[TN-Bird] Cataloochee Boogerman Trail, GSMNP

The birds won. We heard a million of them, but did we see any? They stuck to 
the heights of the virgin forest, calling to us, laughing at us as we craned 
our necks for ten minute intervals, wondering why we toted those darned 
binoculars at all on a 7.5 mile hike. They teased us with their calls to each 
other all day. We imagined them flitting about in the trees above the leaves 
just beyond our visual limits. We thought we heard Hooded Warblers, 
Ovenbirds, Pine Warblers, Black-throated Green Warblers (hundreds of those), 
Wood Thrush, Waterthrush (maybe?), Black and White Warblers, Red-eyed Vireos, 
Blue-headed Vireos, Indigo Buntings, Scarlet Tanagers, etc., and we wished 
for an expert to be hiking with us to tell us for sure. One little bird ran 
swiftly across the trail, taunting us. We thought it was an Ovenbird because 
we had heard so many of them, and it was just the right size, but was it? 
Finally, at the end of the day, a little bird messed up and flew right in 
front of us, landing in a tree by the trail. We eagerly fought over what 
color it was. Blue! Brown! No, gray! Then we saw the nest hanging between two 
little limbs, with baby heads popping up while mom and dad fed them. 
Frantically we tore open our bird book, and at last identified a bird! Blue- 
headed Vireo! Hurray! 
Cathy Henn 
Heiskell, TN 
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