While activity has dropped off in our woods, I’m starting to get the feeling that birds are getting ready to head on out — and trying to enjoy the ones I see during my daily dog walks in our woods. Last evening, I watched a Cedar Waxwing for some time as it worked a low berry bush, noting the spectacular coloration and trying to envision the feather patterns that made that happen. Today, we were inundated with Goldfinches on the feeders — just a whirlwind of yellow and black.
We still have Hermit Thrushes and Ovenbirds although only the thrushes are singing. The other regular on the low-lying bushes is the Common YellowThroat. They chip pretty steadily as they feed and respond quite well to pishing, hopping up on a branch to check things out.
It’s been hot and muggy for Vermont — not great weather to lug camera gear around the woods. A cold front is coming through tonight so I think I’ll try to capture some digiscoped shots of our yard birds before they head south. The hummers are still hitting the feeder during the cooler parts of the day but all in all, it’s the dog days of August. Birds and birders don’t like it.