Delightful sounds of Spring: American Woodcock

By Laura Sebastianelli

Recorded at 7:45pm in light rain. recording begins with the bird twittering and feathers making noise on its way back down to ground. Spring Peepers in background.

Laura Sebastinelli

Microphone: Sennheisser ME66


A longtime friend of THE HOBBLEDEHOY, Laura Sebastianelli is a naturalist, ecological educator, sound recordist, citizen scientist, and active community member living near Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve
in Alexandria, VA.
Visit at: wildaroundus.wordpress.com/

Ever listen to a Groundhog?

By Laura Sebastinelli

While I focus on recording bird sounds in the field, there are certainly other beings that I come across while wandering in the Schoodic region. In honor of groundhogs today, I share this recording of a groundhog in Northern Corea Heath on July 9th, 2019.

Groundhog chatter and alarm call

In the recording above, you will first hear chattering squeep-like sounds. Seconds later the groundhog is heard scurrying for cover while simultaneously giving a sharp up-slurred whistle followed by more chattering.

a sonogram of the whistle and chatter

The groundhog was startled when I stumbled upon it while I was field recording, but it came back out of cover fairly quickly. We then engaged in a bit of mutual starring. S/he even allowed time enough for me to remove my iPhone from a zippered pocket, turn it on (Gads, yes! I keep my phone shut off while recording due to electronic interference), and eventually shoot a little video (below)! And then we both moved on; me, a little happier for the encounter. That was my favorite #GroundhogDay.

Source: Ever listen to a Groundhog?

Sounds of hope: Winter Wren

By Laura Sebastianelli

Background sounds: distant surf on rocky coast, lobster boat, light irregular wind, other animals: red squirrel, flies, Black Throated Green warbler, Northern Parula warbler, Dark-eye Junco.

Laura Sebastinelli

Marantz PMD561, 2 Sennheiser ME62s


A longtime friend of THE HOBBLEDEHOY, Laura Sebastianelli is a naturalist, ecological educator, sound recordist, citizen scientist, and active community member living near Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve
in Alexandria, VA.
Visit at: wildaroundus.wordpress.com/

Beauty during pandemic: dueting Barred Owls

By Laura Sebastianelli

Despite rain (light to medium at times) a pair of of dueting Barred Owls was recorded for over an hour (4:20 – 5:25am) this morning at the edges of west Dyke Marsh and River Towers, Alexandria, VA. This clip features roughly 5 minutes that includes 3 sets of caterwauling — calls described well by Birds of North America Online as “a raucous jumble of cackles, hoots, caws and gurgles.

Laura Sebastinelli

Marantz PMD561, Sennheiser ME66
BAOW 032820 450am 1035 Short Final


A longtime friend of THE HOBBLEDEHOY, Laura Sebastianelli is a naturalist, ecological educator, sound recordist, citizen scientist, and active community member living near Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve
in Alexandria, VA.
Visit at: wildaroundus.wordpress.com/