That fable could have taken place today at Colliers Mills, where, on a Birds of Jackson trip with Mike the group saw shadows on the ground for the first time this month.
Always birding, even during a stop at Wawa on County Line Road, we found Yellow Warbler, Song Sparrow, House Finch, catbird, mockingbird, and a flyover flock of about 200 cormorants.
We move along to Prospertown Lake where we found our only true rarity of the day--a Common Raven (not really as rare as eBird would have you believe) easily identified by size and its huge honker.
We end our day and spend the most time at Colliers Mills. As I was hoping, Warbling Vireos were singing in the parking lot and I was able to see three of them, not that they are anything to look at, being possibly the drabbest little birds you are going to see--shades of gray, perfect for the day.
The fields at Colliers Mills get burned every year to prevent succession and keep them as grasslands, whether for the birds or the dog trainers I don't know. Mike and I were discussing if the grass was high enough yet to get Grasshopper Sparrows. It is our go to spot on the World Series of Birding for that species, which is next week. I was there a few days and didn't find any, but as we were driving up Success Road we both heard its little buzzy song. Mike quickly stopped and we found the sparrow directly across the field in a bare, burnt bush. So they're there. We should only have as much luck find the Red-headed Woodpeckers that we know are nesting on the other side of the field but were not in evidence today.
For the day I had around 70 species, a lot of them "by ear." Good practice for the WSB