Debbi B <>
Mon, 20 Feb 2006 08:21:39 -0800
I'm limping around because of some ankle surgery in Dec., so I
haven't brought all of my gear on the two mostly driving birding
trips I've gone on. On the first trip I missed some great photos, and
the second some great recordings because I brought the camera but not
the recording gear. Doesn't it just figure? I could kick myself for
the first one, but now...
Yesterday I went to Panoche Valley. All the times I've been there I
have missed even seeing Chukar. But, perhaps because of the time of
day and smaller group, we saw TWO separate Chukars (a life bird for
me), and not only did we see two in different places, they were both
vocalizing! And different vocalizations to boot!
Why am I telling you all this? I can't find the first vocalization on
the web and I don't think it's on either of my CDs. The first bird
was at the Little Panoche Detention Dam, and its vocalization was
what alerted me. No one else recognized the call/song, which at first
was reminiscent of Long Billed Curlew but slower and with more space
between the calls. It was a two-note whistle with the emphasis on the
second syllable. We did see its beak moving so we're sure that's who
was making the call. The second sighting was at Shotgun Pass, and
that bird was making the typical cackling that sounds like its name.
Does anyone have a recording of the first call? I'd like to hear it
again and share it with a few birding friends.
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