Category Archives: Sound Recordings

Sound Recordings from the Spring

After making good use of my recording equipment this spring, the summer has been much slower for sound recording. I blame the heat, both because it keeps me inside much more often and because I don’t like to take the … Continue reading

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Getting Into Sound Recording

I can remember the first time I realized just how powerful birding by ear was. It was October of 2003, and I had already been a birder for years. I was birding with my mother at Topanga State Park in … Continue reading

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Loon Vocalizations

Here on Lake Havasu, it is not uncommon to hear the wails of Common Loons drifting across the water on still mornings, especially as spring migration begins. Just the other day, though, David and I were at Site Six watching … Continue reading

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Weekend Birding

I spent this weekend birding with Barrett Pierce of Amarillo, TX, et al. searching for the Nutting’s Flycatcher, rails, Sage Sparrows, and generally enjoying our local birds and rarities. The flycatcher hadn’t been seen since February 1 or 3, and … Continue reading

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Recording Black-tailed Gnatcatchers

An exciting event for me occurred this past week, when I received my first real microphone, a Sennheiser ME66 shotgun mic. More on that later, but needless to say, I had to get outside to take it for a spin … Continue reading

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Christmas Birding Trip: Bill Williams to Yuma

This post is a bit belated, but December 15 was my first Christmas Bird Count of the season, the Yuma/Martinez Lake count.  Centered on Imperial Dam, the count circle is equal parts Yuma County, AZ and Imperial County, AZ.  Since … Continue reading

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The Nutting’s Flycatcher is back!

Just after 8:00 this morning, after about 15 minutes of birding, I was walking down the road at Mosquito Flats in Bill Williams River NWR, planning out my post to the listserv about the continued absence of the Nutting’s Flycatcher.  … Continue reading

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