Date: 5/30/19 10:08 am From: Kendall Zook <kendallzook98...> Subject: morning birdwalk in Crawford Co.
I birded some beautiful habitat with Andy Troyer this morning. We birded his 95 acres along Rundelltown Rd. We kicked off the morning with a great bird - a Mourning Warbler singing in the ravine right behind his house! I love their song - such a rich, full "jirry, jirry, jirry, jorry, jorry." The Mourning Warbler was a target bird today. The logging that happened several years ago left prime habitat for Mourning Warblers. Throughout the morning we had another 3 Mourning Warblers, all on territory. "Our morning for Mournings!" Andy said.
The woods is thick. We passed through new thickets of aspen with an alder flycatcher calling "re-BEAT" and Chesnut-sided Warblers calling all around, through open meadows with Blue-winged Warbler buzzing, and into more mature woods with the ever-present Hooded Warbler.
At the back of the property, we hit gorgeous habitat. Old hemlock woods - dark, cool, and quiet. Dark pools of water and a few prostrate and moss-covered hemlock trunks. And the dark evergreen canopy overhead. Personally, this is my favorite Pennsylvania woods habitat. I never tire of Eastern Hemlock forests, and hope to see them stay much longer. Part of the enchantment of this special habitat is the special species you find there. And we found them. We heard the high sweet song of the Blue-headed Vireo, the "zee-zee-zee-zoo-zee" of the Black-throated Green Warbler, and of course Veeries and Wood Thrushes. Then we heard one of the highlights. Not too far away came the Hermit Thrush's haunting, beautiful song in a minor key. Wow! That was the first one, and the second one came a little further along. Finding two singing Hermit Thrushes on May 30 in Crawford Co., is a highlight to me, hands down.
On our way back, we passed a tree with a Fisher nest in it. No Fishers around today, but Andy's family has seen two babies and one adult. That's exciting, as Fishers are a recent arrival in Crawford Co. We reached the car just as rain began to sprits. In an hour and a half we reached 63 species with 11 species of warblers. A wonderful bird walk to end May.