Birding abandoned fields and woodland edges 8:30-9:30 a.m. Temp. 50+ F., calm, heavy overcast, intermittant drizzle and light fog.
During spring migration in past years, I have occasionally observed an Osprey overflying, at a great height. But in the Bluebird
Field today, one flew in from behind me about 75 feet above the ground, then continued on into an adjoining field and perched on the crosspiece of a heavy-duty wooden powerline support. Resting and perhaps regaining its bearings, it stayed there quietly for ten minutes. (I was so glad I had brought 10-power binos!) At last it arose, and took to the air again, flapping off on great wings into the mist....
And right after that, nearly at my feet, a Palm Warbler appeared in the fieldside brush. It hopped from shrub to shrub in full view for a few minutes before disappearing into the heavy brush. My first warbler of 2007!
I had gone into that field to check for the E. Bluebirds, which are still not to be seen or heard.
Other species observed: YB Sapsucker, unidentified buteo (prob. Redtail), 3 E. Phoebes, the male A. Kestrel of (I suspect) the pair that may have decided to nest hereabouts, a multitude of Song Sparrows, B. Jay, A. Robin, A. Goldfinch (still in large flocks at my feeder at home), Pileated WP, RW BB, BC Chickadee, A. Crow.