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#1 charsbirds

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 03:59 AM

I know this is not a great shot, but I'm hoping that someone can help me identify this bird. The shot was taken on May 13 along the St. Lawrence River in northern New York.

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 04:00 AM

That is a Great Crested Flycatcher. :)

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 04:01 AM

Is this bird native to my area? I've never seen one!

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 04:02 AM

Yep, they are summer birds in your area. I saw my first ones this year, too! They spend winters in Central and South America, I believe.

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 04:03 AM

Thanks! This was a great find!

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 10:08 AM

Once you learn their call, you realize how many of them are around. Same with orioles and tanagers. I was surprised how many of them there are around my house.

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 06:26 PM

Being a musician, I am very in tune with what I hear and so will definitely keep my ears open. Like most birds, however, they have many different calls and sounds, so I'll have to study some more to be sure I know what I'm hearing! Thanks to all for the assistance!

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 06:52 PM

Once you learn their call, you realize how many of them are around. Same with orioles and tanagers. I was surprised how many of them there are around my house.


Yes! Am amazed at how I missed so many of these birds all of these years now that I have down what several of the birds in my area sound like. The Great Crested Flycatchers are everywhere. I think that I see or hear at least one everyday. Pretty sure I have two nesting in or very near my yard.

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 06:55 PM

Baltimore orioles have a very distinctive quality to their voices. I can name that tune in one note.....whoops, let's see who's old enough to get that reference! I meant to say I can identify an oriole's voice with one note. They have very variable song patterns, but the tone is the same. I saw my first orchard oriole because I thought I heard aBaltimore oriole, but it didn't sound quite right.

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 02:40 AM

Someone once likened the song of the Baltimore oriole to that of a robin on steroids. I'm now able to easily differentiate the two:)

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 02:48 AM

Baltimore orioles have a very distinctive quality to their voices. I can name that tune in one note.....whoops, let's see who's old enough to get that reference!


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