Monday, June 16, 2014

The Northern Waterthrushes Return

June 15, 2014

We  had a surprise Nothern Waterthrush family at Cedar Lake in 2012, but the songs were missing last year.  We thought it might be a one-year wonder, but no, they were singing loudly on Saturday - there seemed to be several.

On Sunday morning, it was cool and breezy, with little bird song.  Nevertheless, I played the Sibley on my phone a couple of times and one showed up and started singing back.

We walked up the road a short way hearing constant Red-eyed Vireos, but seeing none.  We could also hear occasional Black and White Warblers, and one showed up for a photo op.  While searching for more warblers, a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker came by and entertained us, as did a lone Turkey Vulture.  We saw many Tiger Swallowtails.

Out on the lake, I spotted a distant Broad-winged Hawk soaring.  Back at the feeders, Purple Finches and Red-breasted Nuthatches were abundant.

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