A Northern Waterthrush singing in the yard was a really nice way to start the day, this species being the scarcer of the two in our corner of Gill. Our resident breeding Louisiana Waterthrushes called from the river a few times but didn't interfere with the Northern's singing. By 8am the Northern had moved on. A little later I checked Barton Cove and was pleased to hear and later see, a very smart male Canada Warbler singing from the Oaks, Alders and Hemlocks close to the water's edge. After a couple of 'heard-only' Canada Warblers in Gill last weekend, this encounter was much more satisfactory. What's more, it really looked and behaved like a bird holding a territory so I'll make periodic checks on this one during the breeding season.
Canada Warbler - male, Barton Cove, Gill, Franklin Co., MA. May 29th, 2014.
Shy and furtive, and surprisingly difficult to spot within the sun-dappled branches.