Date: 5/14/19 2:37 pm
From: Ann Pettigrew <rook185...>
Subject: Re: Warblers @ Harrisburg former state hospital - Dauphin County
Thanks for sharing such a detailed log of your sightings! So much more personal,than eBird!


Ann C. Pettigrew, V.M.D.
York, PA

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." - John Muir.

> On May 14, 2019, at 1:05 PM, Ian Gardner <gardnie07...> wrote:
> Great morning for warblers at the Harrisburg former state hospital. The
> last few rain-soaked days probably had the migrants piling up and they're
> now moving north again. I primarily birded the natural area hollow and
> along the adjacent greenbelt trail. Once I could see the Norway spruces at
> the base of the hollow, the songs of multiple warbler species started
> mixing together and providing a difficult soundscape to navigate. I started
> with the closest songs and pulled out several Cape May and a few
> Bay-breasted Warblers all singing high-pitched songs from high in the
> spruces. Cape May singing repeated single notes and Bay-breasted adding one
> for its song of "tee-see tee-see tee-see". American Redstarts and Northern
> Parulas sang multiple songs from the hardwood trees behind the spruces.
> I've been noticing Parulas singing their alternate "black-throated
> green-esque" song a lot more this year than I remember in the past. Two
> songs escaped me for a few minutes as I shifted my focus from hearing to
> seeing these minuscule and fidgety migrants. A female Black-throated Blue
> Warbler was bouncing around the low canopy above the stream with a male
> Wilson's Warbler. Once I saw him sing, his voice finally fit into place.
> But one more was escaping me. I knew where it was singing from, but
> couldn't get it to come into the open. Eventually it dawned on me, Canada
> Warbler! I could never find a mnemonic phrase that fit its dense bouncing
> song, but I always remember it contains a few notes of "swee-ditchety". I
> played the song to myself from my phone to confirm it and felt satisfied to
> have a song that I need to re-familiarize myself with. Now that I was
> confident I picked out all the songs around spruces I walked into the
> hollow and down the shaded trail. Ovenbird and Tennessee Warbler stood out
> along with a couple Red-eyed Vireos and constant Wood Thrushes. A male and
> female pair of Common Yellowthroats popped up from the streambed. A
> Northern Waterthrush had been occupying that space for the last week or
> two, but not today. I made it to the circular spring basin at the end of
> the trail and turned around. A male Black-throated Blue Warbler voiced its
> lazy song once before I left the hollow. A quick loop around the top of the
> hospital complex only added Yellow Warbler and my checklist ended. There is
> so much more habitat left to explore but I didn't have time today.
> Hopefully someone else makes the trip.
> Warbler species:
> 1 Ovenbird
> 4 Tennessee Warbler
> 2 Common Yellowthroat
> 5 American Redstart
> 6 Cape May Warbler
> 3 Northern Parula
> 3 Bay-breasted Warbler
> 1 Yellow Warbler
> 2 Black-throated Blue Warbler
> 1 Canada Warbler
> 1 Wilson's Warbler
> eBird Checklist:
> Ian Gardner
> Harrisburg, PA
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