It was a great weekend for Warbler watching. The weather was perfect in the woods early Saturday morning, the sun was out and the winds were relatively calm. The new arrivals were exuberant in their excitement of being back on their breeding territories – the woods were alive with birdsong.
I was at my favorite trail, the Astrid Lake trails that go south from Lake Jeanette, on the bog walk. The Mocassin flowers are blooming along with many other wildflowers.
I was with 3 friends from Nelson’s: Judy, Charlie, and Juanita and we were looking for the boreal specialties that occur in this habitat.
We were thrilled to find some really good birds this day, among them was the Connecticut Warbler. His ringing warbling song reverberated through the woods – it was clearly the loudest song in the forest! Other birds that we found were:
- Blue-headed Vireo
- Boreal Chickadee
- Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
- Cape May Warbler
- Winter Wren
- Nashville Warbler
- Red-breasted Nuthatch
- Common Goldeneye with chicks
The bog plants are coming to life and taking advantage of the short growing season.
Later we went back to a different area with an alder swale and picked up an Alder Flycatcher and a Black and White Warbler. We also had great looks at a Black-billed Cuckoo.