Been watching the yard off and on today. WOW. I just keep seeing things.
Warblers I've seen today: yellow, nashville, redstart, Tennessee, orange-crowned, yellow-rumped. I used to think Tennessee were drab warblers until I saw one in the light. It wowed me as well. And those yellow warblers just blow me away with that intense orange-yellow. Love them. Mr American redstart let me have fantastic views while perched in the chokecherry hedge.
sparrows: Lincoln's, clay, chipping, Harris's and white crowned. The white crowned just appeared. I just think they are the most amazing looking sparrows. Always a treat to see when they pass through. The Clay-colored was a new yard bird. Heard his call and later saw it.
others: blue-headed vireo, rose-breasted grosbeak, gray catbird, Baltimore oriole, house wren, great crested flycatcher. I've seen the vireo 4 separate times today. He came to the pond and i had just fantastic looks.
Almost all of these are new for the year and some I don't see every year. What a day.
Also the flickers are guarding a nest box. This is not a box they used last year. Starling moved into their box from last year. He is now history. I was expecting to find 1 flicker egg and instead found 7. Such a thrill to see them. There is something special about flickers and their eggs that just wow me. I also saw the flicker pair mate today.
Interestingly Mr starling had decorated a couple of nest boxes with fresh chokecherry flowers and leaves. I wonder if they don't do that to entice a mate. I saw a flicker land on the box Mr. starling had claimed and out of no where the starlings appeared and darted in the hole. To catch the starling I replaced the box with a smaller one with a trap and caught him the second he returned.
I better go out and see what new things have arrived.