An AM exercise walk at the archery unit brought a second FOY warbler:
one female Black-and-White, combing the tree limbs for breakfast.
Present in the woods also, were numerous Yellow-rumped Warblers, along
with singing Ruby-crowned Kinglets, and pairs of Eastern Phoebes,
Downy Woodpeckers, and Blue Jays. One other woodpecker must have been
a young female Yellow-bellied Sapsucker; she sported no red in the
crown that I could see.
In the fields were pairs of E. Bluebirds, many Song Sparrows, Field
Sparrows, Chipping Sparrows, and a Red-tailed Hawk. Regretfully, some
Brown-headed cowbirds were winging in both field and woods, perhaps
already on the lookout for active nests ( I'd enjoy their sound more,
if their reproductive imperative didn't doom so many birds of other
species). I may have heard the Cooper's Hawk as well; the crows were
fussing over something in the vicinity, at any rate. Seen but not
heard, was a graceful flock of Pelicans over the river.
Other birds were pretty much the expected: Robins, Chickadees, WB
Nuthatches, Cardinals, etc. But the leaves are filling out, and it
will soon be more challenging to see those new arrivals. Hopefully
they'll do a bit of singing to give themselves away, the way a Tufted
Titmouse did last Saturday on Snake Creek Ski Trail (Wabasha/Kellogg
Brushing up on birdsongs,
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