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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.

Hope to see you on next Wednesday at the Library!

Thanks to all who contribute their photos.

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

3 thoughts on “4/17 Greenway Walk

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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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