Cerulean at Wantastiquet (5/21)
This morning I spend several hours on the Wantastiquet Mountain trail (in NH across the Connecticut from Brattleboro). After about 2 hours, enough sunlight finally warmed the west facing slope and birds became active and singing. A Cerulean Warbler finally appeared and gave a few opportunities for photographs, though one could hardly say that he was cooperative.
For VT/NH birders - after the first switchback, there is a long stretch heading north, then it reverses directions and head south - still upslope. This is the area to listen for him. I found him on the trail heading south just before it made another switchback.
Photos posted at Tails of Birding: www.tailsofbirding.blogspot.com
---Chris Petrak, South Newfane, VT
Strange Behavior of Warblers
This was sent to me by my son Anil who is a birder in LA (Orange Co. CA):
Sailing from Catalina to Newport on Sunday on a 41' sailboat we were besieged by warblers. They are not uncommon out there this time of year, but the numbers and their behavior were remarkable. For over two hours we never had fewer than six birds aboard. I was sure of Wilson's, one or two Townsends, and some yellows. There may have been others, but my ID skills failed me. We dribbled water on the deck, and several of them drank. They were all over us – one pecked at a person's hand until it drew blood, one climbed onto my friend’s recumbent husband's face and pecked at his teeth. In the cabin, one hopped through the mayo I'd spread on buns to make sandwiches. We tried to keep them out of the cabin, but they were fearless in dodging us. About three miles out they abandoned ship and presumably headed for shore. I realize this isn't the usual post on this site, but I thought it worth sharing.
Has anyone heard of such behaviour by warblers? Sounds like Hitchcock!
---Ajit Antony, Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY
W. Brattleboro, VT