Highlights from a birding trip to Yuchi Refuge in Rhea
County today included: Warblers – prothonotary (at least 3 seen, FOS), hooded
(2 heard), common yellowthroat (several heard, FOS), prairie (several heard),
yellow-breasted chat (1 seen and several heard); also a female orchard oriole
(FOS), two or more yellow-billed cuckoos, and most surprising to me – a
duck. I recorded the majority of these while I was walking down the road from
gate 1 to the flooded bottoms area.
A little after noon, I stopped to tell TWRA Yuchi Manager,
Bernie Swiney, some of the highlights I’d seen. Bernie knows far more bird
songs than I do. While we were talking, Bernie noted the nearby songs of a
Northern parula warbler (I’ve never seen one), scarlet and summer tanagers, and
at least two species of vireos!