Inspired by Suan's post (which sounded great to me), our family
headed to Arnot Forest this morning. Martha Fischer gave us a tip to
a patch of spruce trees down the road from Greensprings whose sunlit
tops were teeming with migrants--Bay-breasted, Magnolia,
Blackburnian, Cape May, Yellow-rumped, American Redstart,
Black-throated Blue, and Black-throated Green. Ovenbirds were
squabbling and one was carrying nest material!
Next we birded Decker Road, across Route 13 from Arnot Forest and
found some of the same, and also Canada, Chestnut-sided, Tennessee,
Nashville, Common Yellowthroat, and Northern Parula. Also most of the
usual breeders and Yellow-throated, Blue-headed, Warbling, and
Red-eyed Vireos. Veeries and Wood Thrushes, too. A male Rose-breasted
Grosbeak was carrying a long string of nesting material and then
couldn't resist singing and dropped it all! Heard our first Eastern
Headed up Banfield Road and finally heard a Yellow Warbler! Also
Louisiana Waterthrush, lots of Canada Warblers (all invisible),
several Winter Wrens, and quite a few other birds including a few
migrant warblers. The highlight was watching two Mourning Warblers
chase each other all over the place contesting a choice brush pile
(while listening to a Hooded Warbler and Winter Wren).
Beautiful morning and very few people.
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