I had a Mourning Warbler singing in my yard this AM. Both Black-billed and 
Yellow-billed Cuckoos. And our perennial Barred Owls. I actually had a 
face-to-face with one of them a couple days ago, down in the hemlock-shaded 

Elsewhere around my local haunts I had two grunting Virginia Rails, a 
thunder-pumping American Bittern, and a pair of Northern Harriers, the female 
mostly out of sight at her nest, but popping up several times, with the more 
visible male attending closely, before going off to hunt.

Up on top of Bald Hill my 70 year old brain dipped on a variant bird song that 
is actually very familiar to me, as the species also nests in numbers around my 
place, and indeed in many other locations around the greater West Danby area. 
Bald Hill was my last stop before home, and I kept the song replaying in my 
mind until I had a cup of coffee in hand and told Patricia about it. And as 
these things go, as soon as I’d put my failure into words, the solution 
presented itself! The song variant was that peculiar inversion that Hooded 
Warblers sometimes sing, as part of their so-called “Dawn Song”. Maybe my brain 
couldn’t retrieve the ID in real time because morning had left the dawn so far 
behind (it was after 10:00 AM), or maybe I just wanted a cup of coffee... Wait! 
That’s the same thing!



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