Saturday, May 3, 2008

Back home to warblers - May 3rd

Yellow-rumped Warbler - Today's flock in the yard included some cracking males but all I ended up with was this poor shot of a female!

Despite temperatures in the low 50s with constant rain and drizzle, it actually feels good to be back in New England after such a long spell away. Recent tours and time spent away, have all been very productive with periods in Arizona, Florida, Israel and Texas, but there's nothing quite like coming home to find out what's going on in your own backyard.
This afternoon, a small wave of Yellow-rumped Warblers, maybe ten or so, moved through the bigger trees visible from our rear balcony. Two Eastern Phoebes fed surprisingly high in the canopy, with White-breasted Nuthatch, Downy Woodpecker, Blue Jay and American Robin making up a pretty nice feeding flock. Actually, today wasn't bad at all for 'yard birds' with a female Purple Finch seen well from the front window and a Black-and-White Warbler singing all morning. Also, and perhaps even better, my first Chestnut-sided Warbler of the spring singing just off North-East street in Amherst. Daily fare around North Whitney Street and Wildwood Cemetery over the last three days have been Pileated and Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Blue-headed Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo (today at least), Black-throated Green Warbler, House Wren and up to 8 Pine Siskins!

Here's hoping for a few more updates during May and perhaps the odd trip summary.



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