We returned home from Philly & southern New Jersey late Friday to be greeted by additional summer residents who arrived while we were away. The House Wren was checking apartments for rent; the Ruby-throated Hummingbird was getting a fast food drink, and the Gray Catbird was singing in the bushes. While away, we also had a visit from a bear who trashed the old sunflower feeder that he trashed last Spring. Fortunately, I had put most feeders out of his reach before leaving.
The trouble with this time of year is that there is so much good birding to be had. Saturday morning I joined my neighbor for his Audubon Warbler Walk in the woods above the retreat farm. The morning yielded fourteen warbler species, including Tennessee Warbler which passes through the area and is seen for only a couple of days. (see list at end.)
Many were in the canopy, but most gave good, or reasonably good looks. Chestnut-sided Warbler was very cooperative for me ...
I have to include this photo of the American Robin carrying nesting material. Reminds me of the question I used to ask my kids: Wouldn't it be easier if you made two trips?
Finally, this Least Flycatcher, after confirming his identity with repeated "che-bek", posed briefly ...
Warblers seen (or heard): Tennessee, Black-and-White, Blackburnian, Black-throated Green, Black-throated Blue, Pine, Yellow-rumped, Chestnut-sided, Magnolia, Yellow, American Redstart, Common Yellowthroat, Overnbird, Louisiana Waterthrush