Birding Sites in Middle Tennessee

Bells Bend - A large pastoral park near Nashville with extensive open fields, fencerows, and hiking trails featuring grassland and shrubland species such as Henslow's Sparrow and Willow Flycatcher.

Radnor Lake - One of the premier sites in the Nashville area, featuring waterfowl and woodland birds.

Warner Parks - A historic birding and ornithological research site, offering forests and fields in the state's largest municipal parks.

Shelby Park and Bottoms - Another top spot at Nashville with fields, woodlands, and riverbank habitats.

Ellington Agricultural Center - A park-like campus in the urban Nashville area offering a variety of field, fencerow, streamside and woodlot habitats.

Beaman Park - An area near Nashville featuring woodland thrushes, warblers, and tanagers.

Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge
643 Wildlife Road
Dover, TN 37058
(615) 232-7477, Fax (615) 232-5958
Bird checklist available here in html format or here in pdf format (requires Adobe Acrobat)
TN Important Bird Area account

Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge - Duck River Unit
P.O. Box 849
Paris, TN 38242
(731) 642-2091, Fax (731) 644-3351
Bird checklist available here in html format or here in PDF format
Duck River Unit map
TN Important Bird Area account
Tennessee Watchable Wildlife account

Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area
Located along the TN/KY state line between Kentucky and Barkley Lakes.
100 Van Morgan Drive       
Golden Pond, KY 42211
Abreviated bird checklist available here in PDF format (requires Adobe Acrobat) 
TN Important Bird Area account  
Tennessee Watchable Wildlife account

Click here for Stephen Stedman's compilation of bird finding information and species lists for counties in the Upper Cumberland Region of northeastern Middle Tennessee, the western Cumberland Plateau, and Kentucky. Middle Tennessee counties covered in this compilation include Clay, DeKalb, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Smith, Van Buren, Warren, and White.

Click here for Middle Tennessee sites described on the Tennessee Watchable Wildlife website.

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