Hi all, I'm reporting on 3 short walks over the past two days. Yesterday (5/7/09) I walked around our farm in Moretown -- late in the afternoon. I was in a wet, intermediate growth area, and thought I heard something different. I followed it for a bit, but couldn't locate the bird. I went on to one of my other "hot spots" about a hundred yards away. As I turned back toward the house to get out of the rain, I spied movement in the bottom of a small pine along a stream. Two olive colored warbler looking birds revealed themselves. On closer inspection they showed bright chestnut caps and yellow bellies. I got good looks at them and confirmed that they had all the other markings and behavior of Palm Warblers. I played their song when I got back to my computer -- it was the same one I had been pursuing earlier. A first on the farm. And a life bird for me, too. We also had our foy white crowned sparrow, and a pair of bluebirds moved into the nest in the backyard. A busy day along the Mad River. Today 5/8/09) Pat Folsum and I took two very short walks. One at Berlin Pond, and one back at the farm to see if we could find the Palm Warblers again. Here's our Berlin Pond List: 21 species -- The Oriole was FOY for both of us. The Black and White, Ovenbird and Yellowthroat were foy for me. And the Water Thrush was a life bird for me (too bad we didn't see it). American Crow 3 Ovenbird 2 heard Common Grackle 5 Red Winged Black Bird 8 Tree Swallow 6 Yellow-Rumped Warbler 3 -- apparently in a group of 10 or more Swamp Sparrow 1 heard Song Sparrow 3 Water Thrush 2 heard Common Yellowthroat 1 heard Canada Goose 4 Hooded Merganser 5 Mallard 4 Wood Duck 1 Black Capped Chickadee 4 Eastern Kingbird 1 American Robin 1 Black and White Warbler 2 heard Yellow Warbler 2 Red-Tailed Hawk 1 Baltimore Oriole 1 Here's our CrossHaven Farm List 22 species -- The Northern Parula was FOY for Pat, life bird for me Rose Breasted Grosbeak 1 Eastern Bluebird 2 Common Grackle 6 Red Winged Blackbird 8 Pine Sisken 2 Eastern Phoebe 1 Goldfinch 5 American Robin 2 Northern Parula 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler 2 Baltimore Oriole 1 Song Sparrow 2 Mourning Dove 2 Wild Turkey 1 heard American Crow 1 Rock Pigeon 10 Common Merganser 2 Tree Swallow 3 White Crowned Sparrow 1 Ruby throated Hummingbird 1 Downy Woodpecker 1 Northern Flicker 1 heard No Palms seen today -- but the Parula and Orioles were beautiful gifts!