I wanted to spend considerable time in the County Forest at Port Franks which is a good place for a wide variety of breeding species. Particularly, Acadian Flycatchers and Hooded Warblers are common here.
There is a lot of forest habitat and oak savannah in this region which makes it unique. One can only hit a few spots in any given day.
The County Forest has a network of trails with the access point at the Port Franks Community Centre. I started out on my trek at 07:15.
I heard one Hooded Warbler early on, but it was a while before I saw/heard another. I got the impression there were fewer Hooded Warblers here this year.
Soon I heard the first Acadian Flycatcher, then three more in quick succession. As usual they were in the shaded forest and difficult to see and photograph.
Later on, I encountered three more Acadian Flycatchers easily detected by their loud "peet-suh" call. That made a total of seven for the day in this forest! I was careful not to count any one twice and even back-tracked to make sure.
One area along the creek was partially open and good for birds. Some trees had been cut down this year to open up the area. Here I found a number of birds including a Golden-winged Warbler and a Mourning Warbler.
In the past I have found Cerulean here, but strangely, I never encountered one on this day.
I also saw an American Redstart on a nest. It was a bit distant to try and photograph though.
Other warblers found were Black-throated Green, Pine, Blackburnian, Black-throated Blue, Chestnut-sided, Magnolia, and Blackpoll. The Blackpoll was the only definite migrant. The Black-throated Blue is at its southerly limit here. During the atlas survey period, we (with the late Diane Haselmayer) did encounter a couple here during the breeding season.
Other less common breeding birds for this area included a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Brown Creeper, and Blue-headed Vireo.
Duskywing butterflies are common in this area and several species can be encountered. I saw a few Juvenal's before I left the forest.
Dreamy and Sleepy can be similar and sometimes difficult to separate.
I also checked out L-Lake trail while in the area which is at the upper end of Outer Drive. This trail was somewhat quiet today, but I did hear another Hooded Warbler.
A Blanding's Turtle was revealing itself on the little lake at the back.
There are other trails to check out, but I was getting tired by noon!