Date: 6/9/19 5:55 pm From: Andy Wilson <awilson.gettysburg...> Subject: [MDBirding] belated: exciting nocturnal flight survey, Frederick, 1st/2nd May
Just over a year ago I had my first attempts at recording nocturnal flight calls from my backyard in Frederick. It takes forever to go through and identify everything in the recordings, which is why, some six weeks on, I'm reporting the results of just one night, 1st/2nd May 2019. It was a busy night with over 7,000 bird calls (NFCs = calls) of more than 50 species. A few highlights:
1 Willet - subject to acceptance. Would be first in Frederick for 34 years (at least in eBird data) 14 American Bitterns (total 23 NFCs) 2 Common Gallinules 6 Sora 3 Virginia Rails Barn Owl (have detected these most nights - must be resident locally!)
The top 12 species based on estimated individuals (conservative estimates, I might add):
I didn't attempt to identify 1000 warbler NFCs which fall into "short rising seep", "buzz", and "descending seep" complexes, which are too tough for me. I suspect 100s of Black-throated Greens. Also not confident about most cuckoo calls (50+), but a lot of them sound like Black-billed to me. Still lots to learn, just a year into this new type of birding, I feel very green but have already learned a ton.
I'd be happy to share advice and resources with anyone--please don't hesitate to contact me.