It was a
lovely day at Cochran Shoals with a surprising
level of bird activity at every turn. I
had probably my highest ever warbler species count for the park today,
05/02/2015. I started
at daylight and
walked basically nonstop and at a good pace for 4 1/2 hours.
I covered all the trails and habitats.
After two hours I realized I had a good
chance to get a high tally so I made sure I spent time in specific areas like
on the hills for some of the harder ones like Nashville, Ovenbird, Worm-eating,
Kentucky, and Swainson's. Then
the field a couple times until I was able to get Chat and Prairie.
Having the riparian habitat really helped
with ones like Prothonotary, both waterthrushes, and Swainsons.
This time I lucked up with some bonus birds
like Golden-winged, Black-throated Blue, Bay-breasted, and Canada.
Misses included Blue-winged, Orange-crowned,
Wilson's, and Cerulean. Birds
to sing almost the entire time which helped greatly.
Amusingly, I did not
find any of the rare birds that I
was actually looking for. And oddly, I did not see any other birders there this
Northern Parula (5)
Cape May (5)
American Redstart (6)