Date: 9/3/19 3:16 pm From: william haddad (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Subject: Yesterday and this morning - migrants very active at Hefner Gap and at Humpback
Mark Thomas birded Hefner yesterday morning while I was birding Humpback Mountain at my cabIn. He had a large flock at Hefner at 8.am - including an Eastern Kingbird! I had 10 Warbler species at the cabin with extremely close looks in the backyard as they found good food in a Blue Spruce and in my Rose of Sharon Tree as well as wild vegetation. They were feeding frantically - most at low levels - and one bird being chased brushed against me as I sat in a backyard chair. The action lasted a full three quarters of an hour there. The Warblers seen (many in multiple numbers) were:as follows: 1. B.T. Greens 2. Chestnut-sided 3.Worm-eating 4. Blackburnian 5. B.T. Blue 6. N. Parula 7. Hooded 8. Black and White 9. Am. Redstart 10. Tennessee
The action continued off and on for another 2 hours, especially close to the bird feeders for the seed eaters on the side deck. Some of the BT. Blues and Greens actually landed on the deck close to the feeders. After 6 pm a pair of Common Nighthawks came overhead to cap off a very enjoyable day.
Today I joined Mark at Hefner and had much of the same Warblers with some additions. Mark saw a Yellow-throated Warbler and I saw a Canada Warbler. We both had brief looks at a Warbler that was either a Bay-breasted or a Pine. Both at the cabin yesterday and at Hefner today, I had a three Vireo morning, with Yellow- throated out numbering Red-eyed and Blue-headed. One flock at the cabin yesterday included a Cuckoo but completely in a very shaded area at some distance so I could not ID it.
On a more somber note, there is now mature Tall Ragweed, more than in past years, at Hefner and The Orchard Road and I am suffering accordingly, so if you are allergic, come prepared with any meds. Any advice would be appreciated!