[Tweeters] Union Bay Watch | Fear and Trembling

Hubbell ldhubbell at comcast.net
Sat Jul 25 12:13:46 PDT 2015


Tweeters,

This week’s post talks about an instinctual fear induced by the sound of young birds. To test your advanced birding skills (and my ability to describe birds sounds) I have included descriptions of this young bird’s call below. Your challenge is to determine what type of bird we are talking about before visiting my blog. I hope you enjoy the challenge!

What bird near Union Bay makes this call?

The hidden bird was heard calling from the leaves of a big leaf maple tree.
The sound it made was a single clear descending whistle, repeated often, but not rapidly.
The beginning of the whistle started with the slightest impression of a “pu” sound as in the word puff.
The "pu" was not a separate sound from the whistle it was simply how the whistle began.
The call was louder than the call of a willow flycatcher, and not separated into two sounds as in “fitz-hugh”, but the whistle made me think of the flycatcher.
The call was not as loud as the “clear” call of a flicker, but somewhat similar to it as well.

The bird in the first photo is the answer.

http://unionbaywatch.blogspot.com/2015/07/fear-and-trembling.html <http://unionbaywatch.blogspot.com/2015/07/fear-and-trembling.html>

Have a great day on Union Bay, where nature lives in the city!

Larry Hubbell
ldhubbell at comcast dot net


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