Bird call ID, please
July 7, 2012 7:43 AM   Subscribe

There's no way for me to search this (that I know of), so I'll just ask the Magical Mefites. What is this beautiful birdsong I hear almost every morning outside my window? I love it; it puts me in a good mood when I hear it in the morning--even if it's a ridiculous hour like 4:30am (thankfully, not often). I tried to clean up the audio by filtering out traffic noise, so there's probably some odd artifacting; also, the interval is longer--I just trimmed out the longer periods of silence. Pacific NW.
posted by Ky to Pets & Animals (14 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Wow. The download took me to pr0n. Hope it's just a specific browser issue.
posted by likeso at 7:48 AM on July 7, 2012

Response by poster: Ah crap. Sorry. I don't know if they added that forwarder recently or what. Let me find another hosting solution hmmmmm.
posted by Ky at 7:50 AM on July 7, 2012

I was directed to your birdsong download. It IS very pretty. Hope someone can identify it.
posted by Coatlicue at 7:54 AM on July 7, 2012

Best answer: I think it's a song sparrow -- love their call and have a similar reaction!
posted by k96sc01 at 7:55 AM on July 7, 2012

Response by poster: Here is a dropbox link too if the Mediafire link doesn't work for you.

Aww, I love sparrows. Is the song really the same, though? The sparrow song doesn't have the uhhh... longer, lilting trill at the end of my linked on (yeah, I cannot describe these things).
posted by Ky at 8:01 AM on July 7, 2012

One would think there'd be a Shazam for birdsong by now.

WeBIRD looks to be the closest thing. But not quite ready yet.
posted by notyou at 8:03 AM on July 7, 2012 [3 favorites]

Response by poster: AAURGH! I want that app. Well, at least someone is developing it, but I suppose I'll have to wait before taking my smartphone to the woods (where there's still a signal) and pointing it at pretty bird calls.
posted by Ky at 8:09 AM on July 7, 2012 [1 favorite]

Could you share the general area that you live in? That'd make this a lot easier.
posted by DisreputableDog at 8:24 AM on July 7, 2012

Best answer: Thanks for the dropbox link, Ky. :)

Just had fun on birdjam, and I agree it's a Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia).
posted by likeso at 8:25 AM on July 7, 2012

Best answer: (the males can have up to 10 different songs - so it's, like, your own personal bird's own personal interpretation, maan)
posted by likeso at 8:30 AM on July 7, 2012 [3 favorites]

Response by poster: likeso/k96sc01 (etc)-- Wow, those song sparrows have such variety and complexity; at least for the amateur ear like mine. :) Maybe I'll make this into my ring tone or something. 10 songs! I learned something new. My sparrow is special, though, honest.

(DisreputableDog: Pacific NW, tagged onto the OP; I don't think there are particularly rare birds limited to a city/state for my purposes, though.)
posted by Ky at 8:33 AM on July 7, 2012

Response by poster: Additional note: I had made three total recordings of different songs but only posted on here. Given the variety that song sparrows can sing, they're probably all from the same bird. Cool.
posted by Ky at 7:14 PM on July 7, 2012

Response by poster: *one here ..
posted by Ky at 7:15 PM on July 7, 2012

Mod note: changed the link in the post per op request
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 8:49 PM on July 14, 2012

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