Saturday, July 9, 2011
June 26-27, 2011 Savoy Mountain State Forest, Savoy Massachusetts
We arrived at the campground in the late afternoon and in ten minutes had seen and heard: Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers (found the nest of this pair ten feet up a dead tree - the nestlings gave themselves away with there constant squeaking), Red-eyed Vireos, Wood Thrushes, Swainson's Thrush, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Veeries, American Redstarts (I also found the nest of this pair), Chestnut-sided Warblers and a Common Yellowthroat. It was going to be a good weekend.
I awoke the next day to the sound of countless Veeries with a few warblers and vireo mixed in. When it was light enough to see I arose and went for a walk. Western Massachusetts at sunrise is dazzling, the pink clouds stretched away for countless miles lighting the towering mountains in a rosey glow - it was a stunning sight.
I got lucky with the find of a life bird Least Flycatcher. I easily identified by the call, a quick "Che-Beck che-beck". This species is usually a fairly challenging bird to identify, it being in the genus empidonax, but because we heard the call it was a piece of cake.
After that we went down to the nearby swimming pond, only to find that it was swarming with overly large and extra hungry leaches!