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DVOC Field Trip Report
by Sandra Keller

May 16, 2010

Our Kentucky Warbler run was a great success with four singing males heard nicely and two showing themselves for a few minutes at a time. All of the participants got excellent looks.
We had an excellent, prolonged study of their habits, their song, and their chip notes. We walked Nowhere Rd. for the Kentuckys.

I did some scouting the week before and found another area, but decided tried and true Nowhere Rd. would still be the best bet! All the other sought after breeding species were also very cooperative with all participants enjoying looks of Worm-eating, Hooded, Blue-winged, and Prothonotary Warblers among others. Heard only breeders were Acadian Flycatcher and Louisiana Waterthrush. We didn't have too many migrants around as the last push of migrants through the area was three days previously and most had dispersed by our trip. We did enjoy Canada, Blackpoll, Redstart, and Yellow-rumped Warblers.

We walked Carpenter up to the burned area, but bird song was much quieter by then. Although the Prothonotary we saw was along here!

On a general nature note, biting insects actually weren't too bad! They were worse a week before this trip for some reason. We enjoyed 2 snakes.
One was a Northern Water Snake and I am not sure now what the other was.
Possibly another Water Snake or maybe a Black Rat Snake. If anyone has pictures of either, I would love to see them! Butterflies were few and far between with the overcast skies, but we did enjoy Red Admirals and Little Wood-Satyrs.

I wrote up a complete bird list with all 57 species we recorded, so if anyone would like it, please email me your request. I would like to thank all of the trip participants and hope to see everyone on another trip!

Sandra Keller