Going back to the exact location where I saw the bird over a week ago, I was not very hopeful. But chance must have been on my side.
Hood Warbler, male
Hooded Warbler in full song
The bird was actually very vocal and I began to suspect there was a second male nearby, but it always stayed under cover. Their eyesight must be extraordinary. Sometimes it would interrupt its song to dash under some oak leaves and catch some prey. I concluded the bird was fully aware of me, but like a House Wren, comfortable with my closeness. At one point, it was about five feet over my head and another time it was less than ten feet away at eye level. Amazing.
So, continuing on my request to pick your favorite photos, would anyone want to change their vote? I really appreciate you comments because it helps me select images for an exhibit I have scheduled next year.