While standing on the deck this morning I heard the quiet sound of a Wilson's Warbler coming from the woods out back. This prompted me to grab the camera and bins and take a walk through the muddy field to the woods to see what was about.
I found a bright Chestnut-sided Warbler foraging high in the oaks; too high to photograph. A Red-eyed Vireo began singing nearby, as did a Warbling Vireo.
Skies were overcast, and rain started falling. A Wilson's Warbler popped into view at eye level, but when I raised the camera to fire I found that my batteries were dead. Dead. I grabbed a spare battery, and it was dead. Luckily, a third battery had juice, so I was back in business. The Wilson's Warbler was gone, but a nearby Magnolia Warbler appeared for ever so briefly. No pics.
I walked back toward the Chestnut-sided Warbler after slogging through quiet trails. Overhead, I began to hear the burry song of a Scarlet Tanager. Sure enough, a bright male appeared high atop the canopy well out of photography range.
It would rain for the rest of the day. Heavily. We recorded almost 2" by evening. A fountain appeared in the front lawn as rainwater from the downspouts funneled under the drive and into the drain in the grass. Luckily, the basement remains dry!