A group of Mad Birders (birding enthusiasts from the Mad River Valley) joined Team Pipit for a delightful bird walk on Ward Hill yesterday, May 28. Heading the list of birds seen or heard were twelve species of warbler: (10+) Chestnut-sided Warbler, (2) Blackburnian Warbler, (2) Common Yellowthroat, (2) Black-throated Blue Warbler, (1) American Redstart (a first year male), (1) Yellow-rumped Warbler, (2) Magnolia Warbler, (2) Nashville Warbler, and (!) Black-and-white Warbler; heard (but not seen) were Ovenbird, Black-throated Green Warbler and Mourning Warbler (the last tantalizingly close).
Other species seen included (1) Alder Flycatcher, (2) Ruby-throated Hummingbird, (1) Eastern Kingbird (a surprise at this elevation), (1) Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, (1) Northern Flicker, (1) Brown Creeper and (1) Rose-breasted Grosbeak.
Ruffed Grouse were heard drumming, Winter Wrens were vocal, thrushes were scarce (though both Hermit Thrush and Veery were heard) and vireos were also scarce (just Red-eyed and no Blue-headed).
White-throated Sparrows, Song Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos were both seen and heard, as were such species as American Robin, Blue Jay and Mourning Dove.
Many thanks to Terry Wright who joined our group and served as official score-keeper.