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20 thoughts on “Bird Walk Reports

  1. As has frequently been the case this month, our bird walk at Salali Lane started off in the dense fog this morning. The 15 of us stuck it out and were rewarded with blue skies and good views of six different warblers before the morning was over. We also had time to compare the similar color of female fall goldfinch with fall indigo buntings. Jim and I were joined by Jo, Meryl, Lanier, Jane, Larry, April, Lauran Renée, Sally, Dick, Marion, Tom, and Abby (with Mimi). Our list of the 32 birds for the morning is below:

    Salali Lane – Little Tennessee River Greenway
    Sep 21, 2022
    7:44 AM
    Traveling
    1.49 miles
    187 minutes

    1 Muscovy Duck (Domestic type)
    4 Mourning Dove
    4 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
    1 Red-shouldered Hawk
    2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
    1 Downy Woodpecker
    2 Pileated Woodpecker
    1 Northern Flicker
    1 White-eyed Vireo
    11 Blue Jay
    7 American Crow
    2 Fish Crow
    5 Carolina Chickadee
    6 Tufted Titmouse
    6 White-breasted Nuthatch
    8 Carolina Wren
    3 Gray Catbird
    6 Northern Mockingbird
    7 Eastern Bluebird
    2 American Robin
    12 House Finch
    10 American Goldfinch
    4 Eastern Towhee
    2 American Redstart
    1 Northern Parula
    1 Magnolia Warbler
    2 Bay-breasted Warbler
    1 Palm Warbler
    1 Yellow-throated Warbler
    7 Northern Cardinal
    3 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
    4 Indigo Bunting

    Number of Taxa: 32

    Our walk next week will start at the Big Bear parking area at 8:00. Remember, the four walks in October will start at 8:30.

  2. Eleven of us met at the Big Bear section of the greenway today, and together we identified a total of 39 bird species. The morning started off with dense fog and ended with blue, sunny skies. Our participants today were Jim, Ellen, Pam, Peter, Brock, Renée, Jo, Meryl, Don, April, and Laura. Highlights included finding seven species of warblers. Species found today were:

    Little Tennessee River Greenway Big Bear
    Sep 14, 2022
    7:52 AM
    Traveling
    2.11 miles
    166 minutes

    14 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
    7 Turkey Vulture
    1 Red-shouldered Hawk
    1 Belted Kingfisher
    4 Red-bellied Woodpecker
    5 Downy Woodpecker
    1 Pileated Woodpecker
    3 Eastern Phoebe
    2 White-eyed Vireo
    13 Blue Jay
    16 American Crow
    1 Fish Crow
    11 Carolina Chickadee
    2 Tufted Titmouse
    1 White-breasted Nuthatch
    4 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    1 House Wren
    5 Carolina Wren
    35 European Starling
    5 Gray Catbird
    3 Brown Thrasher
    3 Northern Mockingbird
    1 Eastern Bluebird
    1 American Robin
    3 Cedar Waxwing
    6 House Finch
    21 American Goldfinch
    6 Song Sparrow
    4 Eastern Towhee
    1 Tennessee Warbler
    2 American Redstart
    1 Cape May Warbler
    2 Northern Parula
    1 Chestnut-sided Warbler
    1 Pine Warbler
    1 Yellow-throated Warbler
    7 Northern Cardinal
    1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
    1 Indigo Bunting

    Join us next week at Salali Lane, 8:00, for another adventure in birding!

  3. With a bit of fog at the library and a low ceiling to the sky, the birds were fairly quiet for most of the morning. Jim and I were joined by Pam, Tom, Don, Renée, and Rita, and together we identified a total of 30 species. Towards the end of the morning we found groups of goldfinch with some feeding going on, as well as several female and immature indigo buntings and a red-shouldered hawk. Thanks to Pam for keeping the following eBird list.

    Little Tennessee River Greenway–Macon County Library
    Sep 7, 2022
    7:47 AM
    Traveling
    1.77 miles

    4 Canada Goose
    6 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
    8 Mourning Dove
    1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
    2 Turkey Vulture
    1 Red-shouldered Hawk
    1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
    2 Downy Woodpecker
    1 Pileated Woodpecker
    3 Eastern Phoebe
    5 White-eyed Vireo
    3 Blue Jay
    12 American Crow
    2 Carolina Chickadee
    1 Tufted Titmouse
    3 White-breasted Nuthatch
    4 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    7 Carolina Wren
    4 Gray Catbird
    1 Brown Thrasher
    10 Eastern Bluebird
    7 American Robin
    24 Cedar Waxwing
    9 House Finch
    23 American Goldfinch
    2 Field Sparrow
    1 Song Sparrow
    3 Eastern Towhee
    6 Northern Cardinal
    8 Indigo Bunting

    Number of Taxa: 30

    Next week we will meet at the Big Bear parking area at 8:00. Hope to see you there!

  4. 8/31/2022 Franklin Bird Club Walk-Salali Ln

    With 3 leaders (Pam, Jim and Ellen) and 11 other birders (Jo, Merle, Renee, Dick, Sally, Phyllis, Tom, Don, Diane and Abby), we were treated with good looks at several Northern Parulas, Eastern Bluebirds, Blue Jays, a belted kingfisher flying down the river, and more. Heading to the bridge, Sally and Don found fresh molts (?) of two black rat snakes. Across the bridge we saw a Cooper’s Hawk, a Red-shouldered Hawk, several White-eyed Vireos and as we were leaving, a kettle of Turkey Vultures. Thanks to Ellen for keeping the eBird list on this picture-perfect morning.

    (35.1755,-83.3699) Salali Lane – Little Tennessee River Greenway
    Aug 31, 2022
    7:45 AM
    Traveling
    1.29 miles
    143 minutes
    All birds reported? Yes, 35 species

    1 Muscovy Duck (Domestic type)
    2 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
    5 Mourning Dove
    10 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
    19 Turkey Vulture
    1 Cooper’s Hawk
    1 Red-shouldered Hawk
    3 Red-bellied Woodpecker
    5 Downy Woodpecker
    1 Pileated Woodpecker
    1 Eastern Phoebe
    4 White-eyed Vireo
    1 Red-eyed Vireo
    11 Blue Jay
    6 American Crow
    2 Fish Crow
    6 Carolina Chickadee
    4 Tufted Titmouse
    1 White-breasted Nuthatch
    3 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    9 Carolina Wren
    6 Gray Catbird
    1 Brown Thrasher
    7 Northern Mockingbird
    5 Eastern Bluebird
    8 American Robin
    1 Cedar Waxwing
    5 American Goldfinch
    3 Song Sparrow
    4 Eastern Towhee
    6 Northern Parula
    2 Yellow-throated Warbler
    3 Scarlet Tanager
    6 Northern Cardinal
    2 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
    2 Indigo Bunting

  5. 16 birders participated in the club walk at Big Bear today. Merl, Jo, Don Renee, Diane, April, Marion, Abby, James, Mimi, Pam and Tim were present. We also had visitors from out-of-town: Ellen from Wilmington and Ken and Maria from San Antonio. The most exciting bird of the day was a Great Crested Flycatcher that the whole group got a good look at. We also nice in-the-open views of a male and female Rose-breasted Grosbeak and multiple views of some low in the trees feeding Northern Parula. A list of all the species seen is included below. Thanks to Pam Higginbotham for keeping the eBird list.

    Little Tennessee River Greenway
    Aug 24, 2022
    7:54 AM
    Traveling
    1.68 miles
    150 Minutes
    All birds reported? Yes
    Comments: Big Bear
    Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 2.13.2 Build 2.13.20

    2 Mourning Dove
    22 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
    3 Turkey Vulture
    1 Downy Woodpecker
    2 Pileated Woodpecker
    2 Eastern Phoebe
    1 Great Crested Flycatcher
    1 Eastern Kingbird
    2 White-eyed Vireo
    7 Blue Jay
    8 American Crow
    8 Carolina Chickadee
    5 Tufted Titmouse
    5 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    7 Carolina Wren
    20 European Starling
    8 Gray Catbird
    1 Brown Thrasher
    2 Northern Mockingbird
    5 Eastern Bluebird
    1 American Robin
    2 House Finch
    11 American Goldfinch
    4 Song Sparrow
    2 Eastern Towhee
    3 Northern Parula
    2 Northern Cardinal
    2 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
    1 Blue Grosbeak
    2 Indigo Bunting

  6. Seven of us met at the Library on 8/17 for our weekly bird
    walk. Jim and I were joined by Pam, Tim, Renee, April, and Kathy. We found 34 species, including a prairie warbler and black-throated blue warbler. Perhaps the fall migration is starting?
    Pam provided the following eBird list for us-
    Little Tennessee River Greenway–Macon County Library
    Aug 17, 2022
    7:52 AM
    Traveling
    1.23 miles
    142 Minutes

    3 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
    2 Mourning Dove
    7 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
    1 Turkey Vulture
    1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
    1 Downy Woodpecker
    1 Pileated Woodpecker
    1 Northern Flicker
    1 White-eyed Vireo
    1 Red-eyed Vireo
    7 Blue Jay
    6 American Crow
    4 Carolina Chickadee
    5 Tufted Titmouse
    2 White-breasted Nuthatch
    4 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    4 Carolina Wren
    3 Gray Catbird
    2 Brown Thrasher
    5 Northern Mockingbird
    27 Eastern Bluebird
    8 American Robin
    5 Cedar Waxwing
    29 House Finch
    12 American Goldfinch
    4 Field Sparrow
    2 Song Sparrow
    4 Eastern Towhee
    1 Black-throated Blue Warbler
    1 Yellow-throated Warbler
    1 Prairie Warbler
    2 Scarlet Tanager
    3 Northern Cardinal
    7 Indigo Bunting

    Number of Taxa: 34

  7. Ten birders gathered this morning at the Salali Lane portion of the Little Tennessee River Greenway, including Jim, Ellen, Tim, Jenn, Jo, Merle, Don, Renee, Pam and myself. It was a cloudy morning, but we found 36 species plus a curious domestic muscovy duck. Some highlights included four species of wood warblers (black-and-white, black-throated green, northern parula, and American redstart), several scarlet tanagers, and numerous cedar waxwings, including some juveniles.
    Please join us next week at 8am at the Macon County Public Library parking lot for more birding along the greenway. Many thanks to Ellen for keeping our list today, visible below:
    (35.1755,-83.3699) Salali Lane – Little Tennessee River Greenway
    Aug 10, 2022
    7:48 AM
    Traveling
    1.56 miles
    122 minutes

    1 Muscovy Duck (Domestic type)
    8 Mourning Dove
    1 Chimney Swift
    8 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
    1 Red-shouldered Hawk
    1 Belted Kingfisher
    2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
    4 Downy Woodpecker
    1 Pileated Woodpecker
    2 Eastern Phoebe
    3 White-eyed Vireo
    3 Blue Jay
    2 American Crow
    4 Fish Crow
    2 Carolina Chickadee
    3 Tufted Titmouse
    1 Barn Swallow
    1 White-breasted Nuthatch
    8 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    1 House Wren
    4 Carolina Wren
    4 Gray Catbird
    1 Brown Thrasher
    3 Northern Mockingbird
    11 Eastern Bluebird
    32 American Robin
    11 Cedar Waxwing
    4 American Goldfinch
    8 Eastern Towhee
    1 Black-and-white Warbler
    1 American Redstart
    2 Northern Parula
    1 Black-throated Green Warbler
    3 Scarlet Tanager
    4 Northern Cardinal
    1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
    1 Indigo Bunting

  8. 12 birders participated in the walk on the Big Bear section of the Greenway today. Participants were: Jim, Ellen, Tim, Don, Abby, Mimi, James, Amy, Jenn, Pam, Jo, and Merle. Highlights included a brief view of a female Wood Duck and a female American Redstart and multiple close-up views of Indigo Buntings, Eastern Kingbirds and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers. Thanks to Ellen for keeping the eBird list included below.
    Little Tennessee River Greenway
    Aug 03, 2022
    7:48 AM
    Traveling
    1.68 miles
    155 minutes
    All birds reported? Yes
    Comments:

    1 Wood Duck
    12 Mourning Dove
    1 Chimney Swift
    14 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
    4 Turkey Vulture
    1 Belted Kingfisher
    1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
    3 Downy Woodpecker
    1 Pileated Woodpecker
    5 Eastern Kingbird
    1 White-eyed Vireo
    4 Blue Jay
    6 American Crow
    1 Fish Crow
    2 Carolina Chickadee
    2 Tufted Titmouse
    4 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    1 House Wren
    5 Carolina Wren
    20 European Starling
    4 Gray Catbird
    2 Brown Thrasher
    4 Northern Mockingbird
    11 Eastern Bluebird
    4 American Robin
    8 Cedar Waxwing
    6 House Finch
    3 American Goldfinch
    5 Field Sparrow
    7 Song Sparrow
    8 Eastern Towhee
    1 Common Grackle
    1 Common Yellowthroat
    1 American Redstart
    4 Northern Cardinal
    5 Indigo Bunting

  9. Eight of us met at the library this morning for a somewhat quiet summer morning bird walk. Participants this morning included Ellen, Tim, Amy, Connie, Diane, Tom, Kathy, and Don. Together we identified 28 species. Once again we had nice looks at both blue grosbeaks and indigo buntings, and had a family group of four thrashers. Thank you to Amy for keeping the eBird list this morning.

    Little Tennessee River Greenway–Macon County Library
    Jul 27, 2022
    7:56 AM
    1.35 miles
    117 Minutes

    11 Mourning Dove
    6 Chimney Swift
    2 Downy Woodpecker
    1 Pileated Woodpecker
    1 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
    4 Eastern Phoebe
    2 White-eyed Vireo
    6 Blue Jay
    10 American Crow
    3 Tufted Titmouse
    3 Barn Swallow
    2 White-breasted Nuthatch
    4 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    3 Carolina Wren
    2 Gray Catbird
    8 Brown Thrasher
    2 Northern Mockingbird
    2 Eastern Bluebird
    10 House Finch
    4 American Goldfinch
    6 Field Sparrow
    3 Song Sparrow
    2 Eastern Towhee (Red-eyed)
    35 Common Grackle
    1 Common Yellowthroat
    8 Northern Cardinal
    2 Blue Grosbeak
    3 Indigo Bunting

    Number of Taxa: 28

    Next week we will start at the Big Bear parking area. Hope to see you there!

  10. Once again, the weather cooperated for today’s bird walk. Ten birders joined us this morning, and together with Jenn S., Tim, Sally S., Sally W., Sari, Don, April, Tom, and Abby (with Mimi and James, two junior birders) we found 37 species along the Salali Lane section of the Little Tennessee Greenway. Highlights included several flyovers by a group of 4 green herons, a scarlet tanager couple, a barn swallow on her nest, and a very cooperative male indigo bunting. Thank you to Tim for keeping our eBird list shown below.

    Little Tennessee River Greenway
    Jul 20, 2022
    7:50 AM
    Traveling
    2.39 miles
    165 Minutes
    All birds reported? Yes
    Comments: Sali lane Franklin Bird Club
    Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 2.13.1 Build 2.13.13

    1 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
    6 Mourning Dove
    2 Chimney Swift
    6 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
    4 Green Heron — Four flew over!
    1 Turkey Vulture
    1 Red-shouldered Hawk
    1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
    3 Downy Woodpecker
    2 Northern Flicker
    1 Eastern Phoebe
    2 White-eyed Vireo
    4 Blue Jay
    8 American Crow
    2 Fish Crow
    2 Carolina Chickadee
    3 Tufted Titmouse
    2 Tree Swallow
    2 Barn Swallow
    2 White-breasted Nuthatch
    4 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    1 House Wren
    5 Carolina Wren
    3 European Starling
    2 Gray Catbird
    1 Brown Thrasher
    9 Northern Mockingbird
    8 Eastern Bluebird
    6 American Robin
    8 American Goldfinch
    6 Song Sparrow
    8 Eastern Towhee
    1 Common Grackle
    1 Northern Parula
    2 Scarlet Tanager
    7 Northern Cardinal
    6 Indigo Bunting

    Number of Taxa: 37
    Next week we’ll meet at the Macon County Public Library at 8am. For everyone’s safety please make sure that your vaccines are up to date. We look forward to seeing you there.

  11. Eleven birders joined the bird club for our walk on the Big Bear section of the Franklin Greenway. April, Jenn, Amy, Sally S., Jim, Ellen, Renee, Ned, Don, Connie and Tim participated in the walk. Highlights included views of three species of warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Double-crested Cormorant, Wood Duck and Green Heron. 43 species were seen. Thanks to Amy for keeping the eBird list shown below:
    Little Tennessee River Greenway
    Jul 13, 2022
    7:51 AM
    Traveling
    1.85 miles
    146 Minutes
    All birds reported? Yes
    Comments: Franklin Bird Club
    Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 2.6.0 Build 2.6.9

    1 Wood Duck
    9 Mourning Dove
    3 Chimney Swift
    4 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
    1 Double-crested Cormorant
    1 Green Heron
    3 Turkey Vulture
    2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
    3 Downy Woodpecker
    3 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
    5 Eastern Kingbird
    3 White-eyed Vireo
    11 Blue Jay
    23 American Crow
    2 Carolina Chickadee
    4 Tufted Titmouse
    1 White-breasted Nuthatch
    4 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    2 House Wren
    5 Carolina Wren
    9 European Starling
    9 Gray Catbird
    4 Brown Thrasher
    12 Northern Mockingbird
    6 Eastern Bluebird
    1 Wood Thrush
    6 American Robin
    4 Cedar Waxwing
    2 House Finch
    8 American Goldfinch
    2 Field Sparrow
    10 Song Sparrow
    9 Eastern Towhee (Red-eyed)
    2 Orchard Oriole
    5 Red-winged Blackbird
    2 Common Grackle
    1 Black-and-white Warbler
    3 Common Yellowthroat
    1 American Redstart
    1 Scarlet Tanager
    9 Northern Cardinal
    2 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
    5 Indigo Bunting

    Number of Taxa: 43

  12. Nine birders enjoyed the library section of the greenway this morning. Jim and I were joined by Tim, Amy, Jenn, April, Karen, Sally S, and Renee. Together we identified 36 species. This included two blue grosbeaks and an indigo bunting all giving us great views as they perched in a single tree near the parking area, and a pair of scarlet tanagers farther along the trail. Thanks go to Tim for keeping the following eBird list for us:

    Little Tennessee River Greenway–Macon County Library
    Jul 6, 2022
    8:02 AM
    1.39 miles
    120 Minutes

    5 Mourning Dove
    1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
    2 Chimney Swift
    1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
    8 Turkey Vulture
    2 Downy Woodpecker
    1 Pileated Woodpecker
    1 Eastern Wood-Pewee
    1 Eastern Phoebe
    1 American Crow
    2 Carolina Chickadee
    2 Tufted Titmouse
    3 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
    1 Tree Swallow
    1 Barn Swallow
    2 White-breasted Nuthatch
    1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    4 Carolina Wren
    1 Brown Thrasher
    4 Northern Mockingbird
    2 Eastern Bluebird
    20 American Robin
    4 Cedar Waxwing
    6 House Finch
    5 American Goldfinch
    1 Chipping Sparrow
    3 Field Sparrow
    3 Song Sparrow
    1 Eastern Towhee
    1 Hooded Warbler
    1 Northern Parula
    1 Yellow-throated Warbler
    2 Scarlet Tanager
    3 Northern Cardinal
    2 Blue Grosbeak
    3 Indigo Bunting

    Number of Taxa: 36

    Next week we will start at the Big Bear parking area, 8:00, hope to see you there!

  13. What looked like a sure rain-out turned into a nice morning at the Salali Lane portion of the Greenway. We had seven birders, including Tim, Don, April, Beth, Renee, Tom, and myself. Thank you to Tim for keeping our list.

    We found 39 species today, including more brown thrashers than we’ve seen before and many “teenage” birds in general. Near the end of our walk, we had a nice view of a first-year male orchard oriole.

    We look forward to seeing everyone next week at Macon County Public Library parking lot at 8am (for everyone’s safety, please keep your vaccines up to date). See you there!

    Below please find our observations from today:
    Little Tennessee River Greenway
    Jun 29, 2022
    7:57 AM
    Traveling
    2.75 miles
    150 Minutes
    Comments: Salali lane

    3 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
    6 Mourning Dove
    4 Chimney Swift
    11 Turkey Vulture
    1 Red-shouldered Hawk
    2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
    4 Downy Woodpecker
    1 Pileated Woodpecker
    3 Eastern Phoebe
    1 White-eyed Vireo
    1 Red-eyed Vireo
    8 Blue Jay
    9 American Crow
    2 Fish Crow
    6 Carolina Chickadee
    5 Tufted Titmouse
    7 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
    10 Barn Swallow
    2 White-breasted Nuthatch
    1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    1 House Wren
    9 Carolina Wren
    2 Gray Catbird
    10 Brown Thrasher
    7 Northern Mockingbird
    6 Eastern Bluebird
    4 American Robin
    3 House Finch
    8 American Goldfinch
    1 Field Sparrow
    7 Song Sparrow
    7 Eastern Towhee
    2 Yellow-breasted Chat
    1 Orchard Oriole
    1 Black-and-white Warbler
    2 Hooded Warbler
    1 Northern Parula
    10 Northern Cardinal
    6 Indigo Bunting

    Number of Taxa: 39

  14. What a great morning of birding for the 20 of us who met at Big Bear today! A lot of bird song, immature birds of several species being fed, and just lots of activity. All together we identified 43 species. Our group today included six participants nine years old and younger. The others in the group were Tim (our leader today), Jean H (welcome back!), Amy, Jim, Ellen, Kay, Diane, Don, Tom, April, Monika, Andrew, Renée, and Abby.

    The following is the eBird list of what we saw and heard today:

    Little Tennessee River Greenway
    Big Bear
    Jun 22, 2022
    1.32 miles
    153 minutes

    4 Mourning Dove
    1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
    5 Chimney Swift
    4 Turkey Vulture
    1 Red-tailed Hawk
    1 Belted Kingfisher
    2 Downy Woodpecker
    3 Northern Flicker
    1 Eastern Kingbird
    3 White-eyed Vireo
    3 Blue Jay
    5 American Crow
    3 Carolina Chickadee
    13 Tufted Titmouse
    14 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
    20 Tree Swallow
    3 Cliff Swallow
    1 White-breasted Nuthatch
    1 Brown-headed Nuthatch
    4 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    2 House Wren
    5 Carolina Wren
    9 European Starling
    3 Gray Catbird
    4 Brown Thrasher
    3 Northern Mockingbird
    4 Eastern Bluebird
    2 American Robin
    2 Cedar Waxwing
    3 House Finch
    1 American Goldfinch
    2 Field Sparrow
    10 Song Sparrow
    6 Eastern Towhee
    6 Orchard Oriole
    4 Red-winged Blackbird
    2 Brown-headed Cowbird
    8 Common Grackle
    1 Black-and-white Warbler
    2 Common Yellowthroat
    1 Northern Parula
    4 Northern Cardinal
    2 Indigo Bunting

    Number of Taxa: 43

    Next week we will meet at Salali Lane, off of Fox Ridge Road, at 8 am. Hope you’ll join us!

  15. Several of us were surprised at the dense mist that greeted us at the library this morning, particularly since we had come from various surrounding areas that had all been sunny! But the skies soon cleared and the fourteen birders present enjoyed the morning and identified a total of 40 species including four types of swallows. The number of cliff swallows was almost uncountable, but eagle-eye Amy estimated at least 90. The birding group this morning consisted of Jim, Ellen, Amy, Pam, Tim, Rita, Diane, Sally, Dick, Don, Renée, Kathy, Jo, and Merle. Many thanks to Amy for keeping the following eBird list for us today:

    Little Tennessee River Greenway–Macon County Library
    Jun 15, 2022
    7:45 AM
    1.52 miles
    132 Minutes
    Comments: Franklin Bird Club

    4 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
    13 Mourning Dove
    7 Turkey Vulture
    1 Cooper’s Hawk
    1 Red-tailed Hawk
    1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
    1 Pileated Woodpecker
    1 Eastern Wood-Pewee
    1 Eastern Phoebe
    2 Great Crested Flycatcher
    4 White-eyed Vireo
    2 Red-eyed Vireo
    7 American Crow
    5 Carolina Chickadee
    9 Tufted Titmouse
    12 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
    6 Tree Swallow
    2 Barn Swallow
    90 Cliff Swallow — on a wire and nesting some are immature
    4 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    7 Carolina Wren
    2 Gray Catbird
    4 Northern Mockingbird
    15 Eastern Bluebird
    2 American Robin
    5 Cedar Waxwing
    1 House Finch
    8 American Goldfinch
    2 Chipping Sparrow
    10 Field Sparrow
    4 Song Sparrow
    4 Eastern Towhee (Red-eyed)
    4 Yellow-breasted Chat
    4 Orchard Oriole
    2 Brown-headed Cowbird
    1 Hooded Warbler
    3 Northern Parula
    4 Northern Cardinal
    1 Blue Grosbeak
    5 Indigo Bunting

    Number of Taxa: 40

    Our next bird walk will start at the Big Bear parking area at 8:00, 6/22. For everyone’s safety please be fully vaccinated and maintain appropriate social distance, and enjoy the birding!

  16. Despite the forecast this morning, we had a beautiful walk along the Salali Lane portion of the Greenway. Fourteen birders joined me, including Jenn, Karen, Jim, Ellen, Tim, Renee, Tom, Diane, Don, Abby (with Mimi and James), Kathie, Steve, Sally, and Dick. Many thanks to Ellen for keeping our list.

    We found 46 species, including fledglings that are still being fed by their parents such as young Northern Rough-winged Swallows. Other highlights included a Yellow-breasted Chat, a Blue Grosbeak, three of our four local vireos (Red-eyed, White-eyed, and Yellow-throated), and a brief look at an Acadian Flycatcher.

    Next week we will meet at the Macon County Public Library parking lot at 8am (for everyone’s safety, please keep your vaccines up to date). See you there!

    Below please find our observations for today:
    (35.1755,-83.3699) Salali Lane – Little Tennessee River Greenway
    Jun 08, 2022
    7:50 AM
    Traveling
    2.27 miles
    158 minutes

    2 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
    4 Mourning Dove
    1 Chimney Swift
    1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
    4 Turkey Vulture
    1 Red-shouldered Hawk
    2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
    2 Downy Woodpecker
    1 Acadian Flycatcher
    3 Eastern Phoebe
    1 Eastern Kingbird
    2 White-eyed Vireo
    1 Yellow-throated Vireo
    2 Red-eyed Vireo
    1 Blue Jay
    4 American Crow
    3 Fish Crow
    5 Carolina Chickadee
    8 Tufted Titmouse
    9 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
    5 Tree Swallow
    3 White-breasted Nuthatch
    2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    1 House Wren
    5 Carolina Wren
    1 Gray Catbird
    4 Brown Thrasher
    2 Northern Mockingbird
    11 Eastern Bluebird
    1 Wood Thrush
    7 American Robin
    2 House Finch
    3 American Goldfinch
    2 Field Sparrow
    9 Song Sparrow
    5 Eastern Towhee
    2 Yellow-breasted Chat
    2 Red-winged Blackbird
    4 Brown-headed Cowbird
    1 Common Grackle
    1 Black-and-white Warbler
    1 Hooded Warbler
    3 Northern Parula
    10 Northern Cardinal
    1 Blue Grosbeak
    7 Indigo Bunting

  17. 17 birders walked the Big Bear section of the Franklin Greenway today. Participants included: Peter, Ellen, Jim, Dick, Sally, Jane, Karen, Pat, Pam, Amy, Diane, Mary, Don, Abby, Mimi, James and Tim. 43 species of bird were seen. Highlights included numerous view of Orchard Oriole and Ingo Bunting as well as fantastic views of an Osprey perched over the Little Tennnessee River. The eBird list of birds seen is included below. Thanks to Ellen for keeping the list.
    Little Tennessee River Greenway
    Jun 01, 2022
    7:47 AM
    Traveling
    2.51 miles
    160 minutes
    All birds reported? Yes
    Comments:

    5 Mourning Dove
    3 Chimney Swift
    2 Green Heron
    3 Turkey Vulture
    1 Osprey
    1 Red-shouldered Hawk
    1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
    4 Downy Woodpecker
    1 Pileated Woodpecker
    2 Northern Flicker
    1 Eastern Phoebe
    1 Eastern Kingbird
    3 White-eyed Vireo
    6 Blue Jay
    34 American Crow
    3 Carolina Chickadee
    12 Tufted Titmouse
    9 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
    3 Tree Swallow
    2 White-breasted Nuthatch
    3 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    5 Carolina Wren
    6 European Starling
    3 Gray Catbird
    6 Brown Thrasher
    4 Northern Mockingbird
    4 Eastern Bluebird
    4 American Robin
    4 Cedar Waxwing
    4 House Finch
    9 American Goldfinch
    9 Song Sparrow
    6 Eastern Towhee
    1 Yellow-breasted Chat
    8 Orchard Oriole
    5 Red-winged Blackbird
    2 Brown-headed Cowbird
    2 Common Grackle
    3 Common Yellowthroat
    3 Northern Parula
    1 Yellow-throated Warbler
    11 Northern Cardinal
    4 Indigo Bunting

  18. It was great to be back birding with our Franklin friends today! Ten of us met at the library and together we identified a total of 45 bird species. Our group included Tim, Amy, Pam, Karen, Rita, Kathi, Steve, Abby (with Mimi), Jim, and Ellen. Thanks to Amy for keeping the eBird list. We started off with dozens of cedar waxwings, and ended up with an orchard oriole and a pair of blue grosbeaks.

    Next week we will meet at Big Bear parking area at 8:00.

    The birds we identified today were:
    5 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
    3 Mourning Dove
    3 Chimney Swift
    1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
    5 Turkey Vulture
    2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
    1 Downy Woodpecker
    1 Pileated Woodpecker
    1 Eastern Wood-Pewee
    1 Great Crested Flycatcher
    2 Eastern Kingbird
    1 White-eyed Vireo
    1 Yellow-throated Vireo
    1 Red-eyed Vireo
    2 Blue Jay
    3 American Crow
    5 Carolina Chickadee
    5 Tufted Titmouse
    12 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
    3 Tree Swallow
    43 Cliff Swallow
    2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    1 House Wren
    4 Carolina Wren
    16 European Starling
    1 Brown Thrasher
    3 Northern Mockingbird
    10 Eastern Bluebird
    2 American Robin
    37 Cedar Waxwing
    3 House Finch
    9 American Goldfinch
    2 Chipping Sparrow
    6 Field Sparrow
    3 Song Sparrow
    3 Eastern Towhee (Red-eyed)
    4 Yellow-breasted Chat
    1 Orchard Oriole
    7 Brown-headed Cowbird
    1 Hooded Warbler
    2 Northern Parula
    1 Yellow-throated Warbler
    6 Northern Cardinal
    2 Blue Grosbeak
    4 Indigo Bunting

    Number of Taxa: 45

    See you next week!

  19. Perfect morning for bird-watching! 12 birders joined us this morning for the Salali Lane walk along the Greenway. Beth L., April, Rita, Ned, Don, Tim, Pam, Tom, Abby (& Mimi), Gail and Michael K, and Diane participated. We had our youngest ever (I think) birder who was 20 months old! It’s great to be outdoors.

    Highlights included 2 Blue Jays mobbing a Red-shouldered Hawk, a cooperative Scarlet Tanager, Hooded Warbler, White-eyed Vireo. No swallows are nesting under the bridge this year. We also saw a Spotted Sandpiper (from the first bridge). Pam kept the list this week and Tim and Pam led the walk (mostly Tim.) Next week we meet at the Macon County Public Library at 8:00AM. See you there!

    (35.1755,-83.3699) Salali Lane – Little Tennessee River Greenway
    May 18, 2022
    7:52 AM
    Traveling
    0.25 miles
    28 Minutes
    All birds reported? Yes
    Comments: Franklin Bird Club
    Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 2.13.1 Build 2.13.13

    10 Canada Goose
    1 Mourning Dove
    6 Chimney Swift
    1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
    1 Spotted Sandpiper
    1 Black Vulture
    2 Turkey Vulture
    1 Red-shouldered Hawk
    1 Belted Kingfisher
    2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
    2 Downy Woodpecker
    2 Eastern Phoebe
    3 White-eyed Vireo
    1 Yellow-throated Vireo
    2 Red-eyed Vireo
    7 Blue Jay
    4 American Crow
    1 Fish Crow
    3 Carolina Chickadee
    3 Tufted Titmouse
    1 Tree Swallow
    6 Barn Swallow
    1 Cliff Swallow
    1 White-breasted Nuthatch
    2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    2 House Wren
    5 Carolina Wren
    1 European Starling
    4 Gray Catbird
    4 Brown Thrasher
    2 Northern Mockingbird
    2 Eastern Bluebird
    3 American Robin
    3 Cedar Waxwing
    3 American Goldfinch
    1 Field Sparrow
    7 Song Sparrow
    7 Eastern Towhee
    4 Brown-headed Cowbird
    1 Black-and-white Warbler
    1 Common Yellowthroat
    1 Hooded Warbler
    1 Northern Parula
    1 Scarlet Tanager
    7 Northern Cardinal
    4 Indigo Bunting
    2 Eastern Kingbird

    Number of Taxa: 47

  20. After a long COVID interruption, the Franklin Bird Club resumed its weekly walks today. 14 happy birders enjoyed a pleasant morning on the Big Bear section of the Franklin Greenway. Rita, April, Beth L, Jean B., Karen, Ned, Pam, Amy, Debra, Diane O., Jean H., Don O., Marsha, and Tim participated. Highlights of the trip include numerous views of first-year male and mature male Orchard Oriole plus good looks at Yellow-breasted Chat, Eastern Kingbird and Common Yellowthroat. A list of birds seen is included below. Thanks to Amy for keeping the eBird list.

    eBird Checklist Summary for: May 11, 2022

    Number of Checklists: 1
    Number of Taxa: 45

    Checklists included in this summary:
    (1): Little Tennessee River Greenway
    Date: May 11, 2022 at 8:02 AM

    6 Canada Goose — (1)
    7 Mourning Dove — (1)
    12 Chimney Swift — (1)
    1 Green Heron — (1)
    3 Black Vulture — (1)
    7 Turkey Vulture — (1)
    1 hawk sp. — (1)
    1 Red-bellied Woodpecker — (1)
    1 Downy Woodpecker — (1)
    1 Downy/Hairy Woodpecker — (1)
    2 Pileated Woodpecker — (1)
    2 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) — (1)
    2 Eastern Phoebe — (1)
    3 Eastern Kingbird — (1)
    4 White-eyed Vireo — (1)
    6 Blue Jay — (1)
    6 American Crow — (1)
    1 Fish Crow — (1)
    5 Carolina Chickadee — (1)
    3 Tufted Titmouse — (1)
    7 Northern Rough-winged Swallow — (1)
    6 Tree Swallow — (1)
    1 White-breasted Nuthatch — (1)
    6 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher — (1)
    5 Carolina Wren — (1)
    6 European Starling — (1)
    2 Gray Catbird — (1)
    1 Brown Thrasher — (1)
    7 Northern Mockingbird — (1)
    5 Eastern Bluebird — (1)
    2 American Robin — (1)
    38 Cedar Waxwing — (1)
    6 American Goldfinch — (1)
    1 Field Sparrow — (1)
    8 Song Sparrow — (1)
    4 Eastern Towhee (Red-eyed) — (1)
    2 Yellow-breasted Chat — (1)
    4 Orchard Oriole — (1)
    11 Red-winged Blackbird — (1)
    1 Brown-headed Cowbird — (1)
    3 Common Yellowthroat — (1)
    2 Northern Parula — (1)
    1 Yellow Warbler — (1)
    7 Northern Cardinal — (1)
    3 Indigo Bunting — (1)

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