NTOS 2016 Spring Count
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).