Trip Report


Fall Migration in Jackson Park,

Hendersonville, NC

September 4, 2012




Blackburnian Warbler by Todd Arcos


Yes, it was raining again (that's all it has seemed to do this summer) when we met at the Park. I had checked the radar and the weather predictions did not seem to be that bad, but the rain was coming down and the umbrellas were up. Despite the somewhat uncertain conditions, we started our route through the Park looking for those flocks of migrant warblers. As always in early fall, things were a little hit and miss, but several flocks had good numbers of the more common migrants, such as American Redstart, and Chestnut-sided, Tennessee and Black-and-white Warblers. A couple of Scarlet Tanagers flew over and we found 2 Yellow-billed Cuckoos in the treetops. Some of our highlights included an immature Cerulean Warbler that fed overhead in the vines along the Warbler Trail, 2 Blue-winged Warblers, 1 Worm-eating, 2 Northern Waterthrush and at least 5 very handsome Canada Warblers. A couple of Accipiters flew through the woods (1 of each) and were probably migrants moving south with the flocks of southbound birds. Despite the weather which came and went all day we finished the day with 14 species of warblers- looks as if we are going to have a great fall again this year.

Simon Thompson




Sharp-shinned Hawk (1)
Cooper's Hawk (1)
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo (2)
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker (Heard)
Eastern Wood-Pewee (20+)
Eastern Phoebe
Barn Swallow (2)
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
House Wren (1)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (4)
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher (2)
Northern Mockingbird (2)
Cedar Waxwing
European Starling
White-eyed Vireo (Heard)
Yellow-throated Vireo (1)
Red-eyed Vireo (1)
Blue-winged Warbler (2)
Tennessee Warbler (15+)
Northern Parula (10+)
Chestnut-sided Warbler (20+)
Magnolia Warbler (5+)
Black-throated Green Warbler (4)
Blackburnian Warbler (5+)
Cerulean Warbler (1)
Black-and-white Warbler (10+)
American Redstart (20+)
Worm-eating Warbler (1)
Northern Waterthrush (3)
Hooded Warbler (3)
Canada Warbler (5+)
Scarlet Tanager (2)
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting (2)
Eastern Towhee (Heard)
Song Sparrow
Common Grackle
Baltimore Oriole (1)
House Finch

American Goldfinch