Swift direct flight. Bachman's Warbler: Small warbler, olive-green upperparts, yellow forehead, throat, underparts, faint white eye-ring, black crown, bib. Sexes are similar. The wings have pale rust-brown patches and black flight feathers. It has a rufous crown, white eye ring and dark brown wings. Wings are dark with two white bars. Long barred tail with white, rounded tip. 1. Short-billed Dowitcher: This large sandpiper has mottled gray, black, brown and red-brown upperparts, white rump, red-brown underparts with spots and bars, a long, straight dark bill and long, dark yellow-green legs. Gray morph is a mix. Dives for small fish, crustaceans. It has slow steady wing beats and soars on thermals and updrafts. Head appears black overall with white spot behind eye; cap is very dark green. Tail is black with white undertail coverts. Wings have large white bars. White-winged Dove: Medium-sized, stout dove with gray-brown upperparts, gray underparts, and small, black crescent below eye. Gull-billed Tern: Lightest North American tern. Red-orange legs and feet. Dark green tail may show some rufous. Short flights, alternates rapid wing beats with brief periods of wings pulled to sides. Ferruginous Hawk: Large hawk, white head, streaked, rust-brown shoulders, back, and feathered legs. Wings are dark with thin,white bars. Head and face are pink-red; bill is heavy and black. Tail is short. Sensitive nerve endings snap bill shut when prey is found. Bill is yellow, red spot at tip of lower mandible. Old Man Winter comes to Tennessee with a vengeance some years bringing much colder temperatures and more precipitation than on average, but many winters are mild throughout. Legs and feet are gray. Eye-ring is thin and white. American woodcock The American woodcock is a short-legged, short-tailed, dumpy-looking bird with no apparent neck and a long sharp bill. White line divides green speculum and pale blue shoulder patch on wing. Northern Shrike: Medium shrike with gray upperparts,pale gray underparts. Legs and feet are black. Wilson's Plover: Medium plover, gray-brown upperparts and cap. Swift flight, alternates rapidly beating wings with brief periods of wings pulled to sides. There’s no need to look through dozens of photos of birds that don’t live in your area. Clay-colored Sparrow: Medium sparrow with black-streaked brown upperparts and buff underparts. White eye-ring is broken and slate gray hood extends to upper breast where it darkens to black. It has a black bill, legs and feet. Darker head has white eyebrows and dark eyestripes. Sexes similar, but male is smaller with a brighter bill base. Direct flight with quick upstrokes and slow downstrokes. Belly; lower back, and rump are yellow-green. Harris's Sparrow: Large sparrow with dark-streaked, brown upperparts and white underparts with dark-streaked sides. It has a direct flight with strong, shallow wing beats. Black-headed Grosbeak: Large, stocky finch, black-streaked, orange-brown back, black head, wings, tail. Feeds on aquatic plants, insects and crustaceans. ROBIN 5. Best places to see in Tennessee: While Brown Thrashers are found across the state, they are most conspicuous when singing from exposed perches in early spring. Wings are dark gray with two rust-brown bars. Black upper and lowerparts may show blue gloss. Chestnut-collared Longspur: Small, sparrow-like bird with brown-streaked upperparts, black breast and flanks, some have chestnut on underparts, pale gray belly. Just kidding – they’ve already moved in. Feeds on insects, fish, worms, small crustaceans and seeds. December through February is the winter for birds. Yellow-brown legs and feet. The flight is labored and slow with dangling legs. Snowy Plover: Small plover, pale brown upperparts, white underparts. The pale yellow belly distinguishes this species from other Myiarchus flycatchers. Belly has dull white center; white undertail coverts. Greater Prairie-Chicke: Medium grouse, barred with brown and buff (or white). Wings are dark with broad white edges on feathers. Alternates steady wing beats, short glides. Underparts are white except for black upper breast band. Bill is pink with dark tip. Red eyes with white eye-rings, and white patch above. What was the SIZE of the Brown Perching-like bird you saw in Tennessee? White tail; legs and feet are pink. Apr 30, 2019 - Explore Ann Scott's board "Tennessee Birds", followed by 222 people on Pinterest. Tail is long and black with white corners. They are also what many of us think of when we think of owls because they are in so many pictures and seem to be very photogenic. Bouyant fluttering flight on shallow wing beats. Sexes are similar. The face is pale with finely streaked crown, crisp brown cheek patch, white eyestripe, and gray nape. Sexes are similar. Brown and red-brown mottled upperparts. American Robin. Legs are blue-gray. Black Rail: Smallest North American rail, mostly dark gray or nearly black with white-speckled back, belly, flanks. Mask is black with white border, bill is heavy and slightly hooked. Eats insects, caterpillars, seeds, fruits and berries. The eyes, bill, and legs of all morphs are yellow. Feeds mostly on fish, some crustaceans and insects. Tail is forked; legs and feet are dark gray. Tail is gray with faint bars, dark terminal band, and white trailing edge. Sips nectar. The American robin is a thrush with gray-brown upper parts and a rich red breast. Short bill has bright orange base and black tip. Ring-necked Pheasant: This large chicken-like pheasant has a metallic-brown body, iridescent green head, white neck ring, red eye patch and wattles, and a long pointed tail. Diet includes insects, larvae, mollusks and crabs. It has a buoyant, zigzag flight, alternating several rapid wing beats. The head is black with white patches around the eyes. Tail is green above with central blue shafts. Glaucous Gull: This large white gull has a pale gray back and yellow eyes. Throat feathers are long, purple-red, appearing as streaks on a white background, whiskers when fluffed out, or dark, inverted V when folded. Hovers in display flight and when foraging. Tail is dark gray with white corners. Tail is dark with white corners. Yellow-billed Loon: Large loon, white-spotted black upperparts, white underparts, gray sides with fine white spots. Tail has white edges, dark center and tip. BLACKBIRD 4. Common Snipe: Longest-billed of all snipes, best identified by broad white stripe at base of underwing. Head and neck are bright rust-brown during summer. Belly; lower back, and rump are yellow-green. Lazuli Bunting: Small finch, bright blue upperparts, cinnamon-brown breast and sides, white belly. Smith's Longspur: Medium sparrow, yellow-brown streaked upperparts, black head with white eyebrow and ear patch, and yellow-brown nape, throat, and underparts. Legs are extremely long and red-pink. Body is rufous-brown with black streaks on the back and sides; white wing patches are visible in flight. Sexes are similar. Feeds on seeds, spiders, and insects. Feeds while wading in shallow water, sweeping its bill back and forth. The female is more brightly colored than the male. Strong direct flight with neck extended. Nelson's Sparrow: Small sparrow with brown streaked upperparts. Lark Bunting: Large sparrow, nearly black with large white wing patches, short, white-edged tail, and heavy, blue-gray bill. Feeds on insects, mollusks and crustaceans. Anna's Hummingbird: Medium hummingbird; male has bronze-green upperparts, dull gray underparts. Long-tailed Jaeger: Smallest but most buoyant and graceful jaeger or skua, with gray upperparts, white breast and gray belly. Thin, pale bill. Black bill is short and thin. Black-chinned Hummingbird: Medium hummingbird with metallic green upperparts, gray underparts, white breast, green-washed flanks. Until the 1980's thought to be a pale morph of the Western Grebe. The crown, face and neck are buff with fine brown streaks. Wings are black with white spots. The most common backyard birds throughout the year in the state of Tennessee are these: Tail is short and brown with white corners. Yellow bill. The eggs can vary from a gray or brown hue to a faint blue or green; they are marked with brown, lavender, or black streaks and spots. They have short wings and long tails for rapid maneuvering through trees. Wings with black tips and black bases of primaries. It has a short, dark, slightly upturned bill, a white tail with a black terminal band, and orange legs and feet. It is the smallest of the ptarmigans, and the only one that nests south of Canada. McCown's Longspur: Medium-sized sparrow with streaked gray upperparts, plain gray underparts, and darker breast. It was last seen in the United States in 1962, when it was recorded near Charlestown, South Carolina. Common Redpoll: Small finch, brown-streaked gray upperparts, bright rose-pink breast, boldly streaked flanks and undertail coverts. Red-throated Loon: Small loon with scaled gray back and white underparts. Bill, legs, and feet are black. Lives most of its life above timberline. Female lacks black head and throat, has brown streaked upperparts and buff streaked underparts. Wings have two white bars. Powerful flight alternates flaps with short glides. American Avocet: Long-legged shorebird with long, thin, upcurved bill and distinctive black-and-white back and sides. Sooty Tern: This medium-sized tern has long wings, a deeply forked tail, black crown, nape, and upperparts and a broad triangular white forehead patch. Thank you so much for sharing your gift. Swift direct flight with rapid wing beats. It was first recorded on the Lewis and Clark expedition. Wings are dull green with blue flight feathers. Legs and feet are black. This bird is found in Tennessee only briefly, during spring and fall migration; but there is no point in giving it a more descriptive name, because the bird itself is nondescript. Bill is gray. Wings have white stripes visible in flight. California Gull: This is a medium-sized gull with a white head and underparts, gray wings and black wing tips. White-winged Scoter: Medium sea duck, mostly black except for white eye patches, large white wing patches. The long tail is buff-and-black barred, and has a pale tip; undertail coverts are white with black bars. Eyes are red. Strong direct flight with shallow wing beats. It mainly feeds on insects and other small invertebrates. Black legs and feet. Swift direct flight often with erratic side-to-side turns of body. It has a strong direct flight with deep wing beats. When threatened, Brown Creepers will freeze, often with outspread wings, and remain motionless for several minutes. Crown is rufous, throat is white with black stripes, and bill is gray. Pine Grosbeak: Large, robust finch with red-washed black back, gray sides and undertail coverts, and pink-red rump and underparts. I decided to go online and found your site. Dark phase adult has a dark brown body with a large white patch at base of primaries visible in flight. The head is black with white patches around the eyes. Monk Parakeet: Medium parakeet, green overall, gray forehead, cheeks, lores, throat. Hawks from perch, hovers. It has a long thick yellow bill with a dark tip and black legs and feet. Flies on stiff wing beats, alternates several rapid wing strokes with long glides. Make bird watching in Tennessee even more enjoyable! Bill, legs and feet are black. Common Ground-Dove: Small, rounded dove with plain gray-brown back and scaled pink-gray head and breast. Hood is solid black and eye-ring is dark red. Red Phalarope: This medium-sized sandpiper has dark gray upperparts and rufous neck and underparts. Forages in groung, low vegetation. Feeds on fish, crustaceans, carrion, eggs, insects, larvae,fruits and berries. Bill is pink. Sexes are similar. Rapid direct flight with strong wing beats. Whatbird parametric search. It feeds on small fish, crustaceans and insects. Head has dark gray cap and sharply contrasting white eyebrow and cheek stripe. Harlequin Duck: Small diving duck, blue-gray upperparts and underparts, rust-brown flanks. It has a long pink bill with a black tip that is slightly upcurved. Long, round-tipped tail is edged with white. In winter, the bird is brown with black wings. Rapid bouncy flight, alternates several quick wing beats with wings pulled to sides. Bill, legs and feet are black. If you see one in Tennessee please contact Cyndi Routledge at 931-206-3517 with the location. Brant: This small goose has dark brown upperparts and brown-barred, pale gray underparts. The male is the only all black duck in North America. Whimbrel: This large long-legged sandpiper has brown and white mottled upperparts and buff underparts with faint streaks on sides and flanks. Fish Crow: Medium-sized crow with black body and dark, heavy bill. The Great Horned Owl is easily the largest owl that nests in Tennessee. Monk Parakeet: Medium parakeet, green overall, gray forehead, cheeks, lores, throat. Tail is … Black bill, legs, feet. Black legs, feet. They are permanent residents in the southern parts of their range; northern birds migrate to the southern United States and Mexico in winter, returning to their summer habitat around March or April. The brown-headed cowbird (Molothrus ater) is a small obligate brood parasitic icterid native to temperate and subtropical North America. Pine Grosbeak: Large, robust finch with red-washed black back, gray sides and undertail coverts, and pink-red rump and underparts. Flies in straight line or V formation. First introduced to California from Asia as a game bird in 1857. Female similar but lacks bright gorget. Wings and tail are brown with darker bars. Soars on thermals and updrafts. Bill is olive-brown with fine black tip. Tail is short. Groove-billed Ani: Medium-sized black bird with iridescent blue and green overtones, with a very long tail (half the length of the bird). Lower face and front of neck are white; black cap extends below eye. It has a white face, black cap, and a thick, straight, yellow bill with a black tip. Long hooked yellow-gray bill with yellow "v" shaped gular pouch edged in white. Chestnut-collared Longspur: Small, sparrow-like bird with brown-streaked upperparts, black breast and flanks, some have chestnut on underparts, pale gray belly. The black cap and bib and white cheeks are conspicuous. It feeds on invertebrates, small vertebrates and sometimes carrion from the water's surface. Sexes are similar. East Tennessee has special spot for the Rose Breasted Grosbeak. Sanderling: This medium-sized sandpiper has dark-spotted, rufous upperparts and breast, white underparts and black bill, legs and feet. Throat is iridescent violet; bill is long and slightly decurved. They are very social, spending most of their time in flocks whose movements may be quite unpredictable. Great Black-backed Gull: World's largest gull. Wings have two white bars. The belly is white. Swift direct flight with rapid wing beats. Legs and feet are gray. Flies low over water with strong rapid wing beats. Very Small (3 - 5 in) Small (5 - 9 in) Medium (9 - 16 in) Golden-crowned Sparrow. Head has white forehead patch edged in black and white eyebrows joining above bill. Tail is black with strongly contrasting white outer tail feathers. Black legs, webbed feet. Feeds on seeds, spiders, and insects. As it hops, it often flicks its tail from side to side. Her siblings are Matt, Bam Bam, Bear, Gabe, Noah, and Rain Brown. It has a gray crown and nape, red eyes and a slender black bill. Tail is slightly forked when folded. Bugs. Soars to great heights. The front of the face has a white patch and the bill is usually pink-orange. Bullock's Oriole: Medium oriole, mostly bright orange with black crown, eye-line, throat stripe, back, and central tail. Black-throated Sparrow: Medium sparrow, gray-brown upperparts, white underparts, black bib. The upperwings are gray with black primaries and white secondaries. Broad-tailed Hummingbird: Medium hummingbird with green upperparts and flanks, iridescent red throat, and gray underparts. House Wren: Small wren with brown head, nape, and back showing very fine dark brown bars, faint white eyebrows, and gray-brown underparts with fine brown bars on flanks and below tail. Forages in groung, low vegetation. Spotted Towhee: Large sparrow, white-spotted black back, black rump. Head is black and eyes are red. Bill is dark with a yellow base and slightly decurved. The wings show rufous primaries in flight. Direct, swift flight on rapidly beating wings. This bird has a really distinct ‘song’ or call. December through February is the winter for birds. With Stan Tekiela’s famous field guide, bird identification is simple and informative. Only loon to leap into flight from water or land. Best places to see in Tennessee: Brown Creepers breed in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Reelfoot Lake. Direct flight with rapid wing beats. Feeds on fish by plunge diving and scooping them up with pouch. Diet includes fish, insects and birds. Dull but rather cute flycatcher, with large white-framed eyes. South Polar Skua Dark: This small, gull-like skua occurs in two color phases. Tennessee Watchable Wildlife - 100 Common Birds of Tennessee | Downy Woodpecker. Black tips on the primary feathers are only seen in flight. Strong direct flight on steady wing beats. Flight is swift and undulating on shallow rapid wing beats. It shows white wing linings in flight. Wings are dark gray with two rust-brown bars. Face has thick, black eye-line. Gray-brown wings. Female has gray-brown upperparts, white underparts with brown streaks, and a light to dark salmon colored belly and vent. Western Tanager: Medium-sized tanager with brilliant red head, bright yellow body, black back, wings, and tail. Bill, legs, and feet are black. These friendly birds love being in areas with humans and love to utilize birdfeeders. It dives for food, primarily mollusks and crustaceans. Dark wings with white wing bar. Breast and sides are pale brown with pale streaks; throat, belly, and undertail coverts are white. Wings have large white bars. Barrow's Goldeneye: Medium diving duck with black upperparts, contrasting white shoulder bars, white underparts. Sexes are similar. Hood and throat are iridescent red, may appear black or dark purple in low light; broken white eye-ring is usually visible. The legs and feet are red. Feeds on small fish, insects and aquatic invertebrates. Sexes are similar. Bill is pink. Feeds on invertebrates. Its name reflects its capacity to mimic the calls of other species. Alternates several deep flaps with glides and fast wing beats. It has a rapid direct flight with strong, quick wing beats. The first reports of nesting of the species in Tennessee were from Roane County in 1886, Reelfoot Lake in 1895, Nashville in 1918, Shelby County in 1921, and East Tennessee in 1932. Legs and feet are blue-gray. Common Redpoll: Small finch, brown-streaked gray upperparts, bright rose-pink breast, boldly streaked flanks and undertail coverts. Blue Grosbeak State bird of Maine and Massachusetts. Legs are yellow to pale brown. Nape is chestnut-brown, crown is black, and throat is white. Sips nectar. The tail is deeply forked and white with dark edged outer feathers. Townsend's Warbler: Olive-green upperparts, black throat and upper breast. As it hops, it often flicks its tail from side to side. The sexes are similar. Short, bounding flights, alternates rapid wing beats with wings pulled to sides. Listen for its rush-and-jumble song in summer and you’ll find this species zipping through shrubs and low tree branches, snatching at insects. Direct flight with strong fast wing beats. Forages on the ground and in low vegetation. Broad white stripes on black wings are visible in flight. It feeds on green plants including eel grass and sea lettuce. Dark juvenile is darker overall; has gray throat and lacks white belly. Birds in Tennessee range from more frequently seen birds such as the Carolina Chickadee to less seen birds such as the Olive-sided Flycatcher. Avibase is an extensive database information system about all birds of the world, containing over &1 million records about 10,000 species and 22,000 subspecies of birds, including distribution information for 20,000 regions, taxonomy, synonyms in several languages and more. North America's smallest goose. House Wren: Small wren with brown head, nape, and back showing very fine dark brown bars, faint white eyebrows, and gray-brown underparts with fine brown bars on flanks and below tail. The female house finch is a plain brown, streaky bird, more apt to be mistaken for a sparrow, or a female indigo or lazuli bunting, than anything else. Wings have conspicuous white patches. Fast flight on shallow wing beats. Diet includes fish and small birds. The orange-crowned warbler can also look similar, but lacks the white eyebrow, is greyer-brown above and has yellow undertail coverts. Tail is short. Western Grebe: Large, long-necked grebe with dark gray upperparts, white underparts, gray sides and flanks. Juvenile is heavily barred and spotted gray; has white patches on underwings, white throat, white belly and dark-tipped gray bill. The brown-headed cowbird (Molothrus ater) is a small obligate brood parasitic icterid native to temperate and subtropical North America. Short-billed Dowitcher: This large sandpiper has mottled gray, black, brown and red-brown upperparts, white rump, red-brown underparts with spots and bars, a long, straight dark bill and long, dark yellow-green legs. They are also what many of us think of when we think of owls because they are in so many pictures and seem to be very photogenic. Gray legs, feet. Flies in straight line and V formation. Feeds on algae and aquatic plants, insects and insect larvae. Lower breast and sides are yellow with black streaks and belly is white.Face is yellow with black crown and cheek patch and yellow crescent below eye. Feeds on aquatic insects. Orange air sacs on both sides of the neck inflate during courtship display; long feathers on back of neck also raised during displays. They prey on other birds. Western Kingbird: Large flycatcher, gray upperparts, darker head, white throat and upper breast, and yellow lower breast and belly. Forages on ground and in trees and bushes. Upper neck and head are featherless and dark gray. Wings are dark with white stripes visible in flight. Swift direct flight on rapidly beating wings. They are permanent residents in the southern parts of their range; northern birds migrate to the southern United States and Mexico in winter, returning to their summer habitat around March or April. Tail is dark gray with white corners. Mottled Duck: Medium dabbling duck with dark brown mottled body, feathers usually show distinct multi-toned chevrons, buff-brown face and unmarked neck, darker crown and eye line. Rock Wren: Medium wren with white-speckled gray upperparts, brown rump, white-over-black eye brow, white throat and breast with fine gray streaks, and buff-yellow flanks and belly. The wings have pale rust-brown patches and black flight feathers. What was the SIZE of the Brown Perching-like bird you saw in Tennessee? Brown Thrashers are exuberant singers, with one of the largest repertoires of any North American songbird. It has a white rump with a dark central stripe and black legs and feet. Weak fluttering flight with legs dangling. Black legs and feet. Flight is swift and direct with rapid wing beats. Face, sides of rump, underparts are white. Black cap covers eyes, crosses chin and ends at yellow nape. Tail is black with strongly contrasting white outer tail feathers. Wings are dark gray with two rust-brown bars. We went through a "Birds of Tennessee" book lookiing to identify a bird at our feeder in Monterey. Flight is swift and swallow like, with rapid wing beats, quick movements and turns. Weak fluttering flight on shallow wing beats. Head has gray-brown crown and nape, orange-brown face, and gray cheeks. Eyes are red and bill is orange-red with black tip. Feeds on aquatic plants collected from bottom. King Eider: Large diving duck with black body and white breast, back. Bell's Vireo: Small vireo, faint, broken eye-ring, thick, slightly flattened hooked bill, one or two faint wing bars. Iridescent throat patch can appear purple, green or black. Nape and upper back are chestnut-brown. Tail is pale gray, dark band at base. Long, round-tipped tail is edged with white. Female has gray-brown upperparts, white underparts with brown streaks, and a light to dark salmon colored belly and vent. White-tailed Ptarmigan: Small grouse, mottled brown overall, white on wings, breast, belly, red eye comb, white-edged brown tail, legs covered with white feathers. 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