This morning I birded Bells Bend Park in hopes of seeing the Dickcissels
that Jackie Corbin posted about yesterday. I was able to see two, and heard
another one, so thank you Jackie. I also found one singing Willow
Flycatcher at the park. The site where they've been the last several years,
along the first path to the left as you go down the main trail behind the
nature center, has been cut down. The one today was further back towards
the river. Keep straight along the main trail behind the nature center past
the barn. Turn left at the next trail after you go over the rise. When you
come to a fork, take the left trail and the bird was immediately on the
left singing from the grove of small trees. Trails are grassy and wet.
There was also one Cliff Swallow flying around.
After I left the park I birded along Cleeces Ferry Rd. which is just off of
Old Hickory Blvd. There was another Dickcissel singing at the back of a
field on the west side of the road. Look for the two red mail boxes
together (4496, 4514). There's also a sign in the field which reads: The
Land Trust for Tennessee and Tennessee Heritage Conservation Trust Fund.