Venture to Hooper Lane,
Water Treatment Plant,
Old 191 and the Warbler Trail
Henderson County, NC Sunday, October 16, 2011
We met at the very convenient Mills River Restaurant this morning for our late fall migration exploration of Henderson County. A lot of the warblers had already left but there should have been some late birds moving through and we were expecting the first few sparrows of the fall. The potential was for an interesting day. It was a beautiful day as we walked in the fields along Hooper Lane which were thankfully not muddy at all. A huge flock of Tree Swallows (along with a few Barns) was flying above and resting in the fields. At one time they were even harassed by a passing Merlin. A very nice surprise was a Marsh Wren here (and another along Old 191) and many Song and Savannah Sparrows, as well as a couple of early Swamps and a White-crowned along Old Highway 191, where a couple of warblers – Black-throated Blue and Blackpoll were seen very well.We finished the day along the Warbler Trail in Jackson Park (where else?) where a surprising number of warblers were still moving through. These included Tennessee, Northern Parula. Palm, Magnolia and Chestnut-sided. All in all and excellent day.