It was a beautiful morning to be out birding - sunny, cool, and not muggy. However, there weren't a lot of birds to see. I started out at the cirque on the parkway a little before 10:00 a.m. near mm. 7-1/2, but soon moved on. Earlier this year, I found a new warbler spot near mm. 12-1/2, and I think that some of the warblers that used to nest at Hickory Springs Overlook (mm. 11.8) have moved to this location after all the tree cutting at that overlook. I spent 1/2 hour at this new site, and saw a couple of American Redstarts, one or two Cerulean Warblers, heard an Ovenbird and a Scarlet Tanager, saw a Hairy Woodpecker, a few Indigo Buntings, and an Eastern Wood-Pewee.
Three times while I was at the site, a Barred Owl flew in perched at eye level near the parkway. It must be a good hunting site for this owl, or perhaps it has a nest nearby.
Chipmunk (a.k.a. rat with a good PR agent)
I heard a Hooded Warbler at Three Ridges overlook, and then turned around and headed back tothe north. I logged 17 avian species on this stretch of the parkway, before birding on Route 610 between mm. 4 and mm. 2 of the parkway. I added 6 more avian species on Route 610 to my morning list. There were a few more American Redstarts and Cerulean Warblers. I heard another Ovenbird and another Hooded Warbler, and added my 5th warbler species of the morning - a Worm-eating Warbler.
This morning's list: