[Tweeters] robin & Swainson's Thrush

Barbara Deihl barbdeihl at comcast.net
Tue May 23 12:06:27 PDT 2017


I was treated to a deihlightful morning welcome when I stepped outside at about 9:30 this morning. First an American Robin would send out its morning call, but following that, was the softer, precious upward-spiraling song/call of a Swainson's Thrush, almost answering the robin. This pattern continued for at least six or 7 repetitions. Then the practicing Bewick's Wren chicks started up.
Each day there seems to be a different choir practice, both adults and fledglings, mostly RB nuthatches, Bewick's Wrens, Black-capped Chickadees, Pacific-slope Flycatchers, robins, flickers, Pileateds, juncos, towhees, Anna's H.birds and some un-ID'd voices and the mimicking starlings that are recently in abundance. Oh, and, the crows, if you can caw(l) that singing ! The initial rounds of post-fledging singing are a bit cracky and distinctly individual. After a few days, though, each bird seems to smooth out its call or song, some adding individual touches, until they can adeptly call out more similarly to their dads (moms, too, in some cases?) and stimulate the right responses. All in all, it's a glorious way to start a day, especially a sunny one !
Hoping you enjoy a morning choir practice every so often, too.

Barb Deihl
Matthews Beach Neighborhood-NE Seattle
barbdeihl at comcast.net


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