Randolph S Little
30 May 1994
- 24.0 km N of Frenchglen; Jack Mtn Rd 1 mile S of junctuion w/ Foster Flat Rd.
- 43.05 -119.0
- 1250 meters
- NAGRA IV-D
- Sennheiser MKH 404
- Parabola 91.4cm/30.5cm (36in/12in)
NOTES: (Background Sounds: wind; Species Sound: frequent; Breeding Status: not territorial, not breeding; Behavioral Context: mate contact?, parent-young contact?; General Climate: arid; Cover Density: sparse; Strata in Habitat: song perch) Several Say's Phoebes, apparently a family, were foraging in the sagebrush in this area. The taped remark "Western Kingbird" was an error in initial identification.
[Although this is certainly a flycatcher and it is possible that it is Sayornis saya, these vocalizations sound nothing like anything I have ever knowingly heard from this species, nor do they resemble in the slightest any of the spectrograms I have available for this species (including those in Smith, W. J. 1970. Behaviour 37: 64-84, 85-112). The series at 0:11 has an Empidonax-like quality to it, but I cannot identify the regularly repeated calls that seem to be associated with this series [??] Quality 2-3 (not much signal and a bit of wind noise) - CAM - 4 April 2005]