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Thanks, Greg.  Definitely didn't have the dark head or body of a junco.  But
the chipping sparrow seems like a very good possibility!



> -----Original Message-----
> From: Gregory R. Askew [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Thursday, April 21, 2005 9:57 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] pine warbler or......?
>
>
> WE've had lots of vocal juncos trilling high in the trees around our
> neighborhood. Chipping sparrows are back as well, and they
> prefer high singing
> perches, I believe. That's my two cents.
> Greg
>
> Quoting "Lawrence, Miriam" <[log in to unmask]>:
>
> > I still qualify as a relative newbie and am especially poor
> at birding by
> > ear, so please forgive any less-than-brilliant questions
> I'm about to ask,
> > but...
> >
> > This morning on Rt. 2 in Richmond, after dropping my son at
> at daycare, I
> > heard a sweet trill high in the willow tree above me.  I
> found the bird with
> > my binos, but due to its height and the angle of view, as
> well as the sun,
> > it was impossible to make out very much.  What I could see
> of the underside
> > was not very colorful -- from where I was standing it
> looked light gray
> > underneath, and the beak looked blackish, but that was
> really all I could
> > make out, and that only just barely.
> >
> > I think there's a good chance I was looking at a warbler,
> but obviously not
> > at all certain -- it's even possible it was a sparrow, I
> couldn't make out
> > the beak shape, although I would lay odds it was an
> insect-eating beak.  The
> > trill was certainly akin to a pine warbler's, but I could
> not make out any
> > color at all on the bird I saw, and I was under the
> impression that a pine
> > warbler would have looked more yellow.
> >
> > I'm wondering what, if any, other birds have a song that is
> a monotone rapid
> > trill repeated at brief intervals, with no other defining
> characteristics,
> > might fit the description I just gave, and might be found
> sitting perched on
> > top of a willow tree (near woods).
> >
> > Anyone care to speculate?
> >
> > Thanks!
> >
> > Miriam Lawrence
> > Monkton Ridge
> >
>
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