On Sundays, when we’re at church, we go back behind the building and peruse the land. This land consists of somewhat hilly mixed woods with heavy understory and a sizeable quasi-perennial creek. During the spring, I’m finding out that this is a good place for warblers. I have already seen Hooded Warblers, Pine, Yellow-rumped, Black-and-white, as well as a Yellow-throated Vireo.
This Sunday we went out and heard the usual Hooded Warbler and Black-and-white Warbler songs. A song was being sung that I didn’t quite recognize and I thought it was something different (it sounded like a Magnolia Warbler). After listening to recordings of it and comparing it with other recordings I found out that it was actually part of a very complex Ruby-crowned Kinglet song. We trudged on and picked up several residents and a few lingering winter birds including, but not limited to: winter-Yellow-rumped Warbler, the Kinglet, White-throated Sparrow, and several Pine Siskins, residents-Northern Cardinals, Red-shouldered Hawk, Brown Thrashers, Chickadees, Titmice, and several others.
A lone Chimney Swift chattered overhead as we climbed a hill and reached a clearing. The clearing was surrounded about 80% by mixed woods with heavy understory and 20% by open pines. From the pines sang Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Black-and-whites, and Pine Warblers. From the understory came several songs including some familiar and some not heard so commonly. Hooded Warblers sang from all around. We called one in and got several good looks at a male. There were a couple of birds singing that none of us were too familiar with. It was a insect-like trill that was quicker than a Chipping Sparrow and less melodic than a Pine Warbler. I played through a few songs that I thought it may be: Blue-winged Warbler, Golden-winged Warbler, and then I remembered the Worm-eating Warbler. I played this song from my phone and immediately got a response. We couldn’t get a picture of one so I took a recording of it for documentation.
I am very interested to see what this land holds in store as migration approaches its peak. I can only imagine the volume of summer residents as well. Look for more posts from this potential hotspot.