Spring Migrants Arrive to Warner Parks

March 26, 2021


The Birds are Back in Town

Shared by Heather Gallagher, Naturalist at the Nature Center

Wake up early any morning in winter and you’ll enjoy a tranquil silence.

Wake up early in late March and the birds are quite vocal—Mockingbirds first, repeating the same calls over and over, followed by American Robins with their “cheer, cheer cheerful charmer.”

And now, the birds are back in town with a full force chorus!

Spring Migrants at the Nature Center

Visit the Nature Center to welcome back our spring migrants. These birds spent the winter in warmer climates and have returned to feed and breed in Tennessee. And we truly welcome them back, because not only are they beautiful; they are also insectivores that keep our mosquito and dragonfly populations in check.

Tree Swallows will greet you as you drive up the Edwin Warner entrance off of Highway 100. Notice them to your left at the “double bluebird houses.”

Purple Martins (pictured top right) returned two weeks ago, and their churtling (yes, that’s not a typo) can be heard as they soar over the martin gourds next to the Learning Center.

And speaking of the Learning Center, the barn swallows are back! These birds make mud nests in the eves of the building and raise 2 broods. Observe them flying low near the meadow, grabbing insects in their beaks. 

This is just the beginning of migration. Join a Nature Center-led bird hike this spring, borrow a pair of binoculars, or take a walk in the Parks. 

The birds are back in town!

Celebrating our 40 year legacy of avian research

The B.I.R.D. Program is funded by Friends of Warner Parks, in collaboration with Warner Park Nature Center and Nashville Metro Parks and Recreation. Thanks to dedicated volunteers, staff, and partners - this year marks the 40th anniversary of the WPNC Bird Banding Station! Please support our legacy bird research and public engagement and education programs by making a donation, becoming a member, and volunteering with Warner Parks. #ProtectTheBirds #ProtectWarnerParks.

Spring Migrants Arrive to Warner Parks

March 26, 2021


The Birds are Back in Town

Shared by Heather Gallagher, Naturalist at the Nature Center

Wake up early any morning in winter and you’ll enjoy a tranquil silence.

Wake up early in late March and the birds are quite vocal—Mockingbirds first, repeating the same calls over and over, followed by American Robins with their “cheer, cheer cheerful charmer.”

And now, the birds are back in town with a full force chorus!

Spring Migrants at the Nature Center

Visit the Nature Center to welcome back our spring migrants. These birds spent the winter in warmer climates and have returned to feed and breed in Tennessee. And we truly welcome them back, because not only are they beautiful; they are also insectivores that keep our mosquito and dragonfly populations in check.

Tree Swallows will greet you as you drive up the Edwin Warner entrance off of Highway 100. Notice them to your left at the “double bluebird houses.”

Purple Martins (pictured top right) returned two weeks ago, and their churtling (yes, that’s not a typo) can be heard as they soar over the martin gourds next to the Learning Center.

And speaking of the Learning Center, the barn swallows are back! These birds make mud nests in the eves of the building and raise 2 broods. Observe them flying low near the meadow, grabbing insects in their beaks. 

This is just the beginning of migration. Join a Nature Center-led bird hike this spring, borrow a pair of binoculars, or take a walk in the Parks. 

The birds are back in town!

Celebrating our 40 year legacy of avian research

The B.I.R.D. Program is funded by Friends of Warner Parks, in collaboration with Warner Park Nature Center and Nashville Metro Parks and Recreation. Thanks to dedicated volunteers, staff, and partners - this year marks the 40th anniversary of the WPNC Bird Banding Station! Please support our legacy bird research and public engagement and education programs by making a donation, becoming a member, and volunteering with Warner Parks. #ProtectTheBirds #ProtectWarnerParks.

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