This Least Flycatcher sang (if you want to call it that) very often only 20 feet from the tent, it even sang a few times in the middle of the night.
A bike along the Franconia bike path on 5/30, was scenic, which had its share steep "ups" headed north, but of course on the way back...it was smooth coasting" in those sections! During this ride it seemed at one American Redstart was within constant "ear shot" the whole 8.8 mile ride out and back. The Cannon cliffs along the Franconia Bike (aka recreational) Path.
The hike on Monday 5/31 started on the Mount Kinsman Trail, approaching the mountain from the west side, the trailhead being off Rte 116. Early on the forest was deciduous with a light mixture of hemlock and spruce and bird species heard included Ovenbird, Black-throated Blue and Green Warblers with a few Blackburnians scattered in.
Once reaching 3,000 feet in elevation the forest change to Balsam Fir and Blackpoll Warblers became the most conspicuous bird heard and seen. A Boreal Chickadee put in a brief appearance at about 3,200 feet but surprisingly not another was seen or heard along the the way. A few golden-crowned Kinglets were nearby and one Ruby-crowned Kinglet was singing in the same area on the way back down. A Blackpoll Warbler singing along the Kinsman Ridge trail, reached by climbing the Mt. Kinsman Trail, previously mentioned.
A view of the Franconia Ridge, which included Mounts Lafayette and Lincoln both are 5,000 foot peaks and well above tree line. Making the Franconia Ridge one of the most scenic, and popular, hikes in "The Whites".