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|OTHER WILD BIRD STORIES
Bird Watching Stories
(Go Back to Wild Bird Page Contents)
|» No Barbeque this Summer|
|» Barn Swallow "Mama"|
|» Just How Does a Bird Eat Bees?|
|» My Birdwatching Adventures in Costa Rica|
|» The Ever-Popular Chickadee|
|» Just Another Golden Eagle|
| » Four Birds in One Tree:
A Few Days of Birdwatching in England
|» Four Calling Birds???|
|» A Very Unique Cardinal|
|» Narcissism or Territorial
Defense: Macho Cardinal
|» The Last Companion Carolina Paroquet|
|» Convergent Evolution: Meadowlark and Longclaw|
|» Barrel Cactus Confrontation|
|» Galahs Playing Around and Around and Around ...|
|» Mesmerizing a Goldfinch|
|» Who Made Up This Stuff?
Bird Call Mnemonics
|» The Best Mimic?|
|» Prairie Chickens and Woodcocks:
|» Mob Mentality: Who is Really in Control of the Skies?|
|» The Owl Who Sat Down Beside Me|
|» Meeting Hot Shot: The Toddler Peregrine Falcon|
|» Seeing 'Sea Parrots'
|» A Rare and Unusual Bird
Meeting Roger Tory Peterson
|» Raven Showoffs|
|» Reddish Egrets a nd Canopy Feeding|
| » Robins and Worms
Hear, See, Smell, or Feel?
|» What Are You Doing Here? Scissortail Flycatcher|
|» Hospital Halucinations|
|» Wild Bird "Attacks": Just Misunderstandings?|
|» Drunken Waxwings and an Unusual Hummingbird Feeder|
|» Aransas in the Fog:
|» Acorn Woodpecker Defending its Stash|
|» Why Woodpeckers Don't Get Headaches: Built in Shock Absorber|
|WHO MAKES THIS STUFF UP?|
|BIRD CALL MNEMONICS|
|Tricks Used to Remember Bird Calls and Songs|
by Sally Blanchard
“Tea kettle tea kettle” (Carolina wren)
"Weeeeep” (Great-crested Flycatcher) In Wichita, one of my favorite birds was the Great-crested Flycatcher. I did a lot of bird watching in Oak Park, which was along the Arkansas River. These flycatchers would follow us along the various paths and call to us continually.
“Ank-ank-ank” (Red-breasted nuthatch) I would define this call as more of a laugh. I lived about 60 miles out of Kansas City in Warrensburg, Missouri for a couple of years. I played golf a lot when I lived there and the golf course cut through some beautiful woods. More than once my golf partners got frustrated with me because I was bird watching at the same time. One of my favorite memories was when I was trying to make a fairly long putt and I heard a red-breasted nuthatch nearby laughing at me. This laughter amused me so much that I missed the putt completely. I was a decent golfer, but bird watching was actually more important to me than my golf score!
“If I sees you; I will seize you; and I'll squeeze you till you squirt” (Warbling vireo) Supposedly the vireo is talking to a caterpillar when it "says" this.