Thanks Dave. I think the iPhone recording doesn’t do the call justice. It
definitely sounded like the gnatcatchers I am familiar with - I used to
have them in our yard in Chicago. But I’m certainly open to suggestions.
The habitat was riparian. It was on the edge of a meadow that had a few
small bare deciduous trees with a Yellow-rumped Warbler and Ruby-crowned
Kinglet in them. The "meadow" also has mowed blackberries. The area has
landscaped homes on large lots with largely native plantings. I can’t
remember the dense shrub/tree that it was in but the area is generally
filled with alder trees and then across the trail are tall spruce and
general boggy wetland tidal habitat bordering the Nehalem bay. The tide
was low. It was solo, small and very loud. I was very close to it but it
was on the other side of the hedgerow that was private. Other birds in the
vicinity on the ground were Pacific Wren, Bewicks's Wren, Hermit Thrush,
Fox and Song sparrows.
On Fri, Oct 25, 2019 at 3:59 PM DJLauten and KACastelein <
> Hi Beverly,
> Maybe some others will chime in, but I'm not sure this is a
> gnatcatcher. Something doesn't sound quite right. I'm wondering if
> you might describe the habitat it was in.
> I suspect that this is an uncommon but regular bird for all of us in
> Oregon that is a notorious maker of all sorts of sounds, and likes
> pretty thick scrubby vegetation. Not a mockingbird either.
> Dave Lauten
> On 10/25/2019 1:11 PM, Beverly Hallberg wrote:
> > Hi all,
> > This morning I was very close to, but did not see, what sounds to me
> > like a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. It was on private property and I could
> > not enter without trespassing to find the bird. The bird continued to
> > move deeper into the private area and eventually went silent.
> > However, I did make some recordings as it was calling it's "spee"
> > calls for over a minute. These recording are in my eBird checklist
> > attached. If you feel this is something other than a Blue-gray
> > Gnatcatcher, please let me know. The recordings are rather soft but
> > the bird was rather loud and nasally. The spectrogram looks good for
> > the species. Turn up your volume.
> > https://ebird.org/checklist/S60919696 > >
> > Thanks, Beverly Hallberg
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