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:
Look at him giving her the once over.
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.
5 responses to “Birding Doodletown”
Fantastic. I can only hope so see such birds. Congrats on #614 – that is amazing.
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Nice collection of sightings for the day. Congratulations on the newest lifer!
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.
Wow..my whistle is wet and Now I want to bird Doodletown..tee hee
Would love to see the cerulean!