Thursday, April 28, 2011
Swan Point Cemetery, Providence RI slightly overcast April 27, 2011
Yesterday afternoon we visited Swan Point Cemetery in hopes of a spring arrival. We were in luck; just after getting out of the car we came across a life bird (though this bird species is one that I think I have seen before I have never been 100% certain). A Swainsons Thrush perched in a particular small tree that we always check for warblers and other spring migrants. It was being politely accompanied by a White-throated Sparrow. It flitted onto an exposed branch where it sat for a minute or so. Annoyingly my camera wouldn't focus on it; I don't own a DSLR or even an SLR so it can on occasions be extremely hard to focus on a bird in a tree. The bird hopped into a low group of bushes where it stayed for at least 5 minutes. There I got some much better photos!
It was about the size of a Hermit Thrush with olive brown back, tail, head and wings. It had a large brown hued white eye ring and a lightly spotted breast. It was a pleasant looking bird. It then hopped down to the ground where we watched it for a few minutes before departing. Other highlights included a Gray Catbird, a Pine Warbler and a singing Eastern Towhee.
May and the accompanying thousands of wood warblers are almost upon us!!!!