by Laura KP
(Apple Valley, MN, USA)
We've lived in this house for 9 years, and the birds common in our wooded back yard (red pines and honeysuckle bushes) are:
Black Capped Chickadees
Downy & Hairy Woodpeckers
Dark Eyed Juncos
Catbirds (when I'm lucky!!!)
American crow (occasionally, but they don't stay long)
White throated sparrows (I call them Michigan sparrows because they have the same "hockey helmets" :) - but these guys move on pretty quickly and only stop for a couple weeks.
At night in the winter, we sometimes hear Great Horned Owls.
I'm used to waking up to the various bird songs from all these guys.
This morning, however, I heard a call I haven't heard before, and I'm wondering if you can help me out??
It was two distinct tones. If I were to put a word to it, it would sound kind of like "Crick-et" (with the 2nd syllable being roughly 1 pitch higher than the first.)
The "baritone-ness" of the bird would suggest it's about the size of a cardinal or bluejay.
There was no slide, glissando, or tremor in the tones.
It resembled the sound of a creaking hinge (but not raspy--just the tones that might make).
Of the birds that frequent these pines, I'd suggest the mimic-ing possibility of a catbird, but this call didn't digress into a bunch of different sounds like catbirds do. (In my experience, the catbirds usually do a call twice, one right after the other, than switch immediately to another call, do that twice, then on to another, etc. (reminding me of those original car alarms: dee-do dee-do, blip! blip!, beedledoo beedledoo, honk honk, churreeblip! churreeblip! dee-do dee-do...etc.
On the contrary. This one did the 2 tone call once. Then waited several seconds. Then did the exact version of the call again. Waited several seconds...This went on for 8 or 10 calls over the course of the 3-4 minutes it took me to get out of bed, locate my glasses, raise the shades....and then it stopped and was gone for the rest of the morning.