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Bird Song ID. Please. Jacksonville, Fl., USA (1 Viewer)

Newton-W

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Recorded 5/18/2020 in Jacksonville, Fl. The high pitched, eclectic call is the one I'm interested in, not the raspy Tufted titmouse or Cardinal.
Wooded subdivision with some underbrush. Sounded like it was mid-story in the tree canopy and moved slowly away out of earshot. It was in the yard for 5 minutes, but I never could see it.

Thanks in advance for any help.

Newton
 

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tom baxter

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Sounds like some type of oriole, but it doesn’t sound like Baltimore or Orchard, or Spot-breasted. Not sure really.
 

Newton-W

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I think it was a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. I just photographed what I think is a female actively feeding. This time of year in our area, most males have a heavy dark eyebrow. I found some sound clips of the Blue-gray, and it sounds pretty close. There seem to be two "groups" of the Blue-grays, and both are a little different from each other but similar enough to ID.

Tom, I would have noticed something as large as an Oriel, but you are right, it does resemble one of the Oriels. Also, they have pretty much left our area and are Northbound.
 

tom baxter

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I think it was a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. I just photographed what I think is a female actively feeding. This time of year in our area, most males have a heavy dark eyebrow. I found some sound clips of the Blue-gray, and it sounds pretty close. There seem to be two "groups" of the Blue-grays, and both are a little different from each other but similar enough to ID.

Tom, I would have noticed something as large as an Oriel, but you are right, it does resemble one of the Oriels. Also, they have pretty much left our area and are Northbound.

I don’t hear a cardinal or a blue-gray gnatcatcher in the recording. The expected orioles have left, but the bird singing is probably not a Baltimore and is definitely not an Orchard. It is unfamiliar to me, which is not the case for most bird songs in the US, I suspect the whistled song is something unusual.

I don’t know what it is, I played all of the outside possibility oriole songs and none seem to match perfectly. That taxon is just what it reminds me the most of. Aside from that I have no idea what it is, just an idea of a lot of things that it is not.
 
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Newton-W

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I don’t hear a cardinal or a blue-gray gnatcatcher in the recording. The expected orioles have left, but the bird singing is probably not a Baltimore and is definitely not an Orchard. It is unfamiliar to me, which is not the case for most bird songs in the US, I suspect the whistled song is something unusual.

I don’t know what it is, I played all of the outside possibility oriole songs and none seem to match perfectly. That taxon is just what it reminds me the most of. Aside from that I have no idea what it is, just an idea of a lot of things that it is not.

Thank you so much, Tom. I appreciate the effort. I reran the recording of the Blue-gray from a confirmed source, and I'm pretty sure it isn't my bird. Pretty close, but the confirmed, although the same cadence, was quite a bit higher in pitch, but that eluded me the first go round. This bird has been in my yard for a couple of days and although I'm pretty good at catching movement in the canopy, this guy has gave me the slip. If he comes back, I'll get em :) Will keep you posted.

Thanks again,
Newton
 

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