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Call is Chew Chew CHEE Chew

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#1 DognPonyShow



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Posted 11 July 2012 - 02:18 AM

I need help IDing a bird that has been in our pasture for the last month.
Live in Western Iowa, have never seen or heard this bird before. Is brownish, maybe olive/brown on back - has Yellow Chest, whiteish belly, black bib.
Size is about sparrow or slightly larger. Beak is short and stout, like cardinal. Wide open when he calls.
Call is distinct "Chew chew CHEE chew" , comes closer when I whistle his call. Calls from high wires along hwy or from tall weeds in pasture. have only seen this one bird and never before this year!

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 02:38 AM

Try Dickcissel.

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 03:36 AM

Looked that one up - but call is very distinct. No buzzes, no hissss noises.Very much sounds like "chew - chew - CHEE - chew" , no other burrs, purrs, warbles. No yellow eye stripe seen. Sides are not yellow, only breast, with white under that. Do Dickcissels mimic other birds? Have never had one of these here before! Little guy not afraid of all the redwing blackbirds at all.

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 05:16 AM

Sounds like a dickcissel, i've seen more this year than ever before (Iowa City area).

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 07:03 PM

Thanks! Did finally get a decent look at this guy. New to this area - must be last years flooding & this years drought.

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 07:51 PM

They're known for showing up erratically.

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