What a perfect day, fabulous weather, equally fabulous birds at Chuck Peter’s, and fabulous company of 14 birders. We mostly walked the old Grand Trunk RR tracks (not used) so the walking was easy, no ticks, and good views of lots of birds. And a Fisher … walking the tracks too! Woodpeckers stole the show with nesting Pileated, Flicker, and Sapsucker, plus a Red-bellied!

A special thank you to Chuck and Ellen Peters for hosting us at their fabulous estate.

Birds seen and heard (H), 51 (Steve Reed guess 53, very close. Gordon likely heard 2 more?):
Great Blue Heron – 2 flying over low as we arrived
Turkey Vulture
Broad-winged Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker – 1 male by the house
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker – in and out of nest hole, hole looked so small
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker – 2 at nest hole
Pileated Woodpecker – 1 in and out of nest hole
Eastern Wood-Pewee (H)
Alder Flycatcher – 1 to 4, not sure, called repeatedly
Eastern Phoebe – nesting
Great Crested Flycatcher – 2 or 4 or more, frequently calling
Eastern Kingbird
Blue-headed Vireo (H)
Red-eyed Vireo – frequently called, not sure how many
Blue Jay
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Huthatch
House Wren – in nest box
Eastern Bluebird – also in nest box
Veery – many calling and singing
Wood Thrush (H)
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Cedar Waxwing – 9 close and accommodating
Yellow Warbler – many
Chestnut-sided Warbler – seen well multiple times
Pine Warbler (H)
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart – 4? or more
Ovenbird (H)
Common Yellowthroat
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Scarlet Tanager – seen well but far
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak – multiple
Bobolink – fly over
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Baltimore Oriole (H)
Purple Finch (H)
House Finch
American Goldfinch

The nesting Ruffed Grouse was not disturbed or seen.