Timing can be everything. The darkening skies are a cue to some species to retire for the night, but a cue to begin activities for others. By good fortune, there was a small wetland along my section of Stannard Mountain Road, and I could clearly hear a Canada Warbler singing! I had only encountered a CAWA on one occasion before, so this is still a new bird for me. Unfortunately, the warbler stayed put at the back of the wetland, so I could not see this striking warbler thru my binocs. After a half mile, I began my return to the car, when from deep in the woods behind me I heard the call of a Barred Owl. I enjoyed its calls as I booked back to my car.
Checklist for Stannard:
Black-throated Blue Warbler