[Bristol-Birds] 4 Warbler Species

  • From: "Roger Mayhorn" <mayhorn@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "Bristol Birds" <bristol-birds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2003 17:42:29 -0400

Bristol Area Birders,
Four warbler species were among the 29 that showed up in my yard this
morning.
The highlight of the day was a handsome male Blackburnian Warbler that fed
among the branches of the walnut tree in the backyard. Shortly after a
bright male Hooded Warbler landed on the power line before dropping into the
apple tree to hunt for insects.

Within minutes a pair of Northern Parulas was feeding in the top of a White
Pine. Just under them in the same tree a Yellow-throated Warbler made its
way along a branch. Not long after a second Yellow-throated made an
appearance. A third Northern Parula showed up later in a tree near the
backyard pond.

All of the feeding came to a standstill when a small Sharp-shinned came
zipping through to pause for a moment in the top branches of the White Pine.
After catching sight of me it was soon gone and feeding resumed.

A Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, a family of Towhees, a family of Cardinals and a
couple of Red-eyed Vireos were calling as they hunted for food at different
points around the yard.

In the afternoon following a rainstorm two Wild Turkeys made their way
across the yard, probably on their way to the neighbor's field where
grasshoppers can be had.

Enjoy the birds,

Roger Mayhorn
Grundy, VA
Buchanan County Bird Club

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