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Images are adapted from drawings by
Chester A. Reed, B. S. in Chapman.
Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
"a slow series fraank, fraank, fraank, taaaw, taaaw, last notes
lower, croaking" (Sibley)
Same bird, disturbed again one week later.
Long Island, January 2013.
Great Egret Ardea alba
"Very deep, low gravelly kroow, ..., fading at end" (Sibley)
Long Island, May 2001.
Snowy Egret Egretta thula
"Hoarse, rasping raaar
or nasal hraaa " (Sibley)
Long Island, September 2017.
Green Heron Butorides virescens
Juvenile calling for food.
Juvenile, less vocal.
Long Island, July 2017.
Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
"A flat quok!
or quark!" (Peterson)
Long Island, May 1999.
Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
Long Island, March 1999.
Piping Plover Charadrius melodus Peep-lo
"A plaintive whistle" (Peterson)
Two Piping Plovers facing off.
Long Island, July 1997.
Note the tiny prelude to each beezp. Freqency range 0-7350Hz.
Long Island, Spring 2005
Woodcock's aerial courtship display. The display usually lasts around one and
a half minutes. These recordings were made using a 13in. parabolic reflector
but the signal/noise ratio is still very poor. The punctuated band of noise
at 2700Hz is the
Spring Peepers. Click on sonograms for a larger image.
1. Beginning of display.
The last beezp
usually flatter than the rest: (beeap),
and is followed by the sound of the wings during takeoff.
2. "a series of trills produced by wings during
3. "during descent low whistled notes with a liquid, `kissing' quality,
normally in groups of three: chew-chew-chew, chip-chip-chip, chew-chew-chew,
chip-chip-chip." (Audubon 1)
on this image leads to the sonogram of two "groups," from a recording
on Long Island, Spring 2005. Frequency range 0-11025Hz.
4. "the courship call terminates abrubtly upon landing"
and the next series of bzeeps begins.
Sometimes the "low whistled notes" start right after takeoff.
Woodbridge, CT, April 2001.
Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
"a loud ringing deew deew deew" (Sibley)
Long Island, April 2006.
Willet Catoptrophorus semipalmatus
"a musical, repetitious pill-will-willet" (Peterson)
Barn Island, Stonington CT, June 2003