Fascinating article, Andrew.
Take some time to read this, folks!
Chickadees have a wide variety of alarm calls to which we can pay
attention, and that will tell us more about what's going on in their world
On Mon, Apr 2, 2018 at 2:30 PM, Andrew Tillinghast <
> 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.
> http://www.washington.edu/news/2005/06/23/chickadees- > alarm-calls-carry-information-about-size-threat-of-predator/
> Andrew Tillinghast
> Ann Arbor
> 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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