Date: 5/7/17 6:13 pm
From: Bill Thurman <bill.masterofmusic...>
Subject: Re: Thoughts on Connecticut Warblers
The Connecticut Warbler (while similar in tone) to the N. Waterthrush
sounds like he has a completely different accent. The two species' song
endings sound quite different to me. Thanks again for sharing the links.

Bill Thurman
On May 7, 2017 8:02 PM, "Bill Thurman" <bill.masterofmusic...> wrote:

> Hello Herschel!
>
> Thanks for sharing this. That first recording of the Northern
> Waterthrush leaves a good memory in my ear.
>
> Bill Thurman
> On May 7, 2017 6:02 PM, "Herschel Raney" <herschel.raney...>
> wrote:
>
>> Looking at the Connecticut records in AR in the past, I note there have
>> not been any recorded in AR in 32 years. And the Birds of Arkansas book
>> records do not correlate with the ones on the electronic database.
>>
>> Go here:
>>
>> http://www.arbirds.org/species_out.asp
>>
>> And click new search and choose Connecticut Warbler.
>>
>> The book has two records for Union county, a record for Garland county
>> and a record for Washington county. And only three records for Arkansas
>> county. There is no record for Conway county in the book. It would seem to
>> me a record for Washington county is remarkable. I don’t have the details.
>>
>> However the last record on the online database is 1985 in Craighead
>> county. Notably it is from Norm Lavers, my friend. This is before I knew
>> Norm. But either Norm was without Cheryl on this date and on this sighting
>> or Cheryl was there and she is not mentioned on the record. I think it
>> likely after this email that Norm is getting a beating. But that is just my
>> opinion.
>>
>> The first records are from 1953 on the online database. From Brooke
>> Meanley, who I do not know. This was before I was born. But I would think
>> that Crittenden, Lee, Phillips and Mississippi counties are the ones to
>> look for these things in. There are no records from these counties. It is
>> possible that the Connecticut Warbler does not migrate through Arkansas at
>> all in many years. Though it is clear that they migrate west of the
>> Appalachians in spring and essentially never appear here in fall. In fall
>> they must creep down the coast and launch towards Brazil from there.
>>
>> 1963 was a big year for Connecticut in Arkansas. Either because people
>> were looking in the right place or it truly was an event. None of the
>> records online mention aural events. They appear to have all been
>> sightings. And seeing this bird when it is not calling must be a truly
>> miracle moment.
>>
>> The Halbergs found them four times in the state. I still remember sending
>> Edith cards in the 70s for my sightings of other birds. I recall her fine
>> hand written thank you letters. It appears the Parkers never saw one in the
>> state.
>>
>> The call of the Connecticut is aurally related to the Northern
>> Waterthrush. And this morning I was listening to several Northerns when
>> this bird called and stopped me in my tracks. I have been listening for a
>> Connecticut in Bell for over fifteen years. I have heard as many as 25
>> Northern Waterthrushes in one walk at Bell in spring. I was convinced that
>> if you weren’t where you could hear Northerns you probably were not going
>> to find a Connecticut.
>>
>> Here are the two best recordings of Northern Waterthrush from Macauley
>> and the two best Connecticuts. See what you think.
>>
>> https://macaulaylibrary.org/audio/203152#_ga=2.225574682.149
>> 3671106.1494196950-891790955.1486731179
>>
>> https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/30622331#_ga=2.35713184.14
>> 93671106.1494196950-891790955.1486731179
>>
>> https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/30380891#_ga=2.204012688.
>> 1493671106.1494196950-891790955.1486731179
>>
>> https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/30380891#_ga=2.2709424.149
>> 3671106.1494196950-891790955.1486731179
>>
>> I think that if you are not paying attention they could just be written
>> off as another Northern Waterthrush. It may be that Connecticuts don’t call
>> that much in spring migration. They are walkers, like the two Waterthrushes
>> and like Ovenbirds. They put one foot in front of the other and stay near
>> the ground. They are skulkers. Tough to get up in sight for viewing. Shy of
>> us Hominids perhaps. All the things that make them hard to see.
>>
>> I am convinced this bird at Bell was out on the uplift, the little
>> hillock on the trail that this morning was an island in the flood. I
>> considered stripping off pants and socks and shoes and just wading over in
>> my Jockeys. But I did not. The next chance I will get to go to Bell is
>> Wednesday morning early. The water levels should pull back some by then. I
>> will wear shorts and my wading shoes this time.
>>
>> Enjoy the rest of the spring.
>>
>> Herschel Raney
>>
>> Conway AR
>>
>

 
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