Scotia Barrens – 8/26/11

This morning five of us birded the Scotia Barrens, hoping to see some nice migrant flocks of warblers. We started off the morning at Scotia Pond, and as it warmed up made our way farther down the road towards the guard station, where we finally ran in to some numbers of warblers. There weren’t many individuals, but it was still the best I have seen it so far this year. The highlight was an adult male Cape May Warbler. Everyone had to get back to campus, except Drew and I, who continued birding farther down the road. We noticed a large flock of Cedar Waxwings foraging and mixed in with them were a good number of warbler, including the highlight of the day an adult male Golden-winged Warbler (my ABA #400 for 2011). We ended up seeing 11 warbler species and I added quite a few species to my Centre County year list. Click these links for the complete list of species seen a the Scotia Pond and at Scotia Barrens.

Cape May Warbler - adult male

Golden-winged Warbler - adult male

A disgusting Blue Jay