Fall Warbler Workshop
Jackson Park, NC
September 16, 2015
We met at Jackson Park at 8 AM and wasted no time in picking up the morning’s first warbler. Across the road, sitting dead center in a bare tree, we briefly spotted a bright yellow adult male Cape May Warbler, its bold flank streaks visible from a distance. As always, we had our eyes and ears out for non-warblers as well, and we heard the rattling call of a Belted Kingfisher from the direction of the pond and watched it fly over our heads. We proceeded to explore most of Jackson Park and we were able to find several mixed species flocks in a few different places.
The ‘warbler trail’ is always worth a check and today was no different as we found good flocks at the beginning and at the end of the trail. Collectively we found: Worm-eating, Tennessee, Magnolia, Blackburnian, Chestnut-sided, and Palm Warblers, Northern Parula, American Redstart (including a brilliant adult male), White-eyed, Warbling and Yellow-throated Vireos, Swainson’s Thrush, Rose-breasted Grosbeak and Scarlet Tanagers. We then explored the powerline cut and found most of your typical backyard birds – Northern Cardinal, Eastern Towhee, Downy Woodpecker, Blue Jay, White-breasted Nuthatch and American Robin, in addition to Hairy and Pileated Woodpeckers, and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers. We finished the morning with our signature gourmet picnic lunch and tallied up our lists – 43 species is certainly not bad!