Date: 5/6/18 11:51 am From: Yoyi Steele <yoyi...> Subject: [wisb] Warblers, other migrants, Ft. Atkinson, Jefferson County
Greetings, Wisbirders, Migration is proceeding around here. On Friday afternoon, I came upon a pocket of warblers in my neighborhood, and they were all yellow-rumps, one and all. I spotted my first great crested flycatcher. Common early local breeders like chipping sparrows, tree and barn swallows, purple martins, and song sparrows are all back and singing, and I spotted a rose-breasted grosbeak at the feeder. A couple of white-throated sparrows we're still hanging around yesterday morning, and I heard a couple Nashville warbler-like twitters and a lone black-throated green song.
This morning, provocative seets and twitters through the window again drew me out to walk around the neighborhood in my nightgown (I did throw a jacket on over it this year 😊). I spotted a Swainson's thrush in a neighbor's shrub and heard that black-throated green song once more but everything else was elusive, in trees behind people's houses where I couldn't get good looks. So, back home I went to resume the normal routine.
And then it happened. Our bathroom has a south-facing window overlooking the backyard with a good view of the large Norway maple we have there, just starting to leaf out. Looking out at it, I saw movement. Then, more movement. I grabbed my binos (which I, of course, had with me) and was treated to great looks of Nashville, Tennessee, parula, and not one, but two gorgeous Cape May warblers.It was a great moment in birding!
This is what I love about migration time. Birds can surprise you anywhere - even in your bathroom! You just never know!