Thursday, February 20, 2014

Bird of mystery

With the spring comes a whole new installment of bird mysteries!

There is one I heard this morning that intruded gently on my thoughts about Leonard Pennario's records. It was a really simple birdsong. A rising chirp. Mid-pitched. A strong but musical tone, not buzzing or harsh.

Chirp. Chirp. Chirp. Chirp. Chirp.

About a second and a half, two seconds apart.

Ah, I thought. That will be a really easy bird to identify. And it was getting about time to knock off work anyway. And so I tried.

But this Wildlife Research Site got me nowhere.

And Cornell's list of common birds, useless.

Look, I know this is a common bird. It is a common-sounding call. I live in the city. Clearly this is not some rare bird that has flown here from Africa or Australia or wherever, like the one up above painted by Gauguin. Why is it on no list?

Chirp. Chirp. Chirp. A gentle, quizzical tone.

The mystery continues!

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