The ancient crabapple tree in the middle of the lower gardens, was a very attractive spot for the yellow warbler, several yellow rumps, song sparrows and others. I heard a strange song and looked to my right and there was my first Nahanton catbird of the season. It's song was so strange, that I have to think it was a first year.
|Yellow Rumped Warbler Male|
We headed to the upper gardens and saw a couple of chipping sparrows in yet another crabapple. They sure are popular with the birds this time of year. Saw a ruby crowned kinglet in some brush below.
A goldfinch was singing from the top of the mulberry tree as it surveyed the area and a red bellied woodpecker purred from the woods. A warbling vireo could be heard as it flew from one tree to another. Cardinals, flickers, chickadees, tree swallows and titmice were heard and seen. 2 new beehives appeared which is good news for the gardeners!
Down by the soccer field, Ian spotted a beautiful black and white warbler. We were hoping for wood ducks in the pond, but it was quite devoid of any kind of water fowl, at least while we were there. Mrs. Phoebe is sitting on her nest and we are thinking that the eggs should be hatching very soon. It seems like it is time.