Night warblers

To: 'Geoff Ryan' <>, "" <>
Subject: Night warblers
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Wed, 27 Sep 2017 00:53:20 +0000
You may be surprised but my thought is that many of us probably have heard
these calls but had little to add. Maybe I have heard these calls but I
can't know this from your description. I have no disagreement with the
comments from others either. It is difficult to describe them in a way that
could add anything to your question. Your initial question suggested Pied
Butcherbirds and I was not there, so I suspect that you thought so, on the
basis of the quality of the sound, which is better than putting into words.
You were probably right. Then again as you apparently believe that was the
likely singer also on the basis of that they were there anyway, it does not
add anything to the knowledge that the species is on your records
regardless. Your extra info from home I reckon should also fit.


-----Original Message-----
From: Birding-Aus  On Behalf Of
Geoff Ryan
Sent: Wednesday, 27 September, 2017 6:23 AM
Subject: Night warblers

Thanks for all the suggestions to my question about 'night warblers'.

The last few mornings, at Yamba, I have made a mental note of the calls and
found that the structure is slightly different each morning. The calls each
start off with (pardon the 'phonics') a 'chop' 'chop' then, this morning -
'wow, wayerko, rhythm'  ie about 6 separate notes. Yesterday morning the
second part of the call was slightly different. What I thought was a softer
repeat of part of the chorus I now think another bird chorusing just after
the warble is finished.

I am surprised many more birdos haven't heard these calls, but then again,
most sensible humans are asleep at that hour of the morning.

The consensus of opinion seems to be that these night warbles are made by
Pied Butcherbirds.

Thanks again


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