Musconetcong Gorge is a beautiful forest, and we enjoyed the sights and sounds of Ovenbird, Worm-eating Warbler, Indigo Bunting, American Redstart, and dozens of other birds. Highlight for us was probably catching several toads.
|The princess and the toad|
But after over an hour of listening, I didn't see the bird, and couldn't be 100% positive that what I thought I heard a couple times in the distance really was the Cerulean Warbler. So we packed it in and hiked the mile back to the car.
|Intrepid Hiker in the Gorge|
The next morning, I wasn't able to get away until later in the day, and it was even hotter than ever! The bird had been relocated earlier in the morning, and I had plenty of water, but it was past 11am and getting really hot by the time I got down to where I hopped to see it.
|Male Scarlet Tanager, day two of the Musconetcong Gorge death march.|