Date: 9/5/18 5:34 pm From: Ron Vogel via VA-bird <va-bird...> Subject: [VA-bird] Pocosin Cabin/The Point Shenandoah National Park 9/5/2018
After scuffling about locally for several days in search of the first big warbler push w/o much luck, I decided to head up to Shenandoah National Park. I started at Pocosin Cabin, and then moved north along Skyline Drive stopping at the Oaks Overlook and The Point Overlook. I recorded 15 different warbler species Including Blackburnians, Cape Mays, and Bay Breasted. Overall bird load was excellent. It was also a good day for blue-headed vireos and rose-breasted grosbeaks.
The most prevalent warbler species was the Tennessee. Surprisingly, Cape Mays and chestnut-sided warblers were the runners-up. Magnolias and redstarts, which generally are plentiful this time of the year, were in relatively short supply. For those of you familiar with these venues, it is with some disappointment to report that the large spruce at The Point has blown down. This tree was almost magical in the fall for attracting a wide variety of warblers, especially Cape Mays and black-throated greens.