Backyard Birding

Massachusetts Big Year Birding

This afternoon I decided to go birding in the woods behind my house for the first time in a few weeks. The last time I went down there, migration was in full swing. Warblers and vireos were everywhere, singing up a storm. Many of the birds I had seen in May have now moved on. The ones that stuck around are now teaching their young how to be a bird.

When I went outside this afternoon, I immediately noticed the heat. It was almost 90 degrees with 70% humidity, so of course, I was glad when the clouds rolled in. I began my short walk down to the brook behind my house while keeping my eyes out for any nesting birds along the path. On the way down, all I could find were a few pairs of Tufted Titmice and a Black-capped Chickadee, but that would soon change.

Scarlet Tanager

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