[TN-Bird] Barred Owl, Magnolia Warbler, etc. (Unicoi Co., TN)

  • From: Don Miller <raincrow@xxxxxxx>
  • To: TN-Bird <TN-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, Bristol-birds <bristol-birds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, Butternuts <butternuts@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2006 16:25:14 -0400

June 24, 2006

Unicoi County--Rock Creek Recreation Area (RCRA), Unaka Mountain (UM)

This morning, Jim Faunce, Jim Holt, and I birded Unicoi County for about 
five hours.  We stopped at RCRA just outside Erwin first, spending at 
least a half hour, and then traveled Forest Road 230 across UM.  
Highlights of the trip were:

Northern Bobwhite (singing at the Beauty Spot on UM);

Barred Owl (3 at RCRA, giving a vocalization with which I am 
unfamiliar--a drawn out, rising glissando note similar in pattern to the 
characteristic upslurred call of American Goldfinch and Pine Siskin, but 
without musicality; the overall effect was that of a hissing, rising 
squeal without much volume; the vocalization could easily be overlooked 
in a wooded environment that reduces the volume and clarity of sound);

Red-breasted Nuthatch (UM);

Veery (11 on UM);

Chestnut-sided Warbler (5 on UM);

Magnolia Warbler (singing on UM; over a period of 20-25 minutes, I heard 
over four dozen song bouts at a range of no more than 75 feet but could 
not find the bird; the song emanated from an area around a low spruce or 
fir (probably the former) standing among scattered conifers (including 
pines) amid an early successional deciduous forest; the spot is located 
about a hundred yards west (downslope) of Forest Road 230 6.6 miles from 
Highway 107 in Limestone Cove; travelers to the site are advised to be 
on the lookout for the head of Trail 110 at a distance of 6.2 miles from 
Highway 107; this trailhead is the closest obvious landmark to the 
pullout at which the bird was found and is 0.4 mile from it).

I am aware that Magnolia Warblers have been observed on UM in summer 
fairly regularly since the late 1980's.  Information on recent 
observations would be appreciated.

Don Miller
Greeneville, Greene Co., TN


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