I’ve been using the word, serendipity, a lot lately. It’s such a fun word and it means ‘finding something that is meaningful to you by sheer accident or luck’.
Sometimes a walk in the woods will bring a surprise, like finding a bird that you didn’t expect and that makes you very happy. The other day that happened to me. I was on the Nelson Trail,back by the beaver pond in the Jack Pines, where I saw a Warbler foraging for food. It looked funny and unfamiliar and when I got it in the bins I realized it was a Palm Warbler.
Now it seems like when I’m birding for Wood-Warblers, I listen for their song first and then seek out the bird. This bird occured just the opposite, I saw the bird first, and then I wondered what the song sounded like. I played the song on the iPod and then I could hear the bird singing that song! It was unexpected for me and a good find.
Seeing this bird in June indicates it could be a “breeding” bird and thats a good thing for us as we are located at the southern edge of their breeding range. I managed to get one poor photo of the bird.