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Probably a long shot, but what bird could be making this call? Recorded 6th August 2020 - Sumner County, TN


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Recently, I've been going through some old audio files from the summer, and I've come across this bird call which has me stumped.

To my ear, it doesn't sound quite sharp enough to be a Cardinal, although it is pretty similar. I was thinking it could be a warbler call of some sort, but sounds aren't my strong point, so I can't be 100% sure. The warblers found at the time were Yellow and Kentucky - maybe it's one of them?

It was recorded in a park on the edge of a lake. There's a decent sized chunk of wooded area which is prone to being flooded after a big rain, so it's often quite wet and muddy. I don't fully remember how wet the area was on the day of recording, but I do remember it being warm and sunny at the time. If it helps, it was recorded at around 2pm.

Let me know if any more information is needed. Hopefully it's identifiable!

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Man, this is tough. The sound is all distorted, which you can hear when your feet shuffle. The crickets don’t make it any better... but, it certainly could be a Cardinal. I haven’t had any experience with KEWA, but I have yet to encounter a warbler with such a loud and sharp call note. It could be a sparrow, but with the Cardinal singing in the background, my votes for Cardinal. 

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14 minutes ago, Avery said:

Man, this is tough. The sound is all distorted, which you can hear when your feet shuffle. The crickets don’t make it any better... but, it certainly could be a Cardinal. I haven’t had any experience with KEWA, but I have yet to encounter a warbler with such a loud and sharp call note. It could be a sparrow, but with the Cardinal singing in the background, my votes for Cardinal. 

I did run a high-pass filter on this in Audacity, so that might be the cause of the distortion. I could upload and add a link to the original recording, if that would help?

It might even be the distortion making me think it's something other than a Cardinal, lol

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1 hour ago, NorthernKeys said:

I did run a high-pass filter on this in Audacity, so that might be the cause of the distortion. I could upload and add a link to the original recording, if that would help?

It might even be the distortion making me think it's something other than a Cardinal, lol

That might help.

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