I went back to Wilmarth Woods (Snake Mountain) this morning in the hopes of
relocating and getting better views of the Cerulean with the much more
favorable weather. Sure enough the male was in the same location as before
and singing continuously. He was singing every 5 seconds or so. His song has
three distinct parts but fast and slurry as one would expect.
It goes as follows: zur-zur-zur-zur titi-titi zweeeeee (very fast, no
At one point I had an entirely unobstructed view of him for several minutes,
capped off with a remarkable warbler dogfight. I caught a glimpse of a
warbler fly into his tree and a second later the two were spiraling down
towards the forest floor. It happened so fast I didn't have a chance to ID
the other bird. Maybe another male Cerulean?
No sight of a female and considering he spent most of his time singing over
anything else (he caught an insect or two) I imagine he's still single.
For anyone interested in seeing this bird, he's about 3/4 of the way up the
first trail to the summit of Snake Mountain. You will find the trailhead at
the end of Wilmarth Road. There's parking just a little north on Mountain