Eleven members of the Piedmont Bird Club gathered at Mayo River State Park in Rockingham County to explore several birding sites. We started at the main park near Mayodan, checking around the ponds, woods’ edge, and the field. Highlights were three Green Herons, one of which caught and ate a sunfish that appeared too large to swallow, but down it went!
Next we enjoyed a walk down Old Anglin Loop, ending at the "Boiling Hole" section of the Mayo River. The upper section of the road travels through mostly steep hardwood cove forest that yielded Wood Thrush, Ovenbird, Northern Parula, Louisiana Waterthrush, Hooded Warbler, and Scarlet Tanager. Julien McCarthy spotted Scarlet Tanagers coming and going at a nest in a pine tree.
Before reaching the river, the road passed through a successional field that was home to Yellow-breasted Chat, Common Yellowthroat, Prairie Warbler, and an Orchard Oriole, spotted by Ann Walter-Fromson. We finished our birding day at the Deshazo Road section of Mayo River State Park. The target bird here was Kentucky Warbler and we were not disappointed. There were two singing, one of which allowed brief but excellent views. We went our separate ways a little before noon with a tally of 59 species.
Great Blue Heron
Belted Kingfisher - at Mayo SP when I first arrived
Yellow-throated Vireo - heard distantly along the Mayo
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Black-throated Blue Warbler - heard by several along
Old Anglin Loop