Walter S. Davis Blvd Marsh
Nashville, Davidson Co. TN
2016 Dec. 20
I planned to make a quick stop at the Walter S. Davis Blvd Marsh on
the back side of the TSU campus as air temperature was just above 20F.
However, my departure was delayed before I even reached the marsh because the specialty of the morning was white birds. Approaching
the marsh from Schrader Lane, I crested the top of the hill, looked
down on the marsh and small lake, and spotted 2 white birds along
with a flock of Canada Geese. Parking in the pull off on Walter S.
Davis Blvd, I approached the edge of the small lake for a better
look. The lake section was nearly frozen but 130+ Canada Geese and
some dabbling ducks had made some open water. A quick check of
overall size, head shape, and bill size and shape identified the
white birds as a pair of ROSS'S GEESE. After about 5 minutes they
flew off together toward the Cumberland River.
I next checked out the marsh area and found another white bird.
A GREAT EGRET was hunkered down along the edge of the reeds there.
The beaver lodge is very large at the back of the marsh.
By the time I left, my anticipated quick stop of 3-4 minutes
had extended to about 15.
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