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!
Have you heard what sounds like a rusty bicycle making its way through the forest recently? That “squeaky wheel” is the signature sound of the Black-and-white Warbler, Mniotilta varia, a migrating songbird and summer resident in the deciduous and mixed forests of North Carolina and much of the Eastern United States.
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.
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.
They tend to be among the earliest birds to start the dawn chorus and one of the last to stop in the evening. Street lights and floodlights can trigger singing in the middle of the night, and if roosting robins are disturbed, they can burst into song even in complete darkness.
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.
Calls. Carolina Wrens have a large repertoire of calls, including loud repeated rasping, chattering, and a rising and falling cheer.
Birds primarily use vision, their sense of sight, to locate food. Birds may see seeds that they recognize as food in your feeder. But to do so, they have to be pretty close.
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With practice, anyone can become a birder and tell the difference between songs. Black-capped chickadee: Their habitat range stretches from Boston to Oregon. With their distinctive two-note call wee woo or cheese-burger, these little guys are hard to mistake!
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.”
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.
A Tangled Teapot of Towhees
However, the Spotted Towhee’s song sounds similar to the well-known “drink-your-tea” song of its eastern cousin. This is why a group of towhees is referred to as a “teapot.” Another nickname for a group of towhees, a “tangle,” is a nod to the bird’s preferred habitat of thick shrubbery.
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.
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There is another bird, the yellow-headed blackbird, that has a call that sounds like a heavy door swinging on squeaky hinges.
Apart from owls, our other nocturnal songsters, corncrakes, nightjars and nightingales are all migratory birds with a short and well defined song period during the spring and summer months. As well as the true nocturnal species, reed and sedge warblers among others, sing extensively during the night.
But even though this bird sounds like an owl, it’s not. It’s actually a Band-tailed Pigeon, a case of mistaken identity. Most owls have calls far more complex than “Who, who.” Listen to this Barred Owl! [Who cooks for you?
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.
It’s my favorite bird sound from Panama, made by a black-bellied wren (Pheugopedius fasciatoventris).