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 Wood-Pewee there.

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.

Sandy Podulka


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