Six members of the Allen Bird Club traveled to Pomfret to enjoy a birding adventure at a new destination for our Club. The sky was cloudy and there were a few light showers, but the birds were there. As we crossed the meadow near the headquarters, a male Bobolink rose from the grasses and gave us a display. We heard two Black-billed and one Yellow-billed Cuckoo calling. There were five different flycatchers: Eastern Kingbirds, Eastern Phoebes, Willow Flycatcher, Least Flycatchers and Eastern Wood-Pewee. There were several Wood Thrushes and Veeries, but the best display was put on by several pairs of Eastern Bluebirds posing on their nest boxes. We found a nesting pair of Blue-winged Warblers as well as two singing males. In the woods along the ravine were a Scarlet Tanager and an Indigo Bunting. One curious sight was a female Tree Swallow trying to figure out how to get a long stick through the hole of her nest box. It took several tries, but she succeeded.
After we were done birding, three of us drove to the famous Vanilla Bean Café in downtown Pomfret for an al fresco lunch. We had left Ludlow at 7:00 in the morning and were back home by two in the afternoon.