NTOS March Field Trip to Bells Bend

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Join Mike Smith for an early spring outing as we explore the overgrown fields and pastures of Bells Bend Park.  In terms of total species, Bells Bend was the top hotspot in Davidson County in 2020, with an impressive number of rarities including a first state record Cassin’s Kingbird.  We’ll begin before dawn at Bells Bend Park to look and listen for owls and American Woodcock, the males of which hopefully will still be “peenting” and displaying their way into the hearts of the females just before dawn.  Once things lighten up, we’ll meander along the trails in search of sparrows, waterfowl, Northern Harrier, and other early spring arrivals.  We’ll meet at 5:30 a.m. at the Poplar Creek trailhead (the first entrance off of Old Hickory Blvd) for the pre-dawn portion of our trip.  Those wishing to sleep in a bit can meet up with the group back at the Poplar Creek parking lot around 7:00.  We should wrap up around lunchtime.  Please dress in layers, and wear appropriate footwear as the grassy trails at Bells can be damp.  (Contact information: ms722@bellsouth.net. Please include “NTOS Field Trip” in the subject line.)