I have never heard "teacher" or "pizza" in the song of the Ovenbird. Both those words are accented on the first syllable. My ears hear a loud second syllable that I might write as "puh-CHEW puh-CHEW puh-CHEW."
--- On Mon, 3/16/09, Bruce MacPherson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
From: Bruce MacPherson <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Ovenbird mnemonic
To: [log in to unmask]
Date: Monday, March 16, 2009, 1:30 PM
I greatly enjoyed the recent thread on mnemonics. Speaking of which, the
Ovenbird's teacher-teacher-teacher song is well-known, but on a field trip
last year Carl Runge taught me that if you think of the Ovenbird's
dome-shaped nest you might hear Pizza-pizza-pizza.