A morning's walk through Doodletown, Bear Mountain State Park, was
typically productive (and typically wonderful). Cerulean Warblers were
apparent throughout, with the best views coming along the hillside near the
entrance (including an eye-level female and a singing male on a bare
branch) and near the Herbert Cemetery (another singing male). We also heard
and saw several Hooded Warblers, with the best view again coming opposite
Herbert Cemetery: a singing, eye-level male in beautiful plumage. Other
highlights included several cuckoos (calling Yellow-billed especially);
abundant vireos (including a Yellow-throated battling a catbird for turf);
and a Green Heron perched on a tree branch overlooking the pond. Non-avian
pleasures included a beaver in the pond; a couple of northern watersnakes;
and a pair of red efts, as gorgeous as always against the muddy trail.
--Joe Wallace and Sharon AvRutick, Westchester

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