Eurobodalla ID please. Update with recording

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shevyblue
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Eurobodalla ID please. Update with recording

Hi

I have now managed (via the wonder that is Google) to work out how to share my recording of me whistling a (fairly) reasonable imitation of my mystery bird. You can listen to it here (I hope) practice recording.wma - 0.12MB The real thing has a "richer" and slightly deeper tone than mine.

As I mentioned in the OP I live in the Eurobodalla on the NSW Far South Coast. I live in town but am surrounded by big old gum trees and hear lots of birds all day long. I hear this bird in the morning (but not dawn) and again in the late afternoon/early evening.

We also hear Common Koels and Channel-Billed Cuckoos which I have identified from the BIBY recordings.

Any help identifying this birds call would be very much appreciated.

shevyblue
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Oh sorry. I hadn't realised that site required you to download the file.

Back to square one I suppose L^(

birdie
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I would sat without a doubt that you are listening to a version of a Pied Butcher bird call shevyblue.... at their best they are a piping, fluting and haunted kind of call. Usually between 4-6 notes. Sometimes they only repeat part of the call. Beautiful to listen to and look for the black & white bird usually sitting prominently in a high point somewhere. remember the voice does carry quite a long way

Sunshine Coast Queensland

birdie
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BTW I did listen to your beautiful whistling LOL and I meant I would say....

Sunshine Coast Queensland

shevyblue
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Thanks Birdie for both your ID and compliment. ^D

The recording on BIBY sounds more fluting than I am hearing, but perhaps I just have a musically challenged one who only knows two notes LOL.

I shall have to watch very carefully and see if I can see it now that I know what to look for.

birdie
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Or maybe you are just a natural butcherbird!!

Have a look at this video with your sound up and the very first call is a pathetic young one, then at 1.09 you will hear another , at the same time almost as the catbird... there are BB calls all through the video. See what you think

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4RyiE8CugY

Sunshine Coast Queensland

GregL
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I did suggest butcherbird, partly because they sing in a major key and you seem to think the call is in c major. Most birds seem to call in a minor key. Pied butcherbirds can have a very varied call, and it is quite normal to hear them without seeing them. Try to get around and get a look at the bird - it helps a lot. I had been hearing a call a lot recently but had no idea what it was, finally got a brief look and id'd it as an oriole via recording of the call.

shevyblue
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Thanks guys. I agree that it may be a butcherbird I am hearing after seeing/listening to the vid.

We have lots of birds calling all day where we are and I like to be able to let visitors (which we also have quite a lot of LOL) know what it is they are hearing.

Araminta
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Sorry, to put my 2 cents in, what instruments do all of you play? We should start a "Birds in backyards Orchestra"! that would be a first!!!

M-L

birdie
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You are quite mad Araminta and I have left a message for you
:')

Sunshine Coast Queensland

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