But one of the main reasons I wanted to venture out is to listen for birds and tinker with my new hobby recording them! :-p. I'd finally get to whip out the Droid as I wanted to record a Song Sparrow low in some vegetation doing it's high pitched contact call to another Song Sparrow nearby. You'll probably need to turn up your volume high to hear it as my Droid isn't good for quality audio but I want you to listen to this bird and the chip note "Chet". Okay, ready.....Now tell me when your'e done.
First of all, check out the nifty sonogram my Song Sparrow created. Notice how many of the chip notes appear evenly spaced. How cool is that! Now back to the "chet" call note which differs from the classic "chimp" call note. Paul Driver from Bird Calls and Songs has a better recording of a Song Sparrow doing this call and according to him it is believed to be a note only the females do. So now you know! Just think of the possibilities this has in the dead of summer when your'e looking for things to do an now you can sex Song Sparrows!!! No need to thank me really there isn't!
I'd make my way to the trail that always has a little water on it and my ears could pick up on rushing water as I approached it and this is what I'd see.
And be so glad I did and decided to go off the usual trails hoping I could flush one of the Barred Owls as I'm on a mission to confirm their general location as I want to take my son and his girl friend there in an attempt for them to get a half way decent look at one. The weather would start getting really nice at this point and the further I went into the woods the better I felt. There'd be some minor flooding here too with puddles to my ankles and I'd walk through them with the same enthusiasm I used to do when jumping puddles as child. The smell of the wet, live earth was wonderful and I'd drink it all in as well as the woodland chorus of birds singing for me and with each one my senses would come alive.
First would be the Red-eyed Vireo. He'd be so loud I was convinced he was right above me and after some searching I'd finally find him. I'd do no pishing, just listening and after some patience I'd see the little bird.
I'd stand there listening and recording with my ears being super sensitive to every note escaping the bird and notice notes I'd never really paid much attention to in the past and would make a mental note to myself to listen to the other RE Vireos along the way to see if they sounded any different and while many had the same "canned song", a couple had different variations which was a welcome find.
I'd do the same ear task with an Eastern Wood-pewee where there'd be no pishing just stopping, listening and trying to match my eyes to the singing bird and after some patience I'd find him too.
Another one where you may need to turn up the volume some but you will hear the faint begging calls of the young as well as the communication calls of the adult. Toward the end you'll hear the classic song of the adult Hairy which gets those fledglings really going!!
I'd make my way out of the woods and come across more fledglings including some Tufted Titmice and Black-capped Chickadees. I would also come across the flock of begging young that would be so low I couldn't ID them but I'd see yet again another B&W Warbler so guessing it's their fledglings.
And now for my mystery call which I at first thought was a group of recently fledged Black-capped Chickadees so posted my question on Xeno Canto. The link brings you right to my question and you will see I already have an answer by another favorite blogger of mine in the world of bird vocalizations Ear Birding. This is why I love Xeno-Canto so much because not only do these folks love to talk bird talk, but are super helpful too. And now for the mystery call.
You will hear what sounds a lot like a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher but don't trust my ears as I've been fooled by Black-capped Chickadees doing something similar and with all the juves if I don't see them I don't call them. Will be going back in the next few days to see if I can locate them again as I'd LOVE to have breeding Blue-gray Gnatcatchers as Brierly so cross your fingers for me!
Take care all.