Bird Songs & Calls of Lake Tahoe


by John V. Moore


This CD is an updated version of the cassette originally published in September 1995. It features vocalizations from 50 species of birds and one squirrel. Five new species and 30 new vocalizations have been added to the original play list. The vocalizations featured in this publication are those that a casual birder can reasonably expect to hear while visiting Lake Tahoe’s upper elevation forests and clearings. Naturally, all of the vocalizations will not be present at any one time, and there is a tremendous variation in the amount and type of bird vocalizations depending on the time of the year.
The vocalizations presented here are mainly from the Mixed Conifer zone and above. This CD therefore excludes a few of the songsters of the Lake Tahoe Basin that one might hear at lakeside, in town, or on the drier east slope.I have attempted to include some helpful hints on identifying the vocalizations and some interesting facts about many of the species.
This CD is not meant to be a field guide nor a general reference source for Tahoe birds. It is merely intended to help the enthusiast identify many of Tahoe’s bird sounds and to supply a few interesting facts about these birds. When used with a good field guide the listener should be well equipped to identify many of Lake Tahoe’s songsters.

Published 2015
Suggested retail price: $10.00

Species list:

  1. Introduction
  2. Steller's Jay Cyanocitta stelleri
  3. Clark's Nutcracker Nucifraga columbiana
  4. Mountain Chickadee Poecile gambeli
  5. Red-breasted Nuthatch Sitta canadensis
  6. White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
  7. Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis
  8. Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina
  9. Western Tanager Piranga ludoviciana
  10. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  11. Fox Sparrow Passerella iliaca
  12. Green-tailed Towhee Pipilo chlorurus
  13. Sooty Grouse Dendragapus fuliginosus
  14. Mountain Quail Oreortyx pictus
  15. Western Wood-Pewee Contopus sordidulus
  16. Olive-sided Flycatcher Contopus cooperi
  17. Dusky Flycatcher Empidonax oberholseri
  18. Cassin's Finch Haemorhous cassinii
  19. Townsend's Solitaire Myadestes townsendi
  20. Warbling Vireo Vireo gilvus
  21. Cassin's Vireo Vireo cassinii
  22. Lazuli Bunting Passerina amoena
  23. Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus
  24. Mountain Bluebird Sialia currucoides
  25. White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
  26. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  27. Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii
  28. Spotted Sandpiper Tringa macularia
  29. American Dipper Cinclus mexicanus
  30. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  31. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  32. Brewer's Blackbird Euphagus cyanocephalus
  33. Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
  34. House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  35. Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris
  36. Pine Siskin Spinus pinus
  37. Evening Grosbeak Hesperiphona vespertina
  38. Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa
  39. Brown Creeper Certhia americana
  40. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  41. Woodpecker drumming
  42. Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus
  43. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  44. White-headed Woodpecker Picoides albolarvatus
  45. Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
  46. Red-breasted Sapsucker Sphyrapicus ruber
  47. Douglas Squirrel Tamiasciurus douglasii
  48. American Yellow Warbler Setophaga aestiva
  49. Nashville Warbler Leiothlypis ruficapilla
  50. Hermit Warbler Setophaga occidentalis
  51. MacGillivray's Warbler Geothlypis tolmiei
  52. Wilson's Warbler Cardellina pusilla
  53. Myrtle (or Yellow-rumped) Warbler Setophaga coronata
  54. Ending


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