The historic mill and the roaring sound and mist of Glade Creek forms a relaxing center piece for birdwatching and hikes in the park. And right here at the visitor's center we were greeted by a pair of Black-throated Green Warblers, the male and the female, both busily foraging in a large evergreen near the parking lot.
female (below) popped into view. Notice that she doesn't have the solid black under her throat, but white with a spattering of black markings on her upper breast.
Below, two of our leaders for the day, Lynn Pollard (second from right) and Donna Hershberger (right). Molly Daly is to the left with binoculars raised.
As we boarded the bus before departing this trip, Bill Thompson III stepped inside, "Hey, I want to go on this trip. You're all chicks in here! It's a Chick Trip". I looked around, and yes, we were all females, including our bus driver.
I don't know if this helped account for the laid back nature of the day, or if I should credit the sun warming us to short sleeves, or simply the prevailing mood of field-day five, but our Babcock trip was a relaxing and charmed day of birding.
Female Black-throated Green Warbler with sketch, my first sighting in TN
WV's New River Birding and Nature Festival
Opossum Creek Retreat
National Park Service, New River Gorge
Babcock State Park
Connie Toops--Lost Cove Farm
Donna Hershberger--The Music of Nature
Molly Daly--The Catbird Seat
Bill Thompson, III- Bill of the Birds
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