Friday, May 11, 2018

Warblers 12

Yellow-throated Vireo Vireo flavifrons
Yellow-throated Vireo Vireo flavifrons
Yellow-throated Vireo Vireo flavifrons (peeling away bark in search of insects)
Blackburnian Warbler Setophaga fusca
Blackburnian Warbler Setophaga fusca (dimmer than the first)
Bay-breasted Warbler Setophaga castanea
Black-throated Green Warbler Setophaga virens
Solitary Sandpiper Tringa solitaria
Solitary Sandpiper feeding

  A fun little leg-smasher on Bruno this morning, in crisp ‘never-ending November’ weather. Plenty of warblers were out and about at eye-level, which went a long way towards healing my warbler-neck.
  As soon as that cleared up, I got vireo-neck. I heard a vireo phrase that sounded similar to Blue-headed, but more ‘burry’ in quality (as described in all four of my field guides). Yellow-throated Vireo! Nice. Nicer still was the second one that joined the first. Breeding pair! I watched them for a while and noticed that they were silent and fairly immobile most of the time, which, when combined with their leaf-hued plumage and penchant for remaining high in the canopy, made for challenging viewing. They’ll be damn near invisible by next week when the leaves are fully sprung. It seemed that the pair only sang and called when a meddlesome Blue-headed Vireo showed up and annoyed them. Hey, that’s a lifer, high-five!

  Merci Jean-Pierre Tousignant.

Mont-Saint-Bruno, May 11, 2018
Great Blue Heron-1

Canada Goose-3
Turkey Vulture-1
Broad-winged Hawk-1
Peregrine Falcon-1
Killdeer-1 from the road nearby
Solitary Sandpiper-4
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker-3
Downy Woodpecker-3
Hairy Woodpecker-2
Pileated Woodpecker-2
Least Flycatcher-1
Eastern Phoebe-1
Great Crested Flycatcher-3
Yellow-throated Vireo-2
Blue-headed Vireo-4
Blue Jay-4
American Crow-3
Black-capped Chickadee-9
White-breasted Nuthatch-4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet-3
Swainson’s Thrush-1
American Robin-4
European Starling-6
Tennessee Warbler-1
Nashville Warbler-2
Northern Parula-3
Chestnut-sided Warbler-3
Blackburnian Warbler-3
Black-throated Blue Warbler-6+
Black-throated Green Warbler-4
Yellow-rumped Warbler-17
Bay-breasted Warbler-2
Black-and-white Warbler-2
American Redstart-2
Chipping Sparrow-14
Song Sparrow-8
White-throated Sparrow-3
Red-winged Blackbird-2
Common Grackle-1
Brown-headed Cowbird-5
American Goldfinch-30+

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