Back in 2012 when I was with TWRA, I surveyed (often in collaboration with a
bunch of great TWRA biologists) nearly every rookery in the state by boat or on
foot. In the Nashville area, Baltimore Orioles and warbling vireos were nesting
on basically every island and along the lake shore of every park where there
were large sycamores and cottonwoods. Most of these areas just aren’t often
birded after migration ends, so data is limited.
Fun side story, one year I spotted a color banded cormorant at a nest on an
island on Old Hickory Lake, Wilson Co. I was able to get the letter/number code
off the big color band. It was banded 10 years earlier (to the day I believe)
as a flightless juvenile on a rookery in Kingston, Ontario. Let that settle in.
Super cool record. Lots of interesting biology and questions about that. I
probably need to write that up for the Migrant too. I’ll add it to my list.
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On Jun 1, 2019, at 5:05 PM, Barbara HARRIS <harrbarbara@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
There were Baltimore Orioles at Long Hunter S.P., Davidson Co, last year.
On Jun 1, 2019 at 3:43 PM, <Graham> wrote:
Davidson county - June 1
I found two separate pairs of Baltimore Orioles at Cook's Landing Recreation
area on Percy priest lake in Nashville this morning, and located one active
nest with young. Both parents visited every few minutes and I could just
make out one young head taking food, although the nest is probably 40 ft off
the ground. The other adults were actively foraging, and occasionally
chasing one another, as were a pair of Orchard Orioles. I would assume that
they all have nests.
I know they are irregular nesters along the lakes, but I'm not sure how
frequently - or if - Baltimores have nested in this particular location in
the past. It seems to me that the numbers of resident Baltimores is
increasing in Davidson, but it may just be that I'm birding so much more
than in previous years.