Subject: Re: Warbler ID Date: May 30 08:28:51 1995 From: Jon Anderson - anderjda at dfw.wa.gov
You had a question on a probable Black-throated Gray Warbler and noted that its song was somewhat different from what you heard on your CD recording.
It is most likely the Black-throated Gray Warbler, which is a common migrant and nesting bird in this area. If there is no other coloration (such as yellow, etc), just black/white/gray, that would restrict your choices of species - and Black-throated Grays are the common ones here in the Northwest with that kind of plumage.
The calls recorded on the tapes give you a good idea of a species' call or song. BUT: Always remember that the tapes/CDs only have a couple of representative songs for each species.
I am brushing up on eastside sparrows, etc. for a Breeding Bird Survey route I run each year near Ritzville. Since I don't live on that side of the state, I am forced to review songs on tapes. If I just used the Peterson or Borror tapes, many of the songs/calls I would hear would be the Eastern US variants, and not sound hardly at all like what I'll hear over in Adams County. Thank goodness Eleanor Pugh from Oregon has put together a number of bird song tapes using a lot of NW races' songs.