Date: 7/16/17 7:35 pm From: linda whyte <0000004e7b0e779a-dmarc-request...> Subject: [mou-net] vocal Hooded Warbler, Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve
It was a surprise to find a Hooded Warbler persisting in singing today; I had not expected so much vocalizing late into the morning, this far into nesting season. Having checked unsuccessfully the original preferred location for the species, a triangular wooded area between trail markers 13, 14, and 15, I tried another section where the bird had been seen, the trail directly across from the entrance to the horse-camp parking lot. The bird was calling vigorously from the trail's west edge about half-way up the hill into the woods. At one point there seemed to be an answering call from the opposite side of the path; perhaps the singing was sparked by a rival. In any case, the original territory has been undergoing some restoration and re-forestation. The human activity involved, and the newly opened under-story, may have caused the bird(s) to move permanently further east. It will be interesting to see which areas they prefer to claim in subsequent years.