Sunday, July 5, 2009

AT birdin'


Birdcouple is just back from our longest hike yet along the Appalachian Trail, 3 days and 2 nights starting just over the New York-New Jersey state line and heading south to High Point, N.J. On the Fourth of July, we walked through wonderful Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge (the only NWR that the AT passes through) and slowed our pace to enjoy the scenery and the birds, of course.

On this trip, we also saw our 100th species of bird along the Trail, adding at least three new ones - Yellow-Breasted Chat, Grasshopper Sparrow and Marsh Wren. Most of the birds we encounter as we hike are the expected woodland ones - Scarlet Tanagers, warblers, vireos, Wood Thrush and Veery, etc. But the trail also passes over mountaintops (good for raptors); along ponds, streams and canals; and through upland fields, where we get a whole different set of avifauna.

This hike's birding highlight was surprising a momma Wild Turkey and a half-dozen babies in an overgrown field near an old house where hikers stop to get water from a spigot. More soon about our adventure on Birdcouple's AT blog...



4 comments:

Chris Petrak said...

We used to live in Delaware Water Gap on the AT, a portion of which we hiked over & over. We have much fondness for the hikers, even "short" segment hikers. Just noticed on your sidebar the 400 goal for year, and 387 ytd. If this for both of you, and have you counted outside the US? I break the 300 mark when I get good travel within the US, but would need to do much more to get close to 400

MaineBirder said...

Sounds like you had a great time. I used to live near a section of the AT in Central PA. (near Fayetteville) I was definitely a short segment hiker, but had good times never-the-less.

Warren and Lisa Strobel said...

Hi Chris - we can only barely touch over 300 without oversea travel. This year, India helped a lot! We wish we had the time to hike the Delaware Water Gap over and over again- what a pretty hike!

Warren and Lisa Strobel said...

John!
Central PA = a lot of rocks! I'm sure Maine won't be a piece of cake either. Happy 4th!