RE: Nighttime Birds
"Barb Beck" <>
Fri, 27 Jun 2003 16:38:15 -0600
I am out recording at night (or what I guess what you think is night)
remember in many areas of this province it does not get dark at night- dusk
blends into dawn. In that area the birds sing all night picking up a little
in the extended dawn (the sun comes up slowly) and if it is not really hot
(which it rarely is) sing most of the day unlike what apparently you guys
have in the south where everything happens as a dawn chorus. Lange Elliott
makes a point in his book of mentioning that one of the kingbirds does not
sing much after dawn and yet up here where it is cooler I get them singing
all day - not as much as at dawn but still making their presence known (and
that is both Eastern and Western Kingbirds) (No matter how nice the story
and poetry involved there is not a "wave of dawn chorus" which sweeps across
the world at Northern latitudes that you encounter in the more southern ones
in the northern hemisphere.)
Night or what passes for it here is an especially good time for LeConte's
and Neslon's Sharptailed Sparrows. Do not know whether they are singing
more or I am just noticing them more when some of the other loud mouths of
the wetlands have quieted down a bit. Of course when the frogs start up it
is game over.
From: Doug Von Gausig
Sent: June 27, 2003 10:57 AM
Subject: [Nature Recordists] Nighttime Birds
At 09:42 AM 6/27/2003, Rich Peet wrote:
>Some of us are paying attention to the nite.
>Attached are Marsh Wrens in Central MN recorded at 2:00 A.M.
>There is a period for these little energy bundles when they don't
>appear to ever slow down.
>334kb download at:
Very interesting! Those calls would be uncharacteristic of the species'
daytime songs or calls in the west - are they similar to their daytime
calls in Minnesota?
Doug Von Gausig
Clarkdale, Arizona, USA
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