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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