Blue Ridge Parkway 4/20/12

All photos are Marshall Faintich


Low fog hung over the valley, but it was supposed to clear and be sunny today. I headed up to the northern 14 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway, starting at mile marker zero. The parkway was above the fog, but skies were overcast for the first couple of hours. I arrived there at 8:45 and slowly made my way down the parkway, taking 3-1/2 hours. There were warblers all along the route. I soon met Vic L. on the parkway, and his keen ears and eyes were a big help to me. I saw 7 warbler species as part of a total of 29 identified avian species, plus one unknown species. I was not able to get any photos of one of the warblers, an Ovenbird, although I did see one flying in the trees and heard a few more. In addition to three FOY warblers, I also had four other FOY birds: Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Blue-headed Vireo, and Indigo Bunting.


Scarlet Tanager


Scarlet Tanager


Indigo Bunting


Blue-headed Vireo

American Redstart




Black and White Warbler



Cerulean Warbler






Hooded Warbler


Worm-eating Warbler




Yellow-rumped Warbler





At my first stop on the parkway, I got a quick glimpse of a bird foraging in the brush, and it quickly flew into some trees. I remember seeing a solid dark olive back with no wing bars, and a lighter olive underside. It could have been a Red-eyed Vireo, but its size and shape made me think Tennessee Warbler. I did get one photo of a bird in the tree where it went, but there's not a lot of detail, and I am not sure if it is even the same bird.

Unidentified Bird


This morning's list (29 species):

American Redstart
Black and White Warbler
Cerulean Warbler
Hooded Warbler
Ovenbird
Worm-eating Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler

Scarlet Tanager
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Indigo Bunting
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker

Dark-eyed Junco
White-throated Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Eastern Towhee
Ruby-crownd Kinglet
Northern Cardinal
Eastern Phoebe

American Goldfinch
Cowbird
American Crow
Mourning Dove
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Blue Jay
American Robin


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