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After a long and varied winter, Franklin Birders are hitting the trail to catch up with resident and early migratory birds in our area.  No special skills required, just an interest in learning more about birds.  Walking shoes, water and binoculars suggested.  Make new friends, enjoy the birds and a quiet walk along the Greenway every Wednesday morning.  Check here for where our walk will start each week.

APRIL, 2018

April 4–Macon County Library–10 birders/32 species

April 11–Big Bear Shelter–10 birders/35 species

April 18–Salali Lane–12 birders/39 species

April 25–No Greenway Walk instead join John and Cathy Sill for a bird walk in the Standing Indian area.

Meet at the Kmart parking lot (Westgate Plaza in Franklin) at 8:00 am to carpool up to Standing Indian with a few stops along the way.  We should be back by noon.
Sign up at 828-524-5234.

MAY, 2018

May 2–Big Bear Shelter

May 9–Salali Lane

May 16–Macon County Library

May 23–Big Bear Shelter

May 30

 

 

3 thoughts on “Greenway Walk 4/18 39 species

  1. It was great to be back on the greenway, birding with our Franklin friends again.
    Jim and I were joined by Sarah, Rita, Jean H , Karen, Sally, Mary, Janice, David, Dwight, and Tom. We saw a total of 39 species, including some migrants that must have been fairly new arrivals. Another surprise was a red-breasted merganser on the river, right at the end of the walk.

    Our species today were:
    Canada Goose
    Red-breasted Merganser
    Black Vulture
    Cooper’s Hawk
    Red-shouldered Hawk
    Mourning Dove
    Rock Pigeon
    Red-bellied Woodpecker
    Downy Woodpecker
    Northern Flicker
    Eastern Phoebe
    Eastern Kingbird
    Blue Jay
    American Crow
    N Rough-wing Swallow
    Tree Swallow
    Barn Swallow
    Cliff Swallow
    Tufted Titmouse
    Carolina Chickadee
    Carolina Wren
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    Eastern Bluebird
    American Robin
    Gray Catbird
    Northern Mockingbird
    Northern Parula
    Yellow-rumped Warbler
    Palm Warbler
    Yellow-throated Warbler
    Hooded Warbler
    Northern Cardinal
    Eastern Towhee
    Field Sparrow
    White-throated Sparrow
    Song Sparrow
    Brown-headed Cowbird
    American Goldfinch

    Next week we will have a special bird walk at Standing Indian with Cathy and John Sill leading the group. Join us at the old K-Mart parking lot at 8:00, April 25, and we will car-pool to the location.

    Happy birding!

  2. Ten birders birded the Big Bear section of the Greenway. Birders were Karen, Jean Hunnicutt , Mary Szorosy, Jean Brewer, Don, Marsha, Rita, Louis Schweizer , Trudi Massaro and Tim. Highlights of the trip included nice views of the male and female Wood Duck and 2 Swamp Sparrows in the wetlands. Blue-winged Teal, a female Bufflehead and a Pied-billed Grebe were seen on the river. At the end of the trip some of us saw a Palm Warbler in full breeding plumage. 35 species were observed.

    The complete list of species is below:

    Little Tennessee River Greenway
    Apr 11, 2018
    8:01 AM
    Traveling
    1.45 miles
    126 Minutes
    All birds reported? Yes
    Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.6.5 Build 36

    6 Canada Goose
    2 Wood Duck
    2 Blue-winged Teal
    1 Bufflehead
    1 Pied-billed Grebe
    1 Great Blue Heron
    1 Green Heron
    18 Turkey Vulture
    1 Spotted Sandpiper
    3 Mourning Dove
    2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
    2 Downy Woodpecker
    1 Northern Flicker
    2 Pileated Woodpecker
    1 White-eyed Vireo
    1 Blue Jay
    3 American Crow
    12 Tree Swallow
    6 Carolina Chickadee
    6 Carolina Wren
    4 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    8 Eastern Bluebird
    2 American Robin
    2 Brown Thrasher
    2 Northern Mockingbird
    1 Palm Warbler
    1 Yellow-rumped Warbler
    4 White-throated Sparrow
    8 Song Sparrow
    2 Swamp Sparrow
    5 Eastern Towhee
    8 Northern Cardinal
    14 Red-winged Blackbird
    4 Brown-headed Cowbird
    8 American Goldfinch

    Number of Taxa: 35

  3. Thanks to Tim for sharing his eBird list with us for our first April 2018 walk. Ten of us showed up on a misty cool windy morning: Jean H., Tim, Peter, Rita, Jean B., Merry S., Sarah, Tom B., Chris and myself.

    Little Tennessee River Greenway–Macon County Library
    Apr 4, 2018
    8:04 AM
    Traveling
    1.45 miles
    111 Minutes
    All birds reported? Yes
    Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.6.5 Build 36

    4 Canada Goose
    2 Black Vulture
    1 Turkey Vulture
    1 Osprey
    1 Mourning Dove
    5 Red-bellied Woodpecker
    1 Downy Woodpecker
    1 Northern Flicker
    4 Eastern Phoebe
    5 Blue Jay
    3 American Crow
    4 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
    3 Tree Swallow
    3 Carolina Chickadee
    9 Tufted Titmouse
    8 Carolina Wren
    2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    4 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    5 Eastern Bluebird
    1 American Robin
    1 Brown Thrasher
    4 Yellow-rumped Warbler
    2 Chipping Sparrow
    3 Field Sparrow
    5 White-throated Sparrow
    4 Savannah Sparrow
    8 Song Sparrow
    3 Eastern Towhee
    4 Northern Cardinal
    5 Brown-headed Cowbird
    6 House Finch
    5 American Goldfinch

    Number of Taxa: 32

    Sent from my iPhone

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