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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.

June Greenway Walks

June 19
Bird walk along the Greenway.  Meet at Big Bear Shelter parking area at 8:00 am

June 26
Bird walk along the Greenway.  Meet at Salali Lane at 8:00 am.
Parking is off Fox Ridge Road which is just south of Franklin Flea Market on Highlands Rd.

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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

11 thoughts on “Greenway Walk Reports

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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)

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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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