It all unfolded like this: After K. Knowles reported the Rusty Blackbird at Stick Pond, I had to go. I typically check this area frequently, but I have been very busy and not been over.
When I arrived around 8:30, I walked into the trail looking for the blackbird. There was nothing near the pond, so I followed the interior trail. In no time I heard a Yellow-rumped Warbler singing away, but I couldn't see it.
Having enjoyed that so much, I decided to slough off my other obligations for the morning and head to Bidgood's Park for a walk. I strolled through the trails listening to the lovely bird songs all along the way.
After I crossed the bridge and began walking the smaller loop of the park (where the outdoor classroom is) and I began to see Yellow-rumped Warblers darting across the trail. I stopped to enjoy the sights and sounds.
Totally surprised again, this Palm Warbler flew in and landed briefly on a nearby branch. What? Another one? I really couldn't believe it. While standing there, I caught sight of another one flying from a different direction cross the path. Could there be two? Or did the first one circle around and come out again? I really don't know because I didn't see them both at the same time. This seemed really exceptional to me as I can't remember Palm Warblers being reported in St. John's in Spring in previous years.
It wasn't only these Palm Warblers that were special yesterday. I also saw my first Tree Swallows of the year at the Race Track, Swamp Sparrows in the swampy area at Bidgood's, Greater Yellowlegs at Second Pond and a very boisterous White-throated Sparrow on Petty Harbour Road. After the woods being so quiet for so long, the action yesterday was really quite amazing. I will certainly get out to walk more and enjoy it beyond description.
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