[Tweeters] Rails Of The Night -- recording nocturnal flight calls (NFCs)

Steve Hampton stevechampton at gmail.com
Sun Apr 18 06:33:21 PDT 2021

Last week Andy Birch gave a fascinating webinar on nocturnal flight calls
of migrating birds (NFCs) and how to record them from your home, even in an
urban area. It was one of the more unusual birding talks I've heard. It's
posted online at:

On Sat, Apr 17, 2021 at 11:09 PM Josh Adams <xjoshx at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello Tweets,

> I started recording avian nocturnal flight calls at my home four years

> ago. For those who are not familiar, many of our migratory species migrate

> nocturnally and some of those species give audible calls which can be

> detected and recorded.


> This week I was doing some work late into the night while listening to my

> microphone and managed to hear all three three Washington rail species

> (Virginia Rail, Sora, and American Coot) live.


> Since I suspect many of you were not aware that you may be able to detect

> rails migrating over your house at night I thought I'd share some

> recordings I've made:


> *Sora*: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/322368401

> https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/224295541

> *Virginia Rail 'tick'*: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/224019631

> *Virginia Rail 'keer'*: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/223276741

> *American Coot (presumed)*: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/326880601


> Unfortunately, most of my detected birds happen between midnight and 4am,

> but it isn't too uncommon to get a rail before midnight.


> Josh Adams

> Cathcart, WA

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Steve Hampton
Port Townsend, WA
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