It was probably around 6am when I opened my eyes to the sounds of a bird perched above my tent. I looked over at Irene and she hadn’t awakened yet. I pulled out my ear plugs to get a better listen to this song. My GOSH, I’ve never heard such beauty. I pulled out my phone to record his song and for 2 minutes he muttered a guttural tone, then chirped, and finished it off with a basket of silverware hitting the floor. Yup, after I accidentally deleted the video, this was my best description of the bird call.
Each time I hiked the Appalachian Trail, I would listen and watch for the mystery bird. I would hear it while it perched in obscure places and I couldn’t lay my eyes on it. It wasn’t until a trip to Gifford Pinchot State Park in PA that I could get a half fast photo… enough for a lead.
Today I searched my bird book for an hour and cross referenced it with songs posted on YouTube.
BOOM. I finally found it.
To be honest, I BURST into tears when I heard the sweet song and quickly called my husband blubbering about my discovery. He was so kind. So gracious to make over my findings and I love him for it.
I’ve been searching for probably about 3-4 YEARS for this soloist. Today, I’m a happy Birdy.