Vermilion Gorge Hiking Trail

Nashville Warbler

Nashville Warbler

The Vermilion Gorge Hiking Trail was alive with the new migrants that had just arrived in the Crane Lake area.

I had a nice hike on Wednesday morning with 2 other birders. 13 species of Warbler were seen and/or heard. We had great looks at several Blackburnian Warblers in the trees that were virtually leafless and a beautiful male Mourning Warbler gave us a good view as he tried to hide in the shrubs that hadn’t leafed out yet. 

The list of birds is as follows:

 Ruffed Grouse
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Blue-headed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Winter Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Nashville Warbler
Northern Parula
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Pine Warbler
Black & White Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Mourning Warbler
Canada Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow 

The Crane Lake Trumpeter Swans are sitting on eggs in the pond that is located on the Nelson Road. The resident Osprey is again incubating eggs at the very visual nest in the Voyageur Statue pond right along the east side of the Crane Lake Road. 3 Great Blue Herons had taken up residency in the Voyageur pond as well, but it seems they have abandoned their nests – I don’t know why, but suspect that the cold rain we received a couple weeks back might have been a factor. The Herons had successfully raised 3 young at that site last year, so I was hoping that a rookery might be forming there this year. There were 3 nests built and occupied until that fateful weekend when we received so much rain. 


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