Chris McLean’s CONE Welder Audio!

loughman1 just sent me a link to the following awesome audio recording of the natural sounds of CONE Welder:

CONE_Vol_I_1.mp3 (18 MB mp3 file)

She wrote:

John: Chris McLean did some sound recording at Welder yesterday morning. He has loaded it onto a website, and hopes you will put the link in your blog. There will likely be more, so if you don’t think it’s appropriate – say so now!

Um, no, I can categorically state that this is not only appropriate, it’s the fulfillment of a wish I’ve had since I first started using the CONE SF system on Craig’s deck. Huge thanks to Chris (sprucebuddhas in CONE Welder).

I’m listening to the recording for the first time now. I’m hearing crickets or cicadas or something as a steady background, what I think is a Bobwhite singing in the distance… A lot of hummingbird chatter, and a distant singer that I don’t know, but which I’m sure someone more familiar with Welder birds will.

This is totally awesome. When I’ve had a chance to listen some more I’ll post a timeline with tentative IDs, and I encourage anyone else who’s interested in doing so to do the same.

Ooh. Is that some kind of flycatcher I just heard? A Great Kiskadee, maybe?

Hey! I’m pretty sure that’s a Red-shouldered Hawk in the distance! This is so much fun. 🙂

7 Responses to “Chris McLean’s CONE Welder Audio!”

  1. birderbf says:

    There’s a Carolina Wren singing throughout the recording… that would be a new Welder bird.

  2. Rafa says:

    Some comments from sprucebuddhas on chat:

    “Pulled the truck up to the site with my laptop. Used a condenser microphone placed just below the camera ~chest high – that recording is just one track- nothing added. I started recording just as the owls and Pauraque were wrapping up. Wish I’d gotten them. I’ll do a night recording soon.
    It’s mostly h-bird feeding frenzy, but there’s some other stuff including a doe and fawn “talking” during the last minute or so. Also, the red shouldered hawk you hear is most likely the one in the photo in the blog.”

  3. elanus says:

    Here are some notes I made while listening to the recording this morning. I didn’t bother to record all of the occurrences of birds that repeated; the hummingbird wars continue pretty much unabated throughout, for example.

    I labeled a bunch of things as Carolina Wren without really knowing if that was correct (it’s a song I’m not familiar with), but it seemed like a possibility, based on birderbf’s comment above.

    Those of you who know the bird songs on this recording better, please feel free to correct things I’ve gotten wrong here. Thanks.

    00:00 Bobwhite
    00:08 Bobwhite
    00:27 Bobwhite
    00:34 Bobwhite (continues)
    01:03 Hummingbird?
    01:10 Bobwhite
    01:19 Bobwhite
    01:27 Bobwhite
    01:46 Hummingbird
    02:09 Hummingbird
    02:18 Unidentified bird in far distance
    02:32 Hummingbird
    03:10 Red-shouldered Hawk in far distance
    03:58 Distant bird – Carolina Wren?
    04:31 Distant bird – Carolina Wren? – continues
    04:52 Carolina Wren? (continues)
    05:50 Woodpecker?
    06:07 Hummingbird wars continue
    06:32 New unidentified call in middle distance. Single note, repeated several times.
    08:12 Hummingbird wars continue. Carolina Wren (?) in distance continues.
    08:34 Bee?
    08:46 New single-note call nearby, repeats at intervals. Hummingbird?
    09:04 Red-shouldered hawk in distance
    09:40 Distant trill – Great Kiskadee?
    09:49 Trill – Great Kiskadee?
    10:05 Carolina Wren
    10:10 Trill – Great Kiskadee?
    10:17 Trill – Great Kiskadee?
    10:21 Carolina Wren, Red-shouldered hawk
    10:36 Carolina Wren? continues
    10:48 Carolina Wren? three-note song slightly different? continues
    11:44 Red-shouldered Hawk
    12:10 Red-shouldered Hawk
    12:46 Red-shouldered Hawk
    13:28 Two-note distant song, repeating. Still Carolina Wren?
    14:22 Carolina Wren? Trill – flycatcher?
    15:50 Carolina Wren?
    16:30 Footsteps in grass? Deer? Human?
    17:30 Footsteps
    18:15 Deer?
    19:28 Grunt – Deer?
  4. annelizabeth says:

    I’m pretty sure that single peeping is a cardinal–though I don’t recall where it is in the recording.

    I think recording the sounds at Welder is a brilliant idea! Love it!

  5. birderbf says:

    Indeed cardinals are calling throughout most of the second half of the recording, and the mystery singer is certainlya Carolina Wren. I do not hear any hint of Red-shouldered Hawk any place where marked.

    I’m not convinced the first calls are bobwhites, but I am not familiar with their variations. Not sure about the trill, or the 6:30 calls.

  6. elanus says:

    Huh. That’s really odd that you aren’t hearing the Red-shouldered Hawk; I thought it was really obvious at the later occurrences (though quieter, and harder to hear, in the earlier ones).

    birderbf, are you listening with headphones? I wonder if that might make a difference. The Red-shouldered Hawk is not particularly loud, but it’s pretty clearly audible for me. I actually stopped recording them in my timeline; I also here it at 13:46, 16:56, and 17:19.

    I think the loudest occurrence, in listening to them again, was at about 12:07 (which is what I loosely identified as 12:10 originally).

  7. bugchik says:

    I just listened to this and it is awesome!- Something I have also wished for!
    I can also confirm that those are indeed Bobwhites.. having just released 500 or so this year and heard them calling today.
    keep the sound coming!
    thank you… great job!!

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