With a free morning, I decided to check out a small trail between Bicentennial Way and Rt. 23 in Middlebury that is often quite productive midwinter.
My first bird was a Song Sparrow, and with the sun shining and the ground bare, I was fantasizing about lingering warblers. A minute later I heard a familiar, but unexpected call note. I quickly located the source—a Common Yellowthroat, likely an adult male. I watched and photographed it for a few minutes until a black lab puppy appeared and demanded my attention.
The incredibly lousy picture is embedded with the ebird checklist below: