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Dig out your walking shoes, dust off your binoculars, find your favorite birding book and join the Franklin Bird Club for Wednesday walks on the Greenway.

Birders of every level are welcome to join the Bird Club walks. Improve your birding skills, meet folks who share your interests and have fun.

Weekly walks will rotate between the Library, Big Bear, and Salali Lane.

Thanks to all who contribute their photos.

August Greenway Walks

8/14 18 birders 40 species

Our photographer in action.
Thanks, Tim!

8/7 17 birders 39 species

Continued thanks to Tim Carstens for sharing the sights of the weekly walks with those who aren’t there in person–or for those who want a second look.

Tim, your photos add so much to our website!

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July 31 25 birders 46 species

Bald Eagle–TC
Green Heron–TC

July 24 14 birders 30 species

It’s not only the birds that get our attention.
Snowberry Clearwing Moth–TC

July 17 15 birders 31 species

July 10 19 birders 40 species

July 3 25 birders 34 species

Juvenile Red-bellied Woodpecker-TC

June 26 16 birders/36 species

Photo by Rita St. Clair

June 19 10 birders/41 species

Great birding on a wet Wednesday!

June 12 19 birders/37 species

Wednesday Birders–Pam Higginbotham
Cliff Swallows–PH
Jimson Weed
Female Orchard Oriole–PH

June 5 Salali Lane 16 birders/39 species

Immature Robin–TC
Gray Catbird–TC
Northern Mockingbird–TC

May 29 Big Bear 20 birders/41 species

May 22 Public Library 25 birders/35 species

Northern Mockingbird-TC
Brown-headed Cowbird-TC
Red-eyed Vireo-TC

5/ 15 Salali Lane 12 birders/42 species

5/8 walk report is found under “Special Walks” heading.

5/ 1 Big Bear 18 birders/50 species

Eastern Bluebird–TC

4/24 Library 13 birders/39 species

Meadow Lark–TC

White-Eyed Vireo–TC
Chipping Sparrow–TC
Orchard Oriole–TC
House Finch–TC

4/17 Salali Lane 12 birders/38 species

4/10 Big Bear 19 birders/42 species

Eastern Towhee–TC
Song Sparrow by William McReynolds
Blue Bird by William Mc Reynolds

4/3 Library 12 birders/31 species

Northern rough-winged swallow (Thanks, Tim)
Tree Swallow –TC
Rough-winged Swallows by Wendy Kates
Tree Swallow by Wendy Kates

19 thoughts on “Greenway Walks

  1. Eighteen of us birded at the library this morning. Jim and I were joined by Tim, Martha, Tess, Jean B, Michael, Jean H, Chris, Rita, Sally, Renee, Marsha, Marion, Drew, Louise, Mike, and Ginger. We ran into a mixed feeding flock, fast moving birds that were hard to find in the heavy leaf coverage, and hard to count. Challenging birding, but fun!

    This is the report of the 40 species we could identify:

    Little Tennessee River Greenway–Macon County Library
    Aug 14, 2019
    7:58 AM
    Traveling
    0.84 miles
    133 minutes
    All birds reported? Yes
    Comments:

    5 Mourning Dove
    7 Chimney Swift
    12 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
    2 Turkey Vulture
    1 Cooper’s Hawk
    3 Red-bellied Woodpecker
    2 Pileated Woodpecker
    1 Empidonax sp.
    1 Eastern Phoebe
    1 White-eyed Vireo
    1 Yellow-throated Vireo
    2 Blue Jay
    2 American Crow
    3 Carolina Chickadee
    3 Tufted Titmouse
    2 Barn Swallow
    3 White-breasted Nuthatch
    4 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    4 Carolina Wren
    3 Gray Catbird
    6 Northern Mockingbird
    5 Eastern Bluebird
    10 American Robin
    23 Cedar Waxwing
    5 House Finch
    4 American Goldfinch
    5 Field Sparrow
    4 Song Sparrow
    3 Eastern Towhee
    2 Black-and-white Warbler
    1 Hooded Warbler
    1 Northern Parula
    1 Yellow Warbler
    1 Chestnut-sided Warbler
    1 Prairie Warbler
    3 Scarlet Tanager
    5 Northern Cardinal
    3 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
    1 Blue Grosbeak
    5 Indigo Bunting

    Number of Taxa: 40

    Join us next week at Big Bear, there are lots of birds around this time of year!

  2. 17 birders walked the Salali section of the Franklin Greenway today. In attendance were: Jean B, Jean H, Ned, Rita, Amy, Tess, Jim, Ellen, Tom, Marion, Ginger, Mike, Do, April, Erich, Whitney and Tim. It was a very birdy day. Among the highlights of the trip was a fly-by Double-crested Cormorant and good looks at a Rose-breasted Grosbeak and at 2 female Orchard Orioles. There was also a mixed species feeding flock that included many species of Warblers including Worm-eating and Yellow Warblers. Thanks to Ellen Shelton for keeping the following eBird list:

    Little Tennessee River Greenway
    Aug 07, 2019
    7:57 AM
    Traveling
    1.50 miles
    141 minutes
    All birds reported? Yes
    Comments:

    14 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
    5 Mourning Dove
    1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
    3 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
    1 Double-crested Cormorant
    3 Turkey Vulture
    1 Cooper’s Hawk
    1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
    3 Eastern Kingbird
    2 White-eyed Vireo
    2 Red-eyed Vireo
    4 Blue Jay
    6 American Crow
    2 Fish Crow
    3 Barn Swallow
    1 Carolina Chickadee
    2 Tufted Titmouse
    5 Carolina Wren
    7 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    5 Eastern Bluebird
    4 American Robin
    6 Gray Catbird
    2 Brown Thrasher
    1 Northern Mockingbird
    1 European Starling
    2 Cedar Waxwing
    1 House Finch
    7 American Goldfinch
    7 Song Sparrow
    3 Eastern Towhee
    2 Orchard Oriole
    1 Worm-eating Warbler
    1 Northern Parula
    2 Yellow Warbler
    1 Black-throated Green Warbler
    2 Scarlet Tanager
    5 Northern Cardinal
    1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
    6 Indigo Bunting

    Number of Taxa: 39

  3. 25 birders walked the Big Bear section of the Franklin Greenway today. Participants were: Chris, Marion, Amy, John and Mia Scarpetta, Maria, Michael, Jean H, Ned, Tess, Rita, Jo, Meryl, Elaine, Jim, Ellen, Jean W, George, Don, Bill, Mary , Mike, Ginger, April and Tim. Highlights of the trip included a Green Heron and good looks at a Bald Eagle at the end of the trip. There was also a mixed feeding flock that included several Warbler species. 46 species of birds were observed by the group. Thanks to Amy Boggan for keeping the eBird list included below.

    Little Tennessee River Greenway
    Jul 31, 2019
    7:50 AM
    Traveling
    0.65 miles
    162 Minutes
    All birds reported? Yes
    Comments: Franklin Bird Club
    Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.9.1 Build 11

    9 Wood Duck
    2 Eurasian Collared-Dove
    3 Mourning Dove
    4 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
    1 Great Blue Heron
    1 Great Egret
    1 Green Heron
    2 Black Vulture
    1 Turkey Vulture
    2 Bald Eagle — 2nd or 3rd year
    1 Belted Kingfisher
    2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
    1 Downy Woodpecker
    3 Eastern Phoebe
    2 Eastern Kingbird
    1 White-eyed Vireo
    1 Red-eyed Vireo
    5 Blue Jay
    10 American Crow
    12 Carolina Chickadee
    12 Tufted Titmouse
    6 Carolina Wren
    4 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    7 Eastern Bluebird
    1 Wood Thrush
    17 American Robin
    3 Gray Catbird
    1 Brown Thrasher
    3 Northern Mockingbird
    15 European Starling
    1 Cedar Waxwing
    3 House Finch
    5 American Goldfinch
    3 Field Sparrow
    7 Song Sparrow
    4 Eastern Towhee (Red-eyed)
    1 Orchard Oriole
    9 Red-winged Blackbird
    2 Black-and-white Warbler
    1 Common Yellowthroat
    6 Northern Parula
    2 Yellow Warbler
    1 Yellow-throated Warbler
    6 Black-throated Green Warbler
    7 Northern Cardinal
    5 Indigo Bunting

    Number of Taxa: 46

  4. What a nice, cool morning we had today, as 14 of us birded at the library. Jim and I were joined by Jean B, Tim, Tess, Peter, Ned, Sally, Jean H, Marion, Rita, Don, Tom, and April. Together we identified a total of 30 species, including one Cooper’s Hawk soaring very high towards the end of the walk.
    Thanks to Tim for keeping the eBird list for us today. The following is a list of what we encountered:

    Little Tennessee River Greenway–Macon County Library
    Jul 24, 2019
    7:53 AM
    Traveling
    1.32 miles
    129 Minutes
    All birds reported? Yes
    Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.9.1 Build 11

    10 Mourning Dove
    15 Chimney Swift
    1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
    7 Turkey Vulture
    1 Cooper’s Hawk
    1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
    2 Downy Woodpecker
    4 Eastern Phoebe
    1 White-eyed Vireo
    3 Blue Jay
    1 Barn Swallow
    1 Carolina Chickadee
    1 Tufted Titmouse
    3 White-breasted Nuthatch
    4 Carolina Wren
    3 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    6 Eastern Bluebird
    3 American Robin
    1 Brown Thrasher
    3 Northern Mockingbird
    2 European Starling
    3 House Finch
    9 American Goldfinch
    4 Field Sparrow
    3 Song Sparrow
    3 Eastern Towhee
    4 Scarlet Tanager
    3 Northern Cardinal
    2 Blue Grosbeak
    5 Indigo Bunting

    Number of Taxa: 30

    Join us next week at Big Bear for another pleasant morning of birding!

  5. 15 birders, including: Tess, Pat, Amy, Pam, Karen Ned Anne, Marion, Jean B., Renee Sally, Marsha, Don and Tom walked the Salali Lane section of the Greenway today. Birds were sometimes hard to find but there were a few moments when much activity was observed. Especially memorable was a mixed flock that included a number of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and a Northern Parula. 31 species were seen or heard. Thanks to Amy for keeping the eBird list of the outing that appears below.

    (35.1755,-83.3699) Salali Lane – Little Tennessee River Greenway
    Jul 17, 2019
    7:45 AM
    Traveling
    0.80 miles
    141 Minutes
    All birds reported? Yes
    Comments: Franklin Bird Club
    Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.9.0 Build 9

    4 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
    2 Mourning Dove
    2 Chimney Swift
    4 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
    1 Green Heron
    3 Turkey Vulture
    1 Red-shouldered Hawk
    4 Red-bellied Woodpecker
    1 Downy Woodpecker
    1 White-eyed Vireo
    6 Blue Jay
    2 American Crow
    1 Fish Crow
    3 Carolina Chickadee
    3 Tufted Titmouse
    1 White-breasted Nuthatch
    5 Carolina Wren
    5 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    2 Eastern Bluebird
    1 American Robin
    2 Gray Catbird
    1 Brown Thrasher
    4 Northern Mockingbird
    1 European Starling
    5 American Goldfinch
    3 Song Sparrow
    3 Eastern Towhee (Red-eyed)
    2 Northern Parula
    1 Black-throated Green Warbler
    10 Northern Cardinal
    3 Indigo Bunting

    Number of Taxa: 31

  6. Little Tennessee River Greenway at Big Bear – July 10, 2019
    19 People and we started at the swamp by the playground finding Great Egrets, Green Herons, a Kingfisher eating a fish, Wood Ducks, Mallards, and a mystery white water bird (little Blue Heron?). The beaver pond is really dry so Chris was able to walk way out and discover a Wood Duck family with several young ones. Eventually we headed on down the greenway finding a good variety of birds. Our group was Pam H., Ned, Chris, Jean H., Michael and Debra, Richard Graham, George, Sally, Barbara and Francis, April, Don O’Neil, Marion, Jo, Jean W, Lynn Kroft, and myself. Thanks to Pam for keeping the eBird list for us today.

    Jul 10, 2019
    7:49 AM
    Traveling
    1.50 miles
    139 Minutes
    All birds reported? Yes
    Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.9.1 Build 11

    10 Wood Duck — 8 fledglings
    10 Mallard
    4 Mourning Dove
    3 Chimney Swift
    1 Great Blue Heron
    2 Great Egret
    3 Green Heron
    46 Turkey Vulture
    1 Red-shouldered Hawk
    1 Belted Kingfisher
    3 Red-bellied Woodpecker
    1 Downy Woodpecker
    1 Northern Flicker
    1 Eastern Wood-Pewee
    1 Eastern Phoebe
    1 White-eyed Vireo
    4 Blue Jay
    5 American Crow
    2 Fish Crow
    2 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
    3 Carolina Chickadee
    1 Tufted Titmouse
    2 House Wren
    3 Carolina Wren
    1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    4 American Robin
    3 Brown Thrasher
    2 Northern Mockingbird
    13 European Starling
    6 Cedar Waxwing
    1 American Goldfinch
    8 Song Sparrow
    4 Eastern Towhee
    4 Red-winged Blackbird
    1 Brown-headed Cowbird
    1 Common Grackle
    1 Common Yellowthroat
    2 Northern Parula
    3 Northern Cardinal
    2 Indigo Bunting

    Number of Taxa: 40

    Next week meet at Salali for more fun birding!

    Sent from my iPhone

  7. Twenty five of us birded the library trail this morning, with a few new folks joining our group. We identified a total of 34 species, and had good looks at an Indigo Bunting male perched and singing near a male Blue Grosbeak, who was also singing. A great way to learn and compare the two species!

    Our group consisted of the following people: Ned, Tess, Peter, Brock, Joan S, Candice G, Barbara, Francis G, Jean H, April, Drew, Kathi L, Lenny, Rose, Tori, Rita, Sally, Jean W, Marsha, Veatrice, Mike, Ginger, Tim, Jim, and Ellen.

    The following birds were found today:
    2 Mourning Dove
    8 Chimney Swift
    2 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
    5 Turkey Vulture
    4 Red-bellied Woodpecker
    3 Downy Woodpecker
    1 Eastern Phoebe
    2 Blue Jay
    1 American Crow
    1 Barn Swallow (American)
    1 Carolina Chickadee
    1 Tufted Titmouse
    1 White-breasted Nuthatch
    3 Carolina Wren
    1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    6 Eastern Bluebird (Eastern)
    1 Wood Thrush
    26 American Robin
    1 Gray Catbird
    1 Brown Thrasher
    3 Northern Mockingbird
    4 European Starling
    10 Cedar Waxwing
    6 House Finch
    6 American Goldfinch
    3 Field Sparrow
    1 Song Sparrow
    4 Eastern Towhee
    2 Yellow-breasted Chat
    5 Brown-headed Cowbird
    1 Northern Parula
    6 Northern Cardinal
    2 Blue Grosbeak
    4 Indigo Bunting

    Number of Taxa: 34

    Join us next week at Big Bear for another fun morning of birding!

  8. We started off with a foggy morning at Salali Lane today, but then the weather cleared into a very nice day. The sixteen birders today included Tim, Drew, Jo, Merle, Nancy, Sally, Marsha, Gail, Renee, Rita, Barbara, Ginger, Mike, Jim, and Ellen. Together we identified a total of 36 species, by sight and/or sound.
    Thanks to Tim Carstens again for keeping and providing the eBird list for us today:

    13 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
    4 Mourning Dove
    1 Great Blue Heron
    1 Green Heron
    1 Turkey Vulture
    1 Belted Kingfisher
    2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
    4 Downy Woodpecker
    2 Pileated Woodpecker
    1 Eastern Phoebe
    2 Eastern Kingbird
    1 White-eyed Vireo
    4 Blue Jay
    2 American Crow
    2 Fish Crow
    2 Cliff Swallow
    4 Carolina Chickadee
    2 Tufted Titmouse
    1 White-breasted Nuthatch
    1 House Wren
    5 Carolina Wren
    3 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    2 Eastern Bluebird
    4 American Robin
    1 Brown Thrasher
    4 Northern Mockingbird
    5 American Goldfinch
    4 Song Sparrow
    6 Eastern Towhee
    3 Orchard Oriole
    4 Brown-headed Cowbird
    4 Common Grackle
    1 American Redstart
    1 Northern Parula
    5 Northern Cardinal
    4 Indigo Bunting

    Number of Taxa: 36

    Join us next week, July 3, 8:00, at the Macon Co Library for another pleasant morning of birding.

  9. Ten birders: Sally, Linda, Ellen, Jim, Jean Ned, Connie, Rita, Ken and Tim met at Big Bear to bird the Greenway today. The group birded for around 20 minutes before rain interrupted. At this point, some of the group left in their cars while others went to a gazebo to look over the eBird list. That second group continued to bird from within the shelter of the gazebo for some time. Then the rain let up and the second group was able to continue the walk. We ended up observing 41 species of rain. But no photographs were taken due to continuing drizzle and threat that a heavier rain could start. The following eBird list shows the birds that were counted on this walk:

    Little Tennessee River Greenway
    Jun 19, 2019
    7:50 AM
    Traveling
    1.43 miles
    121 Minutes
    All birds reported? Yes
    Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.9.0 Build 9

    2 Wood Duck
    2 Mourning Dove
    1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
    2 Chimney Swift
    1 Green Heron
    2 Turkey Vulture
    1 Red-shouldered Hawk
    1 Red-tailed Hawk
    2 Belted Kingfisher
    1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
    1 Downy Woodpecker
    1 Eastern Phoebe
    2 Great Crested Flycatcher
    1 Eastern Kingbird
    1 White-eyed Vireo
    5 Blue Jay
    4 American Crow
    3 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
    8 Tree Swallow
    3 Carolina Chickadee
    2 Tufted Titmouse
    2 White-breasted Nuthatch
    5 Carolina Wren
    1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    2 Eastern Bluebird
    6 American Robin
    1 Gray Catbird
    1 Northern Mockingbird
    10 European Starling
    5 Cedar Waxwing
    3 House Finch
    4 American Goldfinch
    3 Field Sparrow
    5 Song Sparrow
    5 Eastern Towhee
    5 Orchard Oriole
    7 Red-winged Blackbird
    6 Common Grackle
    1 Common Yellowthroat
    4 Northern Cardinal
    1 Indigo Bunting

    Number of Taxa: 41

  10. Our group met at the Macon Co library this morning, birding to the area of the chimney swift towers and back. Jim and I were joined by 17 others, and together we identified 37 species of birds.
    Birding with us today were Amy, Pam, Jean B, Ned, Tess, Ken, Karen, Rita, Jean W, Jo, Marsha, Tom, Connie, Graham, Ginger, Mike, and April.
    Amy Boggan kept the eBird list for us, many thanks to her once again.

    Birds seen and/or heard were:
    1 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
    3 Mourning Dove
    1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
    6 Chimney Swift
    1 Killdeer
    2 Turkey Vulture
    2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
    1 Pileated Woodpecker
    1 White-eyed Vireo
    2 Blue Jay
    2 American Crow
    3 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
    6 Tree Swallow
    2 Barn Swallow
    30 Cliff Swallow
    5 Carolina Chickadee
    9 Tufted Titmouse
    4 White-breasted Nuthatch
    4 Carolina Wren
    2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    2 Eastern Bluebird
    1 Wood Thrush
    3 American Robin
    3 Northern Mockingbird
    3 Cedar Waxwing
    2 House Finch
    7 American Goldfinch
    8 Field Sparrow
    3 Song Sparrow
    4 Eastern Towhee (Red-eyed)
    3 Yellow-breasted Chat
    2 Orchard Oriole
    1 Brown-headed Cowbird
    2 Northern Parula
    6 Northern Cardinal
    1 Blue Grosbeak
    4 Indigo Bunting

    Number of Taxa: 37

    Join us next week at the Big Bear area of the Greenway, 8:00.

  11. Sixteen of us birded at Salali Lane this morning and tallied a total of 39 species. We saw several juveniles and family groups, including blue birds, towhees, song sparrows, robins and chickadees. It’s that time of year!
    Jim and I were joined by Amy, Pam, Karen, Tim, Jean H, Jean B, Pat, Sally, Tess, Ginger, Mike, Connie, Graham, and Renee.
    Thanks again to Amy for keeping the eBird list for us.

    The following species were seen/heard today:

    1 Turkey Vulture
    7 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
    6 Mourning Dove
    3 Chimney Swift
    1 Barred Owl
    2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
    2 Downy Woodpecker
    1 Pileated Woodpecker
    1 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
    4 Great Crested Flycatcher
    2 Eastern Kingbird
    1 Red-eyed Vireo
    5 Blue Jay
    2 American Crow
    1 Fish Crow
    5 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
    3 Tree Swallow
    2 Barn Swallow
    12 Cliff Swallow
    6 Tufted Titmouse
    2 White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern)
    1 House Wren
    7 Carolina Wren
    2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    8 Eastern Bluebird
    13 American Robin
    2 Gray Catbird
    1 Brown Thrasher
    1 Northern Mockingbird
    5 American Goldfinch
    1 Chipping Sparrow
    7 Song Sparrow
    10 Eastern Towhee (Red-eyed)
    3 Yellow-breasted Chat
    2 Orchard Oriole
    1 Brown-headed Cowbird
    4 Common Grackle
    8 Northern Cardinal
    4 Indigo Bunting

    Join us next week at the library, 8:00.
    Happy birding!

  12. Twenty birders observed 41 species of birds on the Big Bear section of the Franklin Greenway today. Highlights included good looks at Black Vulture, Red-shouldered Hawk, White-eyed Vireo, Field Sparrow, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and Indigo Bunting. The people participating in the walk were: Amy, Pam, Pat, Diane, Tess, Ellen, Jim, Michael, Sally, Don, Jean B., Jean W, Jean H., Rita, Mike J and Ginger J. Tom, Bruce, Viola and Tim
    Thanks to Amy for keeping the following eBird list.
    eBird Checklist Summary for: May 29, 2019

    Number of Checklists: 1
    Number of Taxa: 41

    Checklists included in this summary:
    (1): Little Tennessee River Greenway
    Date: May 29, 2019 at 7:24 AM

    2 Mourning Dove — (1)
    1 Chimney Swift — (1)
    2 Green Heron — (1)
    2 Black Vulture — (1)
    5 Turkey Vulture — (1)
    1 Red-shouldered Hawk — (1)
    2 Belted Kingfisher — (1)
    3 Red-bellied Woodpecker — (1)
    3 Eastern Phoebe — (1)
    1 Great Crested Flycatcher — (1)
    5 White-eyed Vireo — (1)
    2 Blue Jay — (1)
    8 American Crow — (1)
    1 Fish Crow — (1)
    10 Northern Rough-winged Swallow — (1)
    5 Tree Swallow — (1)
    2 Barn Swallow — (1)
    1 Carolina Chickadee — (1)
    7 Tufted Titmouse — (1)
    2 House Wren — (1)
    5 Carolina Wren — (1)
    10 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher — (1)
    2 Eastern Bluebird — (1)
    6 American Robin — (1)
    2 Gray Catbird — (1)
    1 Brown Thrasher — (1)
    5 Northern Mockingbird — (1)
    2 European Starling — (1)
    5 Cedar Waxwing — (1)
    2 House Finch — (1)
    3 American Goldfinch — (1)
    3 Field Sparrow — (1)
    4 Song Sparrow — (1)
    11 Eastern Towhee (Red-eyed) — (1)
    1 Orchard Oriole — (1)
    15 Red-winged Blackbird — (1)
    6 Common Grackle — (1)
    1 Common Yellowthroat — (1)
    3 Northern Parula — (1)
    10 Northern Cardinal — (1)
    5 Indigo Bunting — (1)

  13. It was a busy birding day today at the library, as 24 birders joined Jim Shelton for a morning walk. Unfortunately I was not able to be there, and I don’t have a complete list of participants, but you know who you are! Thanks again to Tim Carstens for providing the eBird list today.
    The following 35 species were identified by eye and/or ear:

    1 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
    4 Mourning Dove
    1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
    1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
    3 Turkey Vulture
    3 Red-bellied Woodpecker
    2 Pileated Woodpecker
    1 White-eyed Vireo
    3 Red-eyed Vireo
    6 Blue Jay
    2 American Crow
    9 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
    1 Barn Swallow
    18 Cliff Swallow
    4 Carolina Chickadee
    3 Tufted Titmouse
    3 House Wren
    2 Carolina Wren
    3 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    5 Eastern Bluebird
    3 Brown Thrasher
    2 Northern Mockingbird
    31 Cedar Waxwing
    6 House Finch
    5 American Goldfinch
    2 Chipping Sparrow
    4 Field Sparrow
    3 Song Sparrow
    3 Eastern Towhee
    4 Yellow-breasted Chat
    3 Brown-headed Cowbird
    1 Common Yellowthroat
    1 Northern Parula
    6 Northern Cardinal
    5 Indigo Bunting

    Number of Taxa: 35

    Join us next week at Big Bear for another greenway walk, 8:00.
    See you there!

  14. Twelve of us birded the Salali Lane area of the Greenway today, identifying a total of 42 species of birds. Jim and I were joined by Rich Walsh, Jean Brewer, Louise and Drew Leviton, Tim Carsten, Amy Boggan, Ginger and Mike Jumper, Tess Korhnak, and Chris Bogardus. We all had nice looks at a Chat at the beginning of the walk, a yellow warbler about half way through, and a male orchard oriole towards the end of the walk.
    Thanks to Tim for keeping the eBird list today. The following species were seen and/or heard:

    24 Canada Goose
    4 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
    3 Mourning Dove
    3 Chimney Swift
    4 Spotted Sandpiper
    1 Green Heron
    7 Turkey Vulture
    1 Red-shouldered Hawk
    1 Belted Kingfisher
    2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
    1 Pileated Woodpecker
    1 Empidonax sp.
    2 Eastern Phoebe
    3 Great Crested Flycatcher
    1 Eastern Kingbird
    1 Red-eyed Vireo
    3 Blue Jay
    4 American Crow
    1 Fish Crow
    2 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
    4 Tree Swallow
    1 Barn Swallow
    10 Cliff Swallow
    1 Carolina Chickadee
    1 Tufted Titmouse
    6 Carolina Wren
    4 Eastern Bluebird
    5 American Robin
    2 Brown Thrasher
    3 Northern Mockingbird
    2 European Starling
    9 American Goldfinch
    3 Song Sparrow
    3 Eastern Towhee
    2 Yellow-breasted Chat
    1 Brown-headed Cowbird
    5 Common Grackle
    1 Northern Parula
    1 Yellow Warbler
    8 Northern Cardinal
    1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
    2 Indigo Bunting

    Number of Taxa: 42

    Join us next week, 8:00, at the library for more spring birding!

  15. 18 birders walked the Big Bear section of the Greenway today. They were: Pam Higginbotham, Michael Delesantro, Renee Rubin, Sally Sager, Ned Kraft, Rita St. Clair, Jim Shelton, Ellen Shelton, Mike Jumper, Ginger Jumper, Chris Bogardus, Don Fisher, Tess Korhnak, Ken Corson, Linda Mathias, Drew Leviton, Martha Thomas and Tim Carstens. Highlights included a Green Heron, good looks at three different species of Hawk and a number of sightings of Orchard Oriole. A very respectable 50 species were seen or heard. Thanks to Ellen Shelton for keeping the eBird list shown below:

    Little Tennessee River Greenway
    May 01, 2019
    8:02 AM
    Traveling
    1.41 miles
    143 minutes
    All birds reported? Yes
    Comments:

    2 Canada Goose
    7 Wood Duck
    3 Mourning Dove
    1 Chimney Swift
    2 Solitary Sandpiper
    2 Green Heron
    3 Black Vulture
    22 Turkey Vulture
    2 Red-shouldered Hawk
    1 Broad-winged Hawk
    1 Red-tailed Hawk
    1 Belted Kingfisher
    1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
    1 Downy Woodpecker
    2 Pileated Woodpecker
    1 Eastern Phoebe
    1 Great Crested Flycatcher
    3 Eastern Kingbird
    4 White-eyed Vireo
    1 Red-eyed Vireo
    5 Blue Jay
    15 American Crow
    1 Fish Crow
    1 Common Raven
    5 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
    1 Purple Martin
    6 Tree Swallow
    3 Carolina Chickadee
    2 House Wren
    3 Carolina Wren
    2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    3 Eastern Bluebird
    3 American Robin
    1 Gray Catbird
    1 Brown Thrasher
    4 Northern Mockingbird
    2 European Starling
    30 Cedar Waxwing
    5 American Goldfinch
    1 Field Sparrow
    7 Song Sparrow
    2 Eastern Towhee
    4 Orchard Oriole
    9 Red-winged Blackbird
    2 Brown-headed Cowbird
    2 Common Grackle
    1 Common Yellowthroat
    2 Northern Parula
    5 Northern Cardinal
    3 Indigo Bunting

    Number of Taxa: 50

  16. Jim and I were both happy to be back in Franklin birding with the group at the library today! Wonderful to see everyone, and thanks to Tim for keeping our eBird list.
    We were joined by 11 others- Tim Carstens, Karen Lawrence, Sally Sager, Ginger and Mike Jumper, Jean Wright, Chris Bogardus, Peter Hall, George Kaye, Rita St Clair, and Cindy Gardner. The 13 birders found and identified 39 species by sight and sound.

    Apr 24, 2019
    8:01 AM
    Traveling
    1.18 miles
    133 Minutes

    2 Canada Goose
    5 Mourning Dove
    1 Chimney Swift
    1 Turkey Vulture
    2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
    2 Downy Woodpecker
    1 Pileated Woodpecker
    1 Eastern Phoebe
    9 White-eyed Vireo
    13 Blue Jay
    2 American Crow
    7 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
    4 Tree Swallow
    8 Barn Swallow
    2 Carolina Chickadee
    7 Tufted Titmouse
    2 House Wren
    4 Carolina Wren
    4 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    4 Eastern Bluebird
    2 American Robin
    2 Brown Thrasher
    2 Northern Mockingbird
    1 House Finch
    3 American Goldfinch
    1 Chipping Sparrow
    3 Field Sparrow
    1 White-throated Sparrow
    2 Savannah Sparrow
    3 Song Sparrow
    5 Eastern Towhee
    3 Eastern Meadowlark
    3 Orchard Oriole
    3 Brown-headed Cowbird
    2 Hooded Warbler
    2 Northern Parula
    7 Northern Cardinal
    3 Blue Grosbeak
    3 Indigo Bunting

    Number of Taxa: 39

    Our next birding outing is a special walk led by Cathy and John Sill on Monday, April 29, going to the Standing Indian area. Meet at the old KMart parking lot in Franklin (Westgate Plaza) at 8:00 to carpool. If you have not already signed up call 828-524-5234. We should be back by noon.

    And next Wednesday we will meet for our regular Greenway walk at Big Bear, 8:00 am.

    This is a great time of year for birding, so clean up your binoculars and come join us!

  17. Our first walk of the season at Salali Lane was a success – thanks to Don Fisher for leading and Pam Higginbotham for keeping the eBird listing.
    There were 10 of us besides Don and Pam: Donna, Melanie, Sally, Ned, Marsha, Jean, Brent, Rita, Kefyn and Rich. The day seemed a bit slow as we were walking but the final count was 38 species – including 5 warblers – a good day.
    Here’s Pam’s eBird list:

    Salali Lane – Little Tennessee River Greenway
    Apr 17, 2019
    7:59 AM
    Stationary
    180 Minutes
    All birds reported? Yes
    Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.9.0 Build 9

    6 Canada Goose
    8 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
    3 Mourning Dove
    2 Turkey Vulture
    5 Red-bellied Woodpecker
    2 Downy Woodpecker
    2 Pileated Woodpecker
    3 Eastern Phoebe
    3 White-eyed Vireo
    3 Blue Jay
    3 American Crow
    1 Fish Crow
    5 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
    9 Tree Swallow
    2 Barn Swallow
    3 Carolina Chickadee
    4 Tufted Titmouse
    2 Carolina Wren
    4 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    3 Eastern Bluebird
    4 American Robin
    1 Gray Catbird
    1 Brown Thrasher
    3 Northern Mockingbird
    6 American Goldfinch
    1 Field Sparrow
    3 White-throated Sparrow
    5 Song Sparrow
    6 Eastern Towhee
    1 Red-winged Blackbird
    2 Brown-headed Cowbird
    5 Common Grackle
    1 Hooded Warbler
    1 Northern Parula
    1 Yellow Warbler
    1 Pine Warbler — Heard only
    1 Yellow-throated Warbler
    8 Northern Cardinal

    Number of Taxa: 38

    Join us at the library next week (4/24) – and welcome back Jim and Ellen Shelton.

  18. We had 19 people on the Franklin Greenway walk at Big Bear today. Birders were: Barb Goergen, Tom Flagg, Pam Higginbotham, Chris Bogardus, Jean Hunnicutt, Linda Parker, Ken Corson, Karen Lawrence, Don Fisk, Rita St. Clair, Tess Korhnak, Louis Schweizer, William McReynolds, Mike Jumper, Ginger Jumper, Ketyn Catley, Wendy Kates, Don Kates and Tim Carstens. Conditions were foggy at first and many more birds were heard than seen. Towards the end of the walk, the sun did break through and it was a beautiful day. And ended up seeing or hearing 42 species of birds, a good count for this time of year.
    Thanks to Pam and Karen for keeping the list of birds on eBird.
    Little Tennessee River Greenway
    Apr 10, 2019
    8:12 AM
    Traveling
    2.41 miles
    161 Minutes
    All birds reported? Yes
    Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.9.0 Build 9

    3 Canada Goose
    5 Blue-winged Teal
    4 Mallard
    3 Mourning Dove
    3 Turkey Vulture
    1 Red-shouldered Hawk
    1 Belted Kingfisher
    1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
    1 Downy Woodpecker
    1 Pileated Woodpecker
    1 Northern Flicker
    3 Eastern Phoebe
    6 White-eyed Vireo
    5 Blue Jay
    18 American Crow
    1 Fish Crow
    3 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
    10 Tree Swallow
    8 Carolina Chickadee
    7 Tufted Titmouse
    1 White-breasted Nuthatch
    8 Carolina Wren
    2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    1 Eastern Bluebird
    6 American Robin
    4 Brown Thrasher
    2 Northern Mockingbird
    2 European Starling
    1 House Finch
    6 American Goldfinch
    2 Chipping Sparrow
    8 White-throated Sparrow
    7 Song Sparrow
    5 Eastern Towhee
    13 Red-winged Blackbird
    4 Brown-headed Cowbird
    2 Common Grackle
    1 Common Yellowthroat
    1 Hooded Warbler
    1 Northern Parula
    2 Yellow-throated Warbler
    19 Northern Cardinal

    Number of Taxa: 42

  19. Karen Lawrence says:
    04/03/2019 at 3:30 pm Edit
    Our first Greenway walk of 2019 at the Library with 12 hearty birders on a 32 degree morning with a beautiful blue sky: Tim, Ned, Don F., Marsha, Chris, Rita, Tamara, Don and Wendy, Ginger and Mike, and Karen L.
    We had several highlights; an Eastern Meadowlark on the top of a pole looking magnificent, watching the courtship display of a male and female Downy Woodpecker, close views of Rough-winged Swallows and Tree swallows, and seeing a pair of Savannah Sparrows.
    Little Tennessee River Greenway–Macon County Library
    Apr 3, 2019
    7:55 AM
    Traveling
    0.16 miles
    23 Minutes
    All birds reported? Yes
    Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.9.0 Build 9
    3 Canada Goose
    5 Mourning Dove
    1 Turkey Vulture
    4 Red-bellied Woodpecker
    3 Downy Woodpecker
    2 Eastern Phoebe
    3 Blue-headed Vireo
    11 Blue Jay
    4 American Crow
    9 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
    7 Tree Swallow
    2 Carolina Chickadee
    4 Tufted Titmouse
    1 White-breasted Nuthatch
    10 Carolina Wren
    1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    4 Eastern Bluebird
    1 Hermit Thrush
    6 American Robin
    3 Brown Thrasher
    7 Northern Mockingbird
    4 House Finch
    5 American Goldfinch
    15 Field Sparrow
    4 White-throated Sparrow
    3 Savannah Sparrow
    6 Song Sparrow
    8 Eastern Towhee
    1 Eastern Meadowlark
    2 Brown-headed Cowbird
    12 Northern Cardinal
    Number of Taxa: 31
    Next week we will meet at Big Bear. Join us for more birding adventures as more birds return or pass through.

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