Black-and-White Warbler, Wildwood Park

For the past four Sunday mornings (including early yesterday), I have walked through Wildwood Park in Radford. I have been conducting an informal census of birds just to see how several woodland species are faring there.

Yesterday I enjoyed hearing a Black-and-White Warbler singing near the creek. It is one of the few warblers I have heard in Wildwood since the end of spring migration. The others are one Louisiana Waterthrush offering a few chip notes near the south bridge, and a Common Yellowthroat singing. The yellowthroat may have been a migrant.

I hope the Black-and-White Warbler has a family in the woods.

Other birds in the park yesterday: Acadian Flycatchers (two holding territories along the creek), four phoebes (at least three nests, one of the phoebes took a moth to a nest under the north bridge), two Great Crested Flycatchers, several Red-eyed Vireos, two Wood Thrushes, two Indigo Buntings, some towhees.

I watched for several minutes to see if any birds would feast on the ripe serviceberries on several trees in the park. I saw none eating the berries. So I gathered a few berries that were super sweet and delicious.