September in our "patch" of the Northeast Kingdom is quite different from the breeding season, our road Wood Warbler Way no longer is bustling with song, though the Blue-headed and Red-eyed Vireos never seem to stop.On Wednesday morning all was quiet, we stopped to hear a few chickadees, I spished, red nuts joined in, spished some more and then the first of twelve wood warbler species began arriving. Interesting was that our most common breeding birds were not among them- Ovenbird, Redstart and Black-throated Blue.
Today, we had a Yellow Warbler and three Blackpolls- birds that don't breed here, and in addition a Cape May Warbler, always a great bird in Vermont. Others were: 4 Black-throated Green, 3 Yellow-rumped,3 Yellowthroats, 3 Magnolia, 2 Black and white, 2 Blackburnian, a Nashville, Chestnut-sided and a Parula. To top it off later we added a Bay-breasted Warbler among a group of migrants. In addition to the warblers, we noted 5 Red-eyed, 3 Blue-headed and a first property bird- two Philadelphia Vireos.
If you spish- they will come!
Bob Stymeist and Martha Steele