Sunday, June 23, 2013
Bush Whacking to Soule's Swamp-So That's where it is!
Swainson's Thrush earlier this spring so now have a destination to go to next year when I try for that bird again. Next up would be an obscure spot called Mud Hole which is shown in the first picture of my post. Not much to look at considering it's hard to access with all of the over growth but I'd be thrilled to hear the Winter Wren in the area as I wanted Alan to know the spot considering he gets as excited about Millbury birds as I do. We have this mission which is to find as many migrating and breeding birds as possible in and around town to avoid the chase up North we often partake in and after a few years of doing this we'd like to stay more local. Plus it's always satisfying to know how many cool birds live in town and where to find them!
We'd finally make it to Soule's Pond and be very happy to know it is indeed the pond I've been going to all along. Soule's Swamp was the other area I wanted to know how to get to and I'd realize I saw some of it yesterday so we stopped in the area briefly to see what was around.
Notice I will not suggest you turn up your volume as the recording would come out perfect with no manipulation what so ever in my Audacity software so am very pleased with my investment!
I'd get home afterwards all eager to listen to the songs I recorded and be reminded of the big Bicentennial Parade going on in Millbury today as lawn chairs and shiny, happy people littered the sidewalk. I'd think nothing of it until Alan dropped me off and would realize my street was one of the drop off points for all parade participants with my street in utter chaos as people rushed to get ready for the 1:00 kick off. People would be running around with excited chatter as I sat near my computer trying to listen to begging calls of a Tufted Titmouse and would realize it was no use as one of the marching bands started their practice round right IN FRONT OF MY HOUSE!
Xeno-canto recordings obviously!
I would make one exception though as there was a bird far out near water making a song/call I'd never heard before and it would drive me crazy. The bird was fairly far out but could pick up the overall tone of voice as well as the phonetics which would be something like "He He Where Where"
Recording above and and not only will you hear the call/song in question but one of the MANY marching bands I could never escape!
I'd post my recording on the Xeno-canto ID Forum and get a response back of it probably being a Baltimore Oriole and after hearing other oriole recordings I'm convinced that what it is so it was nice to learn something new. The other cool thing I'd learn on Xeno-canto was with another mystery bird I had this past week that turned out to be a Wood Thrush. See High Pitched Call Forum Discussion for my recording in question as well as the wealth of information provided by Xeno-canto members of the high pitched alarm call all thrushes have but would only be introduced to them this year.
Take care all.