But there were several birds on my last day at the festival (May 1st), plus some flowers and a special lunch spot, that made the Sugar Creek trip settle in my memory with special contentment. You couldn't ask for better.
first day of the festival I learned a new bird song, "teacher, teacher, teacher", and it now rings in my head whenever I think of the Oven Bird (above and below). I became acquainted with this bird back in Tennessee at our Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge banding station. But this day I enjoyed an exceptional look on territory. He landed on a limb and walked along its length just as if he were on the ground, then threw back his head and sang.
There was reason to also scan the ground. It was still early spring in the higher elevations and the woods were peppered with early spring flowers. Below a Jack-in-the-Pulpit.
I could have spent the rest of the afternoon sitting here with a sketchbook.
Visit Jeffrey Gordon's blog to see his great images of a Swainson's Warbler
WV's New River Birding and Nature Festival
National Park Service, New River Gorge
Laura Hardy - Somewhere in N J
Steve Mattan - Recycled Photons
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Coming up: A June Slice of Florida's Space Coast