There has been a huge starling roost at Metro Center for several years. I’ll
get up there and see what’s going on this year.
On Aug 11, 2017, at 8:39 AM, Joe Siegrist <joe@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
With our radar tools we are still seeing a radar signature for a roost
northwest of its old position. It appears to be in the vicinity of
Metrocenter/North Rhodes Park and Buena Vista Heights
While the radar data can't get an exact fix on the ground, you should be able
to see birds coming in if you drive around that area at sunset. I hope you
can get some people out there to hunt it down! It's somewhere in that bend
of the Cumberland River.
Good luck with the treasure hunt,
Joe Siegrist, President
Purple Martin Conservation Association
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Subject: The Nashville Purple Martin roost is no longer active
The Nashville roost isn’t forming this year. It was first detected on NEXRAD
radar in 2004 by the Purple Martin Conservation Society, and Scott Somershoe
found the exact location in 2010.
On July 25th I reported that a road was being constructed through the roost.
On Aug 1st I went out to the area and saw one individual Purple Martin near
the river. On the 8th from the walking bridge several of us saw around 4,000
birds in the sky and at sunset they headed in the direction of the roost.
Last night, the 9th, we went to the roost saw not a single individual in the
sky!! On August 10th, 2016 David Hanni took timed photographs and estimated
there to be 60,000 birds entering that roost.
This morning David Hanni and I looked at NEXRAD to see where the birds might
have gone. We saw nothing in Middle TN, but there looks to be an ENORMOUS
dispersing roost on the Mississippi near Tiptonville. Mark Greene said he’d
go out in the next couple of days and see what the birds are. Interestingly,
about 10 years ago there was a roost on a peninsula on the Mississippi with
~500,000 Purple Martins!
This is the radar loop from dawn this morning.
We’re going to keep an eye on the Nashville downtown for the next couple of
weeks, but I’m not optimistic.