Fri, 03 Jun 2005 22:06:24 -0000
Can someone ID this bird for me please? I heard it yesterday in a
local park but only got three brief glimpses of it. My impression was
that it had a spotted breast (but I suppose it could've been
streaked), a down-curved bill and a long tail that appeared yellow
(ish) underneath when it flew away. I'm not good at identifying birds
at the best of times but, having looked in Sibley and Peterson, the
closest I can find to what I saw is the Sage Thrasher. But this area
is well outside its normal range and there has only ever been one
sighting of the Sage Thrasher in this birding area. The common
thrasher in this area is the Brown Thrasher (which I've never seen)
but what I saw did not have the rufous back of the that species.
I recorded it for quite a while. This is a large mp3 - about 450kB.
Sony ECM MS907 -> Church preamp -> line input of a Sony MZ NH900.
There's constant traffic noise, wind in the trees and occasionally a
Yellow Warbler joins in. I've boosted the audio by 6dB.
Saskatoon, SK, Canada
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