I didn’t learn a lot this week except Charlotte’s traffic is worse than Indianapolis. Enough said.
1. I was in North Carolina the week for work. Picked up the rental car in Charlotte and drove two hours to the country town where we have a plant. Immediately getting out of the car I heard a Fish Crow.
There is no mistaken the call of a Fish Crow.
I have thought this before when I birded in southern Illinois. To me it isn’t even close to an American Crow‘s call. I have read how people have confused the two calls, something I just don’t understand. About 5 minutes later an American Crow flew by and it was completely different.
A comparison on the 2 calls from Xeno-canto.
2. Non-birding but relevant to this post. Different web browsers support different audio formats. Which makes it a real pain when I want to post some audio I recorded. So unless I want to pay a royalty for patents I will have to post 2 different audio files.
3. Following is a recording I made of Common Loons calling at Driftwood last week. I hadn’t heard them calling since I was young and we went to Northern Minnesota in the summers. They called every few minutes for the 3+ hours I was at Driftwood.
One of the two following should work. You will probably have to turn up your volume.
4. Speaking of Driftwood, after the Bonaparte’s Gulls were there the previous weekend, I played the odds that more gulls would be there last weekend. And as luck would have it, 2 Ring-billed Gulls spent the afternoon flying. Not a rare bird but uncommon for Johnson County.
And a few more pictures from the weekend.