After a brutal winter and a non-existent spring . . . it suddenly warmed up . . . reaching 80 degrees. A quick pre-work excursion revealed the birds are as excited about the weather as Ingrid and I are.
Yellow-rumped Warblers were everywhere. Not a particularly unusual species (in fact they are occasionally seen along the Maine coast in winter) . . . these were the first “Butter Butts” we’ve seen since California in February.
In their stunning breeding plumage (the rest of the year they are a drab blueish-brown), they were were singing and getting very excited by simple phishing.
After about 10 minutes I heard a Black and White Warbler . . . a first of the year. It took me quite a while to actually get him in my camera lens but it was worth it: one of my favorite birds.
A variety of sparrows seem to be present everywhere.
And of course the ubiquitous Greater Yellowlegs. Not sure why they are so prevalent this year.