Stoney Creek (Wintergreen) 5/11/2011

All photos are Marshall Faintich

I did a little mid-morning birding here in Stoney Creek. Started with a hike down to the Allen Creek Nature Preserve, but did not see too much: Bluebirds, Indigo Buntings, Black and Turkey Vutures, Crows, Cardinals, Red-winged Blackbirds, a Pileated Woodpecker, and a Red-eyed Vireo. I heard two different hawks, probably Red-tailed and Red-shouldered. I decided to try some higher elevation spots here in Stoney Creek, although they are usually not very successful as there are very few good observation locations because of the dense trees and nowhere to see high in the tree canopies.

At the top of Crawfords Climb Drive I saw another Pileated Woodpecker and a Downy Woodpecker, and heard a couple of warblers but could not see or identify them. American Goldfinches were abundant. A Cooper's Hawk was circling overhead along with a Raven and a couple of vultures. I then headed up to the top of Far Knob Drive at the other side of Crawfords Climb, and heard another Pileated woodpecker, a Pewee, and a Eastern Towhee. I could hear a Worm-eating Warbler in the woods, but could not see it.

Red-eyed Vireo

Cooper's Hawk

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