RE: [nfc-l] Unknown over Pittsburgh, May 2

2018-05-04 Thread Geoff Malosh
Ted, I agree Sora is a good match and certainly more likely. As always I’m now 
curious how this didn’t occur to me before. Ah, NFCs.

 

John K. – spring peeper is a good thought but there are none in this area, and 
no habitat for them anywhere nearby. 

 

Thanks all,

Geoff

 

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Subject: Re: [nfc-l] Unknown over Pittsburgh, May 2

 

Hi, Geoff & everybody.


How about Sora? Duration and intonation seem spot-on for me. It's got the two 
(and, in the second vocalization, three?) bands, too. It doesn't really cry out 
like a Sora, but maybe the bird is pretty far away?

Just a guess, really. I could be totally off.

 

Thanks for sharing.

 

Ted Floyd

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On Wed, May 2, 2018 at 7:55 PM, Geoff Malosh <pomar...@earthlink.net> wrote:

Hi folks,

 

Found the attached in my recordings from last night, right about exactly at 
3am. Closest thing I can come up with is Marbled Godwit, but it doesn’t seem a 
perfect match. As usual, I might be missing something considerably more 
obvious/common here. Any thoughts are appreciated, as always

 

Thanks, and good listening,

Geoff

 

 

 

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RE: [nfc-l] Unknown over Pittsburgh, May 2

2018-05-04 Thread Geoff Malosh
Ted, I agree Sora is a good match and certainly more likely. As always I’m now 
curious how this didn’t occur to me before. Ah, NFCs.

 

John K. – spring peeper is a good thought but there are none in this area, and 
no habitat for them anywhere nearby. 

 

Thanks all,

Geoff

 

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Sent: Wednesday, May 02, 2018 22:14
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Subject: Re: [nfc-l] Unknown over Pittsburgh, May 2

 

Hi, Geoff & everybody.


How about Sora? Duration and intonation seem spot-on for me. It's got the two 
(and, in the second vocalization, three?) bands, too. It doesn't really cry out 
like a Sora, but maybe the bird is pretty far away?

Just a guess, really. I could be totally off.

 

Thanks for sharing.

 

Ted Floyd

Lafayette, Boulder County, Colorado, USA

 




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On Wed, May 2, 2018 at 7:55 PM, Geoff Malosh  wrote:

Hi folks,

 

Found the attached in my recordings from last night, right about exactly at 
3am. Closest thing I can come up with is Marbled Godwit, but it doesn’t seem a 
perfect match. As usual, I might be missing something considerably more 
obvious/common here. Any thoughts are appreciated, as always

 

Thanks, and good listening,

Geoff

 

 

 

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Allegheny County

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RE: [nfc-l] NFC recording 7 minutes twilight this morning

2017-09-10 Thread Geoff Malosh
Dave,

 

In your recording I am able to hear mostly Swainson's Thrush and some Wood
Thrush, along with a few others, perhaps Scarlet Tanager, and a few "zeep"
calls and maybe one or two "up seeps". The audio is very hard to hear so
there could easily be more. I didn't pick out any for-sure Gray-cheeked
Thrushes.

 

I should also point out that eBird requests that counts of nocturnal flight
calls be entered under a specific protocol and in a very specific way. The
reason is so that these counts of nocturnal calls do not skew the analysis
of "stationary" and "traveling" counts that are used by day, when detecting
birds is done much differently. More information on how eBird requests
nocturnal counts be entered is here:
http://help.ebird.org/customer/en/portal/articles/1010492-entering-nocturnal
-flight-call-counts

 

Things that should be corrected on your checklist include changing the
protocol from Stationary to Nocturnal Flight Call Count, changing the count
of "passerine sp." to X and moving the count of 500 into the notes field
(although most of these are Swainson's Thrush), and changing the answer to
"are you submitting a complete checklist" to No. 

 

Here in Pittsburgh the past two early mornings have been outstanding
listening, with hundreds Swainson's Thrush and many other calls just in the
period between astronomical and civil twilights each morning. Gray-cheeked
Thrushes have started moving through here too. When everything is analyzed I
expect there will be in excess of 1000 calls of Swainson's Thrush alone, and
perhaps double that number for total flight calls, for each of the overnight
periods Sept 9 and 10.

 

Good listening!

 

Geoff Malosh

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

 

 

 

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Subject: Re: [nfc-l] NFC recording 7 minutes twilight this morning

 

Hi Dave, 
In the Ebird post I can hear hardly anything even noise. Can you send the
recordings as  whole directly to me? Yesterday night we were at mount
Pleasant and among at least 30 or forty calls we had one or two
Gray-cheeked. At my home pout of 100+ calls I did not get any Gray-cheeked.

 

Cheers

Meena 

 

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Sent: Sunday, September 10, 2017 11:11:01 AM
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Subject: [nfc-l] NFC recording 7 minutes twilight this morning 

 

All, 

 

I used my phone to record a nocturnal flight near twilight as the birds were

coming down this morning. I know I had SWAINSON'S THRUSH and VEERY. I am

pretty sure I had a GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH and also WOOD THRUSH

and ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS. I also had some unidentified calls. 

So I amplified the audio, and uploaded to ebird. To my dismay, the
spectrogram

shows nothing but you can still hear calls. Can someone listen to this

and let me know what I had?? Its 7 minutes long. I would appreciate anyone's
take on

this...

 

see http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39101824

 

Thanks

 

Dave Nicosia 

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[nfc-l] Barn Owl (?) - southwestern Pennsylvania

2017-05-27 Thread Geoff Malosh
Hi folks,

 

Hope everyone is having a good spring season. I wanted to run the attached
call by this list before making a definitive statement about it .. to me
this sounds like a perfect match for Barn Owl. The reason I hesitate is
two-fold: first, I have no personal experience with this species' NFC, and
second, it is an extremely rare species in my area (southwestern
Pennsylvania). The clip is 30 seconds long and the bird calls at around 3
seconds and at 28 seconds. These are two of four calls in the series. The
two calls not included are much fainter and on either side of the two in the
attached recording, in other words, this seemed pretty clearly to be a bird
on the move and not some local animal near the microphone making a
screeching sound.

 

The attachment is about 1.3 MB so I hope it goes through, per the Lyris
upgrade that Chris mentioned earlier this year.

 

Best regards, and good listening.

 

Geoff

 

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[nfc-l] Recent activity in southwestern PA and a few questions

2016-05-05 Thread Geoff Malosh
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

 

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[nfc-l] Unknown call -- bittern?

2016-04-28 Thread Geoff Malosh
Hi everyone,

 

I captured the attached recording at 11:39pm on April 24 in southwestern
Pennsylvania. I am wondering if this might be a Least Bittern. From what I
can find, presumed Least Bittern nocturnal calls seem to be somewhat
variable, with some higher pitched and some lower pitched, but all with a
similar nasal quality and duration that the attached recording seems to
share. This recording is certainly on the lower-pitched end of the spectrum
and doesn't completely match any Least Bittern examples I can find, though.
Thanks for any input.

 

 

I'm also posting here out of curiosity as to whether this list is still
active. It's been pretty quiet for a long time I don't mean just because it
was winter recently. Really nothing posted here last fall or so far this
spring. Has this list been more or less replaced by the NFC facebook group?

 

 

Thanks,

 

Geoff Malosh

Pittsburgh, PA

 

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RE: [nfc-l] Sora? Southwestern Pennsylvania May 4, 3:43am

2015-05-12 Thread Geoff Malosh
Chris and all,

 

I did not find any matches to Whimbrel at Xeno-Canto that validate that
messy, sora-like opening to the NFC I recorded. Though I didn't click on
every single link. It's interesting that Sora may not be known to whinny in
nocturnal flight. I will say that Whimbrel was my very first impression of
this bird, but after looking at it more carefully, the voice didn't seem
right for Whimbrel to me, sort of the opposite impression that Chris had. I
also didn't think the spectrogram matched up with Whimbrel very well. All
the Whimbrel spectrograms I found (that were well recorded) seem to show a
distinct upward hook on the front side of each note, looking somewhat like a
lower case letter "r", whereas the bird in my recording didn't seem to show
that even partially.

 

Are there any other possibilities to consider, like the alarm call of a
local bird? It would make a very interesting record either way: a Sora
whinnying on migration, or a very early Whimbrel, or perhaps some other odd
thing. Or perhaps it can't really be identified with any certainty. Anyway,
if anyone has any other ideas, I would much appreciate hearing them.

 

Good birding (and listening),

 

Geoff 

 

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[mailto:bounce-119150764-58130...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Christopher
T. Tessaglia-Hymes
Sent: Sunday, May 10, 2015 5:20 PM
To: Geoff Malosh
Cc: NFC-L
Subject: Re: [nfc-l] Sora? Southwestern Pennsylvania May 4, 3:43am

 

Hi Geoff, 

 

Glad to hear that you are out there recording, listening, and reviewing.

 

Thanks for sharing your recording of this interesting call.

 

I think I'll stick my neck out there and say that I'm in the Whimbrel camp
on this one. The cadence and quality seem right for Whimbrel; it's not a
perfect match, but I think it sounds best for Whimbrel. I don't think this
is Sora, because your recording sounds "beefier" than I'd expect for Sora.
Also, the only Sora calls I've recorded have been the "ker-wee" calls, no
whinnies. Have you tried searching Xeno-Canto for other Whimbrel examples
that might be a better match?

 

Am I off on this one? Other thoughts?

 

Sincerely,

Chris T-H

 

 

On May 8, 2015, at 5:53 PM, Geoff Malosh  wrote:





Chris and all,

 

Yes, at least one other person out here has a microphone turned on. In fact
during the overnight hours of May 4 here in suburban Pittsburgh I picked up
a call that appears to be a Sora "whinnying" as it passed overhead. The
recording is attached, because there are a few things I am unsure about it
and would certainly appreciate any opinions. First, the call is somewhat
strange because it is more or less all on one pitch, rather than rapidly
rising in pitch and gradually descending like a typical Sora whinny call. I
was also curious to know whether Soras are known to whinny while on
nocturnal migration. I assume there is no reason why they couldn't, but
wasn't sure if it's more typical for them to give a different call while on
passage.

 

I discussed with a few others and the only other possibility we came up with
is a very early Whimbrel, but this seems unlikely by the messy start to the
call sequence (which is more like Sora) and the fact that, to my ear at
least, the "voice" of each note isn't quite right for Whimbrel, but does
match Sora well enough, including on the spectrogram.

 

Anyway, any input on whether this could be something other than a Sora would
be appreciated.

 

 

Thanks very much,

Geoff Malosh

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

 

 

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Sent: Friday, May 08, 2015 10:31 AM
To: NFC-L
Subject: [nfc-l] Etna, NY: Night Migration 7-8 May 2015

 

Good morning! 

 

I finally set up my personal flowerpot microphone on the roof in Etna, NY,
yesterday evening, and then conducted my first overnight recording of the
spring.

 

In general, it was fairly uneventful and quiet, with the exception of the
Spring Peeper chorus, periodic trilling American Toads, and occasional
calling Gray Treefrog.

 

In the Fingerlakes area of Upstate, NY, we are seeing a nearly unprecedented
early leaf-out, or at least a leaf-out we haven't seen this early in
probably over a decade. This will make for interesting and sometimes
challenging daytime birding, because so many more food resources are
available as the bulk of migrants move th

RE: [cayugabirds-l] [nfc-l] Thursday: Night Flight in Northeast

2014-09-19 Thread Geoff Malosh
I can attest to the enormous flight in southwestern Pennsylvania this
morning. Still analyzing recordings but as a preview I am up to just shy of
900 Swainson's Thrush calls in the last 30 minutes before civil twilight,
along with 51 Gray-cheeked, 15 Wood Thrush, and <10 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
and Scarlet Tanager. Warblers calls in total are at about 90. Still
analyzing with a long way to go, which will greatly up the totals of
Swainson's and Gray-cheeked judging by what I heard in real time. Later in
the morning I had 15 sp. of warbler at a local migration hotspot.

 

Last night was one of the most impressive flights I've heard here in
suburban and often noise-infested Pittsburgh.

 

Geoff Malosh

 

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Sent: Friday, September 19, 2014 3:33 PM
To: Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes; Andrew Albright; CAYUGABIRDS-L; NFC-L
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] [nfc-l] Thursday: Night Flight in Northeast

 

Apparently there was a very large flight involving thousands of mostly
thrush calls over western PA last night and around dawn. I think it was much
lighter over eastern PA, as seems often to be the case. At Hawk Mt. in SE
PA, a NE wind of 5-8 mph was enough to rustle leaves and mask calls (only 20
or so heard around 6 am), but I rarely hear many calls on windy nights even
if there are no trees to rustle. The calm night of 9/17 was much better at
Hawk Mt., with over 500 calls in 20 minutes starting at 6 am, most
Swainson's & Wood Thrushes (also lots of Wood Thrushes calling in the woods
after daylight), with 13 Gray-cheek calls thrown in. I also rarely hear
warblers in the dawn descent period, even when I find good numbers of them
in the area after daylight.

Rudy Keller

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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] [nfc-l] Thursday: Night Flight in Northeast

 

Andrew, et. al., 

 

I haven't gone through all of my recording data from last night, but I have
certainly observed what you are mentioning: significant thrush vocalizations
in the minutes immediately leading up to the start of civil twilight. Often,
after midnight, there are very few warbler calls and equally few during the
thrush descent. Herons and bitterns seem to be vocal in the first three or
four hours of the night, and then wane after that. I'm not sure what the
cause or purpose is for this decrease in vocal activity in warblers after
midnight. 

 

Last night, there were hundreds of Swainson's Thrushes and Rose-breasted
Grosbeaks calling, tens of Gray-cheeked Thrushes with a single potential
Bicknell's Thrush candidate, a good handful of Wood Thrushes and Veeries in
the mix. No Hermit Thrushes. A couple of Scarlet Tanager candidates. At
least one American Bittern, two probable Least Bitterns (I'd like to discuss
this later on NFC-L) and several Green Herons. Two American Woodcocks flew
by shortly after the start of civil twilight, one stopping the wing
twittering long enough to utter some very soft and gentle buzzy squeaks that
I've never heard before, then continuing with the wing twittering.

 

Also heard overnight were Ovenbirds, Black-throated Blue Warbler,
Chestnut-sided Warblers, Savannah Sparrows, and many many unidentified
interesting calls requiring much time I don't have right now to compare and
evaluate. Great Horned Owl and a local rooster were calling early this
morning. A couple nights ago, I saw one of our Flying Squirrels feeding on
the squirrel seed cakes out front, after returning home late from work.

 

Last night was one of the more notable nights this migration season.

 

Good night listening and birding!

 

Sincerely,

Chris T-H

 

 

 

 

On Sep 19, 2014, at 10:33 AM, Andrew Albright 
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Chris and Ken - thanks for the heads up.  In upstate NY do you get more
thrush calls in the 1-2 hrs before day break?We seem to down in the
Mid-Atlantic (and fewer warblers).

 

Here's my ebird report from listening this morning (29 minutes starting at
5:38). Is this the type of distribution you heard?

 

Anyone else have data from last night/this morning?

 



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Gray-cheeked Thrus

Re: [nfc-l] Unknown call over suburban Pittsburgh, Sept. 17

2013-09-19 Thread Geoff Malosh
Hi Chris, I'm sure you're right. I had considered grosbeak but it just struck 
me as sounding too low in tone (especially hearing it in life) compared to what 
I usually hear from rose-breasted grosbeak, and that sent me looking for other 
possibilities. I was probably just thinking too hard. . . wouldn't be the first 
time.

Thanks,
Geoff

"Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes"  wrote:

>Geoff, 
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>Gut feel is Rose-breated Grosbeak. What do you think?
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>Sincerely,
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>Chris T-H
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>On Sep 18, 2013, at 10:47 PM, Geoff Malosh  wrote:
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>I heard and recorded the attached audio in suburban Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 
>about an hour before dawn on Sept. 17. An 11-second clip is attached in which 
>the unidentified call can be heard at about 2 sec and 9 sec. I recall hearing 
>it six times, five of which were picked up on recordings. The attached 
>spectrogram shows the first of the two calls in the wav file.
>
> 
>
>I’m having some trouble placing an ID on this one... I have a few ideas 
>(shorebirds) but any input would be appreciated.
>
> 
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>Best regards,
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>Geoff Malosh
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[nfc-l] Unknown call over suburban Pittsburgh, Sept. 17

2013-09-18 Thread Geoff Malosh
Hello,

 

I heard and recorded the attached audio in suburban Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
about an hour before dawn on Sept. 17. An 11-second clip is attached in
which the unidentified call can be heard at about 2 sec and 9 sec. I recall
hearing it six times, five of which were picked up on recordings. The
attached spectrogram shows the first of the two calls in the wav file.

 

I'm having some trouble placing an ID on this one... I have a few ideas
(shorebirds) but any input would be appreciated.

 

Best regards,

Geoff Malosh

Pittsburgh, PA

 

 

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