Today I got out early, 6:15 am, I was hoping there would be some action in the woods. I headed over to my usual jaunt, the Vermilion Gorge Trail. Yesterday we had an all day rain, just like we are supposed to have in the month of June. It feeds the boreal rainforest and everything was perky this morning, even if it was dripping wet. My shoes and pants were just soaked by the time I got home, but it was so worth it!
I started off by hearing the familiar ticking of the Chipping Sparrow, or could it be the elusive Pine Warbler? There’s a bird!, it’s only a Blackburnian Warbler. Oh I mean, Wow, a Blackburnian Warbler! They are so beautiful.
The Least Flycatchers are busy catching flys for their youngins and making a lot of chirping sounds in the process. Quite a ways in on the trail, I hear a racket going on, it sounds like some young woodpeckers. I stop and listen and then there is the parent Yellow-bellied Sapsucker on a nearby tree. He flies right over to the nest hole with a beak full of bugs. I can see through my bins that he has some juicy Mayflies for his brood. They are really making a lot of noise now!
The woods are just alive with birdsong this morning. Then I hear a loud song that is familiar to me but I just can’t place it. There is the bird in the Spruce and it is a beautiful male Mourning Warbler. He isn’t singing his song “cheery, cheery, chorry, chorry” that I learned earlier in the season, this one is different. And don’t try to find it on the Stokes cd that I have loaded in my iPod – it is a different song, but it is definitely a Mourning Warbler! I get some fantastic looks at him.
A ways later down the trail, after I have passed the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker nest (the babies are still rattling away inside the tree), there is a family group of Chickadees. They are really chattering up a storm. There is a Warbler in the tree that is quite agitated: it is a female Mourning Warbler! What a great morning!
I figure I better get back home, I have to get to work, but first, there is a song: it sounds a bit like a Robin but different. It is a Rose-breasted Grosbeak and this one sounds just like the one on my Stokes cd.