Core boundary: Wooded valleys and adjacent slopes of the Frankstown Branch of the Juniata River in northeastern Blair and northwestern Huntington counties
Conservation buffer boundary: n/a
Conservation interest: riparian, river bottom and steep slope forest, unfragmented forest
Public lands: SGL 118

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Ornithological Summary

On June 1,3,4, 2017, Nick Bolgiano. coauthor with Greg Grove of “Birds of Central Pennsylvania”, conducted his annual Cerulean Warbler walking survey along the Lower Trail, adjacent to the Frankstown Branch of the Juniata River in Blair and Huntingdon counties. He counted 61 singing Cerulean Warblers in 16.5 miles, compared to 51 in 2015 and 65 in 2016. An additional 47 singing Cerulean Warblers were found during additional June excursions to nearby roads and trails. 

Other birds encountered on the Lower Trail survey included White-winged Dove, 58 Acadian Flycatchers, 20 Yellow-throated Vireos, 41 Warbling Vireos, 47 Wood Thrushes, 17 Louisiana Waterthrushes, 126 American Redstarts, 7 Northern Parulas, 8 Yellow-throated Warblers, and 51 Baltimore Orioles.

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