Hi Chris et al.,

I was also out listening in Ithaca continuously from about 10:30 to 12:30 
tonight, and I agree it was a fantastic night – still going on, but I’m not. It 
is true that there calls nearly every second for several hours.  I just listen 
and count in real time, assigning the birds I think I know, and putting the 
rest as warbler sp. or passerine sp.  In this period, I counted > 1,000 calls 
of 15 species, the vast majority SWTH and without differentiating any warblers 
other than Common Yellowthroat. I’m sure if I was amplifying or recording, I 
would have thousands more calls, as Chris did.

My highlights were a flock of Caspian Terns calling together, an American 
Bittern, good numbers of Gray-cheeked and several early Hermit Thrush, and a 
totally unexpected BARN OWL that called 4 times as it headed north over my 
neighborhood – I got a pretty good recording on one call on my phone, which 
I’ll upload eventually.

Fun stuff!


Ken Rosenberg
Applied Conservation Scientist
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
American Bird Conservancy
Fellow, Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future
Wk: 607-254-2412
Cell: 607-342-4594

From: <bounce-3189820-53236...@mm.list.cornell.edu> on behalf of "Christopher 
T. Tessaglia-Hymes" <c...@cornell.edu>
Reply-To: NFC-L <nfc-l@mm.list.cornell.edu>
Date: Friday, September 18, 2020 at 1:21 AM
To: NFC-L <nfc-l@mm.list.cornell.edu>, "n...@list.uvm.edu" <n...@list.uvm.edu>
Subject: [nfc-l] Epic Movement - Etna, NY

Posted the following to the NFC Facebook group just now and thought I would 
share here:

I’ve been listening live in Etna, NY tonight since 10:30pm. This has been an 
epic migration night here and one of the more constantly vocal in recent 
memory. Literally thousands and thousands of calls. Nearly constant calls of 
warblers, thrushes, (and tanagers?), grosbeaks, occasional sparrows, all 
stepping upon one another. First regular groups of Gray-cheeked Thrushes late 
tonight. One Black-billed Cuckoo. Only just now was there a notable gap of some 
10-20 seconds without a call, as a group of coyotes started yipping and 

Most impressive night to be listening prior to this first calm. It will be 
interesting to try to run these data through Vesper (I am recording to file 
sequence using Raven Pro; plus recording the full night with my Swift recorder 
and Flowrabola microphone.)

Good night-listening!

Chris Tessaglia-Hymes

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