--- In CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com
, MiriamEagl@a... wrote:
> Hi, Nancy (and all)
> The vocalization sure sounds like a Redwing to me, and not a
> Redwing call notes are quite variable, and they DO have one in their
> repertoire that fits your description of a sharp, high-pitched
> warbling three-note call sounds like one of their song variations as
> but without actually hearing it myself, I couldn't tell you for
> Tricoloreds' call notes tend to be rather harsh and metallic, some
> reminiscent of Brewer's Blackbirds, and their song sounds like a cat
> strangled... Also the description of the shoulder being "rust
> more towards Redwing to me.
> Hope this helps! Take care,
> Mary Beth Stowe
> San Diego, CA
Thanks, mary (and everyone else who resoponded to my query)!
Though I didn't see the bird last weekend, I did consult my
Sibley's Guide. And wow! Finally, a picture of a Bicolored
redwing blackbird. It was the bird I saw, for sure. I'm so
glad to have it identified!
Also last weekend the Black-headed grosbeaks were back,
and what beautiful birds they are! I don't remember seeing
any last year at all. Maybe they come every other year,
like Pine siskens.
Cleveland National Forest, CA