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April 28, 2008 [LINK / comment]

April showers bring (Cape) May warblers

The heavy rainfall this morning made for hazardous driving conditions, but after it cleared up I got to enjoy a small-scale warbler "fallout" at Sweet Briar College in the afternoon, with two first-of-season sightings. I heard several Yellow warblers singing in the trees right outside my office building, but only saw one, a female. There were also some Yellow-rumped warblers and Chipping sparrows, but the biggest delight was seeing two (male) Cape May warblers at very close range, within 20 feet. The last time I had seen one of that species was in October 2006.

Ramseys Draft, Braley Pond

On Sunday, Jacqueline and I did our first serious nature hike of the season, about half way up the Road Hollow trail at Ramseys Draft. We saw two first-of-season warbler species, plus a few others, but no Scarlet tanagers to be seen or heard, surprisingly. Highlights:

Location: George Washington National Forest - Ramseys Draft
Observation date: 4/27/08
Number of species: 18

  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Blue-headed Vireo
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatchers
  • Northern Parula (FOS)
  • Red-eyed Vireos
  • Black-throated Green Warblers (6+, FOS)
  • Black-and-white Warblers (12+)
  • Worm-eating Warblers
  • American Goldfinches

We also heard an Ovenbird. Prior to that, we did a quick walk around Braley Pond:

Location: Braley Pond
Observation date: 4/27/08
Number of species: 16

  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Blue-headed Vireo
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatchers
  • Eastern Bluebird
  • Black-and-white Warbler
  • Red-eyed Vireo
  • Blue Jay (20+ flying high overhead)

We also heard a Louisiana Waterthrush and a few Pine Warblers.

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