Monday, June 9, 2014

Outdoors -- the duel

A nice quiet Memorial Day Monday and suddenly, two Carolina wrens start a duel.
The one calls "Chicoree chicoree chicoree chicka".
The other calls "Pretty bird pretty bird pretty bird."
One on the north, one on the south across the street.
This went on from 11 a.m. for about 10 minutes.
Carolina chickadees do this too, at the end of winter when establishing their turf.  But they all have the same song.
I've heard Carolina wrens call "Cheeseburger cheeseburger cheeseburger" and "terwillig terwillig terwillig."
Supposedly they have one of the most varied songs among birds, and even individual birds will use more than one song.
Anyway finally the northern bird moved off among the trees on that side.
And then I could go back to listening for the plaintive peep of the mockingbird chick.

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