Date: 7/3/18 12:33 am From: Jane Hadley <hadleyj1725...> Subject: [Tweeters] Re A little help with bird song or call
Hello All - The Tweeters community once again has come through beautifully in helping me to identify a bird.
This is a bird that I recorded with my Android phone in Neah Bay on September 7, 2016. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, I fell down on the job and failed to write down the location, habitat and other pertinent details of the recording. I now cannot remember where in Neah Bay I recorded this nor the habitat. Let that be a lesson to me.
Tweetsters had much to offer.
For example, Tweetster Bruce Lagerquist very kindly provided me with a cleaned-up version of my original recording that makes it much easier to hear the bird. You can listen to his improved version at:
The sonogram is useful for comparing with sonograms at Xeno-Canto. More about that later.
I heard from 10 people. Three of them said they didn't know what it was, two asked for habitat information, and four said they believed the bird is Purple Martin. The 10th person said he thought it might be White-winged Crossbill but was not sure about it.
The four identifying it as Purple Martin were Dave Slager, Stuart Johnston, Cathy Flick, and Bob Boekelheide.
Stuart provided this interesting commentary:
"It sounds like a Purple Martin to me, though it lacks the deep musical gurgling quality of PUMA "song", say when a martin is flying around making normal conversation. This bird's calls, repeated over and over again, remind me of the "angry-sounding" calls martins make when giving chase to aerial predators, or perhaps even ground animals that pose a threat, like a cat."
Bob Boekelheide said a similar thing:
"call of Purple Martin? Maybe a agitated or mobbing call?"
And Bruce Lagerquist sleuthed his way to a recording at Xeno-Canto that matched in audio and sonogram our bird: