Date: 3/20/17 6:54 am From: Gwyn Calvetti <gwyntells...> Subject: [wisb] Bird song stumps me
I was birding in a ridgetop area near La Crosse yesterday. From the steep sided hill, with mixed deciduous trees and brushy stuff, I heard several Tufted Titmice singing their "Peter Peter" songs. I also heard something that had the same cadence, a two syllable repeat like that, repeated twice a couple times, then repeated three times once. I could not track down the actual bird. It must have been down off the edge of the cliff. At any rate, instead of a musical sound, it was very raspy and harsh and the timbre was different. I'd have called it a Tufted Titmouse with laryngitis. I can't recall hearing this song before, but that could be the hazard of hearing birds I haven't heard since last year. Any ideas? I've been looking online at Titmouse variations and they all still have a musical quality. This did not. Thanks for your ideas, it's driving me nuts!
Gwyn Calvetti LaCrosse county
-- Gwyn Calvetti Oh, the stories I could tell you! Contributing Author, "Telling Stories to Children," NSN Wisconsin Humanities Council Speakers Bureau Member, 2006-10