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Part 7:  Kerr WMA  (10 APR)

Chorus recorded at the end of the main road (above), with the croaking of a pair of Common Ravens, the whistles of a Northern Cardinal, the clipped phrases of a Black-capped Vireo, and the trilling of Chipping Sparrows in the background (to say nothing of the livestock... ☺)

Woke up super early, so decided to go ahead and get out to Kerr WMA, praying the whole way that I wouldn’t hit a deer!  (I’m really paranoid now after last year…)  Avoided that catastrophe, but I missed the entrance to Bobcat Woods and almost got walloped while turning around!  (Hard to see anyone coming on those hills…)  Went to the end of the road to wait for sunrise (same observation as the rest of the week J) and just enjoyed the dawn chorus; the day’s only Black-throated Sparrow was singing here, and as I made my way back to the main highway, I think I had at least three Black-capped Vireos singing along the way!  Just before I reached SR 41 a car full of birders rolled in; I asked them if they were looking for the vireo and their faces all lit up as they answered in unison in the affirmative!  So I sent them a half mile down the road where, again, one was right there (but not being cooperative…).

Pulling into the main entrance logged Barn Swallows right away (they were nesting under the office eaves), but nothing new for the trip as I continued the BBS protocol down the road (but I never get tired of the place; it truly is beautiful).  Some light rain hampered the effort, however, but by the time I reached the end of the road (where yet another Blackcap was playing hide and seek) the rain had let up, so I stopped here and there going back so I could actually get out of the car and listen.  You drive by a couple of homesteads, and you feel so self-conscious stopping right in front of the house because that’s where all the action is!  Today the Lark Sparrows were hanging out in force, along with some Lesser Goldfinches, and in the open areas a Vermilion Flycatcher flopped around while a pair of Kestrels checked things out from the telephone wire.  A pair of Common Ravens croaked in the distance, and finally picked up the Golden-cheeked Warbler on the way back – I was sweating that this would have been the first time I would have missed them here!  Yet another Blackcap sang at another stop, but this one actually decided to come out for a look!  A Turkey hightailed it across the road, and back at headquarters added an Inca Dove and a Carolina Chickadee to the list.

Field with Bluebells

   

A closer look at the Bluebells...

The Black-capped Vireos were uncharacteristically cooperative this year!

Fleeing Wild Turkey

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