Lisa and Warren, and their 16-year-old, Adam, kicked off the '08 Appalachian Trail hiking season on Memorial Day with a 13.3 mile hike in Pennsylvania.
Check out Birdcouple's AT blog over the next couple of days for a full report.
Birding while hiking is interesting _ you can't stop for every bird, or you'll never get the miles done. That puts a premium on birding by ear, plus choosing which birds are particularly interesting and worth pausing a few moments for.
Adam got his life Prarie Warbler and Eastern Wood Peewee. Prarie Warblers were everywhere, in migration we assume. We had 5 or 6 singing, two seen. Also had good looks at Scarlet Tanager and Ovenbirds calling everywhere.
Speaking of calling, the AT is calling us back to the trail soon...