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Sharps Ridge Memorial Park
Site Description and Habitats
Sharp's Ridge Memorial Park is a 1.5 mile section of ridge on the north side of Knoxville. It is one of many parallel ridges running northeast to southwest in eastern Tennessee. Unlike most of the others, it is very easily accessible with a paved road along its crest.
The site is a limestone ridge with a hardwood/pine forest in an urban setting. Undergrowth varies from dense privet to open understory with scattered wildflowers. The area has several paved and unpaved parking areas, and two covered picnic table/shelters.
The attraction is passerine migration in spring and fall. Birding can be hit or miss, but when it is good, it can be phenomenal.
Bird species of interest
Spring and Fall Migration: Tennessee, Magnolia, Orange-crowned, Cerulean, Chestnut-sided, Blackpoll (spring only), Nashville, Cape May, and Bay-breasted Warblers, Yellow-bellied and Least Flycatcher, Philadelphia Vireo, Veery, Gray-cheeked and Swainson's Thrush, among numerous other migrants. Merlin make periodic passes through here. Just about anything can drop in here.
Summer: Brown Thrasher, Cedar Waxwing, Northern Parula, Pine Warbler, Common Grackle, Eastern Bluebird, Chimney Swift, and Eastern Wood-pewee.
Winter: Hermit Thrush, Brown Creeper, Winter Wren, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglet, White-throated, Swamp, and Fox Sparrow.
Year-Round: Red-headed and Pileated Woodpecker, Great Horned Owl, White-breasted Nuthatch, and Cooper's Hawk.
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