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May 20, 2017 – Chestnut-sided Warbler

I’ve never been able to decide if a Chestnut-sided Warbler is a beautiful bird with a unique and glorious color scheme or a garish bird with a kindergartner with crayons color scheme.  Today Ingrid  and I saw our first Chestnut-sided Warbler of the year in an apple orchard amid the apple blossom  . . . and no kindergartner could ever conceive of a more beautiful combination.

The Chestnut-sided Warbler was seen at nearby Green Point WMA, a top birding spot in nearby Dresden, Maine.  Sadly this is the first time we’ve been there because I’ve never been able to find the parking lot (yes folks, I write GPS enabled Apps . . . but can’t figure out how to use Apple Maps . . . sigh).   Anyway the local Audubon chapter was running a walk and we learned where  Green Point is and many of the trails.

After Green Point, Ingrid and I headed to Butler Head where I had so much success in 90+ degree weather on Thursday.  Unfortunately a nasty wind was coming off the wind and that deterred the warblers and bugs.

Still we got two more FOY birds and had a lot of fun.  Too bad about this whole work thing . . . birding 7 days a week in May would be great.