Date: 7/5/20 3:05 pm
From: Kay Carter <KayCarter001...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Mystery Song
I would be extremely surprised at Sora. I have never detected one there in the 16 years I’ve lived here and birded the edge of the wetland at least weekly. Virginia Rail, yes. Red-winged Blackbirds a-plenty.

Kay Carter

From: Quinton Nice <quintonnice77...>
Sent: Sunday, July 05, 2020 2:56 PM
To: <KayCarter001...>
Cc: OBOL <obol...>
Subject: Re: [obol] Re: Mystery Song

I think it's a Sora.

Quinton Nice

On Sun, Jul 5, 2020, 2:43 PM Kay Carter <KayCarter001...><mailto:<KayCarter001...>> wrote:
I can confirm that the other call is, indeed Red-winged Blackbird. The recording was made on the edge of a small wetland that hosts them year-round.

Most responses have leaned towards Hutton’s Vireo, which is also on my list of possibilities. I’ve never heard one quite like this, but then I had an experience later the same day that emphasizes that identifying birds by ear alone is not always as reliable as we’d like. I’ll post about that shortly.


From: Andy Thomas <adt0611...><mailto:<adt0611...>>
Sent: Sunday, July 05, 2020 10:35 AM
To: OBOL <obol...><mailto:<obol...>>; <KayCarter001...><mailto:<KayCarter001...>
Subject: Re: [obol] Mystery Song

I used<> to analyze your sound file. I filtered to play the 2-syllable "do-whit" call only. A screen shot of the result is attached. The most likely is Clay-colored Thrush, among several other Eurasian species, but all are low probability. In other words, Birdnet is stumped. The other prominent call -- the higher pitched down-slurred call -- seems to be Red-wing Blackbird (also according to Birdnet).

Andrew Thomas

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On Sunday, July 5, 2020, 7:25:12 AM PDT, Kay Carter <kaycarter001...><mailto:<kaycarter001...>> wrote:

I recorded the attached at about 8:00 AM on Thursday, 7/2, in Canby. I was never able to see the bird, which seemed to be deep in a group of curly willows. It called continuously for several minutes. I feel like I ought to be able to put a name to it, but I’m not having any success. Any suggestions? (I’m after the repeated 2-syllable “do-whit” call.)

Kay Carter

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