Trip Report

 

Ridge Junction Overlook
September 6, 2015

 

Gadwall

 

   The morning began as it often does at this site with the mountains draped with fog. After enduring a couple hours of it early in the day, we elected to backtrack to Craggy Gardens Visitor Center, where things were more open at that time. We managed to see a diversity of warblers by morning’s end and returned to Ridge Junction to find more pleasant birding conditions than when we arrived earlier in the morning. There were lots of warblers moving overhead but relatively few of them landed near us and offered good views of them - they just flitted over us and onward in their foraging and migration efforts. A few did however cooperate and show well, including Cape May, Tennessee, Black-throated Green, Black-and-white, and Black-throated Blue Warblers, American Redstart and a couple of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. We heard Red-breasted Nuthatch and had a group of 6 Red Crossbills flyover. The conclusion of our birding day brought us a few raptors, including both Accipiters and a couple of Broad-winged Hawks. Aaron Steed and I were blessed with a patient group of folks that seemed pleased despite the morning’s weather and relatively uncooperative birds. Thankfully a variety of other birds and good visibility for the latter two-thirds of the trip made it a great day to be out.

 

Eric Harrold

 

Birds seen or heard (29 species):

Blue Jay
Common Raven
Red-breasted Nuthatch (heard only)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (heard only)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
Black-and-White Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
American Redstart
Cape May Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Dark-eyed (Slate-colored) Junco
Eastern Towhee

Scarlet Tanager
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Red Crosbill
American Goldfinch

Turkey Vulture
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Mourning Dove
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Peregrine Falcon
Blue-headed Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo