Ovenbirds seem to thrive in our woods. Each morning, I hear six or more calling back and forth and sometimes, there seems to be even more. But to see them is another thing. They can be right next to you calling but if they don’t move, they blend with the forest floor and the low branches. I always am surprised at how small they are – given their loud voice. The other morning, two were courting or fighting, and not only did I get a good look, but one perched on a branch 10 feet away. Of course, it was on of the few dog walks were I left my camera home.
Yesterday morning, I got lucky. I saw a cooperative Ovenbird who sat still long enough for me to find him in the branches and take a couple of shots.
The other fun fact from my perspective is that Ovenbirds are usually low – on the forest floor or low branches. They are great for birders, like this one, with a pinched neck nerve.