Lowden Miller SF on July 4

On Friday morning, I birded a long loop at Lowden Miller that started at Parking lot #2, headed generally toward the river with various twists and turns, then took the long stretch along the Rock River from #31 to #29, then back uphill in the general direction of #3, and finally the last segment from #3 to #2. I managed to find 61 species. Highlights were 2 Kentucky, 3 Pine, and 2 Yellow-throated Warblers, 14 Ovenbirds (they are still singing from everywhere in the forest), 4 Acadian Flycatchers 1 White-eyed Vireo and 4 Yellow-billed Cuckoos, which were also being very vocal. Although I generally don’t regard Yellow-throated Vireos as particularly noteworthy, they have not been singing from our woods this summer, so I was pleased to hear 2 of them during my hike. I did not hear or see the Black-throated Green Warblers reported several days earlier, but those could have been on one of the many other trails. Likewise, I didn’t hear or see any of the other unusual warblers (Parula, Black & White, Mourning, Cerulean, Hooded) that have been in the forest in past years.

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