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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Easier heard than seen

On a few different days during the last couple of weeks, I could hear this bird singing, and I tried to find it for a photograph, but it was hidden deep within the shrubs.  Today I decided to record it instead.  Can you identify it from the song?

2julyA by nhbh

Here's another short example:

2JulyB by nhbh

And one more longer clip.  The male sings twice here, once at about 2 seconds and again at about 16 seconds.  [The chip note in the background is a Brewer's Blackbird.]

  2JulyC by nhbh

This is a Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas).  The song is sometimes written out as "wich-i-ty wich-i-ty wich-i-ty."  I'll continue to work on getting a photograph.   In the meantime, if you'd like to see a picture, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology provides a nice one here.

Common Yellowthroats are one of three species of warblers that nest on Bodega Head.  Can you think of the other two?  (The answer is directly below!)

Answer: The other two species of warblers that nest on Bodega Head are Wilson's Warbler and Orange-crowned Warbler.

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