[Tweeters] Starling Mimicry

Tucker, Trileigh TRI at seattleu.edu
Tue Jan 5 12:06:57 PST 2016


Michael,

I’ve been fooled by those guys, I’m embarrassed to say. Unless there was a Bald Eagle flying over our rental house at the same altitude and location every single time we happened to be over there, it must have been the starlings who roost in the nearby tree.

Good birding,
Trileigh

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From: Michael Brown <michael at flycatcherfile.com<mailto:michael at flycatcherfile.com>>
Date: Monday, January 4, 2016 at 7:51 PM
To: "tweeters at u.washington.edu<mailto:tweeters at u.washington.edu>" <tweeters at u.washington.edu<mailto:tweeters at u.washington.edu>>
Subject: [Tweeters] Starling Mimicry

Hey,

I recently heard what I think was a Starling mimicking a Bald Eagle. I did not actually see the Starling, and there was an eagle in the vicinity. I heard the call, and first thought BAEA. But then I realized it sounded "off." It had that Starling quality to it. Am I crazy, or is this possible?

Michael Brown
Puyallup, WA
michael at flycatcherfile dot com

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