Date: 5/9/18 11:54 am From: Chris Kubiak <ckubiak...> Subject: Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve, 5-9 (Allegheny County)
Had a great walk this morning at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve on our free, weekly bird and nature hike. The weather was absolutely perfect, many of the trees where in bloom-from the apples to dogwoods-so a great morning to be at Beechwood.
Starting at 9 AM this morning we had 11 species of warblers, the highlights being good looks at adult male Black-throated Blue Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, and Chestnut-sided Warbler. Other warblers heard but not observed visually were Nashville Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Black and White, and Magnolia Warbler.
Most of these birds were found on Violet and Spring Hollow trails.
Other notable species we saw included several stunning looks at two different Scarlet Tanager males, Broad-winged Hawk (2), Ruby-throated Hummingbird (several, one perched on a dead snag on Goldenrod Trails), one very cooperative Wood Thrush, and heard several Grey Catbirds, Baltimore Oriole, Indigo Buntings, and a loudly calling Pileated Woodpecker. Plus all of the usual suspects-Towhees, Phoebes, Flicker, et al.