The seven people at the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship found a total of 63 species on Saturday, which was an absolutely beautiful spring day.
The highlights of the walk included a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, rare for the Blue Ridge Center, great looks at BLUE-WINGED WARBLERS and YELLOW-BREASTED CHATS (photo shown here), several heard KENTUCKY WARBLERS (not one seen), and at least five GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS in a variety of different locations.
We had a BALTIMORE ORIOLE perched high in a tree with the morning sun shining on it vibrant colors.
A handful of EASTERN MEADOWLARKS also were a deliht to see.
Here is the complete list of species seen:
Canada Goose, Wood Duck 2, Mallard 2, Great Blue Heron 1, Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, Red-shouldered Hawk 1, American Kestrel 1, Mourning Dove, Chimney Swift, Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1, Red-headed Woodpecker 1, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Acadian Flycatcher 8, Eastern Phoebe 2, Great Crested Flycatcher 10, Eastern Kingbird 4, White-eyed Vireo 4, Red-eyed Vireo 15, Blue Jay, American Crow, Fish Crow 2, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Carolina Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 20, Eastern Bluebird, Wood Thrush 6, American, Robin, Gray Catbird, Northern Mockingbird, Brown Thrasher 1, European Starling, Blue-winged Warbler 4, Yellow Warbler 1, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle), American Redstart 1, Ovenbird 6, Louisiana Waterthrush 1, Kentucky Warbler 4, Common Yellowthroat 6, Yellow-breasted Chat 5, Eastern Towhee 8, Chipping Sparrow 15, Field Sparrow 12, Grasshopper Sparrow 5, Song Sparrow 2, Scarlet Tanager, Northern Cardinal, Indigo Bunting 20, Red-winged Blackbird, Eastern Meadowlark 5, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Orchard Oriole 1, Baltimore Oriole 1, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow.