Date: 5/13/18 2:00 pm
From: Mike Tanis <michael.tanis...>
Subject: Delaware State Forest - Pike County
Delaware Water Gap NRA and State Forest Land
13 May 2016, 6am-11am
Weather: Dark, overcast with some fog and light drizzle, calm, 40-50 degrees

Today I did another May warbler trip to the Pocono Plateau. However, the weather matched the poor forecast: heavily overcast, very chilly, but at least no wind. My work schedule does not allow me to easily take time off on weekday mornings this May, so it had to be Sunday with the lousy weather, or not at all. I followed my standard route: Rt 402 to Snow Hill Road, then north to Hobday road, returning to a few spots along Silver Lake Road. The rain started in earnest just before 11am as I started down Silver Lake Road, mercifully ending a difficult morning of birding. Bird activity was very low for what should be a time of peak activity, but there were very few birds moving around and feeding, and very limited vocalization. Today required so much effort to find and identify the warblers. Besides nice looks at Golden-winged, there wasn’t much in the way of sightings to celebrate.

Notable events of the day:
* As it was for one of my visits here in 2016, there were many hundreds of Veeries along the sides of all the roads on the Pocono plateau. I did hear plenty of “veer” call notes, but only a couple of actual Veery songs all morning! And I did not with certainty find any Hermit, Gray-cheeked, or Swainson’s thrushes in with all the Veeries.
* No other birders seemed to be out and about on this Mother’s Day morning!
* ebird will have lists for some specific sites

Black-throated Green
Black-throated Blue
American Redstart
Common Yellowthroat
Northern Waterthrush

Other species:
Canada Goose
Wild Turkey
Great Horned Owl
Mourning Dove
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Eastern Phoebe
Least Flycatcher
Eastern Wood Pewee
Blue Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Gray Catbird
American Robin
Wood Thrush
Blue-headed Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Red-winged Blackbird
Baltimore Oriole
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal
American Goldfinch
Eastern Towhee
Song Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Field Sparrow

Mike Tanis
Audubon, PA
michaelwtanis AT gmail DOT com
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