Kennesaw Mountain 9/7/13

Today I went to Kennesaw Mountain to see if any warblers or other cool fall migrants were about. The day was overall slow and quiet, although I did see a Red-eyed Vireo, an Eastern Wood-Pewee, a Black-and-white Warbler and I heard a couple of Pine Warblers. The highlight was definitely seeing my first Worm-eating Warbler that was close and stationary – atypical warbler behavior. It stayed in the same position for a few minutes and even shut its eyes as if it were going to take a nap in the heat of the day! I did not get a great shot, but a fuzzy one is shown below. I also saw some beautiful flowers and a Katydid. The Chimney Swifts were also very active this morning, flying high over the mountain and probably having a grand feast as they fired off their rapid slurred chip notes. I also saw a Broad-winged Hawk soaring as I was standing close to the top of the mountain. I love seeing soaring hawks, but there is something special about watching one soar at eye level! A few Brown Thrashers also treated themselves to some Smooth Sumac berries as they gave a variation of the “tschuck” call.

Birds (16 species, 1 lifer):

Broad-winged Hawk 1

Chimney Swift 40

Red-bellied Woodpecker 2

Downy Woodpecker 4

Eastern Wood-pewee 1

Red-eyed Vireo 1

Blue Jay 15

Carolina Chickadee 15

White-breasted Nuthatch

Carolina Wren 3

American Robin 2

Brown Thrasher 3

*Worm-eating Warbler 1

Black-and-white Warbler 1

Pine Warbler 1

Northern Cardinal 20

Trees (20 species, 1 lifer):

Chestnut Oak

Eastern Red Cedar

Northern Red Oak

Southern White Oak

Flowering Dogwood

Smooth Sumac

Blackgum

Red Maple

Sugar Maple

Black Locust

Eastern Redbud

Blackjack Oak

Post Oak

Pignut Hickory

Black Walnut

Sassafras

Southern Magnolia

Red Mulberry

Loblolly Pine

*Common Hoptree

Wildflowers (2 species, 0 lifers):

Horse Nettle

Spurred Butterfly Pea

Vines (3 species, 0 lifers):

Poison Ivy

Small Red Morning Glory

Virginia Creeper

Butterflies (2 species, 0 lifers):

Red Admiral

Cabbage White

Other Insects (1 species, 1 lifer):

*Broad-winged Katydid

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Worm-eating Warbler

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Gnarled dead tree

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Broad-winged Katydid

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