I’m writing this late on Memorial Day. This past weekend, Ingrid and decided to take the three days off from Birding . . . we had errands to do; family gatherings to attend; and a road race to run (Ingrid finished 2nd in her division).
But after each of our activities . . . we managed to sneak out to near by meadows, marches and forests . . . and got four FOY birds.
Our favorite was the Saltmarsh Sparrow which we get each year behind a fried clam resturant in Scarborough, Maine. We never have been able to positively identify one elsewhere . . . but each year they are behind the Clambake.
On Sunday we got our first Red-eyed Vireo of the year. Their song is very similar to an American Robin but this one was high in the trees and answered to a recorded song . . . and we finally found him with our binoculars and camera.
After the race (where Ingrid finished second in her age group), we were watching what we thought were Common Terns, when I noticed one of them had a yellow bill . . . a FOY Least Tern.
Finally, another birder told us about an industrial park where Northern Rough-legs Sparrows are present . . . that search took us 5 minutes.
Not a bad non-birding weekend. Other Memorial Day Weekend Birds . . .