Vancouver BC - Distinctive two tone whistle

by Doug Brown
(Vancouver, BC)

I haven't spotted it yet. In the morning I hear this over and over: Two tone, each tone is almost a second long, with no warble, first tone is higher in pitch than the second.

Throaty, like the first tone is a drawn breath and the second is exhaled. Musically first tone could be a mid-A, then second descends to around a G.

I live in a wooded area, about 2km from the Pacific.

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Mar 14, 2017
Distinctive two tone whistle NEW
by: Janet in Saanich, Vancouver Island

No, it is the Varied Thrush... if you find the Cornell Bird Guide online you can listen to both the black-capped chickadee and the varied thrush, and the chickadee has a much sweeter, "purer", lighter two-tone call. The Varied Thrush call has a bit of a rasp to it... very common this time of year, mid-March... [2017]

Jul 10, 2014
two -tone call, heard in spring NEW
by: Ken in Montana

I disagree with varied thrush. Check black-capped chickadee and listen to the song online. It's one of the calls. When I play it, I get a whole concert response from outside my window. And, at least the way my piano is tuned, it matches A descending to G. And it's MOST annoying early in the morning. Pretty, but incessant.

May 03, 2012
Thanks very much
by: Doug Brown

I was looking through the N.A. Bird Book last night and scanned about 200 hundred "call" listings, and I actually came across that as well. So now it's confirmed, and thanks very much.

May 03, 2012
Bird call
by: Judy-Seattle

Doug, I heard that same bird call for over twenty yrs without knowing what it was. Finally, last year I identified it through I can't let it drive you crazy, too. It'a a Varied Thrush! I had seen them on the ground but never saw them making a sound. I usually here them in early spring and again in early autumn. It sure is an odd sounded call.

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