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Old Friday 27th June 2008, 22:18   #1
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What do Birds Say?

Birding books often describe bird calls or songs in words, but I find it fun to make up my own descriptions.

Here's an example: On a walk in the woods with my wife, I tried to stimulate her interest in birds by pointing out what the American goldfinch was saying. The books describe their call as "per-chic-o-ree," but I told my wife it was saying, "Look at me!" (It worked for a while, but she's still not a birder.)

So, what do you hear birds saying? I'll start with a short list of my favorites:
  • American Goldfinch: Conventional: "per-chic-o-ree." I hear: "Look at me!"
  • Phainopepla: Conventional: "wurp." I hear: My three-year-old granddaughter saying, "huh?"
  • White-breasted nuthatch: Conventional: "yank-yank." I hear: A cartoon character from many years ago saying "Snarf! Snarf!"

What can you add to the list?
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Old Saturday 28th June 2008, 00:42   #2
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Hi Chuck,

When I hear birds singing or calling I don't associate their song with a saying. I do associate them with other things.

Northern Cardinal - It's the video game bird
Chimney Swifts - Bats that have their sonar cranked so high I can hear it
Song Sparrows - Little robots
(Other small birds songs have a mechanical sound to me so it gets confusing)
Like Goldfinches and House Finches sound like little robots at times. :)

Good luck with your wife Maybe you will find something that interests you both about birds or other things walking in the woods, flowers, tress and plants. Animal tracks. A simple camera to take photos along the way.

See ya,

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Old Saturday 28th June 2008, 18:43   #3
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hi chuck ,
try liverpool's 3 liverbirds.
liverbird sounds a bit like (merseyside best for birding in the uk )
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Old Saturday 28th June 2008, 19:52   #4
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hi chuck ,
try liverpool's 3 liverbirds.
liverbird sounds a bit like (merseyside best for birding in the uk )
Don't you find that the people tend to look the same though

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people may look the same but i carn't say that for our birds
De Liver Birdís already on de wing.
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people may look the same but i carn't say that for our birds
De Liver Birdís already on de wing.
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Old Sunday 29th June 2008, 11:27   #7
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Birds that sound like other things:

Dupont's Lark - rusty swing
LOng-eared Owl - Blowing in a bottle, or low-frequency vibration caused by passing lorry
Little Bittern - distant barking dog
Water Rail - the slaughter of the pig
Little Bustard - short juicy raspberry (!)
Eurasian Nightjar - alien spacecraft

and some birds that say things:

Go-back, go-back - Red Grouse
Teacher, teacher, teacher - Great Tit
Cetti, cetti, come-and-get-the-Cetti - Cetti's Warbler
O-ri-o-ol - Golden Oriole
Set-per-vuit, set-per-vuit (seven times eight in Catalan) - Quail
are-you-going? (x3), don't know (x 3), may-be (x3)... - Song thrush
Ooo-oh! (sexy) - Eider

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hi chuck ,
try liverpool's 3 liverbirds.
liverbird sounds a bit like (merseyside best for birding in the uk )
To go off topic for a second - is it just me, or does anyone else think the Clangers whistled with Liverpool accents?
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To go off topic for a second - is it just me, or does anyone else think the Clangers whistled with Liverpool accents?
I always assumed they were welsh.

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