Eleven participants took part in last Saturday’s field trip to the Green Door Gourmet.  Although weather forecasts called for the potential of rain throughout the morning, the weather cooperated perfectly and it remained pleasant and dry.  As we started down toward the river, one of the participants spotted a hawk on a distant snag near one of the manmade ponds and as I scanned for the hawk, my scope instead fell on a Black-billed Cuckoo that happened to be perched out in the open in a tree at the edge of the pond.  Unfortunately it didn’t oblige us for very long and dropped into dense cover soon after being spotted, robbing a few folks of the opportunity for views.  Soon after, we were in the midst of the overgrown fields and ran into our first Dickcissel, amongst the more numerous Orchard Orioles, Blue Grosbeaks, yellowthroats, and meadowlarks.  As we worked our way along the Cumberland River which the farm borders, we spotted the Bald Eagle nest located across the river in Bells Bend Park complete with a recently fledged youngster on a nearby branch.  Mom and Dad were flying around nearby calling back and forth.  Gazing at the extensive fields overgrown with vetch, we finally willed some silent bobolinks into existence.  By this time, we had all made generous blood donations to the local mosquito population, and headed back to the farm shop, where the organic strawberries were a sweet finale to an enjoyable morning.  We ended up with 61 species, a full list of which is below.
Many thanks to all who participated…to Mike Smith for leading and to the Ganiers for hosting at their farm.
Mike Smith
Hendersonville, TN
Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Northern Bobwhite
Wild Turkey
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Black-billed Cuckoo
Chimney Swift
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Broad-winged Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Empidonax sp.
Eastern Kingbird
White-eyed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Bank Swallow
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Barn Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Carolina Wren
European Starling
Brown Thrasher
Northern Mockingbird
Eastern Bluebird
Swainson’s Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
American Goldfinch
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Eastern Towhee
Yellow-breasted Chat
Eastern Meadowlark
Orchard Oriole
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Common Grackle
Common Yellowthroat
Blackpoll Warbler
Summer Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Blue Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting