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Flycatcher at Radnor Lake State Park near Olympus Midtown in Nashville, Tennessee

RADNOR LAKE STATE PARK IS A POPULAR BIRD WATCHING DESTINATION

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Less than eight miles from Olympus Midtown is a scenic destination known as Radnor Lake State Park.

Encompassing more than 1,300-acres, the park is known for its fabulous hiking and wildlife opportunities, and more than six miles of trails are dedicated to these activities.

Along the way, you may spot bird species such as:

Double-crested Cormorant

Double-crested cormorants are large waterbirds that have a long neck and tail. Adults are brown-black with a small patch of yellow skin on their face, while juveniles are brownish overall. These birds float low in the water and dive for fish, and when in flight, they typically from V-shaped flocks. Listen for their guttural grunts that sound similar to that of an oinking pig.

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Typically found among the canopies of deciduous trees, yellow-billed cuckoos are identified by their warm brown feathers above and whitish ones below. Their bill is thick and nearly as long as their head, and it's used to snatch caterpillars. Both members of a nesting pair sing a series of "kow-kow-kow" notes that sound like a metal door knocker when it hits the strike plate.

Great Crested Flycatcher

Great crested flycatchers have a powerful build, and they are reddish brown above and bright yellow underneath. These birds are typically found in woodlots and woodlands where they perch near the tops of trees to watch for large insects. Bird watchers will want to learn their sounds as both males and females have four basic daytime calls, including a "whee-eep" whistle that ends abruptly.

Along with bird watching, visitors at Radnor Lake State Park can also enjoy ranger-led programs throughout the year including astronomy night hikes and wildflower walks.

If you would like to call our apartments in Nashville home, please contact us to schedule a tour. In addition to the park, we are also near top shopping and dining destinations.

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