Hooded Warbler singing on Rush Creek

Observers: Chris McCreedy
Email: cmccreedy atprbodotorg
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Date: 06/16/2008
Time: 04:36 PM -0400


One of the sweetest things about birding is when you walk into the vegetation and immediately hear a song that's different, one that you don't know. It's coming form that willow right over there, right in the middle of it, and all you need to do is wait for the bird to pop out. What's it gonna be?? It seems to happen to me often at the Narrows meadow on Rush Creek, and today it was a Hooded Warbler. I saw it all, as he was easy to observe and very relaxed. He sang both ascending and descending last notes, and I was surprised at a Hooded Warbler's song - I would put it on the Wilsonia Greatest Hits A side, while Wilson's Warbler would maybe get the B side, and maybe get left in the studio. White in the tail, black cap and wraparound into the throat, yellow elsewhere (I didn't really fixate on the lores). He always sang low in the vegetation, and his song was almost Warbling Vireo-like in its flutey ups-and-downs. It's easy to get to, take the two track to the Narrows, park at the top of the cataract, and walk the trail down the sagebrush slope into the meadow downstream of the rocks. He was in the S. lutea. Or just come with me on my Chautauqua bird walk this Sunday, and we'll look for him.