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Re: bird call question?

You have provided a perfect description of the song of the
White-throated Sparrow. They aren't present, of course, in summer, but
they are present in spring, sing often, have 5 notes with the exact
pitch and quavering whistles as described, etc.

Harry LeGrand

Alex Netherton wrote:
> It might be a Wood Thrush. It is amongst the sweetest calls in Nature. The
> singing birds are *very* difficult to sneak up on, and they blend in so
> well, it is almost impossible to see them in the deep woods.
> Alex Netherton
> The Appalachian Naturalist
> Asheville, NC
> http://www.appalachian-naturalist.com
> alex@appalachian-naturalist.com
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "shannon douglas" <monkeyself@email.msn.com>
> To: <carolinabirds@duke.edu>
> Sent: Tuesday, May 29, 2001 9:51 PM
> Subject: bird call question?
> > I feel silly not knowing this.  There is a bird I have heard all of my
> life
> > (in Columbia, SC) and I've always wandered what it is and I have read bird
> > call descriptions and listened to bird call recordings and never found it.
> > I have stalked this bird whenever I hear it and never been able to
> actually
> > see it.  Yet I feel it is probably a common bird that I've seen many times
> > not realizing it.
> >
> > I have heard it year round but more often in the spring in the evenings.
> It
> > is a very plaintive sounding call.  It is made up of 4 or 5 clear whistles
> > with a minor sound to them.  Often, the pattern is one note followed by a
> > note about a musical interval of a 4th above it, and then the remaining
> > notes stay near that note but get slightly flat each time and waver
> > slightly.  I think there are other patterns too but they always have that
> > clear whistled tone with a minor feel and the progressively flatter
> series.
> >
> > I feel it is probably a small bird - a warbler or a sparrow, maybe.  Does
> > anybody know what bird I'm hearing?
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Shannon
> > columbia, SC
> > monkeyself@email.msn.com
> >

Harry LeGrand
NC Natural Heritage Program
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