While working at the park back in 1980, I noticed a high number of Northern Parula Warblers, Setophaga americana, and Black-throated Green Warblers, Setophaga virens. They weren't just passing through, but apparently nesting. These two species are few to absent in many of the other forest types in the surrounding counties, at least in the numbers found here. I wondered what other species might be present, so I decided to make a count of all the warblers found at Ash Cave.
Those that were occasional or uncommon were Pine, Yellow, Blue-winged, Blackburnian, Cerulean, Canada, Kentucky, Common Yellowthroat, Prothonotary, American Redstart, and Tennessee.
Of the original 19 species from 1980-81, only 7 were recorded this past year.
Pat and I have written this up for publication.
All warbler photographs courtesy of Michael Williams.