[TN-Bird] Brown-headed Nuthatch (Cumberland Co.)

  • From: Michael McCloy <prothonotarywarbler@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 18:35:13 -0400

While conducting vegetation surveys this morning on Catoosa WMA (Cumberland 
Co., TN) I was surprised to hear and then see a Brown-headed Nuthatch in the 
stand I was working in (Fox Place, western half of Catoosa, UTMs 691358 
3994234). This stand is part of the UT oak savanna restoration project, and has 
been burned several years ago. The canopy is sparse, dominated by scattered 
burned snags (both pines and oaks) with an occasional living oak as well. Being 
new to TN I am not extremely familiar with this species' status and 
distribution in the state, but a quick search of Ebird and a few other online 
resources indicates that Brown-headed Nuthatch is a good find in this area at 
any time of the year. In fact, this may be the first record of this species 
listed on Ebird in Cumberland County (correct me if I'm wrong). Any other intel 
or discussion would be appreciated! 
Good birding all- 

Mike McCloy
Graduate Research AssistantUniversity of Tennessee- KnoxvilleKnoxville, 


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