After dreary where-are-the-birds weather for most of April, the last week has really gotten in full swing here. I'm hearing more than I'm seeing and after walking out back along Mud Creek (Luta Creek) in Marion for an hour this evening saw probably two dozen warblers. Have never seen so many here. A mob of yellow here, a dozen yellow-rumps there but just a mix and many tonight. Kind of cool.
First thing I heard was a Great Crested Flycatcher when I pulled in the driveway. First of the year. Hummingbirds showed up two days ago. Orioles last week. Saw a red-headed woodpecker yesterday.
As for tonight:
(There were multiples of these three on the the berries on a huge cottonwood)
Lots of Chickadees begging from their folks
Eastern Blue Bird (deep in the woods on an huge oak)
Great Crested Flycatcher
Baltimore Orioles (all over)
Harris Sparrows (there are a lot around - should they be leaving?)