Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Chipping Sparrow Common Yellowthroat Eastern Bluebird FENCE Pond Southern Fence Lizard White-eyed Vireo


Trip Report





Blue-gray Gnatcatcher



Polk County Explorer
FENCE, River Road
Warrior Mountain
April 10, 2013




We were promised a beautiful spring day, and that's exactly what we got, with temps in the mid- 70s and 62 bird species! We started the day at FENCE, getting a quick glance at a Palm Warbler in breeding coloration and even better looks at a Yellow-throated Vireo as it hopped around singing.Eastern Bluebird
As we explored the trails at FENCE we located several singing Common Yellowthroats and one very hard to locate Louisiana Waterthrush (unlike the Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, which were everywhere!) It turned out to be a good day for raptors as well, as we had Osprey, Broad-winged and Red-tailed Hawk cruising overhead.

On River Road we watched a White-eyed Vireo singing its unmistakable song and got a glimpse of a Yellow-throated Warbler high up in the top of a pine. We finished the day working our way up Warrior Mountain, where we were treated to Black-throated Green, Black-and-White, Worm-eating, and Yellow-rumped Warblers, as well as a stunning male American Redstart, which brought our warbler tally up to 10 species for the day!

Aaron Steed



Birds seen or heard on Day Trip Venture to
Polk County, N.C.
April 10, 2013





Canada Goose 2F
Great Blue Heron 1F, 1R
Turkey Vulture FW
Osprey 1F
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1R
Cooper's Hawk 1R
Red-shouldered Hawk HR
Broad-winged Hawk2 F, 1R
Red-tailed Hawk FRW
Rock Pigeon F
Mourning Dove FRW
Belted Kingfisher 1F, 1R
Downy Woodpecker FR
Red-bellied Woodpecker FR
Pileated Woodpecker HR
Eastern Phoebe FR
White-eyed Vireo 1R
Yellow-throated Vireo 1F
Blue-headed Vireo 1W
Blue Jay FRW

American Crow FRW

Tree Swallow 3F
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2R
Barn Swallow 2F
Carolina Chickadee FRW
Tufted Titmouse FRW
White-breasted Nuthatch FW
Brown-headed Nuthatch F
Carolina Wren FRW
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 F
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher FRW
Eastern Bluebird FR
Hermit Thrush 1F
American Robin F
Northern Mockingbird F
Brown Thrasher F
Cedar Waxwing F
European Starling R
Yellow-rumped Warbler FRW

Black-throated Green Warbler 3W

Yellow-throated Warbler 1R
Pine Warbler F
Palm Warbler 1F
Black-and-white Warbler 1W
Worm-eating Warbler 1F, 1W
American Redstart 1♂W
Common Yellowthroat 3 F
Louisiana Waterthrush 1F, 1R
Eastern Towhee FRW
Chipping Sparrow F
Field Sparrow F
Song Sparrow R
Swamp Sparrow 1R
White-throated Sparrow FRW
Dark-eyed Junco F
Northern Cardinal FRW
Eastern Meadowlark F
Common Grackle F
Brown-headed Cowbird F
American Goldfinch FRW
House Finch F

Pine Siskin HF


Reptiles and Amphibians

Gray Squirrel
Eastern Chipmunk

Southern Fence Lizard
Carolina Anole
Brown Water Snake
American Toad HF


Butterflies and Dragonflies


Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
Zebra Swallowtail
Spicebush Swallowtail
Falcate Orange-Tip
Gemmed Satyr
Clouded Sulphur
Cloudless Sulphur
Duskywing sp
Lancet Clubtail

River Road (R)
Warrior Mountain (W)
H = Heard only