Here's one I use for the indigo bunting.  Since the best mnemonics
always link to the source- "blue, blue, blue, so blue"  First three all
one tone, then down, then up again.

Carl Pinkham
Biology Dept
Norwich University 

-----Original Message-----
From: Vermont Birds [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Julie
Sent: Saturday, March 07, 2009 11:46 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] mnemonics

A sidenote about mnemonics, which is not meant as a criticism of 
anyone or a suggestion that this is a bad discussion to have: on a 
personal level, I find mnemonics to be very confusing.  To me, 
they're like memorizing pieces of music by trying to picture the 
sheet music.   I totally get that they work for a lot of people, but 
when I hear some of the descriptors that go with a lot of birds, I 
just find myself wondering if they're the same birds I hear.

I can't really think of a good mnemonic, for example, for the pine 
siskin, because in my head, a pine siskin's call would translate 
linguistically to "whir, whir, descending trill, chirp chirp" or 
something like that :)

Maybe it's because I'm a musician: I tend to remember sounds 
themselves more easily than the words that peope use to connect the 

[log in to unmask]          

	We've heard that a million monkeys at a million
	keyboards could produce the Complete Works of
	Shakespeare; now, thanks to the Internet, we know
	this is not true.

			--Robert Wilensky