We’re in a very springlike couple of days between hot, humid, and very dramatic storms and what is predicted as a rainy weekend. Lots of birds are already here and on their nests, and some even have their first brood. On a long early morning run earlier this week through and near ACT conserved land, here’s what my 4-legged companion Wily and I saw and/or heard:
scarlet tanager, yellow-throated vireo, solitary vireo, red-eyed vireo, redstarts (many), yellow warblers (back – after not being around for years), wood thrush; ovenbird; veery, hermit thrush, bluebird, robin, chestnut-side warbler, common yellowthroat, Canada warbler, mourning warbler, Nashville warbler, black & white warbler, magnolia warbler, barn swallow, tree swallow, parula warbler, yellow-rumped warbler, peewee (new arrival), sapsuckers, hairy woodpeckers, flicker, bobolink, song sparrow, savannah sparrow, ravens, crows, bluejays, warbling vireo, least flycatcher, phoebe, alder flycatcher, Baltimore oriole, rose-breasted grosbeak, brown creeper, blackburnian warbler, pine warbler, chipping sparrow.
I’ve probably missed a few and there were a few I’m not sure of the song. We’ve had an ACT bird walk on conserved land the last few years. This year, it’s June 1 and June 9 on land for an exciting new project – the proposed Easton – Sugar Hill Community Forest. We are dedicated to working with the towns of Easton (where the land is), Sugar Hill, and Landaff (the access is through these towns). We have a purchase & sales agreement on the land and have a year to raise the $650,00 needed for purchase. You can find many more details – and the bird walk information – on a Web site we’ve created for this project: www.townforest.org.