[TN-Bird] Red-breasted Nuthatch influx?

  • From: Bill Pulliam <bb551@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: tn bird <tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2010 14:38:03 -0600

This morning I had a total of 8 Red-breasted Nuthatches at four  
different locations along Firetower and Tower Ranch Roads in the  
Lewis State Forest in Lewis County.  This beats my previous daily  
high total for this county by 7.  It seemed there was a nuthatch in  
every shortleaf pine, as well as in the white pine plantation.  None  
of the birds were in the much more extensive planted loblolly pines.   
Is this just a local fluke, or has there been a mass movement of the  
species in to middle Tennessee in recent weeks?  I cover these pines  
every winter around this time of year, and this is the first time  
they have yielded even one Red-breasted.

Bill Pulliam
Hohenwald TN
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