Shelby Bottoms Greenway and Park
Nashville-Davidson Co. TN
22 May 2016
After hearing several reports of a Connecticut Warbler at Shelby Bottoms, I
ventured out early hoping the overnight change in weather for the better
had not encouraged too much movement overnight.
About a mile east of the Nature Center (by the bridge between the 1.00 and
1.25 mile marker) I heard a very loud Connecticut Warbler. It was hidden
deep in the thickets and tangle. It sang for several minutes and then
became quiet. No amount of my waiting produced the bird. So I reluctantly
On my return trip 30 minutes later I heard the bird again in the same
location but on the opposite side of the trail. It was very close, very
loud, and very insistent. Suddenly the bird moved up onto a branch.
Although it was partially obscured, it sat there and sang for about 5
minutes. Then it flew further back into the vegetation. After a few minutes
it began to sing again although I could not see bird. Then it stopped.
Its pattern was sing, silence, move, sing, move, silence, sing, silence-
all within a fairly small area.