I saw the male Cerulean Warbler that Tyler Pockette had found and submitted to ebird 2 days ago. He also included a photo of it- GREAT PHOTO Tyler!!! This was the easiest Cerulean Warbler attempt that I've had. It was singing away making it quite easy to find as I was walking up Forrest Rd. I found it in a Shagbark Hickory Tree .3 of a mile from the intersection of Snake Mountain Rd. and Forrest Rd. I went past a driveway on the right side of Forrest Rd. with 1929 on the mailbox. The Hickory Tree is on that same side of the road, a little before the next driveway(which is on the left side of the road). I don't understand why it was singing as though it was springtime, but I am glad that it was. I had many great looks at it. Thanks Tyler for finding this rare beauty.
I had another good sighting on my way back down Snake Mountain Rd. but this one was in Addison. I was driving along when I came upon a female Ruffed Grouse, just beginning to cross the road from the right side. I hit my brakes, stopped my vehicle and turned the engine off. She just stood there then took 1 step toward the left side of the road. That is when I noticed 2 little heads popping out of the grass on the right side of the road. They were Ruffed Grouse chicks !! They slowly began to cross and then ran across to the other side. Five more followed, while the female (mom) continued to cross the road very slowly. She almost made it to the left side but had to stop because the 8th and final chick finally decided to brave it across the road and rejoin the family. From the moment I saw the female, her mind was already made up because she headed across and never turned her body back toward the right. Maybe it was one of those, "The grass is greener" kind of moments.
Regardless of why she continued to cross, the thing that impressed me the most was how she stood her ground, keeping herself between my vehicle and her chicks, until all of them had made their way across safely. It's just another great example of a mother protecting her young, out in the wild. That was a very lucky sighting for me. . .
Good luck to any that may try for the Cerulean,