These audio recordings of Forest animals were made by Martha J. Fischer of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, with assistance from Consortium scientist Dr. Terryanne Maenza-Gmelch of Barnard College. The full set of recordings belongs to the Macaulay Library of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and we are delighted to feature abbreviated versions here, along with field notes and tips on identification from Dr. Maenza-Gmelch.
The clear and sweet whistle of the Baltimore oriole is heard in this recording from the open forest near Sphagnum Pond. This bird is easily recognized by brilliant orange plumage. It lives in Black Rock Forest during the breeding season and then migrates to Florida, the Caribbean, Central America, or the tip of South America. At the beginning of this recording, you also hear an eastern towhee, an eastern chipmunk, the call note of a downy woodpecker, a scarlet tanager in the distance, and some West Point artillery, also in the distance.
Gray Tree Frog
Great Crested Flycatcher
Spring Field Cricket
Yellow warblers are easy to recognize since they are mostly yellow with some orange-brown streaking on the chest. Their song “sweet sweet a little more sweet” is heard near young woodlands and shrubby areas in the Forest, which is the preferred habitat of this bird. Yellow warblers, like most other warblers, are neotropical migrants.