Birding while I sleep

I have been operating a nocturnal flight call station from my house in Hancock for several years, recording nocturnal migrants each spring and fall as they pass over, sight unseen. If a sparrow flies over my house and nobody is around to hear it, does it make a sound? The answer is yes, if the weather and radar both point to a good night for migration. And occasionally, amid the warblers and sparrows, I get a surprise or two. I have already had a few unexpected shorebirds pass over this spring, but last night, amid the assorted sparrow calls, an even bigger surprise drifted down from the inky blackness as several Long-tailed ducks passed over head on their way between coastal New England and Arctic Canada. What is not to love about bird migration? You can hear them here.

4 Responses to “Birding while I sleep”

  1. Ann Banks May 2, 2016 at 6:56 pm #

    Never heard those ducks make more than a sort of a squeaky door sound. Thanks !!

    • Eric Masterson May 3, 2016 at 3:28 pm #

      Thanks Ann. I love bird sounds as much as visuals. BTW can you email me your address so I can thank you for the pan.

  2. Gary June 23, 2016 at 3:41 pm #

    Hi Eric,

    Cool audio, but how did you know those were long-tailed ducks? You must have seen and heard them before, right?

    • Eric Masterson June 23, 2016 at 4:56 pm #

      I am pretty familiar with their call – common on the coast in winter. Check out xeno-canto.org as a reference.

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