Fall Warbler Workshop:
September 11, 2019
This year’s Fall warbler workshop was held at Jackson Park in Henderson County. Jackson Park is known in the region for being a great stopover point for migrating passerines, especially warblers. We had 11 participants for our walk, and a lot of enthusiasm. We all met at the old administration building to start the day. We walked down the greenway and quickly ran into our first warbler of the day, a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER. This little trunk stalker came down and gave us great views. We next walked to the edge of Mud Creek and worked the tree line. A flitting CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER was actively foraging for insects. A resident WHITE-EYED VIREO was still singing in the thicket, and a BROWN THRASHER was actively “smacking” at the group. We caught a glimpse of the first MAGNOLIA WARBLER of the day.
We made our way to the “warbler trail”. It provided great looks at AMERICAN REDSTARTS, the most abundant warbler in Jackson Park in the fall. A YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO flew across the trail in front of the group. Several EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE’S were also flycatching on the trail. The morning was warming up a tad and before lunch we walked around the interior trail. We had some of the best looks at a HOODED WARBLER that one will ever get! A great way to end the morning before lunch.
Lunch was a nice picnic lunch under the covered pavilion and out of the sun. We finished up and most of us decided to do one more trail. By this time the day had heated up quite a bit and the birds slowed down. We did have a better view of MAGNOLIA WARBLER on the bottom land trail, and one of the first PHILADELPHIA VIREOS of the season. We finished up this year’s addition of the warbler workshop with sightings of NORTHERN PARULA and BLACKBURIAN WARBLER. A great way to end the day. September in Jackson Park is stellar, and I highly recommend it to any bird lover!