Date: 7/7/20 2:50 pm
From: Paul Sullivan <paultsullivan...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Mystery Song

After I posted this, I went to Xeno Canto and looked through the whole
library up to page 21 on the webpage. That's a lot of recordings. I opened
and played each recording that said "juvenile" or "begging." I did not find
any example that was even close to Kay Carter's mystery singer.

Has anyone explored Poorwill calls? I know, they're not supposed to be up
in a tree in Canby.

Soras are ventriloquists. I once stood on the road at Killin Wetlands
looking down on the fence line in flooded water. There was one thin strip
of grass. The bird was right THERE, right in front of me, in broad daylight
-- except it wasn't. The SOUND was THERE. The bird was

Paul Sullivan

-----Original Message-----
From: Paul Sullivan [mailto:<paultsullivan...>]
Sent: Monday, July 06, 2020 4:56 PM
To: <obol...>
Cc: 'Kay Carter' <KayCarter001...>; 'Mike Clarke'
<transvolcanic...>; '<matthewghunter...>'
Subject: Re: Mystery Song

I once spent most of an hour circling a single dense bush at the P Ranch at
Malheur NWR, trying to see a mystery singer. It gave an repeated call that
I can't say I remember after many years. When I finally found it, it was a
fledgling, speckled Robin, begging, begging, begging.

Paul Sullivan

Subject: Re: Mystery Song
Date: Mon Jul 6 2020 11:17 am
From: matthewghunter AT
Regarding Kay Carter's mystery song.

That IS a tough one!!! I don't think it is a Hutton's Vireo or a Sora. It
has a thrush quality, and my first guess is an American Robin for whatever
reason doing a single note, but in between several of these notes I can
barely hear a little robin "laughter" or chuckles, consistently right after
the down-up call. The quality matches robin well. If it was in trees, robin
would make sense. A tough one, but that's my guess.

Matt Hunter
Umpqua Basin

OBOL archives:
Contact moderator: <obol-moderators...>

Join us on Facebook!