This ovenbird nest with 6(!) eggs is along the bicycle path in Leeds, MA. Ovenbirds get their common name from the construction of their nest, which is on the ground, with an overhanging arch of leaves, resembling a dutch oven. When the nest is discovered, the adult tries to lure the potential predator away by scuttling on the ground. If that isn't effective, the next strategy is to pretend it has a broken wing, plaintively dragging it along the ground and leading the predator away from the nest.
The song of the ovenbird is an emphatic two-note call, easily recognized and frequently heard in Northampton's woods. The call sounds like 'teacher, teacher!"
Photo taken on May 17, 2020