The group looking for the Yellow-throated Warbler
Last night I joined the “Birding Across the Chautauqua –Allegany Region” field trip to Allegany State Park. This was their 3rd fieldtrip which focused on the birds during the evening and nighttime hours, especially owls!! This field trip is sponsored by the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, Jamestown Audubon Society and the Pfeiffer Nature Center.
The Wolf Spider is one of many critters we found.
We never did locate any of the owls that were trying calling in. The guy who was renting Group Camp Allegany told me (this morning) that not long after we had left that a Barred Owl was snapping its bill at him when he went for a short walk near his cabin. I assume because the Barred Owl was there that those Screech Owls were afraid of vocalizing and being located (eaten). Although, we had a wonderful time together looking for many great birds like the Yellow-throated Warbler and Prairie Warbler (etc..). We then visited a knowledgeable guy who doing a star watch in the Church parking lot. I was their till 12:30 in the morning looking a clusters, asteroids, planets, satellite burst, etc.. (was fun)
This same group will be joining me at my next SWAT-MAPS banding session.