[Bristol-Birds] Fw: Re: Yellow-rumped Warblers nesting in Smokies

  • From: "Wallace Coffey" <jwcoffey@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "Bristol-birds" <bristol-birds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 8 Jul 2010 20:31:48 -0400

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Alan Kneidel 
To: Legrand, Harry 
Cc: carolinabirds@xxxxxxxx 
Sent: July 08, 2010 10:57
Subject: Re: Yellow-rumped Warblers nesting in Smokies

Adding to this report of breeding Yellow-rumped Warblers in the mtns... in 
early August of 2008 I encountered a similar sight just out of NC in Grayson 
County, southwest VA. A family group of YRWA near the top of Massie Gap, in 
Grayson Highlands State Park.

Alan Kneidel 

On Mon, Jul 5, 2010 at 5:52 PM, Legrand, Harry <harry.legrand@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

  My brother in TN sent me this e-mail, which was only posted to the TN 
listserve. Obviously, it has high relevancy to NC birders.
  "July 5, 2010

   I just returned from four days in the high elevations of the Smokies doing 
point counts along the Appalachian Trail as part of the MEGA-Transect project. 
I heard Yellow-rumped Warblers singing near Clingman's Dome and one on Mt 
Guyot, both on the Tennessee side. Plus, I saw an adult feeding a fully fledged 
begging juvenile on the NC side at the Tricorner Knob Shelter.
  They were in a Mountain Ash below eye level 20' away. The adult was kept very 
busy foraging for her young while also chasing a Black-throated Green Warbler 
out of its tree. The Yellow-rumped was noticeably larger. There were also two 
other juveniles present and foraging. I saw another adult later, not in the 
present of juveniles but never saw two adults at once. The latter was on the 
very tip of a 100' red spruce and had its yellow feathers on the side of its 
breast fluffed out. It reminded me of a redwing with its epaulettes well 
exposed. My wife was off elsewhere with the camera, but I did manage to record 
the begging calls of the young. If anyone is interested in it, I will gladly 
forward it to you off the list-serve. In addition to this great find, I also 
recorded a Magnolia Warbler singing on Mt Guyot, also on the Tennessee side, 
but could not prove breeding.

  Tom Howe


  Harry LeGrand
  NC Natural Heritage Program
  DENR Division of Natural Resources Planning and Conservation
  1601 MSC
  Raleigh, NC  27699-1601
  (919) 715-8697 (work)
  e-mail: harry.legrand@xxxxxxxxxx

  Notice: E-mail correspondence to and from this address may be subject to the 
North Carolina Public Records Law and therefore may be disclosed to third 

Alan H. Kneidel

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