Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The first day of "May"

Gray Catbird (FOY), Charles River Peninsula, Needham, MA
Let it be recorded that on April 27, 2011, the birds came back to the Charles River Peninsula. The towhees, the Baltimore orioles, the orchard orioles, the yellow warblers, the kestrels, the savannah sparrows, and (above) the gray catbirds. One day they are not there; the next day they here they are! Honestly, did the flight of migrating birds blot out the stars and moon last night?

Also back: long-awaited females. Now the red-winged blackbirds and tree swallows can really get down to business.
(This one tried to take off my head).

The yellow warblers are already fighting for territory.

The orchard orioles are singing away.
(Yes, that black shadow is an orchard oriole)

And the savannah sparrows (who may just be passing through) were out in the rapidly growing grass.

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