Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2007 19:57:58 -0400
Reply-To: adam smith <asmith@PERPETUALMACHINE.COM>
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From: adam smith <asmith@PERPETUALMACHINE.COM>
Subject: Good migrant waves
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Wednesday, 18 April, 2007
Whitfield County, upper NW Ga
I birded the Dug Gap area of Rocky Face Ridge again today. This was easily the best migrant day so far in terms of total birds and singing activity. The overcast skies kept the birds singing till noon.
In particular, I found 13 species of warbler, including FOTSs Prairie - few, Cape May 1-2, Redstart - few females, and CERULEAN - 1. I had a great, extended view of the CERULEAN at nearly eyelevel - beautiful! As well, the Cape May was quite cooperative. I also had FOTS RB Grosbeak and Summer Tanager.
The trees on the ridge are severely burnt from the recent cold. Along the top 1/4 of the ridge, it seems that MOST of the trees have all dead leaves. However, the bird activity doesn't seem to be affected. They appear to be finding food among the dead leaves. I am encouraged by this activity considering the extent of the leaf damage. And, it actually makes finding and watching the birds easier without the full foilage.
In two years of birding this area, I've found just about all of the more common warblers, with the notable exception of the Northern Parula. It has been mysteriously absent, despite the variety of habitat from top to bottom - ridgetop, ravine, streams, openings, etc. Does anyone have a possible explanation, or suggestions?
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