Try Pine Grosbeak, I had several birds yesterday with call patterns similar to what you describe. Even had one do a short song, which sounds sort of like a Purple Finch.
Will RaupAlbany, NYwww.pbase.com/cabbage_hollow> Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2007 08:12:23 -0800> From: [log in to unmask]> Subject: [VTBIRD] Bird ID Help Please> To: [log in to unmask]> > Yesterday late afternoon my wife and I were walking> our dog at the Spirit in Natura nature trail in the> mountains east of Middlebury. In a grove of evergreens> surrounded by mixed hardwoods we were startled by a> bird call we have never heard before. > > The call was a powerful, whistle-like two note, rising> on the second note. To me it sounded like too-TEE;> this call note was repeated several times in a row,> with significant spacing in between. After several> such calls the bird would then change to a brief> chortle or warble. and start the cyle of calls over> again. We're far from experts but are familiar with> most common calls in our area. This was completely new> to us. The too-Tee portion reminded me of a towhee> call, in its tonal quality and strength, but without> the trill at the end. We listened to our Peterson> audio guide all the way through and heard nothing like> it. I expect that this is an unfamiliar varient call> of something relatively common, but I have no idea> what :)> > We did get some visual info as well. We finally spoted> the bird perched at the very top of a conifer. But (of> course) we didn't have our binocs, plus the sun was> setting so we saw the bird clearly but only backlit so> not indication of color or markings. What we could see> was a mid-sized bird, very robinish in size(maybe> smaller)and posture, with a prominent tail.> > I know its hard to id second-hand, but I'm really> stumped by this and would appreciate any input.> Thanks, Michael Thomas> > > ____________________________________________________________________________________> Be a better sports nut! Let your teams follow you > with Yahoo Mobile. Try it now. http://mobile.yahoo.com/sports;_ylt=At9_qDKvtAbMuh1G1SQtBI7ntAcJ
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