Gray Lodge State Wildlife Area, Spring & Crop Duster May 2009

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Image of dawn at the recording site

I have been out recording the last several weeks, just not finding the time to post here.  Because of it’s proximity I have been exploring Gray Lodge more fully.  This time of the year it means getting up pretty early, even though I only live 50 minutes away it means leaving at 4:00am or so to capture the dawn chorus.  Which is precisely what I have done this week.

Every time I visit I hope to find out something new, the second recording you hear is a reminder that the wildlife area is surrounded by working agricultural fields, which need to be seeded which in the case of rice is done by bi-plane, at 5:30 on a Sunday morning.  I would assume this is a similar process to crop dusting.

The first recording is the earlier recording, there is some distant traffic, trains and you can hear the bi-plane begin.  There are occasional Wild Turkeys and American Coot among the Red-winged Black Birds Marsh Wrens and others, if you can identify anything please let me know and I will update, thanks. This is an ORTF recording using Schoeps MK21 capsules.

First Recording:

The recording below is an Jecklin recording using DPA 4006 capsules.

Second Recording (caution loud planes throughout, unedited except for some rolloff):

Rain at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

Image of Gray Lodge Wildlife area on the Morning on February 15, 2009

I headed out this morning to scout an area known as Gray Lodge Wildlife Area which is managed by the California Department of Fish & Game.  The weather was pretty overcast on the way out and I was hoping for a bit of sun.  I didn’t get any sun but I got to use my trusty microphone umbrella.  Most of  the migrating waterfowl that I had seen on my initial visit a few weeks before was gone, but the American Coots, Northern Shovelers and of course the Mallards were still there.
M-S MK21, SD 744t, Grace V3

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