The Black-bellied Whistling Duck was still there at 1:30. Nearby off the
Spillway there's a Green Heron on its nest, with eggs, on a branch hanging over
the water. A Kingbird and a male Summer Tanager were nearby the Duck this
morning. I had scanned the lake and ponds for the second Whistling Duck but no
luck. I did see Wood Ducks with young chicks, Black and White Warblers as well
as several Prothonotary Warblers, two N Parulas (one in nature center parking
lot) a Worm eating Warbler (singing by the Peter Frampton marker at the wooden
bridge on the Lake Trail). I also saw several vocal Louisiana Waterthrush, plus
two very active Yellow billed Cuckoos on Gainer Ridge.
On May 22, 2017, at 1:43 PM, (Redacted sender "oeserscave" for DMARC)
Radnor Lake Whistling Duck May 22, 2017
It was resting on the log at 12:20 pm, raising its head a couple of times to
make sure I wasn't a threat.
From: Frank Fekel <fekel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: tn-bird <tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Mon, May 22, 2017 10:30 am
Subject: [TN-Bird] Radnor Lake - Black-bellied Whistling Duck
Radnor Lake State Natural Area
Davidson Co., TN
2017 May 22
Birded Radnor Lake this Monday morning to see if I could find any
lingering migrants. I heard and saw only breeders on this somewhat
slow morning. However, on my way back to my car at the west parking
lot I stopped briefly at the dam again. As I searched for warblers
another birder said she had seen a BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCK
right next to the edge of the lake. Sure enough it was still there,
standing on a fallen tree trunk only 30-40 feet from the canoe
launch path right in front of the old Visitor's Center/Ranger's
House. Took lots of photos as did several photographers. The bird
fed on plant matter in the water and gave its whistling call once
while I was there. The bird was still at the spot when I left it
at 8:45 am, so perhaps it will hang around for a while.
Thanks to Jim Arnett for getting the word out quickly to others.
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