Tuesday, May 31, 2005

ENV: Wakeup calls

Wakeup Calls

Note: The 31st (this morning) is probably the last day i’ll be able to do this for a while. If the opportunity presents itself i will do more on this this summer, but will post it as a new series. Thanks to all who commented or made suggestions.

I generally work all night and i open the windows next to my desk when i can. And of course that means i hear everything as it wakes every morning and begins the ritual of declaring territory, sounding alarms, and calling for mates.

I don’t know why i didn’t think of this before, but a couple of weeks ago i started keeping track of the time each species started calling/singing on days when i wasn’t absorbed in something else. I was able to get in most of four full mornings of this before leaving for five days to the valley, and again this morning. Below is a compilation of these times just FYI. I intend to try this again but work may get in the way as it turns 24-7 for June and July. Anyway i found it interesting and thought others might too.

It took some time to figure out a reasonable way to list these – so here’s what i did – i listed them in the order of their earliest call time of the six dates. That is the first number you see (all times are a.m. CDT), followed by the species, followed by the times i first heard an individual call in order of the days i was listening (May 10, 11, 14, 19, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31).

It shouldn’t take folks long to realize that some of these are birds running loose or in my aviary in addition to the wild birds at my place. And also note that some things may be awakened by disturbances or predators and sound off at very different times, some may be awakened by the ones sounding alarms, and others may remain silent until that few-minute window when they start daily. Also note that my first hearing a certain species may depend on its making its territorial rounds and getting close enough for me to hear. Some start times seem to have been affected by the weather.

[Sunrises are Austin time (100 miles dues east); these have been changed to Kerrville times (8 mile southeast)]

10 May 2005 – sunrise 6:46 -- overcast, wet, threat of storms
11 May 2005 – sunrise 6:46 -- windy, wet, overcast
14 May 2005 – sunrise 6:44 -- windy, overcast, rain at 5:50 a.m. to 6:30
19 May 2005 – sunrise 6:42 -- clear, cool (left office at about 6:45)
27 May 2005 – sunrise 6:37 -- calm, overcast, wet, storms around midnight
28 May 2005 – sunrise 6:37 – calm, overcast, storm rumblings by 3:36, heavy rains at
4:41, heavy close bolts of lightning at 4:42, 4:43, continued rain to 6:41; birds
finally singing all at once around 6:16; rain again at 7:01 to 7:34 (total ca. 1.5”)
29 May 2005 – sunrise – 6:37 -- calm, overcast, wet after passages of large storm with
heavy winds and rain (ca. 1 “) to 1:44, threatening all morning
30 May 2005 – sunrise – 6:36 -- calm, overcast, occasionally clearing, humid, storms
threatening, dawned clear
31 May 2005 – sunrise – 6:36 – calm, clear, morning fog

X = not heard calling that day [] = feral, introduced, exotic, captive


4 sp. amphibians, 1 sp. mammal, 2 sp. feral mammals, 1 sp. captive mammal, 41 sp. wild birds, 9 sp. captive birds

12:38 White-tailed Deer X, X, X, X, 4:55, 4:24, X, X, 12:38
12:58 [Feral Cat X, X, X, X, X, X, 4:24, 12:58, X]
1:02 [Axis Deer X, X, X, X, X, 3:16, 3:59, 2:09, 1:02]
1:21 Cliff Chirping Frog X, X, X, 6:46, X, X, 6:01, 1:21, 1:40 [9:03 p.m.]
1:53 Blanchard’s Cricket Frog X, X, X, X, 2:46, X, X, 1:53, X
1:23 [Ringed Turtle-Dove X, 5:46, 5:04, 4:52, 3:20, 1:57, 2:55, 2:14 [10:43 p.m.], 1:23
[9:27 p.m.]
2:24 Chuck-Will’s-Widow 6:16, 6:08, 6:20, 6:18, 3:21, 2:24, 3:20, 5:49 [9:02 p.m. –
9:18 p.m.], 5:11
2:28 Great Horned Owl X, X, 4:58, 2:28, X, X, 2:55 (fledgling at 3:39), X [10:52 p.m.],
5:04
2:36 Gulf Coast Toad X, 3:36, X, X, X, X, X, 2:36, X
2:36 [Common Blue Peafowl 3:46, 6:02, 5:01, 5:04, X, 4:16, 5:19, 2:36, 5:37 [9:10
p.m.]]
2:44 [Golden Pheasant X, 6:19, 5:00, 5:01, 3:57, X, 5:16, 3:52, 2:44]
2:57 [Miniature Horse X, X, X, X, X, X, 2:57, 7:23, X]
4:03 [Domestic Chicken (Roosters) 4:03, 4:03, 5:04, 4:49, 5:26, 5:55, 5:18, 4:34, 5:27]
5:16 [Ring-necked Pheasant X, 5:16, X, X, X, X, X, 6:22, 6:12]
5:29 Purple Martin 6:38, 5:49, 5:29, 5:29, 5:46, 5:54, 6:17, 5:57, 5:49, 5:43
5:30 Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 7:02, 6:43, 6:21, 6:29, 5:48, 6:16, 5:56, 5:30, 5:53
5:46 Brown-crested Flycatcher 6:56, 6:59, 6:20, 6:05, 5:46, 6:17, 5:56, 5:52, 5:52
5:48 Northern Mockingbird 7:09, 7:00, 7:10, 5:48, X, X, X, X, X
5:52 Eastern Wood-Pewee X, 6:16, X, X, X, X, 5:58, 5:52, 8:18
5:53 White-winged Dove 6:11, 6:11, 6:17, 6:27, 5:56, 5:55, 6:06, 5:53, 6:10
5:58 House Finch 6:51, 6:12, 6:17, 6:17, 6:03, 6:16, 6:06, 6:03, 5:58
6:02 Great Crested Flycatcher 6:12, 6:03, 6:12, 6:16, 6:02, 6:16, 6:27, 6:36, 6:29
6:03 Northern Cardinal 6:19, 6:11, 6:20, 6:17, 6:31, 6:19, 6:03, 6:12, 6:12
6:05 Summer Tanager X, X, X, X, 6:05, 6:17, 6:12, 6:09, 6:12
6:05 Yellow-throated Vireo X, 7:50, 6:36, X, 6:05, 6:17, 6:46, 6:33, 6:29
6:07 Inca Dove X, X, X, X, 6:07, X, X, X, X
6:08 Common Nighthawk X, 6:08, X, X, X, X, X, X, X
6:10 Carolina Wren 6:19, 6:18, 6:16, 6:22, 6:10, 6:32, 6:10, 6:13, 6:11
6:10 Orchard Oriole 7:41, 6:51, X, X, 6:10, 6:18, 6:15, 6:17, 6:24
6:12 Painted Bunting X, X, X, X, 6:12, X, X, X, X
6:14 Black-crested Titmouse 6:46, 6:30, 6:26, 6:26, 6:14, 6:38, 6:24, 7:01, 6:23
6:18 Canyon Wren 6:40, 6:18, X, X, X, 7:04, X, 6:33, X
6:19 Wild Turkey 6:19, X, X, X, X, X, X, X, X, X
6:22 Carolina Chickadee 6:37, 6:39, 6:33, X, 6:36, 6:46, 6:22, 6:22, 6:24
6:23 Great-tailed Grackle 7:14, 6:46, 7:21, 6:44, 6:34, 6:41, 6:41, 6:23, 6:25
6:26 Blue Jay X, 6:42, 6:26, X, X, 7:10, 8:21, X, X
6:29 Red-eyed Vireo X, X, X, X, X, X, X, 6:55, 6:29
6:31 Ash-throated Flycatcher 7:10, 7:14, 7:12, 6:34, 6:59, 6:31, 7:04, 7:10, 8:17
6:31 Brown-headed Cowbird X, 7:50, X, X, X, X, X, X, 6:31
6:32 Barn Swallow X, 6:59, X, X, X, 6:32, X, 8:03, X
6:35 Golden-fronted Woodpecker X, X, X, X, X, X, X, 6:35, 7:01
6:42 Chimney Swift X, 6:42, X, X, X, X, X, X, 7:02
6:43 [House Sparrow X, X, X, 6:43, X, X, X, X, X]
6:46 [European Starling X, X, X, X, 7:07, X, X, 6:46, 6:59]
6:48 Red-shouldered Hawk X, X, 6:48, X, X, X, X, X, X
6:53 [White-crowned Parrot X, X, X, X, 8:15, 6:53, 8:03, 7:10, 8:04, X]
6:53 Black-chinned Hummingbird X, X, X, X, X, X, 7:23, 7:49, 6:53
6:54 Zone-tailed Hawk X, X, 6:54, X, X, X, X, X, X
6:55 [Paradise Whydah X, X, X, X, X, 6:55, X, X, X]
6:56 Western Scrub-Jay 7:40, 7:17, X, X, 6:56, X, X, X, X
6:57 Bronzed Cowbird X, 6:57, X, X, X, X, X, X, X
6:59 Eastern Phoebe 9:15, 6:59, X, X, 8:34, X, X, 7:18, X
6:59 Lesser Goldfinch 9:36, 6:59, X, X, X, X, X, X, X
7:00 Ladder-backed Woodpecker X, 7:56, X, X, X, X, X, 8:03, 7:00
7:05 Yellow-billed Cuckoo X, 7:05, X, X, X, X, X, X, X
7:09 Bewick’s Wren X, 7:49, X, X, 7:09, X, X, 7:10, X
7:43 Eastern Bluebird 7:43, X, X, X, X, X, X, X, X
7:54 [Amboina King Parrot X, X, X, X, X, X, 7:54, X, X]
7:59 [Domestic Dog X, X, X, X, X, X, X, X, 7:59]
8:16 [Button Quail X, X, X, X, X, X, 8:16, X, X]
8:32 Golden-cheeked Warbler X, X, 8:32, X, X, X, X, X, X
9:05 Indigo Bunting X, X, X, X, X, X, X, X, X, 9:05
9:20 Eastern Narrow-mouthed Toad X, X, X, X, X, X, X, X, X, 9:20

Species known to be at least occasionally on the grounds but not heard as of yet: 7 captive species, Green Heron, Great Blue Heron (present, but no vocalizing), Eastern Screech-Owl [past calling season], Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove (present but not heard vocalizing), Green Kingfisher (present, not in hearing range), Belted Kingfisher, Downy Woodpecker (present, out of hearing range), White-eyed Vireo (present, not in hearing range), Common Raven, Yellow-throated Warbler (present not in hearing range), Lark Sparrow (present, not in hearing range), Chipping Sparrow, Common Grackle

Thanks to Tracy Keltonic, Susan Schaezler, Susan Wheat, Mary Curry and Brush Freeman . . . for comments, suggestions and coming to the rescure with Sunrise times.

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