May 20 2014

Best Bird

Published by at 7:15 am under Songbirds

Worm-eating warbler near Sarah Furnace Rd, 18 May 2014 (photo by Shawn Collins)

Last Sunday I hiked  the Armstrong Trail at Sarah Furnace Road because I wanted to see a worm-eating warbler.

I’d seen them twice before — once at Enlow Fork, Pennsylvania and once at Magee Marsh, Ohio — but every time I’ve tried for them at Sarah Furnace where they’re known to nest I’ve struck out.  I hear them but never see them.

Sunday was slated to turn out the same way.  I walked to the old, closed railroad tunnel at the south end of the trail and I didn’t even hear one.  Perhaps I’d arrived too late in the day.  Perhaps they weren’t around.  I couldn’t tell but I was disappointed and hungry so I sat down — out of sight of the spooky tunnel — and ate my lunch.  Here’s what I mean about spooky.  I was all alone.

Abandoned railroad tunnel, Armstrong Trail, Brady's Bend (photo by Kate St. John)

 

By 1:00pm I decided it was time to go.  With no particular object in mind I walked back to the tunnel once more.  I stood around for a bit and then I heard *him* singing near me.  A worm-eating warbler!  Eventually he flew out and acrobatically foraged in the dead leaves.  He was easy to see.  Best bird!

Meanwhile, back at the Sarah Furnace parking lot, Shawn Collins had arrived to look for a worm-eating warbler, too.  He recognized my car (it has this bumper sticker) but I was nowhere to be found.  However, there was a worm-eating warbler near my car.  He took its picture, above.

I walked a mile to find a warbler.  He found one near my car.  So now we know there are two.

The Best Birds are in the parking lot.   ;)

 

(photo of worm-eating warbler by Shawn Collins, photo of abandoned railroad tunnel by Kate St. John)

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  1. Kayon 20 May 2014 at 8:58 am

    Kate – quick question about the falcon/eagle webcams in the City. I can’t seem to acces any of them since yesterday. I have tried a number of different ways but all I get is that I’m connected to the internet but that there is a problem with the website. Do you know if there is a problem with them? Sad I won’t be able to watch the banding at the Gulf Tower.

  2. Mary Ann Pikeon 20 May 2014 at 8:58 am

    I saw my first worm eating warbler along the bike trail in Foxburg a few weekends ago. It’s fascinating to watch them dig through the tree stumps and leaves on the hillside. I am terrible with bird song, though, so I probably wouldn’t know if one was near me if I couldn’t see it.

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