Monday, May 16, 2016

NTOS 2016 Spring Count
Nashville Area
April 30, 2016

The Nashville Spring Count was held on April 30 and included parts of Davidson, Cheatham, Williamson, Rutherford, and Wilson counties. Thirty-seven observers in 13 parties totaled 161 species, which was 11 more than last year. It was a day of intermittent rain and an unusually high number of shorebirds with 13 species represented. The Snow Bunting Peninsula area of Old Hickory Lake produced 1 Black-bellied Plover, 1 Semipalmated Plover, 30 American Avocets, 330 Willets, 1 Franklin's Gull, and 1 Forster's Tern. The Percy Priest route which takes in Rutherford and Wilson counties had 2 Caspian Terns, 2 Scissor-tailed Flycatchers, 1 Loggerhead Shrike, 2 Lark Sparrows, 10 Grasshopper Sparrows, 2 Dickcissels, 1 Bobolink, and 30 Pine Siskins. Other highlights included 1 Cattle Egret and 1 Snowy Egret at Shelby Bottoms, 5 Ospreys (4 at Cheatham County), 7 Bank Swallows at Harpeth East, 31 warbler species with Tennessee Warbler being the most abundant with 84, 12 Savannah Sparrows (11 at Shelby and 1 at Cheatham), and 1 LIncoln's Sparrow at Owls Hill. To view a detailed list go to the Bird Count Results page (link in the right side menu).

Jan Shaw