Date: 8/30/17 2:33 pm From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...> Subject: [ia-bird] More good birds at Ledges SP (Boone Co.)
This morning I hiked up the canyon road at Ledges State park. It has been closed all year because of a spring storm road wash-out, so there are NO cars in this normally swamped part of the park. In three hours I saw only 4 hikers, 2 runners and 4 bicyclists, and the canyon was so quiet it was almost a wilderness-like experience. Nice early weekday mornings since schools started have made birding outstanding here.
Lots of birds were observable and even hearable. Some of today's best were: Black-billed Cuckoo (FOY for me--foraging in sunlit tree 20 yards away) Yellow-throated Vireo--2 Blue-headed Vireo--3 Warbling Vireo--1 Philadelphia Vireo--1 (foraging near a Red-eyed, for *great* comparison!) Red-eyed Vireo--nearly uncountable numbers Carolina Wren--3 (all singing loudly in different areas) Black & White Warbler--3 Tennessee Warbler--2 Nashville Warbler--2 American Redstart--6+ Chestnut-sided Warbler--2 Wilson's Warbler--1 (Unidentifiable warblers--several moving in thick leaves and hard to see) Scarlet Tanager--2