We parked in the town of Tiverton and biked south from there. I stopped at Weetamoo Woods, hoping to find an Acadian Flycatcher, which would be a lifer for me. They are a southern species, and Rhode Island and Massachusetts are at the north end of their range. One of the first birds I noticed on the road that leads into the woods was a Worm-eating Warbler quietly foraging in the undergrowth. I love these birds and since I've only seen one before I became very excited. There were so many mosquitos it was insane, so I tried to get in and out as quick as I could. I picked up on birds quickly and didn't wait around too long. An elusive Blue-winged Warbler right after the Worm-eating. A singing Yellow-throated Vireo, another one of my favorite birds. Ovenbirds, Red-eyed Vireos, lots of Eastern Wood-Pewees. A wet-looking Veery. A Wood Thrush. I was almost out of the woods and back to my bike, and then a sharp "peet". A flycatcher, undoubtedly an Acadian. I picked it out instantly as it continued to call. Grabbed a few photos, grabbed some audio. Had one last look and a few more mosquito bites to boot. Two minutes later I was back on my bike, listening to American Redstarts, and making my way to the coast.
The breeze was inviting, although it was somewhat hard to bike into. It's great birding by bike, you never miss a bird. Swallows swooping over open fields; Tree, Barn, and Bank easy to pick out.
Many egrets foraging in the marshes, both Great and Snowy. A few shorebirds roosting on shell banks. Semipalmated Plovers, a Spotted Sandpiper, a Killdeer. Least Terns gleefully calling as they carried fish to their young ones.
Gliding down the hills, and pedaling up them. Lunch in four corners. Back the way we had come. A beautiful day made better by some great birds.
Portsmouth Town Pond: