It’s raining as we speak and we’ve had dreary weather most of the week. We need a reminder that it’s summer in Maine, and this Yellow Warbler will do nicely.


He’s a summer resident who usually is much easier to hear than to see, and therein lies a problem.

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My Peterson Guide says his song sounds like “tsee-tsee-tsee-tsee-titi-wee” or “weet weet weet tsee-tsee wew.” My Sibley Guide says it’s “sweet sweet sweet ti ti ti to soo” or “swee swee swee ti ti ti swee.” The anthropomorphic Cornell Lab of Ornithology says it’s “sweet sweet sweet I’m so sweet.” And, I don’t agree with any of them. I wonder how those authorities would describe a Beethoven symphony. (Brooklin, Maine)