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The fact that it is singing over a large area tends to support this bird 
being a floater. I remember an instance of a Hooded Warbler that I had on a 
MAPS plot in Rhode Island. It appeared suddenly near the end of June, could 
be heard singing over an area of about 10 acres, then abruptly disappeared 
after 2 1/2 or 3 weeks. Interestingly, another bander caught it a week 
later some 3 miles away.

I believe you and Doug. Swainson's tend to become less responsive to tapes 
late in the season, and it may have also been out of earshot. Considering 
my personal record for finding rarities that are practically staked out 
(poor, that is), one visit does not negate its being there!

----Bill Eddleman, Cape Girardeau
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At 10:02 PM 7/9/2005 +0000, [log in to unmask] wrote:
>Greetings -- In regards to the Swainson's Warbler -- there IS a Swainson's 
>warbler singing at the Sanctuary -- sporadically, but it has been there 
>for at least two weeks. I played the call when it was singing and got it 
>closer but never got a view.
>
>There is never a guarantee that a bird will respond to a taped call, 
>particularly since it is moving around a large area. That does not 
>discount or eliminate its presence. At least three of us have heard it and 
>I don't believe any of us are complete tin ears nor were we willing to 
>post it initially because we figured we would be doubted/dismissed, which 
>at least one person is obviously doing. Dang man, the pessimism is 
>ridiculous. No wonder there are those of us that don't like to post. Add 
>myself to the list.
>
>
>
>Craig Hensley
>Liberty, MO
>
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