Black-capped Chickadees make a high pitched see as a high-intensity alarm call, often when a fast-approaching predator is detected. When chickadees hear this call, they freeze in position until they hear a chickadee-dee call signifying “all clear.” High see calls most often given by males.
The chickadees are a group of North American birds in the tit family included in the genus Poecile.
Calls. American Robins often make a mumbled cuck or tuk to communicate with each other or a sharp yeep or peek as an alarm call. They also make a repeated chirr that rises in volume and can sound like a laugh or chuckle.
Northern Mockingbird: The song is a long series of phrases, with each phrase usually repeated three times or more; the songs can go on for 20 seconds or more. Phrases may be imitations of other birds, other natural sounds, or manmade sounds, such as car alarms.
Catbirds give the impression of being entirely slaty gray. With a closer look you’ll see a small black cap, blackish tail, and a rich rufous-brown patch under the tail. Catbirds are secretive but energetic, hopping and fluttering from branch to branch through tangles of vegetation.
Small, nondescript brown bird with a short tail, thin bill, and dark barring on wings and tail with a paler throat.
This cute little songbird also has a distinctive black cap on its head. The cheeks and back of the head are white and the throat is black. The underside of the bird moves from some white coloring on the chest to a light tan color on the belly.
Calls. Carolina Wrens have a large repertoire of calls, including loud repeated rasping, chattering, and a rising and falling cheer.
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Black-capped Chickadee Calls
Listen first for the two-note whistle of the male black-capped chickadee. It’s a very clear two-note song that drops in pitch and sounds like “fee-bee.” Now you know that THAT sound is!
Calls. Both male and female Brown-headed Cowbirds make a variety of whistles, clicking and chattering calls. You’ll often hear flight whistles, which are a series of 2–5 clear sweeping whistles with occasional buzzes or trills mixed in. Females make a distinctive rolling chatter that is very attractive to males.
Songs. Great Horned Owls advertise their territories with deep, soft hoots with a stuttering rhythm: hoo-h’HOO-hoo-hoo. The male and female of a breeding pair may perform a duet of alternating calls, with the female’s voice recognizably higher in pitch than the male’s.
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List of animal sounds
|Eagle||screech||0:03 Bald Eagle|
|Elephant||trumpet||0:02 Elephant trumpet|
|Elk||bugle (male), bleat (calves)||0:07 Elk bellow|
Both crows and ravens make loud raspy signature calls, described as “caw” and “kraa” respectively, but American crows and common ravens have large repertoires of sounds in addition to these calls.
The song starts with one or two (up to eight) short introductory notes and then a fast trill that can sound like a taut rubber band being plucked, or a piece of paper stuck into a fan. Some Spotted Towhee songs have just the trill phrase only.
Calls. Cedar Waxwings have two common calls: a high-pitched, trilled bzeee and a sighing whistle, about a half-second long, often rising in pitch at the beginning. Cedar Waxwings call often, especially in flight.
It sounds something like “eep” every 10 seconds or so. Recently this very bird flew onto a branch of a redwood tree across from my deck, and I was able to identify it as a young great horned owl.
The Ruby-crowned Kinglet is one of North America’s tiniest songbirds. Some know it as Rickie for short, based on the official four-letter code used by birders and bird-banders, R-C-K-I. At just four inches long and weighing less than a quarter of an ounce, it’s affectionately known as “Little Rickie.”
Swainson’s Thrushes also have a thin, high-pitched, single-note whine similar to that of American Robin. They also make a bink like water dropping onto a hard surface, and a single, drawn-out, metallic peeer reminiscent of the song of the Varied Thrush, but not as long.
The “seee” alarm call and the “weet” alarm call are given only by cocks and only in the nesting season. The “seee” call is usually reserved for the sudden appearance of a hawk. The “weet” is sounded when the danger is less immediate.
With a repertoire of 30 or so distinct songs, some appropriated from other species, males sing at different times of the year to attract a mate, strengthen the pair bond, and warn trespassers to stay out of their territory.
Calls. House Wrens make a variety of harsh sounds: churrs, chatters, rattles, and scolds, often in response to large animals that might be predators.
The Spotted Towhee is one of the most common birds that look like robins but aren’t. Their widespread habitat covers California, Arizona, Washington, Nevada, Southern British Colombia, Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and more.
Dickcissel. Dickcissel are small-sized bird from the sparrow family, that can be found in fields, grasslands and prairies throughout North America, migrating from Central America during the winter months.