Date: 5/19/17 10:39 am From: world oceans <world.oceans7...> Subject: [GABO-L] Flycatcher song at Huie
Even a lifelong composer of music like me can get stumped by bird songs, as I was at Huie Ponds in Clayton Co. this morning. At the northwest pond, and fifteen minutes later, at the south pond, I heard a song which was strikingly similar to what I normally hear from Alder flycatchers, though with an added somewhat raspy note at the beginning, preceeding the familiar 'wee-bee-o". Knowing that this species is virtually unreported in any of the counties surrounding Atlanta, especially in May, I hoped to find the bird but only caught one glimpse of it, a dark flycatcher-like shadow disappearing into the trees. I only heard the song once at northwest pond and three times at south, so there was no time to get a recording of it.
I reviewed some recordings and searched my memory of having heard many, many flycatchers of all species on their breeding grounds in the upper Midwest, northeastern U.S. and eastern Canada. Though there was some similarity between the song and that of an Olive-sided, I still thought the quality of the tones was closer to Acadian. I know that both they and Willows do sometimes add a fourth or fifth note to their song, and I also knew that Willow would be the likelier bird in this wetland habitat and in Georgia at this time.
If anyone else hears a song like this at Huie, or sees any empidonax flycatcher there, please watch and listen carefully and get a sound recording if you can. I welcome any comments on this observation. I strongly suspect that what I heard was a willow, based on likelihood and habitat, and on the actual sounds I heard, but I am going to leave it as unidentified in my report to ebird.org.