Date: 5/15/18 3:33 am From: Doug Wood <chingwe1755...> Subject: Boone Co. Swainson's Warblers and Putnam Co. Great-horned Owl double hoot.
Yesterday, May 14 in the morning I heard three Swainson's Warblers while running my pre-BBS route checks. All were in Boone Co. Two males in overlapping territories along the east side of Coal River at the mouth of Bull Creek between Ashford and Emmons. One male further downriver near a yard less than one mile upstream of the mouth of Fork Creek, between Emmons and Olcott. Other interesting observations yesterday, while I'm on the subject of birds named after the naturalist Swainson: I heard two Swainson's Thrushes at each of two locations, one in Boone Co. and one in Lincoln Co. Total of four SWTH, undoubtedly migrating northward. This morning, May 15 at 4:03 I heard a Great-horned Owl double-hooting to the south of our house on Coal Mountain in Putnam Co. I had never heard a GHOW emit a series of low-pitch double hoots before, so I did some digging into the variety of vocalizations of the species. We rarely hear GHOWs here due to extensive forested habitat, with only a scattering of openings.
Doug Wood Coal Mountain, WV between St. Albans and Hurricane.