BIRD NOTES ~ May 31, 2008
This morning we arose to overcast skies with a temperature of 58 degrees. It wasn’t raining as predicted and there was a hint of a breeze; just enough to keep away any flying insect threat. It might be a good day for a bird walk after all.
We gathered at our meeting place in Hannaford’s parking lot and car pooled to Phyllis’s Marsh on
The dead pines provided suitable habitat for the six species of woodpeckers that we encountered, including the incessant tapping of two or three Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers. Common Yellowthroats announced there presence from their hiding places in the low shrubs along with many Yellow Warblers that flitted about in the densely leaved maples. Two vireo species held our interest for a short period as we sorted their calls into Blue-headed and Red-eyed. The third species of that family, Warbling Vireo, was relatively easy to distinguish as it warbled its long song from several treetops.
The grassy slopes on the hillside provided good looks at flying and singing Bobolinks. Overhead were the ever present Turkey Vultures soaring on the wind without so much as the flap of a wing. There too we found two buteos circling but too far away for identification. The third was much closer, a Red-tailed Hawk that was carving large ovals in the morning sky. A silent fly-by of a Common Raven distracted us for a moment as we made our way toward the end of the trail.
The threatened thunderstorm held off and twelve enthusiastic birders counted 44 species.
We wish to express our gratitude to Phyllis Benay for sharing this piece of
Eastern Wood Peewee