Date: 5/11/18 10:17 am From: pep4223 <pep4223...> Subject: YB Chat, 5 vireo species - Shannondale Springs WMA - Jefferson County
The Potomac Valley Audubon Society sponsored a public bird walk at Shannondale Springs WMA this morning. Five birders joined me at the place I call the American Redstart headquarters. If you want to hear and see an American Redstart, this is the place to visit during breeding season. The weather was sunny with just a touch of fog early morning. We started at 59 degrees F, with the temperature rising to 70 degrees F by 10 AM.
One of the highlights for me was getting to see a Yellow-breasted Chat after it hid for us for about 10 minutes. As we started to leave, it moved across the trail and positioned itself in sunlight on a very visible tree without leaves to block its view. It appeared to be sending us a message "I'm here, don't go, look at me!" And so we reveled in its beauty before it dropped out of sight.
We also had nice looks at early morning Wood Ducks, Spotted Sandpipers, Scarlet Tanager, American Redstart and an Osprey. We saw or heard 5 vireo species. It was also a pleasure to bird with a smaller group of experienced birders who had full appreciation of bird song. As I was driving out through the WMA to the main road, I heard a Chipping Sparrow, which seemed to be absent on our walk. Seeing and hearing 57 bird species was a lovely way to start a day.
Shannondale Springs WMA, Jefferson, West Virginia, US May 11, 2018 7:05 AM - 10:22 AM Protocol: Traveling 2.71 mile(s)