Monday, April 25, 2016

Narrows of the Harpeth
Gossett Tract State Park
Cheatham Co., TN
April 23, 2016

The Saturday morning 23 April NTOS field trip to the Narrows of the Harpeth and Gossett Tract State Park attracted 10 participants. The weather was great with temperature staying cool for much of the morning.

Highlights at the Narrows included a pair of RED-HEADED WOODPECKERs, a RED-TAILED HAWK chasing an OSPREY, a BROAD-WINGED HAWK, a distant pair of ORCHARD ORIOLES, and singing SUMMER TANAGERs. In all 46 species were seen.

The highlight of a stop afterward at the Gossett Tract State Park was watching pairs BLUE-WINGED WARBLERs in the process of building their nests. By the time the trip finished at 11:15 am, we had found 34 species at the Gossett Tract of which 12 were new for the trip, so the total for the morning was 58 species.

Birds at Narrows of the Harpeth
Canada Geese    5
Wood Duck    3
Northern Bobwhite  2
Great Blue Heron    1
Turkey Vulture   3
Osprey    1
Broad-winged Hawk   1
Red-tailed Hawk   1
Mourning Dove    1
Red-headed Woodpecker  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker   1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
American Kestrel   1
Eastern Phoebe   1
Great Creasted Flycatcher  1
Eastern Kingbird  1
White-eyed Vireo   5
Yellow-throated Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  5
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 3
Tree Swallow   2
Carolina Chickadee  1
Tufted Titmouse    1
White-breasted Nuthatch   1
Carolina Wren   2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher   5
European Starling   1
Louisiana Waterthrush  1
Common Yellowthroat   6
Northern Parula    5
Palm Warbler    5
Yellow-rumped Warbler  3
Yellow-throated Warbler   2
White-throated Sparrow    3
Eastern Towhee    3
Summer Tanager   3
Northern Cardinal  7
Indigo Bunting    1
Red-winged Blackbird  3
Eastern Meadowlark   3
Brown-headed Cowbird   3
Orchard Oriole    2
American Goldfinch   3

Additional birds seen at the Gossett Tract State Park were:
Black Vulture   20
Chimney Swift   1
Barn Swallow   1
Cliff Swallow   1
House Wren   1
Gray Catbird  1
Brown Thrasher   1
Blue-winged Warbler  8 singing
Prairie Warbler   2 singing
Yellow-breasted Chat   2 singing
Field Sparrow   7
Blue Grosbeak  1 singing

Frank Fekel