Thursday, June 10

Welcome to BIRD CALLS and SONGS, an audio field guide to the bird sounds of the Eastern United States. Here you'll find my recordings of over 300 North American species and 70+ species which were recorded in the UK. Additionally there are nocturnal flight calls of over 100 species, and juvenile calls of almost 100 species.

My aim has been to provide an easily navigable reference and educational resource to bird vocalizations. Enjoy browsing the site!

Note: My blog has only limited bandwidth and this renews at the beginning of each month. If the audio clips are inaccessible it means that that month's bandwidth limit has been met.

Wednesday, June 9

Swainson's Warbler fledgling call

This is recent audio of a Swainson's Warbler fledgling at Howell Woods Environmental Center in North Carolina. I was at first drawn towards a chipping adult and then heard an unfamiliar sound coming from nearby vegetation. Approaching the sound, I observed a young Swainson's Warbler on the ground, so recently out of the nest that it couldn't fly.
(early June, NC)

Monday, June 7

Willet flight calls

Recently at Green Lane Reservoir, PA, two Willets in separate locations were found on the same day, an unprecedented occurrence. Willets are rarely reported inland in the NE United States, and then are usually of the western subspecies. In fact, eastern Willet has never been recorded in Pennsylvania, and one of the birds appeared to be an eastern in appearance. I obtained the following recordings of each bird's flight/alarm call. The call of the eastern has been described as Laughing Gull-like, and that of the western godwit-like. It appears that the possible eastern had a call that matched an eastern, bolstering the putative identification of this bird as Pennsylvania's first ever eastern Willet.
possible eastern


western