Re: Potential Ovenbird 5/30/2021, South Fork Eel

Robert Keiffer

Marisela,  I only have limited experience in the west (Eastern Oregon) and limited experience in May years ago back east (Vermont, New Hampshere, and Maine). With lots of birds calling.  That “teacha, teacha, teacha” sequence is pretty unique to Ovenbird.  I also highly respect Todd Easterla’s opinion ... he has a sharp ear and lots of experience!

On Jun 3, 2021, at 12:11 PM, marisela de santa anna <mdsa1955@...> wrote:

Well that is awesome Bob! and Philip!  I do hear that repeated teacha teacha teacha but was hearing witcha witcha witcha before and thought that a Common Yellowthroat just wasn't finishing it's song!  Where I work in the Little Lake Valley doing bird surveys, we have tons of C Yellowthroats and I am always noticing that each one can be individual in its song. I also hear the other three birds.

On Thu, Jun 3, 2021 at 10:23 AM Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker) <feather@...> wrote:
OK... thank you Todd and Robert.... it sure didn't sound like it to me,
but as I said, my ear is untrained for Ovenbird. What a cool find! I have
only seen one once in NJ

Lisa D Walker-Roseman

On Thu, 3 Jun 2021 09:29:53 -0700, Robert Keiffer <rjkeiffer@...>
> Sounds like Ovenbird to me. ... “teacha, teacha, teacha” typical call.
> Bob Keiffer, Hopland Mendocino County. Rjkeiffer@...
> Sent from my iPhone
>> On Jun 3, 2021, at 8:55 AM, Todd Easterla <teasterla@...>
>> OVENBIRD!!!!!!
>> Jun 3, 2021 6:26:11 AM Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker)
>> <feather@...>:
>>> Someone else suggested Common Yellowthroat and it sounds *nothing*
>>> that species to me.
>>> When I listened to your nicely recorded audio file, I had it play via
>>> Bird
>>> Net. Bird Net ID'd the recording with three species -- so I compared
>>> to
>>> other recordings and what I heard and what BirdNet and the other
>>> recordings
>>> I listened to suggested:
>>> Black-headed Grosbeak
>>> Dark-eyed Junco
>>> and
>>> Chipping Sparrow
>>> Lisa Walker-Roseman
>>>> On Wed, 2 Jun 2021 16:29:29 -0700, "Philip Georgakakos"
>>>> <pgeorgakakos3@...> wrote:
>>>> Dear Mendo birders,
>>>> On 5-30-2021 I heard an unfamiliar song while out conducting some
>>>> surveys on the upper South Fork Eel River. The song came from thick
>>>> vegetation along the riparian corridor and repeated about every 10
>>>> seconds for the roughly ten minutes I tried to locate it. Song was
>>>> repeated syllables with a warbler tone that lasted for around 3
>>>> seconds.
>>>> Phonetically, I heard "zeetle zeetle zeetle zeetle....", but written
>>>> descriptions are only so useful. I also recorded this elusive
>>>> you can find the recording on my ebird list for the
>>>> day: [1]. The bird flew across
>>>> the
>>>> river at one point, but I was in a wetsuit and mask, without binos,
>>>> not great conditions to get a good enough look for ID. I shared this
>>>> recording with a few friends who independently suggested the
>>>> possibility of Ovenbird. Maybe a partial song of a Nashville Warbler?
>>>> If
>>>> you have thoughts, please send them my way.
>>>> Unfortunately, this would be a very challenging bird to chase. It was
>>>> really active, moving through the dense veg at a steady pace. Also,
>>>> this
>>>> reach of river is very difficult to access. It would probably require
>>>> 10+ mile hike, much along the river corridor.
>>>> Even though this bird is difficult to chase, I hope many of you have
>>> time
>>>> to get out over the next few weeks. Ive been working at and around UC
>>>> Berkeleys Angelo Coast Range Reserve, off Wilderness Lodge Rd, as a
>>>> graduate student and now Postdoctoral researcher since 2013. This can
>>>> be
>>>> a fun spot to bird, and is open to public walk-in day use. However,
>>>> dogs
>>>> are not allowed on the reserve. Over the last week Ive encountered
>>>> nesting American Dippers and a female Common Merganser shepherding a
>>>> group of fresh ducklings. Please be respectful of these breeding
>>> as
>>>> they try to raise young. If you notice any change in their behavior
>>>> they are watching you, youre probably too close and adding stress to
>>>> their already stressful tasks. Other sections of the Eel can also be
>>>> great. If youd like details on visiting the reserve or want to
>>>> about good river spots to check out feel free to shoot me an email.
>>>> best wishes, Phil GeorgakakosOakland clear:both">
>>>> Links:
>>>> ------
>>>> [1]
>>>> [2]
>>>> [3]
>>>> [4]
>>>> [5]
>>>> [6]
>>>> [7]
>>>> [8]

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