Friday, May 20, 2016

Mellow Yellowthroat

Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
Magnolia Warbler Setophaga magnolia
Ovenbird Seiurus aurocapilla 
Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus
   It was summery-hot today, and the leaves have come out in a big hurry (almost no leaves one short week ago). Much quieter at the Westmount Summit this morning, albeit with some new sights. A Red-eyed Vireo, Red-breasted Nuthatch, and male Scarlet Tanager were nice to see. Near the entrance paths, a Swainson's Thrush, Ovenbird, and Common Yellowthroat skulked in the tangles of fallen branches. In addition to these birds, warblers were thinly spread when compared to yesterday's bounty, with three American Redstarts, three Magnolia, two Blackburnian, five Black-throated Blue, and four Black-and-White Warblers seen.
  A different mix of birds at the nearby 'secret spot', with several Chestnut-sided Warblers and a Least Flycatcher, all flycatching up high.
  After consulting with the bird ID masses for help, it seems that my flycatcher from two days ago was probably an Alder Flycatcher.

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