Leader: Dan Berard
While the birding was arguably a little slow, we had some cool birds including a flyby woodcock and some Barred Owls calling back and forth. There was also a fair amount of nocturnal migration; with the quiet and elevation, the top of ‘the hill’ is a good place to listen for migrants in the evening.
This area is also a great spot to listen to and look for singing insects and we were treated to excellent looks at some really cool species like Sword-bearing Conehead, Round-tipped Conehead, a bush katydid, and a singing Broad-winged Tree Cricket. Overall, we recorded 18 species of singing insect, and heard and saw several unIDed ones.
Another highlight was being surrounded by a large number of darners and one pennant darting around doing a bit of mosquito control.
Bats were far less cooperative, with a quick fly by only seen by a few in the group.
Here’s the full trip list: