[Tweeters] mystery singer: Identified

Abby Larson larson8 at uw.edu
Thu Jul 3 13:31:13 PDT 2014

On the loud whistle mystery bird, I have had a towhee with a loud, clear,
energetic whistle ending in an occasional squeak in my neighborhood (near
the Arboretum) for the past two years. It really had me stumped until I
saw its lips move. In fact, there's another odd-calling towhee at
Discovery Park, it just doesn't sound anything like its usual rattling
call, just a whistle and squeak thing. If you hear it again, it's worth
looking at the treetops (again) for a towhee.


On Thu, Jul 3, 2014 at 1:06 PM, Josh Hayes <coralliophila at live.com> wrote:

> As expected, the "mystery bird" is actually pretty common and easily

> identified once I actually SAW the bird doing the singing -- I described

> the song as a series of half a dozen high-pitched notes rising on a

> chromatic scale with a downward glissando at the end, as I recall, and it

> turns out to be golden-crowned kinglets. This also fits in with the "I only

> sing from truly annoyingly high tops of trees" bit.


> The Oregon recording at the Cornell site is a good approximation of the

> first part; the bit at the tail end seems to be rather different, but I put

> that down to geographic variation. The high-pitched LOUD whistle I heard a

> week or so ago and could not identify was not heard again after that day,

> which makes me think it was probably an escapee from someone's house,

> sadly. I fear that puzzle will not get solved, but it's good to have the

> common bird ID-ed!


> Cheers,


> Josh in Licton Springs (North Seattle)


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