Least Bittern

Ixobrychus exilis

ML61746871



eBird Checklist S37740677
Dryden Lake
Tompkins, New York, United States
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Latitude and Longitude 42.4627, -76.2746 Map

Age
Adult
Sex
Male
Sounds
Call; Non-vocal; Song
Behaviors
Breeding
Tags
;
Playback
Used

Media notes

Calls and song from a continuing adult male in cattails at southern end of lake singing in response to human imitation of song, which provoked it to walk out to the edge of the cattails and eventually start vocalizing. It would give songs ~10s apart, followed by several minutes of silence, during which the bird would sit still in the cattails, or occasionally preen or walk to another location. Many song bouts recorded over the course of over an hour (recording made from 07:12-08:31AM). Gave a few gak calls over the course of the recording, at 1:40, 5:30, 10:24, 11:30, 14:36, 14:39. At 10:19, a recording of a gak call from a few days ago was played, at which point the bird flew out over the lake giving similar calls before diving back into the same cattail patch a bit farther south. This same scenario happened again starting at 14:28. The segment from 3:09 to 5:24 contains no calls but the sounds of the bird walking closer through the vegetation. Best song examples at 8:45-10:10.

Observation details

*Rare, continuing at south end.

Technical Information

Recorder
Marantz PMD 661
Microphone
Wildtronics Pro Amplified Mono-Stereo Parabolic Microphone
Accessories
Wildtronics 22" Parabola
Original file size
197,257KB

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