Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Radnor Lake State Natural Area
Nashville-Davidson Co. TN
May 4, 2016

Thirty birders joined today's Wednesday Walk sponsored by the Nashville TOS chapter. With 61 species observed, it was an active day- but it was truly the Philadelphia Story with 5 PHILADELPHIA VIREOS total. Three very cooperative Philadelphia Vireos entertained the group near the Spillway by the House. At one point all three could be observed perched although they would also chase and pursue one another, always within a tight area, making it easy to keep tabs on them. Further down the Lake Trail, 2 more of this species were seen. Consensus was these were not the same individuals seen earlier.

Eighteen warbler species were observed. One male BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER was reasonably cooperative, but could have taken lessons from a slow moving eye-level BAY-BREASTED WARBLER. However, the best warbler observation had to go to a pair of PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS that could be seen entering and exiting a nest as they flew in, food in bills, coming out empty-billed. The nest hole itself discretely faces the lake. It was in this general area we saw and heard a brilliant male BALTIMORE ORIOLE.

Thanks to all who participated in today's walk adding their observation skills and to Pam Lasley who graciously kept the check list for the group.

61 species

Canada Goose  10
Wood Duck  2
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Black Vulture  3
Turkey Vulture  2
Cooper's Hawk  1
Broad-winged Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Barred Owl  2
Chimney Swift  15
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  7
Downy Woodpecker  4
Pileated Woodpecker  3
Eastern Wood-Pewee  5
Acadian Flycatcher  2
Eastern Phoebe  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Eastern Kingbird  1
Philadelphia Vireo  5  
Red-eyed Vireo  8
Blue Jay  3
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  15
Barn Swallow  2
Carolina Chickadee  7
Tufted Titmouse  8
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  9
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
Swainson's Thrush  5
Wood Thrush  1
American Robin  1
Cedar Waxwing  5
Louisiana Waterthrush  2
Black-and-white Warbler  2
Prothonotary Warbler  3
Tennessee Warbler  16
Common Yellowthroat  1
American Redstart  1
Northern Parula  1
Magnolia Warbler  1
Bay-breasted Warbler  1
Blackburnian Warbler  2
Yellow Warbler  3
Chestnut-sided Warbler  2
Blackpoll Warbler  3
Palm Warbler  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler  12
Yellow-throated Warbler  1
Black-throated Green Warbler  4
Yellow-breasted Chat  1
Summer Tanager  6
Scarlet Tanager  6
Northern Cardinal  8
Red-winged Blackbird  3
Brown-headed Cowbird  3
Baltimore Oriole  1
American Goldfinch  5

Kevin Bowden