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Song Quiz

posted by Jeff Bilsky at
on Thursday, December 29, 2011 

While visiting Chicago for the holidays, I came across this bird singing at a local forest preserve. Can you guess what it is? Here's a hint: they are currently being seen in Utah as well. Good Luck!

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Blogger Tim Avery said...

Okay, this one I actually do know the answer to. I called Jeff just to make sure--and because I didn't want to be the first person to guess on here and not let anyone else play.

With that being said I didn't recognize the plip-plip song at all. I have never heard that before. But near the end of the video the bird called 3 or 4 times--a very light chik note that I think I have heard. That along with the quality of the song helped me figure out what the bird is.

And as Jeff said these are being seen in Utah right now--in fact they are here every winter--but not summer. Very tough quiz and good quiz!

December 29, 2011 at 5:25 PM  
Blogger Stephanie Greenwood said...

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December 29, 2011 at 7:27 PM  
Blogger Stephanie Greenwood said...

Gosh I'm having a hard time deciding between Horned Lark and American Pipit. I'm going to say Horned Lark...no...American Pipit. No! Horned Lark. Okay, Horned Lark is my final answer...

December 29, 2011 at 7:30 PM  
Blogger Jeff Bilsky said...

OK this is really tough. Hats off to Steph for jumping in. It isn't a Horned Lark or an American Pipit. Anyone else want to guess? I'll post the answer after the weekend. If you own the Stokes birdsong CD's ,it is on there - you just have to listen to the right bird!

December 30, 2011 at 8:42 AM  
Blogger Bryce said...

Sound like an American Tree Sparrow. The chik also resemble the Fox Sparrow. Those are my guesses, if I am aloud to have two. Birdsong and calls are my weakness. This quiz inspires me to study and learn more. Thanks Jeff.

December 31, 2011 at 12:48 AM  
Blogger Tim Avery said...

I will throw out a couple more clues that may be helpful. Bryce and others, the birds is not from the Emberizine family so that will rule out a nice chunk of birds. This species can be found with some regularity on Antelope Island when it's here. With those clues I think it narrows down quite a bit. Keep the guesses coming!

January 1, 2012 at 11:20 AM  
Blogger Bryce said...

Snow Bunting...

January 1, 2012 at 12:24 PM  
Anonymous Jerry Liguori said...

Northern Shrike. To me they sound like a Parakeet. Hope I'm right

January 1, 2012 at 2:11 PM  
Anonymous Jerry Liguori said...

Actually, is that the squeaky call of a Rusty Blackbird?

If not, I'm done.

January 2, 2012 at 7:25 PM  
Blogger Jeff Bilsky said...

Alright...and the answer is.....NORTHERN SHRIKE! Good job, Jerry. This was the first time I've ever heard one sing and I had to see it to believe that's what I was hearing. I verified the song on the Stokes Field Guide to Bird Songs CD's (which I highly recommend) and have added a song "lifer". I'll try to post some more quizzes as I get a chance to. Thanks for everyone who participated - hope it was educational.

January 3, 2012 at 5:11 PM  
Anonymous Jerry Liguori said...

Your mind games killed me!

By not saying what it was for a while, I flip-flopped and doubted the ID. Great lesson on how the mind works. And I'm mentally unstable as it is. Also insecure when it comes to non-raptors...although Shrike is close.

January 3, 2012 at 5:39 PM  
Blogger Bryce said...

I surely am humbled! Great quiz. I just kept taking stabs in the dark. Always room to learn...

January 4, 2012 at 12:46 AM  

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