Birding by ear Part III
by Heather Harbord, 20 April 2013.
Four of us met Pierre at the Italian Hall and walked north along a muddy trail where we saw or heard 29 species.
We mostly focused on the Orange-crowned Warbler’s song. The long, thin trill that drops at the end. Luckily there were lots of them today. Also the “wetchidi-witchidi” of the newly arrived Common Yellowthroats. There was a nice movement of Yellow-rumped Warblers. We saw a beautiful ‘Myrtle’ form of them, pausing above us for all to admire. A merlin swooped by, low over the bushes, with a Rufous Hummingbird hot in pursuit. Those little guys are really bold!
There were still flocks of Greater White-fronted Geese flying over and 3 Blue-winged Teals showed up briefly headed for the shore.