Date: 4/30/17 5:07 am
From: Judy & Don <9waterfall9...>
Subject: Re: Amazing amount of bird songs all around me this morning and my first Scarlet Tanager
Wonderful to hear, Melissa!


On Apr 29, 2017, at 9:53 PM, Melissa Versiga <melvcf...> wrote:

> I could not believe the sounds I heard when I went outside on my deck this morning during a break in the rain. I had trills, chirps, clicks and other songs all around my property. I think there was a large group of migrating Yellow-Rumped Warblers that decided to hang out while the storm goes through. I saw at least 10 in the trees close to my deck and heard a lot more trills in trees all around me. I had one Yellow-Throated Warbler collecting dog hair from a log with holes that I put hair in for nesting. Hopefully it is building a nest nearby so I can see the fledglings. I also have a few Pine Warblers that visit my suet feeder regularly. There may have been other types of Warblers in the trees but every one I located was a Yellow-Rumped Warbler.
> I had 2 FOS male Indigo Buntings show up last night and they were at my feeders again this morning. I also had at least 1 female and 3 male FOS Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks show up yesterday that were visiting again this morning. The Blue Jays and a few House Finches showed up about a week ago and joined in on the chorus along with my daily visits from Goldfinch, Titmouse, Chipping Sparrows, White-Breasted Nuthatch, Chickadees, Cardinals, Red Bellied, Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers. I heard a Summer Tanager but couldn't spot him, but then I saw my first Scarlet Tanager! He was high up, but thankfully on a dead branch on the edge of the trees so I could have a great view of his brilliant red and black colors. After he flew away I grabbed my boots to try to follow his sound down our ridge. I didn't find him again, but I did find the male Summer Tanager!
> Such a wonderful ending to the break without any rain. I am so glad I stepped outside and got to enjoy all the sights and sounds for at least an hour before the rain started again. I recorded a long bird sound song to enjoy again later and maybe be able to identify some other birds I didn't see.
> I saw my neighbor who lives about 1/4 mile away and she told me her daughter said it sounded like a rain forest this morning. If it was loud there too, there may be 100's of Warblers making a pit stop in Eureka Springs during migration.
> Stay dry and safe,
> Melissa Versiga
> Eureka Springs
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