American Redstart by Alan Lenk Black-throated Blue Warbler with Worm by Alan Lenk Carolina Silverbell by Simon Thompson Northern Parula in Blossom by Alan Lenk Picnic Lunch Time by Simon Thompson Scarlet Tanager by Alan Lenk Stecoah Valley by Simon Thompson


Trip Report





American Redstart by Alan Lenk



Venture to Stecoah Gap,
Graham County, NC
Friday, April 26, 2013




Unlike the past two years (fog one year and heavy leaf cover the next), this has been a very strange spring. Most of the wildflowers are 2 weeks behind and the birds are also slow in arriving. At least the lack of leaf cover made for easy bird viewing!Black-throated Blue Warbler with Worm by Alan Lenk
We all arrived at Stecoah Gap around 8 AM under glorious blue skies, but quite cool
for this time of the year. It really did not matter as the birds were all singing around us
as we set out down the trail. Several male American Redstarts were singing around the
picnic tables and 1 male even sat on a wire over the road while we were having lunch.The lack of leaves on the trees made for easy viewing and Blackburnian Warblers had
obviously just returned from South America as the males were singing everywhere and performing their aerial battles to establish their territories. Both Black-throated Green and Black-throated Blue Warblers were common all along the trail and Hooded Warblers were singing their rhythmic songs from the barely vegetated slopes.

Scarlet Tanager by Alan Lenk

There were surprisingly few Scarlet Tanagers and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and it took us a little time to get good views of either species. It was only on the way back for lunch when we looked up to see a male Scarlet Tanager sitting in full view over the trail. Thanks to Alan Lenk for the amazing photograph that he quickly took before the bird flew off.


Several of us finished the day at Snowbird Lodge where the feeders were over-run with Pine Siskins and American Goldfinches. Several Ruby-throated Hummingbirds buzzed around the front porch, but alas, there were no Red Crossbills in evidence; maybe next time.


Simon Thompson



Birds seen or heard on Day Trip Venture to
Stecoah Gap Graham County, NC
Friday April 26, 2013





Turkey Vulture SL

Cooper's Hawk 1S

Broad-winged Hawk SL

Red-tailed Hawk SL

Mourning Dove L

Chimney Swift L

Ruby-throated Hummingbird L

Pileated Woodpecker SL (Heard)

Eastern Phoebe 1L

Blue Jay SL

American Crow SL

Carolina Chickadee SL

Tufted Titmouse SL

White-breasted Nuthatch L

Red-breasted Nuthatch L (Heard)


Carolina Wren SL (Heard)

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2L

Wood Thrush S (Heard)

American Robin SL

Blue-headed Vireo S

Yellow-throated Vireo 2S

Red-eyed Vireo SL

Golden-winged Warbler S (2 Heard)

Northern Parula 2S

Chestnut-sided Warbler 1S

Black-throated Blue Warbler 5+S

Yellow-rumped Warbler SL

Black-throated Green Warbler 5+S

Blackburnian Warbler 10+S

Yellow-throated Warbler 1L

Cerulean Warbler S (1 Heard)

Black-and-white Warbler 5+S

American Redstart 4S

Worm-eating Warbler 1S

Ovenbird 10+S

Hooded Warbler 2S

Scarlet Tanager 3S

Northern Cardinal SL

Rose-breasted Grosbeak 4S1L

Indigo Bunting 4S1L

Eastern Towhee SL

Dark-eyed Junco S

Brown-headed Cowbird 1S

American Goldfinch SL

Pine Siskin L

S = Stecoah Gap

L = Snowbird Lodge

45 species

Other Critters


Gray Squirrel

Eastern Chipmunk


Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Pipevine Swallowtail

West Virginia White

Pearl Crescent

Spring Azure

Brown Elfin

Duskywing sp