Date: 5/10/18 12:38 pm From: Deb Hale <debhale72...> Subject: Treasure hunt (Murphy Farm - Harpers Ferry)
This morning's PVAS bird walk at Murphy Farm turned out to be a treasure hunt, and Heather McSharry & I the only eager birders to show up (perhaps the 6:30 starting time kept folks away). We were rewarded greatly for our efforts. The usually birdy Visitor Center parking lot was quiet today, but we found our first treasure along the maintenance lane: a Canada warbler, who once we spotted him, sang for us with delight. He was hanging out with a redstart, that trickster of song.
Further along on the farm we came upon a band of warblers, a treasure trove that included a Cape May and a gorgeous Bay-breasted, at relatively low clear view. The Blackpolls were singing (4) and we finally found one to see near the Overlook, and also Magnolia warblers and another Bay-breasted.
The sunrise through the gap was exquisite when we began, and the weather held up well, with the first raindrops starting on my short drive home.
Deb Hale Harpers Ferry/Bolivar
Canada Goose X heard Wood Duck 2 pair flying over Double-crested Cormorant 1 flying above river Great Blue Heron 1 flying over Black Vulture 4 Turkey Vulture 6 Bald Eagle 2 2 immatures. pretty dark. Mourning Dove 1 Chimney Swift X seen and more heard Red-bellied Woodpecker 4 Eastern Wood-Pewee 6 Acadian Flycatcher 1 Great Crested Flycatcher 6 Yellow-throated Vireo 1 Warbling Vireo 1 Red-eyed Vireo 12 Blue Jay 8 American Crow 3 Fish Crow 1 Tree Swallow 1 Carolina Chickadee 4 Tufted Titmouse 5 White-breasted Nuthatch 1 Carolina Wren 1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 8 Eastern Bluebird 6 Wood Thrush 3 American Robin 6 Gray Catbird 2 Brown Thrasher 2 European Starling 1 Cedar Waxwing 4 Louisiana Waterthrush 1 American Redstart 2 Cape May Warbler 2 Northern Parula 2 Magnolia Warbler 2 2 or 3. Bay-breasted Warbler 2 Chestnut-sided Warbler 1 Blackpoll Warbler 4 Yellow-rumped Warbler 20 Canada Warbler 1 Chipping Sparrow 5 Song Sparrow 1 heard singing on drive in. Scarlet Tanager 6 Northern Cardinal 15 Indigo Bunting 5 Eastern Meadowlark 3 Baltimore Oriole 4 Red-winged Blackbird 1 Brown-headed Cowbird 4 Common Grackle 5 House Finch 1 American Goldfinch 2