Date: 5/4/18 6:08 pm From: pep4223 <pep4223...> Subject: YB Chat, Acadian Flycatchers, 13 Warbler Species - Shannondale Springs WMA, Jefferson County
This morning, Jim Farley and I birded Shannondale Springs WMA in Jefferson County. We had a great walk and saw a number of FOY's for both of us. Highlights included the return of Acadian Flycatchers and White-eyed Vireos, finding a singing Yellow-breasted Chat, getting close up looks at a silent Swainson's Thrush, and seeing 13 warbler species (this count includes the chat, which eventually will no longer be considered a warbler.) We were fortunate to hear and see 4 Rose-breasted Grosbeaks also.
An interesting bird behavior incident was when a Common Yellowthroat and a Chestnut-sided Warbler were competing for the same tree. I watched them physically attack each other, then eventually they moved in opposite directions. Both barely missed a song beat, and I believe the Common Yellowthroat ended up getting the better real estate in the end.
Many of the warblers were found in the WMA along the entrance road and in the parking lot by the boat launch. 54 species were seen/heard, which we were happy with. We never saw/heard any hawks, vultures, grackles or House Sparrows.
Shannondale Springs WMA, Jefferson, West Virginia, US May 4, 2018 7:48 AM - 12:12 PM Protocol: Traveling 3.449 mile(s) Comments: 75-81 degrees F, no wind, sunny moving quickly to overcast, heard thunder, but no rain 54 species