[Tweeters] Possible Washtucna Morning Warbler

Matt Bartels mattxyz at earthlink.net
Mon Jun 8 19:31:30 PDT 2015


Hi all -
To add to what Scott mentioned -
There's still some question about this bird -- it would be great if anyone in Washtucna were able to get a look at it.
I was there on Sunday, and the bird was singing away much of the time - frustratingly, it never once showed itself to me in 2 hours of trying to get a look.
The song sounds pretty decent for Mourning Warbler, but MacGillivray's can sing things very akin to Mourning Warbler, and the chip notes [heard by others] may well have been more lke Mac than Mourning.
Without getting photos or great visual descriptions, this one is likely to remain a mystery.

The problem is, that bird is buried in a thicket and doesn't seem to have much reason to rise to the surface. Playback only seemed to quiet the bird, if it provoked any response at all. The thicket is right where Brad described it - NNE of the park near the corner of Cooper and Clearwater.

If anyone wants to hear the recordings I made Sunday, send an email and I'll share the dropbox folder link w/ you.

If you are in the area and want a challenge - go get a photo! We've only got two Mourning Warbler records for the state so far....

Matt Bartels
Seattle, WA


On Jun 8, 2015, at 3:34 AM, Scott R a y wrote:


> The recording of this bird made over the weekend sounds a lot like a Mourning Warbler. It would be worth confirming.

>

> Scott Ray

> Stanley, ND

>

> <

> <

> Date: Sun, 7 Jun 2015 08:52:58 -0700

> Subject: [Tweeters] Continuing Washtucna Mystery Warbler

> Hello All,

>

> I received word from my birder friend Bob that the "mystery" warbler

> was still singing in the same bush yesterday behind the green

> residential house in Washtucna. The warbler still has not came out of

> it's sight impenetrable "brush fortress." I have recording of the

> singing (very close to the video recorder actually) as well from when

> I was there Friday.

>

> Good Birding,

>

> Kevin Black

> Vancouver, WA

>

> Scott Ray

> Stanley, ND

> Pecked out on my phone

>

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