Sunday, June 30, 2013
Bolton Flats and Wachusett Reservoir
My first recording. You can't help but to hear the Wood Duck which cracks me up. The Marsh Wren was in the same area as the duck and I believe I startled the duck considering how early and dark it still was.
My 2nd best recording and this time a pissed off Mallard in the back ground! I have learned that the dawn chorus is my favorite time to bird, but you pay heavily for it with 3:00 wake up times but it's the price that must be paid!
And lastly, a recording of some Song Sparrows nearby who appeared to be in the midst of a bar room brawl. It would start getting light and I'd see one sparrow duck into the thick shrubs with another diving into toward it and then all hell broke loose which you will hear in my recording (funny because you can hear one try and break out into song in the midst of it). Not sure if the begging young I hear in the middle of the recording are Song Sparrows but if they area I'm thinking I may have witnessed a lovers quarrel of some sort as the task of rearing young must be taking its toll by now! I'd keep my ears to the right of the path in hopes of hearing one of the Least Bitterns but by then the mosquitoes would be fierce as they bit any part of skin I neglected to get with bug spray so off I went to a place with less standing water which would mean less bugs!
You can actually see the drop in song in the sonogram above. My guess it was still early in the day and late in the season and the warbler was only doing a half assed attempt of defending it's territory just to remind Pete 6 pine trees away to not even think of it!
And was glad to see I was right for a change! The most satisfying part of learning bird communication are chip notes and hoping it comes in handy for fall migration!
I'd hear a bird in full song and at first glance I thought it could be an Indigo Bunting with the repeated notes but it just didn't sit right with me as it was too musical. It would have some short introductory notes so next on the list was Baltimore Oriole as I've heard them do that before and that didn't sit right either so decided to do some recording.
You can actually see the beginning notes I'm referring to in my sonogram above. After recording the bird I'd do some pishing and it wouldn't show its face so thought of a genius idea which was to play back the birds song I just recorded as each bird has their own unique way of singing so was curious to see if the bird would wonder who the impostor was!
Another lousy photo but thought it was funny as I got the dragon fly in it as well. HA
So now I sit here in front of the computer trying to will myself to the mop. I'm in good company though with the singing American Robins and Baltimore Orioles who are parked in my mullberry tree as well as the Killdeer across the street. There will be no birding today as I have a date with some much neglected pizza sauce.
Take care all.