Gray and white backyard bird making high pitch noise?

by Evelyn
(Forksville, PA, Sullivan County)

I have a gray and white bird with a little tuft on its head in the backyard. He/she is making high pitched squeally noises and vibrating its wings fast. I am thinking it is some sort of mating call because another bird of the same species was on the ground pecking while this one was sitting on the railing. Never heard such a thing before - I actually thought my washer was making the noise, and I looked out the door and seen this bird with its mouth open making the noise and moving its wings rapidly. Not like a flying motion, but like it was on a vibrating machine! Don't know what it is. I can tell it is an adult bird, about the size of a female cardinal.

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Apr 27, 2015
Gray and white birds making high pitched noises.
by: Anonymous

It really sounds like a tufted titmouse.

Apr 25, 2015
gray and white backyard bird making high pitch noise?
by: Brook

were you able to ID your bird? I gave you wrong info, it is: AllAboutBirds.ORG. You can also call your local Audubon Society

Apr 17, 2015
gray and white backyard bird amking high pitch noise?
by: Brook

Hi, I 'm sorry no one has been able to ID your bird, I can't either but I am on the west coast. It could possibly be in flight migration although it does sound like a mating call. If this was the case he wouldn't be migrating, he would be planning to spend the summer there.

Here are some websites you can use to try for an ID:, or the Audubon society's website

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