[CT Birds] Strange Hooded W. song
htg1523 at att.net
Thu May 6 15:01:29 EDT 2010
Roy, Your Hooded Warbler singing a strange song story sounds like what I
went through yesterday.
I was birding in Lyme off Joshuatown Rd and heard this loud three note
song that I could not place. The only song I could relate any of to was the
last 3 notes of Chestnut Sided, (to meet 'cha) but this was much more
forceful. I stayed with the bird and finally saw it singing and it was a
male Hooded. I am making a songs of migration CD to send to my son who now
lives in Calif and I recorded this song. Later I went to Mt Archer to see
if the regular Hooded there had showed up yet so that I could record the
standard Hooded song also. When I opened the door of my truck the first
sound that I heard was a song very much like the aberrant one I had just
left a mile or so away. I saw the Hooded singing and recorded his song
also. When I returned home and listened to the two songs , they were very
much alike but not exactly. All this jogged my memory and I do recall
hearing and seeing a Hooded sing an unknown song at Pleasant Valley, Lyme a
few years ago.
I have seen Hooded in these two locations over the years and it has always
been the standard weete, weete, weeteo. I'm wondering if this different
song might be one they sometime use when first arriving..... I listened to
a couple of CDs that I have, Peterson's Eastern and Central Bird Songs and
Peterson's Field Guides (Dick Walton) More Birding by Ear. Peterson has the
stannard call only and Walton does not have the Hooded on the More Birding
by Ear CD... Mystery
Hank Golet, Old Lyme
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From: "Roy Harvey" <rmharvey at snet.net>
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Sent: Wednesday, May 05, 2010 8:50 PM
Subject: [CT Birds] Flanders in Woodbury
I spent a few hours this morning birding Flanders Nature Center (Van Vleck
Farm and Nature Sanctuary) in Woodbury. Not many migrants hanging around,
but a few interesting birds.
One Hooded Warbler was singing on either side of the road by the red trail
house building, in the areas with the wet understory. That bird sang the
standard Hooded song, and though I did not track it down I suspect with
persistence it can be seen.
However I also encountered one, or possibly two, other Hooded Warbler that
with a song nothing like the standard song. My first encounter was on the
north side of the loop on Ed Briggs Trail. The cadence and tune put me in
mind of some flycatchers - a bit of Olive-sided and Willow perhaps - but the
tone was nothing like them. While I was trying to find what bird was making
the sound a Hooded Warbler made an appearance quite close and I took a
moment from searching for the sound to admire the view. Then as I watched
it sang and I realized I had found my mysterious songster.
Later I was farther up Church Hill Rd past the parking area, where there is
a wide path into the woods a tractor could take, and I heard the same sort
of song again. Sure enough, either another Hooded with the same aberration
or the same one on the opposite side of its territory.
Otherwise there were no real surprises, except maybe that I had to work so
hard for what I found. I managed to pick a couple of Northern Parulas out
from a very busy flock of Yellow-rumped Warblers. There were good looks at
a Pileated Woodpecker working on a rotten log, and of two pairs of Wood Duck
on the pond on the Botany Trail. A Louisiana Waterthrush was singing in the
same area as the normal-song Hooded Warbler. One Blue-winged Warbler, and
one Black-throated Blue Warbler. 47 species total, 10 warbler species.
Beacon Falls, CT
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