Trip Report




Black-throated Green Warbler by Todd Arcos



Grove Stone Quarry
October 13, 2013







The day began cloudy with patches of fog as expected, but we managed to have a successful exploration of Grove Stone Quarry, rustling up 37 species before the clouds reconvened and the weather turned iffy.


Golden-crowned Kinglet by Todd Arcos

Via the quarry's system of gravel roads, we walked through a variety of habitats. From mixed forest through riparian zones and past rocky hillsides and freshwater ponds and marshes, early winter birds announced their recent arrival with a flurry of activity. Ruby and Golden-crowned Kinglets are back in full force, and we got great looks at both species as they foraged, fluttering almost continuously.


We also had good numbers of Eastern Phoebe as well as a few Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, and a small flock of White-throated Sparrows. Hopping off the main gravel road, we walked down one of the many overgrown side roads and found a nice mixed flock consisting of Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, both Kinglets, Blue-headed Vireo, Tennessee, Black-and-White, and Black-throated Green Warblers. The fall migration of songbirds has truly slowed to a trickle!

Murder of Crows by Steve Gantt


The highlight of the day had to be watching 6 Cooper's Hawks interacting with a murder of 80+ American Crows along a mined terrace before rising up over the quarry on a thermal, into the clouds and out of sight.


We are always pleased with birding Grove Stone Quarry, and today was no different!


Aaron Steed




Birds seen or heard on Day Trip Venture

Grove Stone Quarry
October 13, 2013





Canada Goose (heard flying over)
Wood Duck (3)
Cooper's Hawk (6)
Red-shouldered Hawk (heard)
Belted Kingfisher (3)
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker (heard)
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay

American Crow (80+)
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper (1)
Carolina Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird (heard)
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird (1)
Brown Thrasher (2)

Cedar Waxwing (15)
European Starling
Blue-headed Vireo
Tennessee Warbler (1)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (5)
Black-throated Green Warbler (1)
Black-and-white Warbler (1)
Northern Cardinal
Eastern Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
American Goldfinch