Kennesaw Mountain 4/22/12

    I did some earth-day-birding today at Kennesaw Mountain with the Atlanta Audubon Society! Our list was not the amazing 67 species that the group got yesterday, but rather, as today was a more windy day, we got 44 species as a group and I got 37 species personally. Highlights included the Sharp-shinned Hawk, Hooded Warblers, Summer and Scarlet Tanagers, Black-throated Blue Warblers, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and seeing the Yellow-throated Vireo’s nest (which was sadly attacked by a Blue Jay). Here is a list of species with *’s next to lifers:

Turkey Vulture 4
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 3
hawk sp. 1 looked closest to a Gyrfalcon
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 2
Eastern Phoebe 1
White-eyed Vireo 2
*Yellow-throated Vireo 4-two had a nest made of moss and grass that was
attacked by a Blue Jay, 1 adult male, 1 adult female, 2 sex unknown (most
likely males)
Red-eyed Vireo 4
Blue Jay 10
Fish Crow 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 5
Carolina Wren 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Wood Thrush 1-singing it’s brilliant song
American Robin 11
Gray Catbird 1
Northern Mockingbird 3
Brown Thrasher 3
Cedar Waxwing 1-strange that he was all alone, yellow-tipped tail
*Hooded Warbler 5
American Redstart 2-both males
*Blackpoll Warbler 1-only slightly heard it
Black-throated Blue Warbler 2
Palm Warbler 3-almost sure all were Western
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1-Audubon’s subspecies
Prairie Warbler 1-a male
*Black-throated Green Warbler 2
warbler sp. 1-either a Worm-eating Warbler, an Ovenbird, or a Carolina Wren
Eastern Towhee 1
Chipping Sparrow 2
Summer Tanager 3-2 males and 1 female
*Scarlet Tanager 2-both male
Northern Cardinal 17-12 male and 5 female
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 7-all male
I saw a total of 8 species of warbler excluding the Blackburnian and Black-and-White Warblers the rest of the group heard.