Date: 5/16/18 10:19 am From: Frank Lehman <frank.lehman...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bay-Breasted Heaven at Mt. Auburn
Just wanted to echo the sentiment that this was an extraordinary morning at Mt. Auburn Cemetery. I only arrived at 9AM and birded exclusively the small zone between Fir, Spruce, and Cedar aves, and nevertheless was treated to a fabulous songbird show. The highlight was definitely the large number of Bay-Breasted Warblers, male and female; at one point I had four down low in one tree. Many were still singing late in the morning. I was surprised how pugnacious they were, often chasing/being chased by Yellow-Rumps and Northern Parulas. This is easily the most Bay-Breasteds I've had at the cemetery (or ever, for that matter). My estimate of 7 is almost certainly an undercount, considering I didn't move around much and others were reporting them elsewhere in the cemetery.
Other highlights were several loudly singing Tennessees and a handful of simply radiant Blackburnians.