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Birding at Radnor Lake

This morning I drove with a friend to do some birdwatching at Radnor Lake, one of the birding hot spots in the Nashville area. Nashville is about 90 miles from where we live, so this was no small undertaking. It turned out to be a quiet day. We saw a few things at the end of our walk -- a singing male Prothonotary Warbler, resplendent in brilliant yellow; a furtive Northern Waterthrush, which is not an easy bird to find; a singing male Summer Tanager, bright red and very cooperative. But we had hoped to see more. This is the height of Spring migration, and Radnor is known for turning up rarities. We didn't find any.

It would have been easy to feel that we had wasted the day and the long drive. But it was a beautiful morning, breezy, warm, sunny. There were Wood Ducks all over the lake. We saw thrushes and managed to find Scarlet Tanagers -- common but gorgeous -- Swainson's Thrushes with their ascending, ethereal, flutelike song, Nashville and Blackburnian and Yellow-throated Warblers. I had some nice time with a good friend. And I was outside, smelling wild roses and the sweet scent of Sycamores.

There was nothing wasted, no reason to be disappointed. Sometimes adjusting expectations is the key to enjoying oneself. Today was a perfect example.

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kk1raven
Apr. 29th, 2012 11:04 pm (UTC)
If it is possible to waste a day birdwatching, I haven't figured out how to do it. Even if the birds don't show up, there's always something else interesting to look at.
davidbcoe
Apr. 29th, 2012 11:18 pm (UTC)
Very true. I didn't even mention the butterflies we saw at the lake, which were numerous and varied and incredibly beautiful. Swallowtails and Fritillaries and Emperors. Thanks for the comment!
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