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3 thoughts on “Bird Walk Reports

  1. 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!

  2. 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

  3. 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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