Many of us post photos of our favorite birds here, but how many of us post photos of the places that made the bird first known to the world?
While on a birding trip through the Southeastern U.S. in 1810-1811, Alexander Wilson noticed an undiscovered bird on a hilltop about 1 mile southeast of downtown Nashville, Tennessee. He promptly called the bird the Nashville Warbler. Ironically, he was there at one of the few times in the year that the bird is actually present IN Nashville. It does not nest ANYWHERE near Nashville and just passes through there during migration. Nevertheless, the name has stuck. The site where he first saw it later became the site of the old Nashville Memorial Hospital (now being demolished). Riding the bus to the doctor's yesterday morning, I passed by the site and thought what an interesting picture it would make, to show the exact spot that a well-known bird was FIRST discovered. Here are three pictures of the area.
NASHVILLE WARBLER'S DISCOVERY SITE