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Date: 4/2/18 11:30 am
From: Andrew Tillinghast <andrewtillinghast...> Subject: Re: [birders] Interesting Titmouse Behavior
Interesting observation! I wonder if titmice, like the chickadees in the
link, vary their calls to communicate information about predators. Maybe
your birds were conversing about the same Cooper’s hawk.
On Sat, Mar 31, 2018 at 1:51 PM Eve Wilson <evew...>
> Today while birding at the Arb in Ann Arbor, I confirmed something I
> thought I had noticed previously when I find Titmice and Chickadees
> together in a group. The Titmice seem to imitate the Chickadee song.
> What I heard and saw today, since I had the opportunity to watch for a
> while, is how the Chickadee would sing Chickadee - dee - dee and I then
> heard a voice reply using the same cadence, but sounding deeper and
> scratchy instead of clear. Then I saw the Titmouse and observed how it
> would respond to the Chickadee and it was clearly having a song
> conversation, though the "words and tone" were quite different, the cadence
> was the same.
> I loved this! And it makes sense to me since they spend a lot of time
> together and are in the same family.
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