[TN-Bird] Murfree Spring Wetland - Waxwings!

  • From: Daniel Estabrooks <hyla514@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2011 08:17:09 -0800 (PST)

Murfree Spring Wetland
Rutherford Co.

After literally not seeing a bird for the first 10 minutes, I was prepared to 
just write it off as one of those barren winter days, but then things started 
to pick up and I ended up with a decent list (attached below). The highlight 
was a small horde of Cedar Waxwings. I've always thought waxwings are a little 
creepy when they're not foraging. They always seem to find the deadest-looking 
tree, and then they each pick out the very top of a branch and just sit there 
and stare into space like guardian spirits or something.

In any case, there was one humorous story that I'd like to share. I was 
watching a Yellow-rumped Warbler, and there was an older man with two little 
girls (grandchildren, I assume) about 50 feet away from me. Suddenly the 
warbler flew over and landed in a bush no more than 4 feet away from one of the 
girls. She immediately exclaimed, "Hey! Look at that bird! What is it???" The 
grandfather responded, "Um... that's a chickadee... or a towhee... or 
something." I was trying very hard not to crack up since they were close enough 
to me that they would have seen it :-P


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Subject: eBird Report - Discovery Wetlands, Nov 12, 2011

Discovery Wetlands, Rutherford, US-TN
Nov 12, 2011 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.25 mile(s)
24 species

Wood Duck  2
Mallard  8
Turkey Vulture  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  2
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  5
Carolina Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  2
Carolina Wren  4
Winter Wren  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
American Robin  30
Northern Mockingbird  4
European Starling  35
Cedar Waxwing  32
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
Song Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  8
Red-winged Blackbird  3
Common Grackle  10
House Sparrow  2

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

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