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Lots of Birds on a Non-Birding Weekend

Saltmarsh Sparrow

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.

Red-eyed Vireo

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 . . .

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