Polk County Explorer
FENCE, River Road
April 10, 2013
We were promised a beautiful spring day, and that's exactly what we got, with temps in the mid- 70s and 62 bird species! We started the day at FENCE, getting a quick glance at a Palm Warbler in breeding coloration and even better looks at a Yellow-throated Vireo as it hopped around singing.
As we explored the trails at FENCE we located several singing Common Yellowthroats and one very hard to locate Louisiana Waterthrush (unlike the Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, which were everywhere!) It turned out to be a good day for raptors as well, as we had Osprey, Broad-winged and Red-tailed Hawk cruising overhead.
On River Road we watched a White-eyed Vireo singing its unmistakable song and got a glimpse of a Yellow-throated Warbler high up in the top of a pine. We finished the day working our way up Warrior Mountain, where we were treated to Black-throated Green, Black-and-White, Worm-eating, and Yellow-rumped Warblers, as well as a stunning male American Redstart, which brought our warbler tally up to 10 species for the day!