Trip Report


Birding the Green River Gamelands
April 17, 2016


Kentucky Warbler by Simon Thompson



Our day began near the top of Green River Cove Road, where we stopped at a few of the many pullouts. Worm-eating, Black-throated Green, Black-and-white, and Yellow-rumped Warblers were singing as well as both Blue-headed and Yellow-throated Vireos. Down at the Fish Top parking area we had Louisiana Waterthrush, Northern Parula, Yellow-throated Warbler, and we enjoyed watching a pair of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers constructing a nest. One of our next stops was the ‘Redstart Rest Stop.’ Living up to its name, we found several male American Redstarts here during our bathroom break. We decided next to check the Walcott Tract for Swainson’s & Kentucky Warblers. It must have been a few days too early as the birds were not back here yet, although we did get great looks of a Kentucky Warbler later in the morning right along Green River Cove Road. We found Prairie Warblers in their usual spot along with White-eyed Vireos, and had a few flyover Broad-winged Hawks along the way. We ended our tour shortly after lunch at Lake Adger, where we encountered the now expected Fish Crow along with Wood Duck, Barn, Tree and Northern Rough-winged Swallows, and a few migrant Palm Warblers. We finished up with 56 species – not a bad tally for an early spring day!


Aaron Steed


Birds seen or heard on our Venture to

Birding the Green River Gamelands
April 17, 2016

Species encountered (56)


Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Broad-winged Hawk
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
White-eyed Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay


American Crow
Fish Crow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Brown Thrasher
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Worm-eating Warbler

Louisiana Waterthrush

Black-and-white Warbler
Kentucky Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Warbler
American Redstart
Northern Parula
Palm Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Eastern Towhee
Northern Cardinal
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch

American Goldfinch