Date: 4/15/17 10:21 am From: Carole Winslow <cjwinslow94...> Subject: Clarion County- Yellow-throated warbler - Lawsonham / Redbank Valley Trail
Yesterday I was lucky to be off and made a bike trip along the Redbank Valley Trail at Lawsonham and headed east towards Climax. Also up the one mile that is completed on the Sligo Spur. For those of you that visit Clarion Co. and have enjoyed birding at Sarah Furnace, I can't recommend this area highly enough as an alternative birding site. Sarah Furnace continues to be on the back burner as far as trail improvement until the tunnel is complete, and so parking and use by other folks there is always a problem. In contrast, this trail is in excellent shape, has a portable toilet at the parking area, and while along Redbank Creek and not the larger river, holds similar habitat as well as more northern habitat features as well, that should hold different breeders. I will be spending a good bit of time around here this year since starting biking and will continue to post what I find.
Yesterday, on the Sligo spur I was immediately greeted with a singing yellow-throated warbler high in a sycamore along Wildcat Run which enters Redbank Creek at this site. I also had my FOY blue-gray gnatcatcher and blue-headed vireos up the Sligo spur which parallels Wildcat Run and should certainly have them as breeders as well as Louisiana waterthrush, though I came up empty there yesterday. Along the main trail east from Lawsonham I traveled three miles to the first tunnel, which isn't large, then through to a beautiful picnic shelter area, with portable toilet and also a camping area with lean-to. There are several swift streams that empty into the creek along this stretch of trail and held Louisiana waterthrush last year. Cerulean warblers, yellow-throated vireos and worm-eating warblers were here last year along the creek. The trail is mostly level all the way to Climax and beyond,and well taken care of for walking or biking either one, crushed limestone. If you make the 11 miles to Climax you can climb the short hill and see the eagle nest as well. From Lawsonham down west to the Allegheny and the Armstrong Trail is just as beautiful and the trail in good shape, approximately 5 miles.