Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2007 10:37:27 EDT
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Subject: Possible Swainson's Warbler - Clyde Shepherd N P
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I birded Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve early yesterday morning. To my
surprise, I heard what sounded exactly like a Swainson's Warbler, near the bench
as I approached the boardwalk. I played the call, to which it responded. I
followed the sound toward the bridge, where it continued to call. I tried very
hard to see the bird, but was not able to do so.
I returned this morning, very early, with my husband, and we heard it
calling about 7:15 way across the pond. We walked over behind the pond and along
the stream, where it called but was very far away. We had given up and were
heading back to the bridge. When we stepped on the boardwalk, it squeaked, and
the bird called loudly from close by. We played the call, and it aswered
exactly and repeatedly. We were joined by Stan Chapman and Dennis T. who were
looking for a waterthrush. When they heard what I played and heard the bird
answer, they agreed it was exactly the same. We tried in vain to see the little
fellow, but were unsuccessful. I know the call of the Louisiana Waterthrush is
similar, and we also played it, which did not prompt a response.
I know the bird is probably just passing through, and I was happy to hear it
again today. Hopefully, someone will be able to catch a glimse.
Cheryl and Panos Kanes
DeKalb County, GA
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