Important Bird Areas

Sharp's Ridge Memorial Park


"Discovered" by J. B. Owen and others in the mid-late 1950's, Sharp's Ridge Memorial Park is a 1.5 mile section of ridge on the north side of Knoxville. It is one of a number of parallel ridges running northeast to southwest in eastern Tennessee, but unlike most is 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.

Ornithological Summary

This site is a "migrant trap" for neotropical migrants.
Note 1. Over the course of the spring, the number of migrant species present exceeds 50, including about 30 warblers, 5 vireos, 5 thrushes, as well as many other species among them hawks, flycatchers, sparrows, grosbeaks/buntings, tanagers, sparrows, and blackbirds/orioles. The total number of migrant songbirds present on any good day in the spring is in the hundreds, and the total for the spring season is easily in the thousands. For individual species, the most numerous in the spring is usually the Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warbler, and daily totals exceeding 100 are common in late April and early May. Red-eyed Vireos daily numbers probably exceed 50 during the same time period. Daily numbers of other species are usually considerably lower.