Cochran Shoals 8/25/12

Fairly recently, I visited Cochran Shoals with my father on an Atlanta Audubon Society Field Trip. Targets were migrating warblers and flycatchers. Within less than a week before the trip, Cerulean, Worm-eating and Golden-winged Warblers and Yellow-bellied, Least and Olive-sided Flycatchers had been reported on Georgia Birders Online (GABO). All of those would have been lifers for me aside from Olive-sided Flycatcher and Worm-eating Warbler but sadly we did not see a single one of those species. However, the trip was very successful with 10 species of warbler. Yet another rare species was discovered there-a Lawrence’s Warbler. This is the less abundant Golden-winged Warbler X Blue-Winged Warbler hybrid, the other being the Brewster’s Warbler. Sadly, I did not get to see that either. This hybrid is so rare that the leader had only seen one one other time in his life! I did get one lifer though, Blue-winged Warbler. Other highlights included Broad-winged Hawk, Red-eyed Vireo, Northern Waterthrush, American Redstart, Northern Parula, Blackburnian Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler, Canada Warbler, and Pileated Woopecker. Also, while they are extremely common, it was still cool seeing a massive flock of maybe 200 Canada Geese flyby above the river honking as loud as possible. The butterflies were pretty good too as well as the wildflowers. I guess this is just the right time of year for everything!

Birds (30 species, 1 lifer):
Canada Goose 200
Mallard 10
Broad-winged Hawk 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 5
Eastern Phoebe 1
Red-eyed Vireo 1
American Crow 2
Carolina Chickadee 10Tufted Titmouse 10
Carolina Wren 2Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1

Northern Waterthrush 1
*Blue-winged Warbler 1
Black-and-white Warbler 9
Hooded Warbler 6
American Redstart 1
Northern Parula 1 male
Blackburnian Warbler 3
Chestnut-sided Warbler 1
Yellow-throated Warbler 3
Canada Warbler 1

Northern Cardinal 5
Indigo Bunting 2
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 5
Chimney Swift 40
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Empidonax sp. 1

Butterflies (4 species, 3 lifers):

Pearl Crescent
*Carolina Satyr
*Red-spotted Purple

Wildflowers (5 species, 4 lifers):
*New York Ironweed
Orange Jewelweed
*Woodland Sunflower
*Horse Nettle
Goldenrod Spp. possibly Sweet

Reptiles and Amphibians (1 species, 0 lifers):

Eastern Box Turtle

Pearl Crescent
Carolina Satyr
Canada Goose
Orange Jewelweed
New York Ironweed
Woodland Sunflower