Spring Warbler Workshop
Blue Ridge, Asheville, NC
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Our Warbler Workshop had been rained out on May 8 and rescheduled for today.
We knew that most of the migrants would have already moved through, but did manage to hear at least 2 Blackpoll Warblers in the now fully leafed out forest canopy. Ovenbirds were everywhere today and we had excellent views of a pair along the roadside, one carrying food and anxiously making sharp “chip” notes. We found Cerulean expert, Charlotte Goedsche, armed with her recording equipment alongside the road and her telescope trained on the Cerulean Warbler nest and had great views of both the male and female feeding the chicks.
Higher up into the Craggies we found a pair of Canada Warblers also very anxious about what was going on beneath them in the rhododendron tangles. A male Chestnut-sided Warbler posed for photos and several Blackburnians even seemed to glow in the gray conditions.
As well as finishing the day with 12 species of warbler we had great views of Scarlet Tanager, Eastern Wood-Pewee and a Blue-headed Vireo collecting nesting material. All in all, a great day out in the Mountains before the rain hit that afternoon.