A couple of weeks from now I will make my fourth trip of the year to Leominster, MA. The company I work for is installing a new lighting system in the high school as it is being renovated. Each time I've been able to fit in a little birding.
On July 19th, during one of those trips, I was walking Wolf Rock Trail in Leominster State Forest. It was a mostly sunny day, but there was plenty of shade under the forest trees. The sun was slightly behind me when I noticed the shadow of something flying overhead.
I looked back and saw a small bird fly into the woods not far off the trail. The understory was relatively clear so I decided to have a closer look. It turned out to be a female Black-and-white Warbler, my first as an adult.
Here you can see the warbler clinging to the truck of a tree. This "nuthatch-like" behavior is a trait of the Black-and-white Warbler.