Kennesaw Mountain

I went on a walk today with my dad and a friend at Kennesaw Mountain looking for warblers migrating through the state. There was no official Atlanta Audubon Society walk today but one person who regularly leads walks at the mountain was there by chance, so he led the group of other birds who were coincidentally there for the first 45 minutes of the walk. We saw 11 species of warblers – not quite as many as the 19 species that were found there last Wednesday, but still a healthy serving. The highlight was most certainly seeing and hearing the sought after Cerulean Warbler, a lifer for me. Other highlights were good views of Black-throated Green and Canada Warblers and observing an Eastern-wood Peweee as it flew about flycatching.

Birds (30 species, 1 lifer):

Turkey Vulture 1

Red-tailed Hawk 1

Mourning Dove 10

Red-bellied Woodpecker 5

Downy Woodpecker 1

Northern Flicker 1

Blue-headed Vireo 2

Red-eyed Vireo 5

Blue Jay 20

Carolina Chickadee 2

White-breasted Nuthatch 1

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1

American Robin 5

Northern Mockingbird 1

Worm-eating Warbler 1

Black-and-white Warbler 1

Hooded Warbler 1

Cape May Warbler 2

*Cerulean Warbler 1

Blackburnian Warbler 2

Chestnut-sided Warbler 1

Palm Warbler 5

Yellow-rumped Warbler 10

Black-throated Green Warbler 5

Canada Warbler 3

Eastern Towhee 2

Chipping Sparrow 1

Scarlet Tanager 4

Northern Cardinal 3

Rose-breasted Grosbeak 3


Reptiles (1 species, 0 lifers):

Green Anole


Trees (4 species, 1 lifer):

Chestnut Oak

Blackjack Oak

Eastern Red-cedar

*Common Hop-tree


Wildflowers (5 species, 1 lifer):


*Blue Dogbane

Wild Columbine

Star Chickweed

Fire Pink


Vines (2 species, 0 lifers):

Virginia Creeper

Poison Ivy


Green Anole – Anolis carolinensis


Fire Pink – Silene Virginica


Common Hoptree – Ptelea trifoliata.


Blue Dogbane – Amsonia tabernaemontana


Wild Columbine – Aquilegia canadensis