Saturday afternoon (4/25), Gene Bauer had called me stating that he and Lyle Myers had found a male Hooded Warbler in the Cannon River Wilderness Park, west side. Tonight after work, I thought it a long shot but I stopped home and grabbed my daughter Emma to accompany me on a walk to see what we could find. We re-found the Hooded Warbler in the same area Gene had spotted it on Saturday! The west side of Cannon River Wilderness Park is located off of Hwy. 3, 8 miles south of Northfield. Turn left onto 151st St. E. and go 1.3 miles to the parking lot. From the lot, keep to the right along the woodline and you will see a red gate. This marks the trail you want to follow. Keep on this trail and follow along the river. Look for the warbler around where the trail starts curving to the left, just past where the trail is very close to eroding away. It was foraging low, and when we first spied it, it was probably less than two feet away from our knees! Very good looks without binocs! While observing it, it flew across the river but we could still hear it doing its unique "chip".
Emma and I had 7 species of warbler here tonight plus Blue-gray Gnatcatcher!
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