[CT Birds] Unfamiliar nocturnal flight call

Comins, Patrick PCOMINS at audubon.org
Fri Nov 2 06:57:25 EDT 2012

It was an Evening Grosbeak.  I was stumped since it was at night, so unexpected (I thought they were day fliers) and also it seemed less burry and House Sparrow like than I'm used to (although it has been about 10 years since I've heard one ).  I'm wondering also if it might have been a western type, not the usual type we get in the east?  I found this site and it sounds most like the Type 1 or 2, not the typical eastern type 3 call, but perhaps just sounded a little less harsh since it was a single bird calling and not a flock? :

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From: CTBirds [ctbirds-bounces at lists.ctbirding.org] on behalf of Thomas Robben [robben99 at gmail.com]
Sent: Friday, November 02, 2012 2:42 AM
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Subject: [CT Birds] Unfamiliar nocturnal flight call

Not sure if this will be useful, or if it has been mentioned here yet, but
there are resources focusing on NFC (Night Flight Calls), as summarized at
the websites below:

A good NFC article at blog.aba.org:

A CD with audio recordings of flight calls of 211 species of birds:

A forum devoted to NFC:

Tom Robben
Glastonbury CT

Subject: Unfamiliar nocturnal flight call
Date: Thu Nov 1 2012 20:37 pm
From: rsdmayo AT sbcglobal.net
To me, Evening Grosbeak is a loud, burry, finchy, stentorian, Monk Parakeet
sound. I do not know if they call and fly at night.  I'm stumped.
Steve Mayo
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