Early birders met up with a variety of colorful and vociferous birds at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Club's spring bird walk on the morning of May 1, 2011.
The morning was cool and cloudy, and the birds seemed content to sit high in the canopy and cheerfully warble in their leafy bowers. This actually worked to our advantage, as once we discovered their perch most of us were able to get decent looks at their spring finery.
Even such notorious flitty birds as the Cape May and Nashville warblers afforded us decent views; not to mention such gaudy specimens as the rose-breasted grosbeak, scarlet tanager, and indigo bunting!
Feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of the page and note that there is another bird walk coming up for club members on May 21 and a Smithsonian Associates trip (which we will co-lead) on May 14 and 15 to Chincoteague and Rock Creek Park.
The group found 45 different kinds of birds.
Great Crested Flycatcher
Cape May Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler