Pre-dawn bird calls
Posted 14 May 2012 - 02:25 PM
This forum looks full of knowledgable people, so I was wondering if anyone could possibly point me in the right direction. I live on the north side of Chicago, about a block from the Lake Michigan shoreline, and a couple of mornings recently I've heard a bird shortly before dawn with a very striking call. It lasts about a second, and is a single high whistle-type sound (as opposed to the kee-kee-kee type songs), and is followed very consistently with a couple seconds of a rapid tapping sound.
I've listened to the woodpecker songs, and none of them seem to match. I'm sorry I don't have any pictures to help with the ID, since I haven't seen the bird. I'm just curious to find out what it is, and I wish I had more information about it. Any suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks everyone.
Posted 14 May 2012 - 04:29 PM
They often just give the single note and not the rattle that you may find decribed many places. It can be quite sharp and loud, too (some of the recordings don't do it justice).
Posted 15 May 2012 - 03:11 PM
I've done some more research and what I heard actually sounded very similar to the two whistled notes at 2:28 of this video of a cardinal:
But what I heard was only two whistles like that, which was followed consistently - literally every time over several minutes - by what sounded like woodpecker drumming. The pattern was very consistent over that time span - whistle, whistle, drumming. Do cardinals ever do that that you know of?
Thanks again for the response. Lately I've been noticing the birds in the neighborhood a lot more, and this website and forum look like a terrific resource as my curiosity grows.
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