Fall morning at the Gorge

Wow, what a great morning at the Vermilion River Gorge Hiking Trail!

I got out at 6:30 am when the fog was still hanging over the lake. The sun is coming up later and later and it seems the birds are getting up a little later too. It was a little quiet at first, but listening for any chip notes or songs was easy in the still of the morning air.

Incredibly, some birders are able to identify birds by just their chip note. At this time of year that is usually all you will hear. There will be little chip sounds coming from the bushes. Pausing and taking the time to watch for movement in the brush and trees will usually yield a good bird. This morning on the hike there were:

Mourning Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Black & White Warbler
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-throated Sparrow
Magnolia Warbler
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Least Flycatcher
Black-capped Chickadee
Evening Grosbeak
Pileated Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Winter Wren (singing partial song)

female Mourning Warbler

The Warblers were foraging in small groups in the sun. It was a very nice, peaceful, and quiet morning. A great way to start the day.

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