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!

Happy May!

Yoyi Steele
Fort Atkinson, Jefferson County

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