Yesterday I headed for Shenandoah Nat. Park in hopes of finding bears and birds. Along a hike, pishing and using my new "Universal Bird Caller" from Audobon, I came across some good birds. Ovenbird and Hooded Warbler were among those that I encountered. But as usual, I was after the year birds, those that would make a positive impact on my big year. About 3/4 mile down the trail, I spotted a dark red bird in the deep woods. Such an odd place to find a cardinal. I photographed the bird, and yes it was a Scarlet Tanager male, a year bird, one that makes my year count up to 265! I'm chugging on fast and strong towards 375!
I did encounter a bear yesterday which was awesome.