[TN-Bird] Nashville Purple Martin roost, new location found

  • From: Scott Somershoe <Scott.Somershoe@xxxxxx>
  • To: TN-Birds <tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2012 02:53:11 +0000

After watching the Wednesday night bicycle races at LP Field this evening (20 
June 12), I found the new location of the Purple Martin roost with amazingly 
little effort.  The new site is located in a woodlot on the side of the 
interstate, just like the old roost.  The location is S 5th St at Crutcher St, 
which is 1 block north of Davidson St (which is the road you take into Shelby 
Bottoms Park).

All birds were in the roost by 8:30pm.  I got there after some birds had 
already gone into the roost, but there were about 3000 birds present, with a 
lot of the birds streaming in from the southeast.

From I-24 at the Shelby Ave exit, Exit 49 (same exit for LP Field), go east on 
Shelby Ave (away from LP Field) one block to S 5th St, which is the first 
light.  Make a right on S 5th St and go south 2 blocks.  Just before you get to 
Crutcher St, there's an abandoned-looking construction lot with fences, gates, 
No Trespassing signs, and random equipment and the birds roost in the trees 
against the interstate.  There is opportunity for parking on the side of the 
road at this location, just use caution with parking safely.  This site is a 
little better lit, but has more people and car traffic.

For reference: if you go past Crutcher St, you come to a stop sign which is 
where you would make a left to drive to Shelby Bottoms Park.

Scott Somershoe

State Ornithologist
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
P.O. Box 40747
Nashville, TN 37204
615-781-6653 (office)
615-781-6654 (fax)

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