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Bird Songs

On Wed, Mar 23 2011, in Leroy, by Leroy Leese
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Yellow-headed BlackbirdI asked for a Bird Song Training CD over the span of a few holidays last year and I got one for Father’s Day 2010. I have been listening to it off and on and there have been a few occasions when I hear a bird, that I have definitively been able to identify it. Cardinal. Chickadee. Morning Doves. But last night I recognized one from my training and although I couldn’t figure it out by name – I knew that I recognized it. Turns out – it was a Yellow-headed Blackbird.

The song that it sings which makes it so distinguishable is something that sounds like, “don’t you dare”. And the phrase sounds like it is being said through the voicing of a rusty door hinge 🙂

Based on its migratory pattern, it almost seems unlikely that it would have been in my neighborhood – but I don’t know of any other bird song that sounds like that – so I am sticking with that identification. I’ll be spending more time out in the garden, so I will try to visually identify it when I am outside and hear it again.

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4 Responses to Bird Songs

  1. Ashley Isaak says:

    Leroy,
    Loved this blog today! Jacob and I love to listen to birds & I believe I’ll put a training CD on my wish list this year. Jacob purchased himself a book on birds from Smokey Mountain National Park last year – & he loves opening it & looking for the birds.
    Chirp chirp from Florida!
    Ashley

  2. Lindsey Valentine says:

    Hey! Glad to know that I have a bird lover nieghbor!! I love feeding our birds and watching them. If we have a yellow-headed blackbird that would be amazing but I am thinking it is our sweet state bird!! The mockingbird, which is actually not sweet after all. They like to dominate this area and occasionally get a little closer to you than you would like. They have gone after cats, dogs, and other birds. They also mimic other birds which could answer the question of why it sounds like the yellow-headed blackbird. We have one that sings outside of our window in the birch. He sounds like wake up, if I am akwake you need to wake up!!! Hope this helps, but I am no bird expert so I could be wrong! Keep your eyes out for our neighborhood mockingbird, and hopefully he wont dive at you one day! 🙂

  3. Stephanie says:

    Hey cool, I’ll have to share this with Mike. He’s totally into birding (watching, feeding, calls, etc) and actually just put up 2 houses for the bluebirds to nest in. It was kinda fun watching the chickadees try to take them both over. They took one but I believe the bluebirds kept the other one 🙂

  4. Leroy says:

    Lindsay – Jessica totally agrees with you. It very well might not be the Yellow headed blackbird. It would make more sense if it’s not – they don’t usually show up around here. I’ll be looking out for those mockingbird’s though. Hopefully I don’t get deceived again 🙂

    Ashley, here is a link to the CD that I asked for:

    Bird Song Ear Training Guide: Who Cooks for Poor Sam Peabody? Learn to Recognize the Songs of Birds from the Midwest and Northeast States