Monday, April 28, 2008


I went to Boone County Cliffs(BCC) today in Burlington, KY...well, I got to Middle Creek Rd. heading back to BCC at least. I only birded BCC proper for about 10 minutes and about 100 yards for Yellow-throated Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Ovenbird, Louisiana Waterthrush & Swainson's Thrush. I found 44 species in under 2 hours including 12 species of warbler! Lord knows how many species I missed especially by ear. Many of the birds were seen after just turning onto Middle Creek Rd. and parking about 20 yards in. This place is crazy birdy! I got "life looks" at alot of the birds too including Cerulean Warbler, Blue-winged Warbler, Yellow-troated Warbler, Baltimore Oriole, Swainson's Thrush and on and on..... It was by far my highest count alone and I think I could have gotten to about 60 pretty easily if I had more time!
Yellow-throated Vireo's were nesting and humping. Orioles were chasing each other around establishing territories I suppose. Ceruleans were paired up. Catbirds were collecting nesting material right around me. Everybody was singing in a deafening cacophony of birding bliss. I need to go back right away and listen to and try to spot another bird heard which was very distinguishable with a zee buzz buzz that I am starting to think may very well have been a Golden-winged Warbler or cross. It was awesome out there and I am going to go back as many times as possible before May 11. If anyone wants to go with me let me know! Check out the whole list. Also, not on the list seen yesterday there is Great Crested Flycatcher, Broad-winged Hawk and Kentucky Warbler. Between Lexington Cemetery and this place the year list has jumped from 163 to 193. 30 new species in just a few days! Maypril rules! e2
Location: Middle Creek Road Observation date: 4/28/08
Number of species: 45
Canada Goose
Wild Turkey
Turkey Vulture
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Yellow-throated Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Swainson's Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Blue-winged Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Cerulean Warbler
Louisiana Waterthrush
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
American Goldfinch
Black-billed Cuckoo

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