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Shelby Farms Park - BirdForum Opus


Deer, quail, waterfowl, hawks, squirrels, bob cats, 200 birds, and others that make their homes there. People driving along Farm Road are often treated to the sight of the park s herd of longhorn cattle and bison grazing peacefully with their young.


Notable Species

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  • Song Sparrow
  • Fox Sparrow
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • White-throated Sparrow
  • House Sparrow
  • Field Sparrow
  • Swamp Sparrow
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Rufous-sided Towhee

Wrens and Warblers

  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Black-and-white Warbler
  • Palm Warbler
  • Pine Warbler
  • Carolina Wren
  • Winter Wren


  • American Robin
  • Hermit Thrush
  • Eastern Bluebird


  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
  • Yellow-shafted Flicker

Blackbirds and Orioles

  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Baltimore Oriole
  • Orchard Oriole
  • Eastern Meadowlark
  • Common Grackle
  • Brown-headed Cowbird

Fly- and Gnatcatchers

  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  • Eastern Kingbird
  • Eastern Wood-Pewee

Geese and Ducks

  • Mallard
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Gadwall (Grey Duck)
  • Northern Shoveler
  • Long Island Duck
  • American Coot
  • Blue-winged Teal
  • Canada Goose
  • Snow Goose

Titmice, Chickadees & Kinglets

  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Carolina Chickadee
  • Golden-crowned Kinglet

Mockingbirds and Thrashers

  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Brown Thrasher

Bitterns, Herons and Egrets

  • Great Blue Heron
  • Green Heron
  • Cattle Egret
  • Great Egret

Cardinals, Grosbeaks and Tanagers

  • Indigo Bunting
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Scarlet Tanager

Finches and Vireos

  • American Goldfinch
  • White-eyed Vireo

Hawks, Eagles & Vultures

  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Red-tailed Hawk

Nuthatches and Creepers

  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • Brown Creeper

Pigeons and Doves

  • Mourning Dove


  • Barred Owl


  • Belted Kingfisher


  • Pied-billed Grebe

Crows and Jays

  • Blue Jay
  • American Crow


  • Purple Martin
  • Barn Swallow


  • Killdeer


  • Bald Eagle

Other Wildlife

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  • Grey Squirrel
  • Fox Squirrel
  • Deer
  • Rabbit
  • Snakes
  • Turtles
  • Beaver

Site Information

During the spring-summer weekends the park is packed with people. Birding watching needs to be done before 8am.

History and Use

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Areas of Interest

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Access and Facilities

Shelby Farms is located approximately 3-4 miles off I-40, exit 16 south in Germantown, Tennessee (Greater Memphis).

The park has nearly eight miles of paved trails, plus many more unpaved trails. It has 30 fishable lakes, and non-motorized boating is permitted on two of the larger lakes. Visitor Centre and lots of other activities.

The Park is open daily from sunrise to sunset. [1]

Contact Details

Shelby Farms Park Conservancy 500 North Pine Lake Drive Memphis, TN 38134 (901) 767-PARK


  1. Hours of Opening
  2. SFP Contact page

External Links

Content and images originally posted by scalpelx