Hi Preston, You indeed have an interesting call. My feeling is that it is a highly modulated Savannah Sparrow rather than “Ipswich” Savannah Sparrow. I believe an Ipswich Sparrow should be of a higher frequency overall. That being said, I think we need some more examples of Ipswich flight calls and come up with a range of measurements for analyzing spectrograms.
It is also unlikely, not impossible, but unlikely that you would have an Ipswich Sparrow in Connecticut this early. Juvenile Ipswich Sparrows start leaving Sable Island in late September and will usually spend time on the coast of Nova Scotia and Maine before heading further south. Adults don’t leave until October. You might find this You Tube video interesting about recent radio telemetry studies on the timing of migration and movements of Ipswich Sparrows: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxtQggEA6XA. John Carleton, NS From: bounce-120823611-28417...@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-120823611-28417...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Preston Lust Sent: September-25-16 10:05 To: NFC-L <nf...@list.cornell.edu> Subject: [nfc-l] Interesting Savannah Sparrow Call 9/24-25/16, 8:00 PM-6:30 AM -- Yard, Westport CT While looking through the results of last night's extremely productive recording, I stumbled upon a very interesting savannah sparrow call which is superficially similar to an Ipswich call, mainly because it is highly modulated. As Ipswich savannah sparrows are very rare in Connecticut, I was wondering if anyone could confirm or refute this tentative ID. Attached is a screenshot of the spectrogram, and (a very brief) clip of the call. Preston Lust, Westport CT -- NFC-L List Info: <http://www.northeastbirding.com/NFC_WELCOME> Welcome and Basics <http://www.northeastbirding.com/NFC_RULES> Rules and Information <http://www.northeastbirding.com/NFC-L_SubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm> Subscribe, Configuration and Leave Archives: <http://firstname.lastname@example.org/maillist.html> The Mail Archive <http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/NFC-L> Surfbirds <http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/NFCL.html> BirdingOnThe.Net Please submit your observations to <http://ebird.org/content/ebird/> eBird! -- -- NFC-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NFC_WELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NFC_RULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NFC-L_SubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://email@example.com/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/NFC-L 3) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/NFCL.html Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ --