Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Princeton - Hooded Warbler and Solitary Sandpiper

Although striking out on the Virginia Rail that was reported the previous day, a morning visit to Princeton's Institute Woods was quite interesting early. There wasn't a big migration there, with low numbers of warblers, but there were one or two interesting birds. On the pond: Great Blue Heron, Tree Swallows and two Solitary Sandpipers. The latter were new for the year to me. Along the drive toward the water plant were Baltimore Oriole, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow Warbler and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher at the pond and off in the woods were singing House Wren, Ovenbird and Common Yellowthroat. However the best bird of the day was right back at where I parked my car - a female Hooded Warbler moving purposefully through the low undergrowth in the woods but showing itself clearly for a few seconds before darting across the road and vanishing.

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