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  B Estabrooks Andersonville Anytime English
  Greetings! I am an active “seasoned citizen” and a pretty-passionate birder. After 4 decades of birding, my North America Life List stands at 558 species. My primary interest is in warblers, and most of my birding is in pursuit of these gems of creation. I primarily focus my birding efforts on the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee (Anderson and Campbell Counties). With elevations that reach up to over 3400 ft., and dominated by mixed-hardwood forest, this are is rich in resident and migrating warblers. It is world-renowned for its breeding populations of Cerulean Warbler. In these pursuits, I am not averse to using audio attractants or playback as a means of determining the presence of important species. Area:
Cross Mountain (Campbell Co.)
Cross Mountain (Campbell Co)--Cumberland Trailhead
Cross Mountain (Campbell Co.)--Goldenwing Mt.
Cross Mtn.--Tower Rd.-Grissel Branch Bowl
Area Birds:
Cerulean Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Hooded Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Black-and-White Warbler
American Redstart
Blue-headed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
White-eyed Vireo
Field Sparrow

Nature: birding, photography
Travel: train
Visit: mountains, ocean
Attend: church, birding outings

L LeGrand Crossville Anytime English
I retired to the Cumberland Plateau of east Middle Tennessee several years ago. I've been an active birder most of my life.
D Williamson Dandridge Weekend English
I have been birding many years across much of North America. I enjoy being out-of-doors exploring trails and various habitats. I currently live near Knoxville, Tennessee. Upper Tennessee River valley. Birds typical of eastern U.S. land birds. Hardwood forests, riparian habitat, southern Appalachian Mtns.
B Viola Knoxville Anytime English
I have never just went off to bird watch, but love birds and would enjoy a new outdoor hobby and or lifestyle. New to this and hope to learn.
N Bachman Maryville Anytime English
Love to watch birds.


  M Todd Jackson Anytime English
  I am an avid birder and started birding as a child. I have traveled fairly extensively both abroad and in the ABA, as well as my home state of TN. In TN I primarily bird the western 1/3 of the state, focusing on the Mississippi River and Tennessee River areas. There are some great birding sites in my area such as the Ensley complex in Memphis, Reelfoot Lake, the various units of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge such as Big Sandy and Duck River.

Shorebirds are my absolute favorites, but I enjoy looking at all of the various birds to be found here. I do a lot of photography as well, but always a birder first and foremost
Ensley complex in Memphis, Reelfoot Lake, Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge, Big Sandy and Duck River.

Area Birds:

Birding and photography are my main interest, along with photographing airshows.

J Carpenter Monteagle Anytime English
My area is East TN, and surrounding regions.
A Parra Mount Juliet Anytime English
I'm just an avid backyard birdwatcher. I provide my birds with plenty of water and food year round for the enjoyment of just watching them.


  G Gerdeman Nashville Anytime English and some limited conversational French
  I am an avid birder and bird/wildlife photographer in the Nashville area. Though interested in birds from an early age, I only got really deep into birding about 10 years ago and have never looked back. I serve on a local Bird Research committee, and lead semi-annual birding walks in the area. I have traveled fairly extensively in the ABA and Western Europe, and some in Latin America. My website currently is all photos, but will hopefully feature blog content soon.

The greater Nashville area has a lot of hardwood forest and a number of area lakes and rivers. It is a good area for most eastern Wood-warblers during migration, with several area breeders, and year-round woodland species.

Winter brings in good numbers of waterfowl to the area, and we are about an hour's drive from the Duck River Unit of TN National Wildlife Refuge.
Radnor Lake State Wildlife is great for migrating warblers and resident woodland species, including Barred Owl and often Bald Eagle.

Bells Bend park is good for Prairie species, including Prairie Warbler, Eastern Meadowlark, Northern Harrier (winter only), many sparrow species, etc.

These are only two of several area hotspots.

Nature: birdwatching, photography, hiking,
Other: cycling, music (avid jazz fan, esp.)


  R Hardman Nashville Anytime English
  I am a herpetologist and have deep knowledge of amphibians and reptiles in my area and some areas in Central and South America. I also bird frequently in Latin America Area:
I live in southeast USA but bird mostly in Central and South America

Area Birds:

Nature: birdwatching, photography, herpetology, herping (reptile/amphibian)
Travel:hiking, climbing,
Visit: tourist site, museum, restaurant, vineyard, ski run/trail,
Attend: live music,
Participate: bar, rock, wine, beer
Play: Frisbee

J Arnett Nashville, TN Anytime English
I've only been actively birding for the last year or so, but I've been out a lot this year and would be happy to accompany visitors if schedules allow. Weekdays work better for me. Area:
Radnor Lake, Shelby Park

Area Birds:
Great migrant diversity in spring and fall
D Kasnick Nashville Anytime English
Has many Corp of Engineer lakes, resident ducks, geese, lots of wilderness areas, over 600 waterfalls in TN, Deer, wildlife. I am a avid photo hound. See my website for a major photo trip out west in 2009.
C Haas Nashville Weekend English
When I turned 50 a few years ago, it seemed my eyes opened and I began to see all the wonderful birds around me. I am continually amazed by birds and I love to photograph them. I am happy to take you to some of my favorite birding haunts in Nashville, when I have time on the weekends.

L Lawrence Oliver Springs, Tennessee Most anytime except Saturday mornings English
Began a life list November of 2017; just past recording my first 100 on eBird. My younger brother Dave has been my inspiration. My wife and I enjoy birding and photography together. We would love to increase our count by another 100 this year and meet new friends. Area:
Counties surrounding Anderson or Knox; reserves, preserves, conservations, sanct

Area Birds:
So far just the commonly recognized.
Nature: birdwatching, photography, butterflies, wild flowers, gardening,
Travel: stroll, walking, train, bus, car, air
Visit: arboretum, historical sites,
Hobbies: wheel thrown pottery, gardening, reading - non-fiction, classical music

L Shearer Watts Bar Lake Anytime English, French
I live in an area on Watts Bar Lake where we see Bald Eagles, Ospreys, Great Blue Herons, and Kingfishers on a daily basis.

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Local Information
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Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Tennessee
Local weather Yahoo
Electronic maps Google Maps
Bird check list Printable
Tennessee Ornithological Society Club
Cumberland-Harpeth Audubon Society Club
Warioto Audubon Society Club
Tennessee's Watchable Wildlife Wildlife
Birding Hotspots around the world Sites
A good website to learn more about birding in Tennessee is Web Site