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September 8, 2005 [LINK]

Warbler swarm in Staunton!

I went up to the picnic area at the top of Montgomery Hall Park around noon once again today, and this time I really hit the jackpot. As soon as I got out of my car I spotted one of the tiny, colorful insect-eaters (otherwise known as warblers) flittering about the tree limbs, and over the next 45 minutes or so I spotted five other warbler species, plus several other neotropical migrants. It was one of the best days of birding I've had since I went to Costa Rica! Here are the highlights:

  • Blackpoll warbler (F)
  • Magnolia warblers
  • Chestnut-sided warblers
  • Black and white warbler
  • American redstart (a warbler)
  • Northern parula (a warbler)
  • Red-eyed vireos (5 +)
  • Baltimore oriole (1st year male)
  • Scarlet tanager (F)
  • Northern flickers
  • Blue-gray gnatcatcher
  • Red-bellied woodpeckers
  • Downy woodpecker
  • Eastern wood-pewee
  • Cedar waxwings

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