On Mother’s Day, OCAS in conjunction with The Watershed Center held our annual Warbler Warm-up at the Bristol Waterworks. A great crowd of over 40 people showed up and split into three groups led by Warren King, Ron Payne and Chris Runcie each setting off in search of birds. A late leaf-out this year meant good viewing conditions and some very cooperative warblers and other species made our search fruitful. By the end of our day we had collectively tallied 54 species of birds. Highlights were a Wilson’s Warbler found near the parking lot, a singing Field Sparrow, Hermit Thrushes and a Veery which perched out in the open giving us a chance to go over their field marks. Other Warbler species found were Northern Waterthrush, Black-and-white Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Magnolia Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler and Yellow-rumped Warbler. Also fun was a calling Barred Owl which was left off each group’s list until we got back together and could confirm none of the leaders were responsible for making the call. Perhaps the best sighting of the day, though, was a resplendent Scarlet Tanager who drew applause when it perched in the clear above us out in the trail

A full list of species can be found at this link.

– Ron Payne