In the early stages of the dawning day this morning, I was able to tally about 50 species averaging one per minute of my time available to walk around the yard before rushing off to work.
Here I had been thinking that nothing could possibly drown out the songs of Northern Parulas . . . until this morning when the Tennessee Warblers finally warmed up their larynxes. I almost needed earplugs the were so very loud; however, it was still music to these ears. The mere volume of maybe 6 or more birds and their proximity to me made it almost impossible to hear even a calling Swainson's Warbler that was 18 feet from me low in some short, flowering Dogwoods.
During brief lulls between the Tennessee Warbler's calls, I was able to hear Yellow-billed Cuckoos calling from three different directions, and just before having to turn toward my vehicle to leave for work, a Cuckoo flew over the center of the drive where there's a break in the tree canopy. I watched it land awkwardly as if it had overshot the landing. Oh it stuck the landing alright mush like a gymnast hits the mat after double layout dismount off the uneven bars; although instead of arms waving wildly, its tail shot straight up over its body as it tried to regain composer. It was a bit odd. As it up righted itself, I could have sworn I saw its chest pop out with head held high as it looked around - possibly either to see if anyone was watching the near mishap or as if (like a gymnast) it was showing that dash of flare at the end of its routine puntuated with a big smile and nod to the judges and crowd. Regardless of motive, there sat a wonderful, long-tailed, red eye-ringed Black-billed Cuckoo.
Other highlights in our yard this morning included (but not limited to):
Magnolia Warbler (eye level @ )
Black-throated Green Warbler
(hoards) Tennessee Warblers
6+ Rose-breasted Grosbeaks
Monday evening at the house, I watched a Red-headed Woodpecker flycatching over the driveway. As I looked on, I saw that an Eastern Wood Peewee joined in the acrobatics as if not to be outdone with regards to aerial prowess.