Trip Report

 

Warbler Workshop
September 28, 2019

 

 


After meeting at the Jackson Park administration building we took a quick walk through the picnic area then down along the nature trail.  The open space here offered better light in early morning overcast conditions than some of the more wooded trails may have.  We walked toward the greenway between two ponds.  In the ironweed thickets a common yellowthroat called but would not reveal itself for long.  In the oaks over one of the ponds a Tennessee warbler and magnolia warbler were active but distant.  We continued towards the greenway.
Coming to the greenway bridge we started to encounter quite a few birders.  Rare birds had been found here yesterday, a Connecticut Warbler and a Black-billed Cuckoo. The word was out and the local birders were on the hunt.
We walked down the road towards the dog park.  A Northern Waterthrush popped up to our left, gave us a frantic view and was gone.  A few paces down the road a Hooded Warbler hopped out and foraged low in good light, working its way up a vine strewn tree trunk.  After it dove into a streamside tangle we moved on.

 

Down the road we found ourselves in an active upper canopy flock.  American Redstarts, Magnolia and Chestnut-sided Warblers were actively foraging and working through the treetops.  They moved east and out of our range and we walked down the road and back onto the nature trail where we tried to intercept them.

 

This time it was on!  Warblers were foraging at all levels of the forest.  The action was fast.  Birds were foraging low enough to give our aching necks a break.  For the next hour or more we walked through the forest sorting through different species-males, females, adults and immatures.  American Redstarts outnumbered all other birds, even chickadees and titmice, by a long shot.  We were constantly serenaded by White and Red-eyed Vireos and Eastern Wood-Pewees whistled plaintively.

The warbler trail proved to live up to its name.  We tallied eleven species of warbler on a short walk down.  Many birds were foraging just feet away.
As mid-day approached the day warmed and bird action died down a bit.  We took the opportunity to enjoy a picnic in the shade and talk birds for a while.  It was a very pleasant way to wind down after a fun morning of birding with a great group in a wonderfully birdy park.

 

Michael Plauché

 

 

American Redstart by Alan Lenk Chestnut-sided Warbler by Alan Lenk Northern Waterthrush by Alan Lenk
     

     

Warbler Workshop September 28, 2019

 

Species encountered: 38 species

 

 

Great Blue Heron
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Eastern Phoebe
White-eyed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow

 

Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Tree Swallow
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
House Finch
American Goldfinch

Eastern Towhee
Ovenbird
Northern Waterthrush
Black-and-white Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Warbler
American Redstart
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting