Fw: [Tweeters] Thurston Co Cassin's Vireo

plkoyama at comcast.net plkoyama at comcast.net
Mon Apr 7 08:50:41 PDT 2014

After an interesting exchange w. Amy S (her last e-mail is included for educational purposes!) I am withdrawing the heard-only Cassin’s Vireo. We were quite sure at the time, but like an earlier Amy, had never heard of the vireo-like song that can be produced by the Purple Finch. We didn’t stay around at Scatter Creek long enough to tape the bird in, as the rain picked up to a more sincere level about then. But check this out, and thanks, Amy!
Penny Koyama, Bothell

From: amy schillinger
Sent: Monday, April 07, 2014 8:19 AM
To: plkoyama at comcast.net
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] Thurston Co Cassin's Vireo


I have heard them do that. On a CBC several years ago I could have sworn on anything that I had a Cassin's vireo singing, which included what I thought sounded like a 'question and answer'. But then, after being asked by someone about the imitation by Purple finch (which I didn't know about at the time) as well as reading about vireo's behavior I took it off of my list since I only saw the bird flying away from near the top of a tree. One habit that I have noticed is that while Purple finches tend to stay fixed in one location (usually higher up) while singing, Cassin's vireo's tend to sing while moving throughout the middle to lower canopy. Not always, but usually.

The best example that I could find of a Purple finch imitating a Cassin's Vireo is from the Cornell Lab. I included the link: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/purple_finch/sounds

I also love xeno-canto. I use it all of the time because I learn bird song better listening to it in real situations with background noises and other bird songs in the background rather than perfectly clean typical songs that you find on bird song cd's. I call them 'dirty' recordings and I think that they offer a better selection of variations of bird songs and call notes. A link to their site is: http://www.xeno-canto.org/

Your post prompted me to start exercising my ears again since spring is here, yeah! I'm always rusty after a loooong dark winter.

Enjoy migration!



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