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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Going Cuckoo!!

Going cuckoo. Both Yellow-billed and Black-billed Cuckoos are being reported from multiple places in New England. I have had both from my condo deck here in MA in past years and had a Yellow-billed recently. Not easy to tell apart, learn the calls first you will hear them more than see them. Aptly named for their bill colors, Yellow-billed has a long tail with bold white tips, Black-billed has small whitish tips on the tail and also a red orbital ring around the eye. These are secretive, woodland birds who love to eat caterpillars. They winter in South America. Cool birds!!

Friday, May 20, 2022

Warbler Fallout, Now!

                                          Golden-winged Warbler
                                         Black-throated Green Warbler
                                                    Magnolia Warbler
                                                Bay-breasted Warbler
                                                Blackburnian Warbler
There's fallout on the NH coast now, get out if you can!! Someone just had 12 species from Church St. parking lot in 1/2 hour. Fallout is when migrating birds encounter weather conditions such as fog, high winds, storms, etc. which ground them. Photos are from another time.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Yellow Warblers Arrived! Such Beauty!

Yellow Warbler male
                                            Yellow Warbler, female

The first bird I heard this morning as stepped out on the deck to put out the sunflower feeder was a beautiful Yellow Warbler. Birdsong is good for the soul.