Saturday, April 28, 2007

Bird Calls


For several years I’ve been hearing a “peculiar” bird call in our neighborhood during the spring and summer months. I say “peculiar” because it was a call I didn’t recognize, and try as I might, I’ve never been able to spot any bird actually saying (singing) this call. For those of you with any musical training, it’s just a descending major second – 2 notes, of equal length. This morning as I was knitting, I had the window open and heard that bird call again, so I went to this web site and after a few tries, I found The Bird! I had suspected that the bird I was hearing was one that we frequently see at our feeders, but that the peculiar bird calls I kept hearing were more of “This-is-my- territory!” calls, or maybe “Hey-girls-lets-have-some-fun!” calls rather than the normal bird chatter that one hears at the feeders. So I typed in several familiar birds and listened to their calls, and sure enough! The bird I’ve been hearing is this…



a Black Capped Chick-a-dee! Singing an entirely different song from his usual "chick-a-dee-dee-dee". I love this web site!

(WOW! Did you see that? I actually got an image placed in the middle of the text! Wonder if I can do another one?)

On the knitting front? Not much to report - I've knit a few rounds on my Rainy Day Sock, but not enough progress to warrant another pic. Early this morning, while knitting, I watched an episode of Religion and Ethics on PBS. Informative and sometimes provocative, it's an excellent reason to watch the telly early on a Saturday morning.




4 comments:

hege said...

Thanks for the link to the bird id site! I have heard that call a lot, too, and wondered who that was.

Maggie said...

I am so glad you posted this. I have been calling that mysterious bird "the major second bird" for years but could never spot the little guy. So I googled "'major second' bird", your post came up, and the mystery was solved. Even though I know its proper name now, I'm going to continue calling it "the major second bird"...or maybe "the major second Chick-a-dee." :)

Scott said...

Your post solved the mystery for me just now, here on the far north side of Chicago. Thank you! Scott Knitter

anon said...

I too, was trying to figure out who the major-second bird was. Thank you for your post. You have solved the mystery!