Kathy & Myles Conway
A handful of Allen Bird Club members enjoyed a lovely morning in the Tyringham Valley in June. We made stops on Meadow Street, Jerusalem Road and Breakneck Road before taking short walks at both Tyringham Cobble and a short distance along the Appalachian Trail. On Jerusalem Road we were surprised when a Yellow-billed Cuckoo flew in and sat in the open long enough for all to have a nice look. And throughout the morning we heard at least three Black-billed Cuckoo. We always hope for Snipe along Breakneck Road, but none were found that day. At the Cobble we heard and saw Field Sparrow and Bobolink and a very vocal House Wren. In a wet meadow area along the Appalachian Trail we tried for American Bittern but had no response, but we did see and hear several species of Flycatchers. Throughout the valley we heard or saw 10 species of warblers. We moved on to Post Farm marsh in Lenox where we saw an Osprey and heard the friendly chatter of Marsh Wren. All in all, it was a pleasant morning and we ended up with 74 species.