Checking out Emerald Lake in East Dorset today I encountered a large fall-out of Yellow-rumps. They were in a thick stand of hemlocks along the lake side (West side) . I heard the chorus of sweet, determined song permeating the air and tree tops before I saw my first one. It was like white, black, and yellow confetti scattered everywhere. I froze in place - from the bitter cold north wind - but more from the experience of being in the moment.
Emerald Lake State Park, Bennington, Vermont, US
Apr 24, 2016 10:10 AM - 11:10 AM
Comments: Sunny, 40 degrees, 20 mph blustery North winds
Canada Goose 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
Blue-headed Vireo 2
Tree Swallow 10 Skimming over the lake far out. Using my binoculars I could ID 3 Tree's, but the others could be of different species - or Trees as well.
Black-capped Chickadee 3
Hermit Thrush 1 Practicing his song
American Robin 4
Yellow-rumped Warbler 75 Along the lake trail feeding and singing in the hemlock trees and dropping down to the ground. The activity extended for 40 yards along the edge of the water. They also extended deeper in the Hemlocks going up the hillside.
I watched in awe for about 30 minutes. A big fall-out. I tried counting by 10's up to 50 birds but could not see those up the hillside singing away. There were also other scattered in the hemlocks as one enters the canal path leading to the lake.
Chipping Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 1
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Cheers, Martha Pfeiffer, Dorset