[CT Birds] results of "Birdsong ID help"
Mntncougar at aol.com
Mntncougar at aol.com
Sat Jul 17 17:35:02 EDT 2010
Well, I don't feel too badly that I didn't recognize the bird, I got a
number of answers, and most of them are different. I fear we will never know
for certain what it is, but I'll list the results and make a couple of
comments on them. I probably didn't say so, but of course this bird was in the
Boston Hollow area (Yale forest), Ashford.
American Redstart - 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 2*
Pine Warbler - 1
Chipping Sparrow - 1
Bay-Breasted Warbler - 1
Dark-eyed Junco - 1
Blackpoll Warbler - 1
Asterisk on the Y-R Warbler because 1 of the respondents said that he felt
that was much less likely when he realized I had mentioned that the bird
seemed to be on the ground. That is 1 of the main reasons I eliminated it
also. The bird seemed to be in the same place, on or very near the ground
for about an hour. I spooked it then, in the process of trying to find it
or it might still be there. Also, I don't think it comes through on the
recording, but the song sounded quite tentative to me. I characterize it as
"weak and tired" sounding, almost as though running out of breath. I really
don't think that fits a lot of the birds on the list very well, nor does
the proximity to the ground and the immobility.
I find the Dark-eyed Junco suggestion very interesting, because, having
looked it up, the habitat fits perfectly with their preferred nesting area,
particularly, they nest on the ground in open mixed forests. There is no way
to know for sure (unless I can find the bird), but knowing that Juncos do
nest in Ct, I consider Boston Hollow a very likely nesting place for them.
The climate is much cooler than nearby areas, as much as 15 degrees on a
hot day between there and my house or Willimantic, both roughly 15 miles
away. On the day I heard the bird the temp (car thermometer) was 69 degrees
at 2 pm at Boston Hollow, and 87 and 2:45 pm in Willimantic. Of course,
Y-R Warbler, Chipping Sparrow and Pine Warbler are all very common at BH, but
I hear the latter 2 every day there, and this bird did not seem to match
them. Further suggestions and comments are welcome.
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