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Sightings of interest from the past month:

12/28 – Hooded Mergansers (1 male, 3 female), Green-winged Teal (male), Hairy Woodpecker

1/1/2021 – Wood Ducks (2 male, 1 female)

1/9 – Lance photographed a female Northern Cardinal and a White-breasted Nuthatch.

Female Northern Cardinal (Photo by Lance Jessee)

White-breasted Nuthatch (Photo by Lance Jessee)

1/12 – Common Mergansers (2 male and female)

1/15 – Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk

Bald Eagle (Photo by Lance Jessee)

1/18 – Pied-billed Grebe

1/19 – Great Blue Heron, Ruby and Golden-crowned Kinglets

1/20 – Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned Kinglet

All sightings are by one or more Nature Center staff (Jeremy Stout, Don Holt, Lance Jessee) unless otherwise specified.

Lance Jessee

Sightings of interest from the past two weeks:

9/14 – Monarchs (1 adult, 2 chrysalids, 5 caterpillars)

9/16 – Harvester caterpillar, 5 Monarch chrysalids

9/21 – Common Yellowthroat, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Black & White Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, Purple Stem and Crooked Stem, Wavy-leaved Aster, Frost Aster, Heart-leaved Wood Aster

9/23 – Ovenbird, Autumn Coral-root Orchid

9/25 – Black-throated Green Warblers

9/26 – Queen Snake

9/28 – Don has been seeing a lot of migratory birds lately. Today he saw 6 Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, 4 Eastern Wood-Pewees, Bay-breasted Warbler, 2 Chestnut-sided Warblers, 4 Swainson’s Thrush, 100 Chimney Swifts, 6 Cape May Warblers, 4 Scarlet Tanagers, Gray-cheeked Thrush, American Redstart, Orange-crowned Warbler.

9/30 – Palm Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, 5 Cape May Warblers, Gray-cheeked Thrush, 5 Swainson’s Thrush, 6 Scarlet Tanagers, 5 Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Ruby-throated Hummingbird

All sightings are by one or more Nature Center staff (Jeremy Stout, Don Holt, Lance Jessee) unless otherwise specified.

Lance Jessee

Top 20 sightings of 2020:

  1. Prothonotary Warbler, park record species on April 25th and 30th, June 4th and 12th
  2. Great Egrets, park high count of 72 on October 1st
  3. Swamp Sparrow, park’s first spring record on May 12th through 15th
  4. Fish Crow, park high count of 10 on April 13th
  5. Black Racer, June 28th
  6. Eastern Milksnake, June 24th
  7. Wormsnakes, both local subspecies on March 28th and April 8th
  8. Ruddy Duck, male in breeding plumage on March 15th
  9. Horned Grebes, 5 with one in breeding plumage on March 13th
  10. Purple Martin, earliest park record on March 7th
  11. Red-headed Woodpecker, same individual January through March
  12. Northern Map Turtle, June 20th
  13. Brown-legged Grass Carrier wasp (Isodontia auripes), August 4th
  14. Copperhead, June 2nd
  15. Northern Harrier, April 20th and 22nd
  16. Black Bear, July 30th
  17. Twelve-spotted Tiger Beetles, April 4th
  18. 100 Cedar Waxwings, March 17th
  19. Merlin, January 14th and March 27th
  20. Harvester butterfly July 28th, caterpillar in September

Happy New Year to All!

Lance Jessee

Sightings of interest from the past couple of weeks:

12/7 – Hooded Mergansers (2 female)

12/9 – Red-tailed Hawk, Golden-crowned Kinglets, Belted Kingfisher

12/16 – Horned Grebe, Pied-billed Grebe

12/18 – Hairy Woodpecker

12/21 – Brown Creeper, Pied-billed Grebe, 12 Ring-necked Ducks

All sightings are by one or more Nature Center staff (Jeremy Stout, Don Holt, Lance Jessee) unless otherwise specified.

Lance Jessee

Sightings of interest from the past few weeks:

11/23 – Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Dark-eyed Juncos, Eastern Bluebirds, Yellow-rumped Warbler

11/25 – Hairy Woodpecker, Dark-eyed Juncos

12/1 – Buffleheads (3 female, 1 male)

12/2 – Pied-billed Grebe, 2 Common Ravens, 2 Pileated Woodpeckers, Red-tailed Hawk

12/3 – Common Raven, Red-tailed Hawk, Buffleheads (3 female)

12/4 – Hooded Merganser (female)

All sightings are by one or more Nature Center staff (Jeremy Stout, Don Holt, Lance Jessee) unless otherwise specified.

Lance Jessee

Sightings of interest from the past week:

11/11 – Cooper’s Hawk, Dark-eyed Juncos

11/13 – Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, 2 Ring-necked Ducks, Pied-billed Grebe

11/14 – Common Buckeye, Shining Clubmoss

Shining Clubmoss (Photo by Lance Jessee)
Shining Clubmoss detail (Photo by Lance Jessee)

11/16 – American Kestrel

11/17 – Gadwalls* (2 male, 1 female)

11/18 – 2 Brown Creepers, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Dark-eyed Juncos, 2 Red-breasted Nuthatches, Red-tailed Hawk (nearly caught a squirrel), White-throated Sparrows, Hairy woodpecker

*First of season

All sightings are by one or more Nature Center staff (Jeremy Stout, Don Holt, Lance Jessee) unless otherwise specified.


Lance Jessee

Sightings of interest from the past couple of weeks:

10/29 – Beaver, Red-tailed Hawk

11/2 – *Pine Siskins (>20), *Dark-eyed Juncos (2), *Bufflehead (4 male), *Pied-billed Grebe, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

11/4 – Cooper’s Hawk, Pine Siskins feeding on Virginia Pine cones

Pine Siskin (Photo by Lance Jessee)

11/5 – *Purple Finch

11/7 – Ringneck Snake

11/8 – Golden-crowned Kinglet

* First of season

All sightings are by one or more Nature Center staff (Jeremy Stout, Don Holt, Lance Jessee) unless otherwise specified.

Lance Jessee

Sightings of interest from the past few weeks:

10/12 – Cape May Warblers, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Scarlet Tanagers, Chimney Swifts, Tennessee Warbler, Eastern Wood-Pewee

10/14 – Tennessee Warbler, Cape May Warbler

10/15 – 9 Blue-winged Teals

10/19 – 2 Fish Crows, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

10/21 – Monarch, Eastern Wood-Pewee

10/23 – Meadow Vole, Common Raven, Eastern Wood-Pewee

All sightings are by one or more Nature Center staff (Jeremy Stout, Don Holt, Lance Jessee) unless otherwise specified.

Lance Jessee

Sightings of interest from the past couple of weeks:

10/1 – Monarch, 72 Great Egrets (park high count, 3 less than northeast TN regional high count)

10/2 – Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Tennessee Warbler

10/5 – Red-headed Woodpecker, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Scarlet Tanagers

10/6 – Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Cloudless Sulphur

10/7 – Monarch, Cloudless Sulphur, Ovenbird

10/9 – 2 Northern Pintails, 2 Cooper’s Hawks, Red-tailed Hawk, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Swainson’s Thrush, Tennessee Warbler, Cape May Warblers, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Scarlet Tanagers, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Lincoln’s Sparrow (by Melanie Kelley)

10/10 – Rose-breasted Grosbeak

10/11 – Eastern Garter Snake

All sightings are by one or more Nature Center staff (Jeremy Stout, Don Holt, Lance Jessee) unless otherwise specified.

Lance Jessee

Sightings of interest from the past two weeks:

9/1 – Great Spangled Fritillary, Virginian Tiger Moth caterpillar

Virginian Tiger Moth caterpillar (Photo by Lance Jessee)

 

9/2 – Swainson’s Thrush, *Black Swallowtail, Swift Setwing, Beechdrops and White Wood Aster blooming

9/4 – Hairy Woodpecker

9/5 – Goldenrod Soldier Beetles, Eastern Tailed-Blue, Monarch, Great Spangled Fritillary, Clouded Sulphur, Cloudless Sulphur

Goldenrod Soldier Beetle (Photo by Lance Jessee)

 

9/7 – Northern Mole Cricket singing

9/9 – Cloudless Sulphur, Red-spotted Purple, Fiery Skipper, Dragonhunter, Northern Map Turtle, 2 Spiny Softshell Turtles, Wood Frog, 14 species of Pteridophytes (ferns and clubmosses), Mistflower, 3 Carolina Mantids

9/11 – Northern Water Snake

9/13 – Eastern Fence Lizards, Pipevine Swallowtail, Pearl Crescent, Eastern Tailed-Blue, Black-shouldered Spinylegs, Carolina Locusts (grasshopper), Differential Grasshopper, Red-legged Grasshoppers

Differential Grasshopper (Photo by Lance Jessee)

 

Red-legged Grasshopper (Photo by Lance Jessee)

 

*First of year

 

All sightings are by one or more Nature Center staff (Jeremy Stout, Don Holt, or Lance Jessee) unless otherwise specified.

 

Lance Jessee