Craighead Forest Park and Wappanocca NWR 5/17/2009

I started the day at 4 AM to meet Dan and Samantha at Craighead at about 7:45. Angie had planned to come but was not feeling well. I got what I thought was first of season Canada Warbler (turns out I had photographed one the day before at Allsopp). We had a reasonable count but nothing remarkable so after about 2.5 hours we went to Wappanocca which is about a 45 minute drive down Highway 63. We did see a number of birds there but again nothing extraordinary. I did manage to get two first of seasons, one at site, Least Flycatcher and Forster’s Tern. We saw three terns at Wappanocca, one smaller than the other three. We, well Dan, identified one as a Forster’s so most likely we had Caspian and Forster’s or Forster’s and Least terns.

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Species seen or heard at Craighead:

  • Least Flycatcher *
  • Canada Goose
  • American Robin
  • Blue Jay
  • Fish Crow
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Carolina Chickadee
  • Chimney Swift
  • Pine Warbler
  • Red-eyed Vireo
  • Blackburnian Warbler
  • American Redstart
  • Mallard
  • Philadelphia Vireo
  • Blue-headed Vireo
  • Chestnut-sided Warbler
  • Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Black-throated Green Warbler
  • Canada Warbler
  • Summer Tanager
  • Mourning Dove
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  • Great Crested Flycatcher
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Carolina Wren

Species seen or heard at Wappanocca:

  • Forster’s Tern
  • Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • American Crow
  • Indigo Bunting
  • Carolina Wren
  • Prothonatary Warbler
  • Black-throated Green Warbler
  • White-eyed Vireo
  • Philadelphia Vireo
  • Carolina Chickadee
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Red-eyed Vireo
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo
  • Great Egret
  • Common Grackle
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Mississippi Kite
  • Summer Tanager
  • American Goldfinch
  • Northern Flicker
  • Dickcissel
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  • Tern sp.
  • Anhinga
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • American Coot
  • Wood Duck
  • Common Yellowthroat

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