2013 Project 365

Project 365/238 – Warbler Neck


Yellow Billed Cuckoo

It’s been too long since I’ve been able to sneak out to look for birds. So a pre-dawn departure had me arrive as the sun rose over Cromwell Valley Park, just north of Baltimore.

The bunnies were out nibbling on the grass, and the deer were skittish when they saw me. But shortly after the light set in, a great look at this Yellow Billed Cuckoo was a pleasant surprise.

This trip was for warblers as this park had recent reports of some good migrants. Has anyone ever told you that warblers love being high in the trees? Not only are they little, they also like to hide behind leaves way-way-up-high.

I kept looking up, and a neck crick soon set in. So I walked a little further down the trail and saw a pair of trees that had a flurry of activity. A small flock of Baltimore Orioles played Hide-and-Seek with me.


Baltimore Oriole

I did manage to find two warblers – a Magnolia, and a Chestnut Sided Warbler. I did do the victory dance, and figured the neck ache was worth it. Even this American Redstart made an appearance.


Magnolia Warbler


Chestnut Sided Warbler – Female

American Redstart

American Redstart – Male

Catbirds were abound, making sounds quite like the sound you hear in the Monty Python movie – the Holy Grail. Don’t know if you remember the scene when they are riding into town, and a townswoman is beating a rug with a cat. Meow ! Meow ! Well, that’s exactly what this catbird sounds like.



After awhile, the birds had enough of being stalked and gave me the wave-off. That’s okay though, as it was starting to heat up and the dogs started showing up at the park.

Wood Pewee

Wood Pewee

Hope you’re having fun this weekend too! Bella

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