ID call: sounds like referee's whistle
Posted 05 March 2007 - 12:17 PM
Posted 05 March 2007 - 04:12 PM
Perhaps it was a European Starling?? They come up with the craziest combinations of whistles, notes, etc. I have even heard them sing octaves! They also are excellent mimics, around here they mimic the calls of Killdeers and Black-capped Chickadees.
I hope this helps,
Posted 07 March 2007 - 10:06 PM
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Posted 07 March 2007 - 10:36 PM
You are welcome. I actually have used a varied thrush soundbyte in one of my ranger programs when talking about Pacific Northwest forests. It is the only animal in my slide show that I talk about by its sound, never showing a picture. It also makes a prominent appearance in one of Glacier National Park's eHikes, the Trail of the Cedars "Power Hike", which you can access from the bottom of this page: http://www.nps.gov/g...edia/ehikes.htm The varied thrush is on slide 6.
Posted 16 January 2008 - 12:15 PM
Posted 21 February 2015 - 08:56 PM
So glad to have found this site and this thread! We have been hearing the bird song that sounds like a referee's whistle for weeks now here in Edmonds and I have wondered what bird this is. I do believe the Varied Thrush is the best guess, and I will hope to actually see this interesting bird soon.
Posted 22 February 2015 - 01:24 AM
Usually, the call is referred to as "etherial" rather than "shrill" which implies more of the higher harmonics (like a referees whistle). Anyway, Varied Thrush came to mind immediately because I've had people ask me about this call before, not knowing what bird was making it. Newcomers to the Northwest will most likely encounter the bird first in winter foraging on the ground. At that time, it is not calling. And so they learn the bird by sight then, but totally miss the connection between it and the etherial call that is only heard on the breeding ground (thick forest where the bird isn't visible).
I cannot hear this call in my head without picturing fog....
Posted 22 February 2015 - 03:07 AM
She probably searched "bird sound referee's whistle" or something.
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