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.
From: Quinton Nice <quintonnice77...>
Sent: Sunday, July 05, 2020 2:56 PM
Cc: OBOL <obol...>
Subject: Re: [obol] Re: Mystery Song
I think it's a Sora.
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.
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.)