Tuesday, May 27, 2008

BC does the AT in PA

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...

2 comments:

Kelly said...

Happy trails to all three hikers! Enjoy the season and your hikes in PA. We were out on a few overnight trips in VA this spring, and we did some trail magic a couple of times in TN. It's always a joy to hear about hikers' experiences. We sure do miss it "out there." We'll stay posted to your adventures.

All the best,
Ron and Kelly

bevson said...

I live close to the AT where it slices across the corner of NJ. I hike it a lot. The birding is fantastic but I agree, that it has to be done by ear or it will take triple the time to get anywhere. But once in a while, there is a little Redstart spirit guide to show me the way, leapfrogging in front of me.