I agree with Geoff that this is Orchard Oriole.
 
Paul Driver
Elkins Park, PA
 
 
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From: Geoff Malosh <pomar...@earthlink.net>
To: NFC-L <NFC-L@cornell.edu>
Sent: Thu, May 5, 2016 10:28 pm
Subject: [nfc-l] Recent activity in southwestern PA and a few questions



Hi everyone,
 
Lots of recent activity here in western Pennsylvania, including a few calls 
that I wouldn’t mind second opinions on.
 
 
First is the attached call labeled “Unknown1” which sounds to my ear quite like 
the “yeehr” of an Orchard Oriole, but this species (according to the Evans and 
O’Brien CD) is not known to call on nocturnal migration. Is there something 
else this call could be? I will say this isn’t the only time I’ve heard this 
type of call over my yard but this is by far the best recording I’ve gotten of 
a call of this type. (May 2 at 12:31am)
 
Second (Unknown2) is another low-frequency call like the possible Least Bittern 
I posted last week. This one sounds like a Black-crowned Night-Heron to me … 
any other ideas? (May 2 at 1:43am)
 
Lastly is the call I listed as Cedar Waxwing on this eBird checklist: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29290856. This would be the first 
nocturnal Cedar Waxwing call I’ve had here, and was wondering if this really is 
definitive or if there are any other possibilities for this call. It seems 
pretty spot on for waxwing and apparently they are known to call at night 
occasionally, but I always like to be cautious with “presumed” birds like these.
 
 
 
Of general interest, the biggest night of the year here so far was May 1-2, 
which was interrupted by a thunderstorm that came along around 3:45am. Here is 
the post-midnight checklist with several clips: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29412937. Both of the attached 
Unknowns were made on this same night, by the way.
 
On May 3 I was surprised to hear a Greater Yellowlegs song on the recordings: 
see http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29429788. 
 
 
As always if there are any errors in any of these checklists please let me 
know. 
 
 
 
Good listening!
 
Geoff Malosh
Pittsburgh, PA
 
www.flickr.com/photos/geoffmalosh/ 
 

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