There was a big morning flight of mostly boreal warblers at Hawk Mt. this morning, Roger Tory Peterson's confusing fall warbler plate brought to life. The pace was fast and furious, with many birds going by unidentified. I heard about 350 nocturnal flight calls at South Lookout from 6-6:25 a.m., mostly of Swainson's Thrush as you'd expect this late in Sept., but I heard one Gray-cheeked, and several Wood Thrushes were still around. The spruce forest birds are moving on south. List below.
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary--North Lookout, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania, US Sep 25, 2019 6:30 AM - 11:15 AM Protocol: Stationary Comments: Clear, light westerly wind, 50F at start. Good warbler flight. 46 species (+2 other taxa)
Canada Goose 12 Chimney Swift 4 Black Vulture 6 Turkey Vulture 5 Osprey 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 Cooper's Hawk 1 Broad-winged Hawk 3 Red-bellied Woodpecker 2 Downy Woodpecker 2 Hairy Woodpecker 1 Pileated Woodpecker 3 Northern Flicker 5 Olive-sided Flycatcher 1 Perched on dead branch near E. Wood-Pewee. Larger than former with big head, comparatively short tail, vested look. Fairly late in its migration period. Eastern Wood-Pewee 2 Eastern Phoebe 2 Blue-headed Vireo 9 Philadelphia Vireo 2 Seen by Laurie Goodrich and Rudy Keller, nice looks at eye level & below. Yellow darkest on throat, extending down breast. Fainter head pattern and smaller bill than Red-eyed. Red-eyed Vireo 13 Blue Jay 15 Still the resident birds making a commotion in the forest, sometimes playing their favorite game of Harass the Sharpie. American Crow 2 Carolina/Black-capped Chickadee 2 Tufted Titmouse 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2 White-breasted Nuthatch 2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1 Skinny little gray & white bird with long tail edged white was part of the big morning warbler flight. Carolina Wren 2 Swainson's Thrush 1 One seen at North Lookout; ~350 nocturnal flight calls heard at South Lookout 6-6:25 a.m. Wood Thrush 1 American Robin 15 Cedar Waxwing 120 American Goldfinch 10 Chipping Sparrow 2 Black-and-white Warbler 1 Tennessee Warbler 23 More yellow first year birds than adults. Part of a big morning flight of mainly boreal breeding warblers. Cape May Warbler 37 Most of these were at the tail end of the morning warbler flight. All age classes represented, incl. a few colorful males. Northern Parula 5 Magnolia Warbler 2 Bay-breasted Warbler 15 Beautiful bay coloration on a lot of these birds today and no question as to what they were, seen by Laurie Goodrich and Rudy K.eller Blackburnian Warbler 5 Blackpoll Warbler 18 Light colored feet noted on many of these. We probably let many go by unidentified. Black-throated Blue Warbler 10 Palm Warbler (Yellow) 1 Black-throated Green Warbler 48 Consistently the most common fall warbler here. warbler sp. (Parulidae sp.) 70 Probably an undercount.. Warblers were moving very fast through vegetation, constantly chasing each other, or flying past lookout without perching. Many went by unidentified. Scarlet Tanager 37 Lots of birds sitting around lookout feeding and resting on black gum & hemlock trees. Many identified as fly-by birds by appearance & call. Rose-breasted Grosbeak 43 Very good flight of these. Heard and seen in forest all around lookout; many identified as fly-by birds. Indigo Bunting 1