We birded around the Stone Hall property and around the Greenway to Stone’s River Greenway. We then drove to the Lytle farm and birded on the old farm property. To get onto the property we had to get through a locked fence. When we left it was locked again, so it is not open to the public at this time.

We started out frosty cold, with the temp around 39f. By noon it had warmed up but was still only in the high 40s. Everyone had a great time. Best bird of the day (my opinion) was the White-crowned Sparrow. Also fun to watch, were a couple of male Kestrels doing aerial acrobatics and then a female appeared nearby. A couple of Coopers Hawks were circling the thermals, with small birds around them. I couldn’t decide if the Coopers were chasing the small birds for a meal, or if the small birds were mobbing the Coopers.

Thanks to Aaron T. for sharing his Birds-Eye list with me for this report!

Here are the lists:

At the grounds of Stone Hall and the Stones River Greenway. (Davidson County, Nashville TN)

Killdeer 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 5  
Mourning Dove 8  
Belted Kingfisher 1  
Downy Woodpecker 1  
Northern Flicker 1  
Blue Jay 3  
Carolina Chickadee  3  
Tufted Titmouse 1  
Carolina Wren 1  
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
American Robin 75  
Brown Thrasher 1  
Northern Mockingbird  3  
European Starling 12  
Tennessee Warbler 1  
Pine Warbler 1  
Yellow-rumped Warbler 3  
White-throated Sparrow 6  
Northern Cardinal 15  
House Finch 1
Great Blue Heron 1

At the Stones River Farm/Lytle Farm Metro Parks property (Davidson County, Nashville TN)

Wild Turkey  1  
Black Vulture 9  
Turkey Vulture 1  
Cooper's Hawk   2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Mourning Dove 13  
Belted Kingfisher  1  
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1  
American Kestrel 3  
Eastern Phoebe 1  
Blue Jay 6
American Crow 3  

Carolina Chickadee 2  
Brown Thrasher 1  
Northern Mockingbird 3  
European Starling 1  
Palm Warbler 3  
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1  
White-crowned Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow 7  
Song Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal 2  
Eastern Meadowlark 1  
House Finch 3 
Tarcila Fox
NTOS Field Trip Coordinator
Radnor Lake State Natural Area
Nashville-Davidson Co. TN
October 14, 2015

7 birders attended the last Wednesday walk of 2015 at Radnor Lake State Park, Davidson County. It was a beautiful day to get out and enjoy migration. Here are the results:

Canada Goose  15
Mallard  12
Pied-billed Grebe 14
Great Blue Heron 3
Black Vulture 1
Barred Owl 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 4
Northern Flicker 2
Downy Woodpecker 8
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue Jay 5
Carolina Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse  5
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren 4
Golden-crown Kinglet 1
Eastern Bluebird 3 (heard)
Cedar Waxwing 15 or more
Tennessee Warbler 5
American Redstart 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 22
Black-throated Green Warbler 2
Song Sparrow 1
Swamp Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 1
American Goldfinch 1

Danny Shelton

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Radnor Lake State Natural Area
Nashville-Davidson Co. TN
October 7, 2015

This morning during the NTOS Radnor Walk, sixteen enthusiastic birders enjoyed fabulous weather and a healthy variety of birds. We also enjoyed the company of Ken Tucker and camera crew from Tennessee Wildside who completed their video work (which they started at the spring meeting) on an upcoming episode highlighting TOS. We are expecting the episode to be aired around Thanksgiving depending on where you live, so stay tuned.

Highlights included 47 species and 1 taxa:

Canada Goose - 3
Wood Duck - 14
Mallard - 1
Wild Turkey -6
DC Cormorant -2
Great Blue Heron -2
Black Vulture -12
Broad-winged Hawk -1
Red -tailed Hawk -1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo -1
Chimney Swift -20
Ruby-throated Hummingbird -1
Belted Kingfisher -1
Red-bellied Woodpecker -13
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker -2
Downy Woodpecker -5
Hairy Woodpecker -1
Northern Flicker -1
Pleated Woodpecker -1
Eastern Pewee -4
Empid -1
Eastern Phoebe -3
White-eyed Vireo -1
Philadelphia Vireo -3
Red-eyed Vireo -1
Blue Jay-8
American Crow -2
Carolina Chickadee -24
Tufted Titmouse -17
White-breasted Nuthatch -5
Carolina Wren - 9
Golden-crowned  Kinglet -1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet -1
Gray -cheeked Thrush -1
American Robin -1
Gray  Catbird -1
Cedar Waxwing -15
Black and White Warbler -3
Tennessee Warbler -4
American Redstart-1
Magnolia Warbler -9
Bay-breasted Warbler -5
Blackburnian Warbler -1
Chestnut -sided Warbler -3
Yellow-rumpled Warbler -7
Black -throated Green Warbler -5
Summer Tanager -1
Northern Cardinal -11

Thanks to all who came out today. It was a wonderful time!

Steve Routledge

Sunday, October 4, 2015

NTOS Fall Count
Nashville Area
Sep 26, 2015

The Nashville Fall Bird Count was held on Sept. 26 and totaled 115 species, much better than the 108 we had last year, but still a little below average for the last 10 years. Some birds of interest included one Northern Harrier at Radnor Lake, one American Golden-Plover at Shelby Bottoms, 2 Common and 1 Forster's tern at Percy Priest, 35 Eurasian Collared-Doves with 30 in one tree on the Percy Priest route, one Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Harpeth West, 2 Yellow-bellied Flycatchers at Shelby Bottoms and Harpeth West, one lingering Eastern Kingbird at Harpeth West, 3 Scissor-tailed Flycatchers at Percy Priest, 3 singing Marsh Wrens at Bells Bend, and 2 Veeries at Harpeth East. There were 21 warbler species seen with 72 Magnolias being the most common. This count takes in parts of several counties which requires lots of dedicated birders. Thank you so much to each of the leaders and to all who participated once again.

Click on Bird Count Result on the right to view the results.

Jan Shaw