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  1. Heard this yesterday coming from an area next to a Marina with mature cedar trees. It sounds like a chipping sparrow at the beginning but then does this weird end thing that I’ve never heard before. It only called a few times, and then was gone. I did see a small bird fly away that I thought looked like it could be a junco (appeared to have black on it) but I was quite far away and it was very brief. Not even sure if it was the bird singing. Right now my only idea is an immature chipping sparrow or junco learning to sing, but I couldn’t find anything similar. Birdnet suggested both black-throated warblers so 🤷🏻‍♂️ Thought I’d ask on here quickly just inacse it was something worth trying to find again. I didn’t hear it this morning, but I also didn’t hear it the 5 days I’ve been here before yesterday. Shuswap BC. (It is very hot here). Isolated call: shortweirdjunco20210629-055731.wav Full recording: quickyweirdjunco20210629-055731.wav
  2. Vesper was my initial thought, but I’ve never heard them sing before. I haven’t been able to find a recording that has their song end in 2 notes, but can’t say I’ve really had the time to do a thorough search. They are definitely around though, I saw my first one for that area a few weeks prior.
  3. I agree that it sounds similar, but it still sounds off for me, for about the same reasons as @PaulK mentioned. If it was a one off call, I’d be more apt to say SOSP but this bird repeatedly sang the exact same few notes in succession, over two days, without any other insertions or variations. I’m very much used to the SOSP dialect around there and I’ve never heard them sound like that. They are usually a bird I have to tune out when trying to listen for something else! It would seem weird that after how many years of being there, that a SOSP with a different dialect would show up… but I guess anything is possible. That being said, I still have not been able to find any other bird, common or rare, that matches up with it. So perhaps a weird SOSP it is. I’ve definitely been tricked by common birds singing before *cough* lazuli bunting *cough* *cough* I will be back there in 2 days, so hopefully it stuck around and I can either get a better recording or a visual. The county is pretty lowly birded, so there’s not a whole lot of recordings to match up to, but I think more and more people are starting to add some media.
  4. Looks like this could be a house Sparrow egg. But I am definitely not an egg expert, or novice!
  5. Haha I think it’s an eBird issue! I’ll believe you though 😉
  6. Your link didn't send me to any one recording, unless you re referring to the first one that came up? I still am having a hard time hearing this as a song sparrow. I can see the first snippet I provided maybe being one, but all the other ones end with those 2 notes that I have never heard a Song sparrow make in their calls. Maybe it is just a weird one
  7. This bird kept singing from the same area over the course of two days. Might still be singing there for all I know. Unfortunately it was always rather far away, so never really captured a super clear/loud recording. It starts with two notes, then does a jumbled note, and then ends with two notes. Birdnet didn't know what it was either, giving me: song, white-throated, and field sparrow at percentages below 10%. Song would be the only reasonable guess out of those, but I am quite familiar with the song sparrows around here. It was singing from field that is surrounded by mature spruce/fir forests. There's a few younger fir tree scattered throughout, but cows frequent the area. Exact same spot both days. The only thing I found slightly similar was Vesper sparrow, but that doesn't seem right. Shuswap BC, about a week ago. Going back soon, so hopefully its still around. Here's my mess of recordings. Loudest: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/348096321 2nd loudest: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/348086101 Song featuring a Northern flicker: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/348086081 A full recording, calling at 3s, 14s, 26s, 38s, 51s, 1.04: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/348086391 Have a few more, but its the exact same call repeated. Any ideas? This has left me stumped as usual. Thanks.
  8. Maybe a melanistic mallard? Probably with domestic genes, but I assume it’d occur in the wild population in some form. Not all domestics show white patches, but this duck does seem to have a few bits of white here and there.
  9. Maybe common sense for most people, but if you are planning on birding early in the morning remember to eat something. Especially if you’re planning on doing some recording. When I bird, I like to leave before sunrise and I just wake up and go. As a result, I have had many recordings ruined because my stomach wanted to join in the action. High pass filters don’t always help! One day I’ll learn to grab an apple before I go… one day.
  10. Haha! I was leaning to three-toed as well but I didn’t know if I was just imagining I was hearing it trail off. I also just realized Birdnet was a thing, and it also suggested 3-toed, but I know you can’t trust those things.
  11. Don't know if this is identifiable as it was so far away. I tried my best to edit it. Woodpeckers in general are not all that common around this area except for Northern flickers. Pileated are more or less infrequent, and I have only seen a downy and hairy woodpecker here once. Needless to say, it doesn't sound like any of their drums to me, so I am hoping for either American three-toed, or Black-backed. I'm definitely not too familiar with woodpecker drums. I really have only ever heard Downy and Northern Flickers drumming. And I guess Red-naped sapsuckers, but their too easy. Shuswap BC, a few days ago. Habitat does include mature spruce forests, as well as fields/farm land, and second growth forest. First one with noise reduction: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/348086071 This one is the same as above but no noise reduction: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/348086091 And then this is the full recording, where it drums three times in 50 seconds: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/348086291 Thanks.
  12. There definitely was song sparrow fledglings around and I think there were also junco fledglings. I’m fine with leaving this as ‘unidentified fledgling’. Would also make sense as why it never moved. Too many different noises out there 😪
  13. Yeah I was thinking some sort of sparrow. Chipping or junco was my best guess. It would be a little early for most species to have fledglings yet, but I guess that could be a possibility.
  14. This was really annoying as this bird was in a maple tree constantly making this noise. I waited and looked for about 15 minutes but never even saw a silhouette or any sign of movement. I have an idea of what it is, but I am not very good at sorting out single note calls. More or less the same note call, but it did quicken the pace at one point, which I just caught the end of in the beginning of the recording. May 29th, Shuswap BC. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/345772851 Thanks
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