I visited Shindagin Hollow between 9 and 10 this morning. Not wanting
to get caught in a shower and needing to get myself to an appointment
on time, I stuck to the road. I didn't expect to find much, but there
were lots of birds singing.The highlight for me was a CANADA WARBLER
singing right next to the road on the steep, curving hill down to the
hollow. I was also thrilled to see an ORCHARD ORIOLE briefly, my
second for the day! One landed in my yard for about 5 seconds this
morning when I happened to be outside with binoculars in hand. Both
were adult males.
This seems to be a Cuckoo week for me. Earlier in the week I saw two
Yellow-billed Cuckoos at Sapsucker Woods together in one tree.
Yesterday I saw two Black-billed Cuckoos in my yard chasing each
other around--perhaps the first time I have actually seen or at least
gotten a good look at that species. This morning I saw another
Yellow-billed Cuckoo in the hollow.
Birds singing all along the main road included Common Yellowthroats,
Yellow Warblers, American Redstarts, and Least Flycatchers. In
addition I briefly heard one Black-throated Green and one Winter
Wren, and I saw a Common Raven and a Chestnut-sided Warbler.
Anne Marie Johnson
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