A 2.5 mile bird walk this morning on the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway and on mowed paths below yielded many resident birds. Although traffic noise pollution from nearby East State Street and from the highway across the river impedes listening at times, singing songbirds included a Yellow-throated Warbler on a power line above East State Street, Warbling, Yellow-throated, Red-eyed, and White-eyed Vireos, several Common Yellowthroat and Yellow Warblers, and several Gray Catbirds. A surprise was a singing Yellow-breasted Chat, the first time that I have encountered one there. Of note were also a few Willow Flycatchers, Orchard Oriole, and Cliff Swallows nesting under the highway bridge near Stimson Avenue. I ended up with 40 species in about 90 minutes.
Dr. Stefan Gleissberg
Athens Area Birders
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