I took the day off from work today to get a little spring migration birding in. Unfortunately Ingrid had to work (curse you 4th graders) so I was on my own until her little cherubs headed home on their school bus.
A rare Prothonotary Warbler had been reported at nearby Butler Head in Bath, Maine and headed out optimistically.
Not long after arriving I began to follow a yellowish warbler that was moving in and out of the thickets. I ruled out the ever present Yellow Warbler, although quite a few intersected my quarries flittering pattern and I had to figure out which bird I was following. After an hour and numerous photos, I had pretty much ruled out the Prothonotary but still didn’t know what I was looking at.
After arriving home, and “developing” my photos . . . I was thrilled to learn I had been looking at a Wilson’s Warbler . . . not at rare as the Prothonotary but certainly uncommon.
I did get a lifer (Canada Warbler) and three other first of the year (FOY) birds.
My first trip to Butler Head was quite successful . . . will be back soon.