Utah Phillips has passed away. I found out through the Dan Bern email list and am saddened more than I expected. Perhaps I’d hoped to, one day, see this legend in concert.
I own one CD of his, — the one he and Ani DiFranco did together and perhaps a bootleg as well.
He just seemed so gentle, so kind. And he was only 73. So many more years to live.
For the past several years I’ve been puzzled by a bird sound I hear in the spring. For a while I thought perhaps it was not a bird, but a delivery truck with squeaky wheels, but why was I only hearing it in the spring and early summer?
Yesterday I caught a glimpse of what I thought might be the bird, high in the tulip poplar that looms over my house. I knew it was a warbler, by its bill and the way it was moving. It was black and white with a bit of yellow.
I ran into the house and Googled warbler images and found the bird on a web site — Myrtle Warbler. Then I tried to locate a myrtle warbler on the Cornell Birding site, only to be redirected to yellow-rumped warbler. Hmm, seems like more names have been changed…
I checked out the sound of the yellow-rumped warbler and yes indeed, that was the sound I’d been hearing.
As much as I love my worn copy of Peterson’s, I have to love the internet for helping me quickly ID the bird.