[TN-Bird] Bells Bend: Bobolinks and Grasshopper Sparrows

  • From: Frank Fekel <fekel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 29 Apr 2019 11:59:12 -0500

Bells Bend - Old Hickory Blvd
Davidson Co., TN
2019 Apr 29

After seeing BOBOLINKs yesterday along Old Hickory Blvd in Bells Bend,
I returned this Monday morning to bird the area from the road starting
at Bells Bend Park and finishing at the river. I quickly caught up with
Mike Smith, and we had a wonderful morning. We spent a large amount of
time just before the two silver barns on the right side at the hay
bales where the HARRIS'S SPARROW was often found last year. Almost as
soon as we pulled over, we had a group of 20 male BOBOLINKS singing
and perched mostly in the surrounding trees. While watching them
we found a nearby DICKCISSEL that we also heard singing and then saw.
Plenty of SAVANNAH SPARROWs and PALM WARBLERs were also singing. A
LINCOLN'S SPARROW flew in nearly to our feet giving us brief views.
My hearing is limited to at most 30-40 yards, but Mike's hearing is
fantastic. In fact I think he can hear the sun come up 93 million
miles away. He heard the song of first one and then two GRASSHOPPER SPARROWs that were hundreds of yards distant. Scanning the farthest
rise in the huge field with his scope he found one of them and, we
watched it sing perched up on a stalk for a good 10-15 minutes. We
then went to the pond across from the sod farm and heard a NORTHERN
WATERTHRUSH singing in dense cover, and I eventually saw it fly. Only
shorebird at the wet area in the horse field across from the sod field
was a SOLITARY SANDPIPER. NO SORA. Just a fabulous morning of song
and sight.

The LITTLE BLUE HERON found yesterday at Bells Bend Park was NOT seen
by us this morning.

Frank Fekel
Bellevue, TN
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