I followed the sound, to a pine, and used binoculars to see a grayish bird on a dead snag at the top, a white patch on the front, pale green, grey sides, a bit darker on top of its head, slight head tuft.
Looked it up in sibley's, maybe an olive sided flycatcher..??..listened to the bird call recording on allaboutbirds.org and
That's my bird!
An olive sided flycatcher.
Bird detective success.
And the bird books all describe the call as 'quick THREE beers'!
I have great ears, bad eyes. And the apps for bird song are just, meh!
The trickiest song we've had recently is a Carolina Wren. Hard to spot. And the song variation is so extreme, or maybe our bird just has a strange regional accent !
But it is so satisfying to finally figure it out...
I use the iBird app on my phone for birding by ear, but my Sibley's are very well used and worn.
Don't diss the Southern Mockingbird, pj They have my second favorite song (first is the Western Meadowlark )
This thread needs pictures!
I love bird songs and I'm a pretty good mimic. Birds are awesome.
Separated, divorcing, moving on.
I edit because I always make typos.
Looked it up in sibley's, maybe an olive sided flycatcher..??..listened to the bird call recording on allaboutbirds.org
We have bees, and couple summers ago I noticed a bird I had never really seen around before, and it would sit on our deck rail, or the branches for the trees further out, and would snatch the honeybees right out of the air, and had a pretty cool song.
It took a bit of research, but found these are Summer Tanningers, and they love Honeybees. They now nest near our house every summer.
Birding by sound sure helps, because there is a lot of thick brush, and there are an awful lot of little brown birds, or grey birds.
Last week I id'd a grey gnatcatcher. It looked a little like a bewick's wren or a wrentit or a bushtit, but not really like any of them.
I have the audubon app, and the peterson's app (I use that one less) Most pro bird people I know use iBird. I find allaboutbirds.org really helpful. These days the online recordings really help.
I love the feeling of being outside and feeling like I know who is where, and who my bird neighbors are. I am more a native then, feeling like I belong. Otherwise, I am a tourist in an alien land.
Lately I've been using bird language and interpretation of their alarm calls to locate the grey fox in my yard. I have tripled the amount of times I see him or her. Birds watch for everything and comment on the animals moving through the brush. Great allies.
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I refuse to Google Image "bushtit"
I didn't think you'd have to...
You should have seen the shit I got from jPapa for posting a picture of my beer in a tufted titmouse glass...
I refuse to Google Image "bushtit
And yes TR that's the guy.
They think Honey bees are yummy. I have to bite my tongue when I see them, because H wants to "get rid" of them since they are eating his bees.
I said leave em be, we have 10 hives with at least 60,000 bees each I don't they can eat enough to make an impact.
I've been using bird language and interpretation of their alarm calls to locate the grey fox in my yard.
I kept hearing the Jays' alarm message (didn't know what it was) until it bugged me enough to walk out and look up. I saw the Jays, but then, a large hawk took off - so I figured it out.
Years ago while in Kentucky, a guy said; "You wanna see a hawk?" Then he made 'some call sound', we kept talking, sure enough, about a minute later he pointed up and said; "There he is!"
I recognize indigo bunting - so dang purty!
Bluebird lovers despise sparrows,
red winged blackbirds bring me back to my childhood.
Yep. I'm a bird nerd.
(just not as nerdy as some of you app peoples)
My latest favorite is a Eastern Towhee. Never seen one dance around the bottom of the feeder until this year.
Jjct, jays make a 'sneak, sneak' call for hawks, I've heard this too.
One time I heard jays and other birds all yelling at once. I walked down the road, following the sound and saw a great horned owl, all the birds were mobbing it. It was so cool, like a cat with wings.
This is a good resource for bird language.
Jon young is a great teacher and I've really enjoyed his classes, and his book, What the Robin Knows