Many thanks, Ann and Evergreen. I have various bird song CDs around
somewhere, but by the time I get from one track to the other, I've lost
the sound in my ear clearly enough to make a comparison. I'll try the
Web site and see if that helps.
I sure wish somebody would make a CD that grouped together various
similar calls/songs, rather than marching through them in strict
taxonimic order-- put all those different trills in a track one after
the other, all the whinnies, lots of the chip notes, etc. Dick Walton's
marvelous "Birding by Ear" does that with some things, but doesn't cover
What's puzzling me about this trill is that it's neither bell-like nor a
tight dry trill. Or rather, it's dry all right, but fairly loose,
relatively short in duration, and not mechanically on one note but often
weakening and going up or down a little at the end (not abruptly like a
Parula, but in a graceful little arc). If it were later in the season,
I'd even wonder whether it might be a Pine Warbler. &*(%#%$^%$%^
I think part of the problem is that none of these calls/songs are so
mechanical that they're repeated exactly the same way between
individuals or even by a single individual every time. So what you hear
doesn't always correspond exactly to the classic version presented on
the CDs or the sound files on the Web.
If I figure out who it is, I'll let you know, but so far it's been hiding...
Hmmmm. If this bird is deep in the lilacs rather than high up in the
nearby spruce stand, does that argue it's more likely a Junco?
Ann Lewis wrote:
> I was just listening to that on my Petererson series "Birding by Ear" CD
> and the Junco's song is desccribed as being a "bell-like" trill vs. the
> Chipping Sparrow's which is a drier sound. I would highly recommend
> this CD. Also the Cornel Lab of Ornithology's Macaulay Library has a
> great web site where you can search for and listen to bird calls. Here
> it is:
> Ann Lewis
> Morrisville, VT
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "jane" <[log in to unmask]>
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> Sent: Sunday, April 01, 2007 5:30 PM
> Subject: [VTBIRD] Trills
>> Does anybody have any good tips for distinguishing the trill of a
>> Chipping sparrow from a Junco? My chippies are due back any day now
>> but I've still got lots of Juncos around, and I can't tell whether the
>> trilling I'm hearing is one or the other!