Birding Doodletown

Doodletown map

Seriously.  There is actually a place  called Doodletown.  It is one of the local hotspots and the one place were many of the hard-to-see warblers nest; think Cerulean.  Doodletown always pops up on the local ListServ and in conversation when the topics of warblers comes up.  I finally made the trek because there was a Kentucky Warbler singing on territory and I had never seen one.

Doodletown is a town that once was; a ghost town, if you will.  The buildings have all been demolished, but their stone foundations peek through the encroaching brambles.  There are paved streets, 2 cemeteries, a reservoir, a waterfall and trees that sing with bird call.  I cannot imagine what it must have been like to live there.

Here are some of the highlights:

Scarlet Tanagers

Look at him giving her the once over.

Hooded Warbler

Lots and lots of Hooded Warblers everywhere.  Totally a Gimme.


Ditto Redstarts. Yes, they are common, but how can you not love them?

I know you were just dying to know if I saw the Kentucky Warbler. Meet Life bird 614.  It is a totally crappy picture, but my excuse is that he was 40 feet up a tree.


Did I wet your whistle?

Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture. Black-billed Cuckoo, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Eastern Phoebe, Yellow-throated Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo,
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Wood Thrush, Veery, Gray Catbird, Blue-winged Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, American Redstart, Hooded Warbler, Scarlet Tanagers, Chipping Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Indigo Bunting, Red-winged Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Baltimore Oriole and Life Bird 614 – Kentucky Warbler.


Filed under Local schmocal

5 responses to “Birding Doodletown

  1. Fantastic. I can only hope so see such birds. Congrats on #614 – that is amazing.

  2. Pingback: Twitted by docforestal

  3. Nice collection of sightings for the day. Congratulations on the newest lifer!

  4. Ann Marie

    Nice that you got the Kentucky…still on my “to get” list. No life list for me. I was birding for years before I ever heard the term. But I do have a “Most Wanted” list — Kentucky, Mourning, Connecticut, Kirtland’s (of course) are on that one.

    Nice shot of the Tanagers. Haven’t been to Doodletown in a couple of years. My friends are worried about bears & rattlesnakes. Me? I just think of the bears…not an animal I want to see while I’m concentrating on things up in the air.

  5. whistle is wet and Now I want to bird Doodletown..tee hee
    Would love to see the cerulean!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s