See a report on continuing work on Ring Ouzel songs in Scotland, England, Norway, Germany and Austria; currently working on anayzing Spring 2005 recordings from the Pyrenees and Southeast France.

I have been a bird watcher and naturalist since I was ten years old in West Virginia. I have written a children's book on the Wild Turkey, the bird not the Bourbon. It is called  High Ridge Gobbler, A Story of the American Wild Turkey. It has been republished by Boyds Mills Press in paperback. I occasionally assist Don Kroodsma in ornithological field work. I built a database index for the Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds collection at the Laboratory for Ornithology at Cornell. I have also started working seriously on bird songs, particularly in Latin America on genera Myadestes and Catharus.

Rufous-throated Solitaire photographed by Ana Martin and Bo Dalsgaard at the Aerial Tram in Dominica

Analysis of the songs of Dominican Republic Rufous-throated Solitaires

Analysis of Rufous-throated Solitaire songs on Dominica

A remarkable example of countersinging at close quarters by a St Lucia pair

Martinique Rufous-throated Solitaires

Jamaica Rufous-throated Solitaires


Rufous-throated Solitaire

Recently I was able to record Wallcreepers in the Pyrenees. Listen to them.

The last two springs I have had the privilege of joining the VINS Bicknell's Thrush researchers in Vermont to record this young species' songs (and growl). It was recognized as a species in 1995. See a set of sonograms and hear the song types recorded along with songs from Grey-cheeked Thrush supplied by the Macaulay Library.

I have a program on the sounds of Scottish birds that I have presented to the Hampshire and Hofffman Bird Clubs. See a sample from the program.

I have a small report on dialects of Red-necked Parrot, an endemic of Dominica, for the interested visitor to my site.

Sonograms of Capercaillie, Black Grouse and Red Grouse.