Date: 5/27/18 10:16 am From: Michael Thelen <mikethelen...> Subject: SLAS Field Trip Report -- May 26
Valley View Glades Natural Area in Jefferson County proved to be productive for our group of 32, an extraordinary turnout. To begin the evening everyone got to see a BEWICK'S WREN singing next to the parking lot; possibly one of two individuals I observed in the same area on May 23. We tallied 6 flycatchers including OLIVE-SIDED, ALDER and SCISSOR-TAILED, the last a fly-by, seen by me and perhaps one or two others at the beginning of the trip. Despite the time of day, and heat, birds were still vocalizing and we did quite a bit of birding by ear. There were 3 singing WOOD THRUSH and five of the wood warblers including 3 singing OVENBIRD, 1 BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, 3 singing KENTUCKY WARBLER, 1 singing PRAIRIE WARBLER detected by the sharpest ears, and 2 YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT if we still count it as a warbler. EASTERN TOWHEE and SUMMER TANAGER were well represented at 9 each.
We scored all 3 of the target goatsuckers for the trip with 12 COMMON NIGHTHAWK, 8 EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILL, but just 1 CHUCK-WILL'S-WIDOW, flushed and seen by only a few at the start of the hike. We completed most of the trail up to a vantage point just below the parking lot with a breathtaking view of the glade and red and purple sunset. Stopping there we watched, and listened to, the nighthawks and enjoyed a veritable concert of whip-poor-wills as they started singing one by one, their voices ringing across the glade. While some called it a day and continued back to the parking lot a good number of us lingered for almost 45 minutes after sunset hoping to hear Chuck-will's-widow but, alas, did not. The Moon, Venus and Jupiter were brilliant.
Thanks to everyone for their interest and participation and for their contributions to the collective effort. Here's a link to the eBird report with comments and photos: