Here is the trip list from last Saturday's SFO trip to the Lindsay-Parsons Biodiversity Preserve. Obviously, it was a good day for a bunch of newly-arrived birds for me, particularly warblers.
Interestingly, and satisfyingly, discussions with a West Danby birder following the trip support my hunch that the mystery songster is a Hooded Warbler. The Hoodies at L-P often sing an inverted song, like "tawee tawee TEE-weeta," not the expected "weeta weeta weeTEE-oh." The last burst in the variant song could very well be what we heard.
More about this trip was posted earlier.
So, mystery not completely resolved, like it could have been if we had tracked down and seen the bird singing, but I'm content. And perhaps a bit more confident in my gut reaction again.
SFO Local Trip
Observation date: 5/5/07
Location: Lindsay-Parsons FLLT Preserve
Observers: 10 in my group; co-leader Dave Nutter took another 10 on a different route.
Notes: SFO local trip to Lindsay Parsons Biodiversity Preserve, co-leader Dave Nutter. Possible Hooded Warbler heard, but only once and not confirmed. Subsequent postings on Cayugabirds-L and "off-line" discussion supports identity of the mystery songster as Hooded Warbler.
Total: 46 species - new birds for the year are in bold
Great Blue Heron
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
Great Crested Flycatcher
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)
Wood Anemones - At the end of the most recent Ice Age, the temperature began to rise and the ice began to recede...
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