I led a walk at Crosby Farm Park from 7:00 to 9:00 this morning. From the end of the main road into the park, we walked down toward the small lake, then to the left on the old paved path between the lake and the bluff. A couple of hundred yards down this path, we heard an unidentified song, and the fifteen (or so) of us spent about fifteen minutes searching in vain for the singer. At 9:15, Linda Kellar and I returned to try again. The bird was still singing, and Linda got a brief look that was enough to identify it as a Hooded Warbler. I spent another hour searching as the bird sang almost constantly and moved about. I finally got an eye-level view at a distance of 30 feet from the trail up on the bluff. Be aware that the bluff trail is poorly maintained and the foot bridges have been vandalized. I was able to get up to the bluff trail at the place where the main path turns into the wetland, and could return to the HOWA place on the bluff trail.
The voice had the right quality for a HOWA, but the syllables sounded like, "Flip a de hip sweet SWEET!" with a tiny pause after "Flip." I figure it wintered in the Caribbean. From a distance, with only the ending audible, it sounded like an Acadian Flycatcher.
Last Saturday, I checked for Prothonotary Warblers in the SE corner of the park, and found none. I have not checked there since then.
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