Black-and-white Warbler, in the maple tree right off our back deck.
Good morning, Common Yellowthroat.
The male Common Yellowthroat has a black mask, the little bandido bug eater.
Witchety, witchety, he says.
I saw three males near each other in the underbrush out by our pond this morning. I can hear even more out in the wet woods. A female spotted yesterday in the same area. I suspect some will migrate through and two or three pairs will stay around to nest.
Got some cute photos of an almost- fledgling last summer.
Rain last night in the perfect amount. Sunny day ahead. Wild blueberries are blossoming.
Walking the dog out past the pond around 7:15 a.m. I spotted a yellow bird flitting from branch to branch up high in a cherry tree. Distinctive song.
It’s a Yellow Warbler.
I saw one for the first time last May on a birding trip offshore to Star Island, among the Isles of Shoals. (Here’s a Flickr photo album from that trip.)
This Yellow Warbler counts now as a Backyard Bird on my sidebar… number 48.
Males sing a sweet series of 6–10 whistled notes that accelerate over the course of the roughly 1-second song and often end on a rising note. The tone is so sweet that people often remember it with the mnemonic sweet sweet sweet I’m so sweet. The songs are a common sound of spring and early summer mornings and may be repeated as often as 10 times per minute.
8:50 a.m. BONUS
Just got some photos of an American Redstart in the woods next to our house! I saw two but heard more.
A lively warbler that hops among tree branches in search of insects, the male American Redstart is coal-black with vivid orange patches on the sides, wings, and tail. True to its Halloween-themed color scheme, the redstart seems to startle its prey out of the foliage by flashing its strikingly patterned tail and wing feathers.