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Warner Parks

Birding Seasons:
Spring A+
Summer B
Fall A
Winter B

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Site Description and Habitats

Comprised primarily of wooded hills with mature deciduous forest. Small streams and drainages occur throughout the parks. Open grassy fields, picnic areas, a golf course, and a steeplechase are present. An 11 mile driving route passes through the parks north of Old Hickory Blvd and is accessible from Old Hickory Blvd, Chickering Rd, among other locations. Hiking trails span the entire park system. Horse trails are present as well.

Bird species of interest

Spring and Fall Migration: Nearly all transient warblers, vireos, thrushes and flycatchers are found annually. Golden-winged Warbler tends to occur in fall, but Olive-sided Flycatchers are found in spring and fall. Warner Parks is a good place to listen for Mourning and Connecticut Warblers in early to mid-May

Summer: Red-eyed Vireo, Hooded Warbler, Kentucky Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, Black-and-white Warbler, Summer Tanager, Wood Thrush, and Ovenbird.

Winter: Grassy and shrubby areas can have White-throated, White-crowned, Fox, Song, and/or Swamp Sparrows. Hermit Thrush, Winter Wren, and Purple Finch are possible.

Year-Round: Wild Turkey are common to abundant. Barred Owl are common and often make themselves obvious. Cooper's Hawk patrol the area continually and may been seen dashing through the woods and across fields.

Rarities Seen at this Site: Northern Saw-whet Owl has been trapped and banded here a couple times.

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Other wildlife viewing opportunities
White-tailed Deer are abundant.

Detailed directions for birding Warner Park

The Warner Parks Nature Center at 7311 Highway 100- in Edwin Warner Park, is a good place to start a Warner Parks birding trip. From Nashville or Memphis, take I-40 exit 199 (Old Hickory Boulevard), turn left and follow Old Hickory Boulevard for 4 miles to Highway 100. Turn left and go 0.2 miles to the Edwin Warner Park entrance and turn right into the Park. Follow the Park drive to the left for 0.3 miles to the Nature Center (coordinates 36.06084 N, -86.91117).

Coming from the south or southeast via I-65, take the Old Hickory Boulevard West exit in Brentwood and follow Old Hickory Boulevard 7.5 miles to Highway 100. Turn left onto Highway 100 and go 0.3 miles to the Edwin Warner Park entrance and turn left into the Park. Follow the Park drive to the left for 0.3 miles to the Nature Center.

Most birding activities begin with the Nature Center, where feeding stations can be viewed without disturbing the birds. A second feeding station can be found a short walk along the Hungry Hawk Trail, part of a network of trails in the Warner Parks. Birds found in the vicinity of the Nature Center include the usual feeder birds-chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, woodpeckers, wrens, cardinals, towhees, jays, and finches-and, during the winter, juncos and various sparrows.

The fields and woods adjoining the Nature Center and continuing along Highway 100 play host to numerous American Kestrels, Purple Martins (martin houses provided free of charge), Barn Swallows, Eastern Meadowlarks, Chimney Swifts, Field Sparrows, Eastern Phoebes, Northern Mockingbirds, American Robins, American Goldfinches, Indigo Buntings, Eastern and Common Yellowthroats. Wild Turkeys, rarely seen a decade ago, have become quite common along the roads-and especially on the adjacent golf course on Old Hickory Boulevard, while raptors are commonly seen there and at the Steeplechase grounds. Black Vultures like to perch high atop telephone poles overlooking the Nature Center.

The deciduous woodlands occupying much of the parks are home to, among many other birds, owls, woodpeckers, flycatchers, gnatcatchers, thrushes, vireos, and warblers. Deep Woods, Beech Woods, and Indian Springs picnic areas in Percy Warner, good spots for viewing woodland birds, are all easily accessible by road.

The riparian belt along the Little Harpeth River will turn up occasional ducks, sandpipers, herons, kingfishers, flycatchers and other birds seeking running water and insects.

Lat-Long (GPS) coordinates
Warner Park Nature Center: 36.06095, -86.90607

Fees and Hours
Warner Park is open year round, daylight hours. There is no entrance fee.
Nature Center hours: Tues-Sat, 9am-4pm.

Restrooms are available

Metropolitan Board of Parks and Recreation
511 Oman Street, Nashville, Tennessee 37203

Info for other sites
Tennessee’s Watchable Wildlife web site