The quirky Ovenbird pays a visit

Photo by Chris Bosak An Ovenbird stands on a railing in Danbury, Conn., April 2016.

Photo by Chris Bosak
An Ovenbird stands on a railing in Danbury, Conn., April 2016.

The Ovenbird is an odd little warbler. It looks more like a thrush with its light brown plumage and spotted breast, but it is a warbler — a warbler that prefers to walk along the ground instead of fly among the treetops.

It is perhaps most known for its song — the ubiquitous “teacher-teacher-teacher” that rings out from the woods throughout May and June in New England. But just because their song is loud and proud, that doesn’t mean they are easy to find. They lurk among the leaf-strewn forest floor, blending in with their surroundings.

I’ve been lucky enough to have one (or more?) visit my yard over the last few days. I’ve enjoyed the visit, but know it won’t last long. Soon, perhaps it’s even left already, it will head farther north.

Photo by Chris Bosak An Ovenbird perches on a branch in Danbury, Conn., April 2016.

Photo by Chris Bosak
An Ovenbird perches on a branch in Danbury, Conn., April 2016.

Photo by Chris Bosak An Ovenbird stands on a log in Danbury, Conn., April 2016.

Photo by Chris Bosak
An Ovenbird stands on a log in Danbury, Conn., April 2016.