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8142RE: [CALBIRDS] Golden-crowned Sparrows songs Nome

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  • Alvaro Jaramillo
    Oct 2, 2009

      Once in Nome I heard one of the Zonotrichia singing the song of the other
      species. I forget which way it went, but it may have been a White-crowned
      singing a Golden-crowned song. It is not unlikely that a weird confusion has
      occurred there, where they are sharing elements of each other's song? It
      could be that there is a broad overlap of breeding habitat which puts the
      two in close proximity, I don't recall if other spots in Alaska had the two
      side by side like this, but it certainly happens in Nome.

      Again proving that there's no place like Nome.


      Alvaro Jaramillo


      Half Moon Bay, California

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      Subject: [CALBIRDS] Golden-crowned Sparrows songs Nome

      This is a bit off-topic so I'll ask that folks reply to me directly (rather
      than to the whole listserve) if they have info or would like to see a
      summary of responses I receive.

      During my visit to Alaska this past June, I (as have many others), noted
      the very unusual Golden-crowned Sparrow song heard in the Nome area (I have
      uploaded two MP3 audio files to the CALBIRD Yahoo site: in "files" open the
      "GCSPsongNome" folder; one file is a recording I made using a video camera
      and the other is a much more professional one recorded by David Martin). I
      have certainly never heard anything close to this variation from this
      species in California. All the Golden-crowned Sparrows I heard elsewhere in
      Alaska sang typical songs, but ALL the birds in the Nome area sang the song
      recorded in these files.

      Variations of the 'oh dear me' song that add a flourish or trill at the end
      are common, but this is another beast entirely.

      I am curious to learn where these Nome bird winter and if anyone can recall
      hearing this song anywhere on the species' wintering grounds (I did
      receive a note from Martin Meyers that he heard a similar song in early May
      a bird in the Carson Valley of Nevada, but that could well have been a


      Ed Pandolfino
      Carmichael, CA

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