Sunday, April 30, 2017

Double Trouble SP 4/30--Eastern Kingbird, Hooded Warbler

Eastern Kingbird
With the windows open, the birds woke me up early this morning, so I was able to go to Double Trouble before a social engagement later today. I had a couple of birds I was hoping for and got them both. The first was the Eastern Kingbird. I saw two of them flying around the reservoir at the intersection of Mud Dam Road and Sworden's Pond Road (I just like the names).

Warblers, especially Ovenbirds, were singing all over the place, but I was only interested in one species and as I walked down Mud Dam Road, to the spot where Hooded Warbler has been historically located (and probably nests) I ran into a friend. "Any Hoodeds?" I joked. "Yes, I just saw one," he replied. He's a photographer and was annoyed that the bird flew before he could get a picture. My job is easier. I just have to see or hear it. Hooded Warbler has a pretty distinct song, so while we stood around, hoping one would appear, we eventually did hear one sing what I would transcribe as "Weety weety weet tee o." Luck is the residue of design.

28 species
Canada Goose
Spotted Sandpiper
Laughing Gull
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Kingbird
White-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
Fish Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Wood Thrush
Gray Catbird
Black-and-white Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Warbler
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Eastern Towhee
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
American Goldfinch

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