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The Bird Nuts

Red Crossbills in VT (Audio)

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1 hour ago, Jerry Friedman said:

Are you going to get the call type identified?  I've been looking for a chance to do that.

If we submit it to eBird as Red Crossbill then the type should be identified by the experts, right?  Or do I have to send this recording directly to them?

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I doubt that e-bird will bother reviewing the call types. If you can find a free sonogram program, you can work it out for yourself without too much trouble.

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23 hours ago, The Bird Nuts said:

If we submit it to eBird as Red Crossbill then the type should be identified by the experts, right?  Or do I have to send this recording directly to them?

I'm not clear on that from the article I linked.  Maybe the authors use eBird's "needs alert" to get notified of all Red Crossbill sightings.  But if it were me, I'd upload the recording to eBird, which automatically makes a spectrogram, and e-mail at least one of those authors the link to your checklist.  Or maybe I'd try to use Raven Lite, the free program they recommend, to make my own spectrogram.

Of course, as @psweet pointed out, I shouldn't have omitted the possibility that you might want to identify the type yourselves from the spectrogram.  The article says that if you put your ID on eBird but get it wrong, the authors will correct you, and you can use the Change Species feature.

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Ah, I guess they're doing a bit more than I expected. Still, it looks as if you need to send a link to the authors.

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I only submitted it as Red Crossbill and a few days later got an email from Tim Spahr, one of the crossbill experts.  He says he heard two types (10 and 3) in the recording.  So I think they are reviewing all Red Crossbill recordings.

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