[Tweeters] Help Identifying Mystery Bird Call

Steve Hampton stevechampton at gmail.com
Wed Mar 24 07:57:52 PDT 2021

I'm seeing on eBird a scattering of Bobwhite reports over the years from
the south Sound, Columbia River corridor, and Willamette Valley. Are these
considered established (and ABA-countable) or are they considered escapees
from game farms?


On Wed, Mar 24, 2021 at 7:49 AM Kyle Elfman <kyle.elfman at gmail.com> wrote:

> Thanks to everyone who gave identifying our bird call a try! We didn’t

> come up with a definitive answer, but the most common answer I received:

> Northern Bobwhite


> My observer’s bias wants to believe it was a Bobwhite, too. My instinct

> was something in the Quail family. It this were true, a Bobwhite would

> certainly be a rarity here in the Burien/White Center area!


> Thanks again to everyone for your help! Here are the responses (guesses?)

> everyone had:


> Northern Bobwhite X3

> Owl (sp) X2

> Mountain Quail

> Gallinaceous bird

> Red-Breasted Sapsucker

> Northern Flicker

> Gray Jay

> Corvid - American Crow

> American Robin

> Hutton’s Vireo


> Kyle Elfman

> kyle dot elfman at gammel dot com

> Burien, WA



> On Mar 15, 2021, at 20:05, Kyle Elfman <kyle.elfman at gmail.com> wrote:


> Hello! My wife and I are hoping to get some help identifying a bird(?) we

> heard the other evening outside our home in Burien, WA. This past Friday

> evening (March 12) around 6:45 in the evening, just as the sun had fully

> set, we heard this call for roughly 3 minutes. It started in the large

> evergreen trees in our neighbor’s yard then moved very quickly from the

> south side to north side of our house before it left the area/stopped

> vocalizing. We each have our own theories about what it might be, but we

> can’t seem to find any Macaulay Library recordings matching our best

> guesses. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!


> https://ebird.org/checklist/S83488561


> Kyle Elfman

> kyle dot elfman at gmail dot com

> Burien, WA



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Steve Hampton
Port Townsend, WA
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