local birding events

Hummingbird Happy Hour

The Warner parks have been conducting bird research since the 1930's. Today, Park staff and volunteers conduct extensive banding and bird counts, and take part in Project FeederWatch, a survey of winter bird populations across North America conducted by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Bird Studies Canada.

Join the Warner Park Nature Center for the second annual Hummingbird Happy Hour on Friday, September 7, 2018 from 6:00pm- 9:00pm. Proceeds from ticket and art sales will support the Bird Information, Research and Data (B.I.R.D) programs, keeping these programs free and available for schools, families and Park visitors.

Tickets are available for purchase at the Warner Park Nature Center or online through the Friends of Warner Parks website. Click Here to purchase tickets.

Local Birding News: February is national bird feeding month.

February is National Bird Feeding Month and to celebrate The Wood Thrush Shop will be having a store wide sale on all things bird feeding, bird attracting, and birdwatching.   Sale details to come out next week.

Other bird related things going on in February include….

Winter Bird Banding at Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy 100.  February 3rd stop by between 9 a.m. and noon to witness licensed bird banders as they research winter birds in our area.  The BIRD team will discuss the winter banding project and what they learn through banding.  Seeing wild birds up close gives you a whole different perspective of these fascinating creatures.  No registration required. 

The Dr. Ed Gleaves Memorial Bird Walk

Dr. Gleaves volunteered at the Warner Park Nature Center for 15 years and was an avid birdwatcher as well as a long time customer of The Wood Thrush Shop.  Join experienced birders Chris Sloan and Heather Gallagher for a winter bird walk.  You may register at wpnc.nashville.gov

The Great Backyard Bird Count.

Take part in this annual event conducted by the Audubon Society.  Feb 16 through Feb 19 count the numbers and species of birds visiting feeding stations in your yard.  Help Cornell with their research by contributing your data.  For more information visit gbbc.birdcount.org

You may also be interested in Project Feederwatch by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, a winter-long survey of birds that visit feeders at backyards, nature centers, community areas, and other locales in North America.  Project Feederwatch begins in November and concludes in April.  For more information visit feederwatch.org

Woodcock walk

One of Mother Nature’s spectacular courtships takes place in late winter. Woodcocks are known for the unique flight-display of males during breeding season. Join naturalist Chris Guerin Thursday, February 20th, 5:00-6:30pm for an evening of woodcock watching at Bells Bend Outdoor Center. For more information visit Bells Bend Outdoor Center. Age level: 13+ Call 615-862-4187 to register.

First annual hummingbird happy hour

Art by Anne Goetze. This and many others will be available during this event! 

Art by Anne Goetze. This and many others will be available during this event! 

The Wood Thrush Shop is proud to be a sponsor of this event put together by Friends of Warner Parks and The Warner park nature center. Come celebrate the first annual Hummingbird Happy Hour. Join us on Thur. Sept 14th from 6-9pm for a beautiful evening in the Warner Parks for cocktails & hors d'oeuvres, hummingbird viewings, a Bird art/photography exhibit by Nathan Collie & Anne Goetze and live music on the patio by local well-known Jazz duet Annie Sellick & Pat Bergeson. Ticket and art sales will support the Bird Information, Research and Data (B.I.R.D) programs, keeping these programs free and available for schools, families and Park visitors.


January Bird Feeding News

Crazy weather, huh!?  Weather is regular subject matter in our daily conversations.  Customers often remark, “The birds must be confused”.  Actually birds really don’t get confused about weather.  To them, it is what it is, so to speak.  They adjust and react and adapt. Today in Nashville it is going to be about 70 degrees and your bird feeders may be a little quiet.  It’s not that birds don’t need food on warm days; they still expend energy and need food. However, when it’s warm enough for insects to emerge birds must take advantage of a “protein” opportunity that doesn’t come around very often in January.  Birds that do not eat insects, like Goldfinches, will enjoy the lack of competition around the feeders and be there in possibly greater numbers. 

Speaking of Goldfinches, we continue to see great numbers of them at the feeders filled with the sunflower fine chips.  The sunflower chips continue to prove they are a better buy than nyjer seed when it comes to attracting finches.  It is cheaper, cleaner, and more appealing to the birds than nyjer.  It may be perceived that the finches are not feeding on it as much because the observable seed level doesn’t go down as fast as nyjer.  This can be explained simply by the fact there is considerably more edible seed per feeder than with nyjer so the seed does not disappear so dramatically.


Local Birding Events

Sandhill Cranes

This weekend is the Sandhill Crane Festival at the Hiwassee Refuge and Birchwood Community Center. For more information go to https://www.tn.gov/twra/article/sandhill-crane-festival

Another great place to view Sandhill’s and many other species of birds is Wheeler Wildlife Refuge along the Tennessee River near Decatur Alabama.  They are having their Festival of the Cranes also this weekend January 14-15.  For more information visit alabamabirdingtrails.com/sites/wheeler-national-wildlife-refuge-visitor-center/