Sunday, July 21, 2013

Appalachian Trail birds

Credit: Steve Faccio, Vermont Center for Ecostudies
  We're just back from a 98.6 mile hike on the Appalachian Trail in Massachusetts and Vermont. Princess will blog about the hike itself on BC's AT Blog, but we thought we would talk about our bird encounters here.
  We scored two new species for our life lists, the Black-Backed Woodpecker and, most cool, Bicknell's Thrush. Bicknell's, only recognized as a separate species from Grey-Cheeked Thrush a few decades ago, has one of the most restricted breeding and wintering ranges of any North American bird. We heard and saw it on one of its breeding territories - at the top of Vermont's Stratton Mountain, elevation 3900 feet and change. Yes, we climbed up there!
 We learned a lot about the bird and Bicknell's studies from Jean, the caretaker at the top of the mountain. More info on this amazing bird is available from the US Fish & Wildlife Service here
All told, as we have hiked from Virginia to Vermont, we have identified 120 species along the Appalachian Trail, from the expected woodland species to a Common Loon (also in Vermont), Great Blue Herons and ducks at the pond in Boiling Springs, PA. Here's the list, arranged taxonomically:
Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
American Wigeon
Ruffed Grouse
Wild Turkey
Common Loon
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
American Woodcock
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Black-billed Cuckoo
Eastern Screech-Owl
Barred Owl
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Black-backed Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Acadian Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Yellow-throated Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Common Raven
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Winter Wren
Marsh Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
Bicknell's Thrush
Swainson's Thrush
Hermit Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Bohemian Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing
Nashville Warbler
Northern Parula
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Pine Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Cerulean Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Worm-eating Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat
Scarlet Tanager
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Blue Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Baltimore Oriole
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow


Randell said...


Mallory said...

Great bird list! My husband and I are thru-hiking this year and want to study up on our bird ID. This helps a lot!