On Saturday, June 9, 15 enthusiastic birders, including one visiting from Pittsburgh, showed up for the Nashville Chapter of TOS trip, led by Terry Witt, to search for the open field specialties of Rutherford and Wilson Counties. We saw all of our primary target species, starting with a family of 5 SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHERs. Puzzling however was the yellow lower breast coloration of the 3 young birds, and we wondered if they could be hybrids. We soon added good looks at a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, a singing DICKSISSEL, BLUE GROSBEAK, and an ORCHARD ORIOLE feeding young. Unfortunately, a LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was less cooperative, flying away as we approached it. A BEWICK'S WREN proved to be even more elusive, but we eventually were able to find one singing and to see it. As a bonus, at that stop we spotted two BROAD-WINGED HAWKs and heard a PRAIRIE WARBLER. Our final quest took us in search of a LARK SPARROW, which we eventually tracked down. Looking for the sparrow, we also found RED-HEADED WOODPECKERs and to our pleasant surprise, two COMMON NIGHTHAWKs. With a big assist from Terry Witt, we finished the morning with an excellent 67 species. Frank Fekel, NTOS field trip leader Bellevue, TN =================NOTES TO SUBSCRIBER===================== The TN-Bird Net requires you to SIGN YOUR MESSAGE with first and last name, CITY (TOWN) and state abbreviation. You are also required to list the COUNTY in which the birds you report were seen. The actual DATE OF OBSERVATION should appear in the first paragraph. _____________________________________________________________ To post to this mailing list, simply send email to: tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx_____________________________________________________________ To unsubscribe, send email to: tn-bird-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field.
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