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Name the Bird Sounds CHALLENGE!

Post by Pepper » Tue Jul 05, 2016 11:03 am

We added a new bird soundscape in 2.7.2 . As you explore different habitats, times of day, and seasons, you will hear sounds of 26 common Yellowstone birds!

Name the Birds Challenge

See if you can identify the birds you hear. The first person to post a correct guess on this thread will get a shout-out. Be sure to give the full common name (or Latin, if you are fancy). Don’t just say “sparrow” since there are tons of them.

Thanks to SolitaryHowl for getting the list started and inspiring this challenge!

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To get you started, here's a checklist of birds found in Yellowstone: https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/nature/u ... st2014.pdf

And here are two bird guide websites with song examples of every bird:

Audubon Bird Guide
http://www.audubon.org/bird-guide

Cornell Lab of Ornithology
http://www.birds.cornell.edu/Page.aspx?pid=1478

Bird List

1. Western tanager SONG and see post: All about the new birds of 2.7.2
2. American robin SONG and ALARM CALL see post: All about the new birds of 2.7.2
3. Mountain chickadee SONG and see post: All about the new birds of 2.7.2
4. House sparrow SONG and see post: All about the new birds of 2.7.2
5. Song sparrow SONG
6. Chipping sparrow SONG
7. White-crowned sparrow SONG
8. Common raven SONG and see post: All about the new birds of 2.7.2
9. Red-winged blackbird SONG (SolitaryHowl)
10. Canada goose SONG (SolitaryHowl and a later i.d. by Ever-green)
11. Great horned owl SONG (wolfloversk)
12. Yellow warbler SONG (SolitaryHowl)
13. Dark-eyed junco SONG (Celestial-Howl)
14. Hairy woodpecker DRUMMING (Celestial-Howl and SolitaryHowl both had good woodpecker guesses)
15. Mountain bluebird SONG (Celestial-Howl)
16. Clark's nutcracker SONG (Celestial-Howl)
17. Warbling vireo SONG (SolitaryHowl)
18. Ruffed grouse SOUND (Quivira )
19. Wilson's snipe SOUND
20. Western meadowlark SONG (SolitaryHowl)
21. Dusky flycatcher SONG
22. Lazuli bunting SONG
23. Pine sisken SONG
24. Northern flicker SONG
25. Ruby-crowned kinglet SONG
26. Cassin's finch SONG
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Re: Name the Bird Sounds CHALLENGE!

Post by wolfloversk » Tue Jul 05, 2016 11:19 am

Great Horned Owl?
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Post by Pepper » Tue Jul 05, 2016 11:26 am

wolfloversk wrote:Great Horned Owl?
Yes!
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Re: Name the Bird Sounds CHALLENGE!

Post by Selvin novaraptor » Wed Jul 06, 2016 7:57 am

I hear magpines.

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Re: Name the Bird Sounds CHALLENGE!

Post by Pepper » Wed Jul 06, 2016 9:24 am

Dasamidschol wrote:I hear magpines.
We did not include magpies in the soundscape– although we certainly could have, as they are pretty common in Yellowstone. They are members of the crow, jay and magpie family, but their calls are higher-pitched than typical raven calls. Keep guessing!

http://www.audubon.org/bird-family/crows-magpies-jays
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Re: Name the Bird Sounds CHALLENGE!

Post by SolitaryHowl » Wed Jul 06, 2016 11:17 am

Carolina Wren?
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Re: Name the Bird Sounds CHALLENGE!

Post by Pepper » Wed Jul 06, 2016 11:54 am

SolitaryHowl wrote:Carolina Wren?
No wrens. We almost put a house wren in...

But there are some crazy, warbling songbirds with similar energy and enthusiasm. :D
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Re: Name the Bird Sounds CHALLENGE!

Post by SolitaryHowl » Wed Jul 06, 2016 5:55 pm

Hm, alright then...how about

Common Yellowthroat Warbler?

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Yellow Warbler?
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Re: Name the Bird Sounds CHALLENGE!

Post by Celestial-Howl » Wed Jul 06, 2016 9:45 pm

Some birds I heard:

1. House Wren
2. White Bre asted Nuthatch
3. Downy Woodpecker
4. Gray Catbird
5. Dark Eyed Junco
6. Black Capped Chickadee
7. American Goldfinch

I have lots of birds in my yard, and I recognized some of the calls. But some I had to delve deep into the internet and ensure the calls matched the ambiance in the background. Oh well, this is what I got!

EDIT: The filter stopped me for the name of the nuthatch, but I hope it is enough info.
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Re: Name the Bird Sounds CHALLENGE!

Post by Pepper » Thu Jul 07, 2016 7:31 am

SolitaryHowl wrote:Hm, alright then...how about

Common Yellowthroat Warbler?

and

Yellow Warbler?
Well done! Yes to yellow warbler!
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Re: Name the Bird Sounds CHALLENGE!

Post by Pepper » Thu Jul 07, 2016 9:39 am

Celestial-Howl wrote:Some birds I heard:

1. House Wren
2. White Bre asted Nuthatch
3. Downy Woodpecker
4. Gray Catbird
5. Dark Eyed Junco
6. Black Capped Chickadee
7. American Goldfinch

I have lots of birds in my yard, and I recognized some of the calls. But some I had to delve deep into the internet and ensure the calls matched the ambiance in the background. Oh well, this is what I got!

EDIT: The filter stopped me for the name of the nuthatch, but I hope it is enough info.
YES to dark-eyed junco, mountain chickadee, and a hairy woodpecker (a bit bigger than a downy, similar appearance)

In Yellowstone, the red-bre asted nuthatch is what you would hear but it isn't on the list of new birds. We sure thought American goldfinch would be one to include but it turns out to be very rare in Yellowstone (but there are two other finches that you might have heard!) Alas, no catbird (one of my personal backyard favorites) but there are two other thrushes included (one being American robin). No wren...but since people keep hearing that, I am checking to see if it might be tucked in the "dawn chorus" soundscape (a general mash-up of birds heralding in the new day)... I will let you know if I discover any of these birds in that part of the soundscape.
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Re: Name the Bird Sounds CHALLENGE!

Post by Celestial-Howl » Thu Jul 07, 2016 9:58 am

Hmm, I also heard what sounds to be a Western Bluebird. Is that one of them?
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Post by Pepper » Thu Jul 07, 2016 10:30 am

Celestial-Howl wrote:Hmm, I also heard what sounds to be a Western Bluebird. Is that one of them?
Indeed!! Western bluebird. You know your birds, Celestial-Howl!
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Re: Name the Bird Sounds CHALLENGE!

Post by Pepper » Thu Jul 07, 2016 10:32 am

Pepper wrote:
Celestial-Howl wrote:Hmm, I also heard what sounds to be a Western Bluebird. Is that one of them?
Indeed!! Western bluebird. You know your birds, Celestial-Howl!
Actually, I see it is MOUNTAIN bluebird... Western bluebirds are rare in Yellowstone. But well done!
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Re: Name the Bird Sounds CHALLENGE!

Post by Celestial-Howl » Thu Jul 07, 2016 10:54 am

Pepper wrote:
Pepper wrote:
Celestial-Howl wrote:Hmm, I also heard what sounds to be a Western Bluebird. Is that one of them?
Indeed!! Western bluebird. You know your birds, Celestial-Howl!
Actually, I see it is MOUNTAIN bluebird... Western bluebirds are rare in Yellowstone. But well done!

I was going to say Mountain Bluebird, but I couldn't find a decent call to confirm it so I went with Western Bluebird because they sounded very alike.

EDIT: Are there Blue Jays? I think I heard one.
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