Another great day. 1 day, 2 year birds (including 1 lifer)!
Yesterday on the listservs I heard the report of 9 Red Crossbills at someone's feeders in the area. I was bound to go check that out because that would be an important year bird. I spent several hours at the place, hoping that the crossbills would be a show but a no show they were. However, while waiting for the crossbills, a Red-breasted Nuthatch came several times to the feeders for brief visits. That was a year bird, # 254. The day was already a success! After realizing that the crossbills would probably not show, I explored the mountains of Western Rockingham County. After searching with only common birds, at a brief stop, I saw a small bird fly across the road. My first thought was "Black-throated Green maybe", just because of the size, shape, and location. I was in hot pursuit of the bird as that would have been a lifer for me. "Shu,PshpshPshPishpshPshsh Sps Sps" I was trying to pish it out so that I could get a positive ID. All I was getting was Chipping Sparrows. Could my bird have really been a Chipping? I figured that I had such a not good look that it might have been but I was going to keep trying. Then, there it was, flying, and up into tall trees. Then it sang. Yes indeed, a Black-throated Green Warbler! A lifer and year bird # 255.
An awesome day.