Re: [Saskbirds] What weir????
- Hi Mick,
Did the two note call go up or down? Was the first note higher or lower
than the second note? I don't know if you are familiar with the BC
Chickadees spring mating calls but they do have the same sort of cadence as
the White-throated Sparrows only the two note call goes down instead of up
the musical scale. It is also a very high-pitched set of notes ... just at
the top of my whistled range on a good day!!
P.S. Next time you go out there give me a call 373-8574 and I'll go along
if I'm home.
- Hi:Could your mystery bird be a Black-capped Chickadee.Randy RawlukFort St. James B.C.----- Original Message -----From: micknsharonSent: Wednesday, March 06, 2002 3:30 PMSubject: [Saskbirds] What weir????Had to go into town this a.m. so thought I would stop by the weir to
see what might be about. The temperature was being reported as -27
with a windchill of -35 deg C. The difference in the water
temperature and the air temperature just made for thick blanket of
fog over the river. The sun was shining brightly which made things
worse. As the fog swirled around I could make out small ducks dotted
around between the weir and the railway bridge, I was able to
identify a few for definite, these were the Common Goldeneye I had
been expecting. There were at least 6 and those that could not be
identified by markings were behaving the same and had the right jiz
making for 10 in all. We drove downstream and counted at least
another 7 as we passed under the circle drive bridge. Just down from
the cicle drive bridge were 9 Canada Geese lying on the ice all with
their heads tucked down but presumably with one eye open.
Around noon we took a drive around the Forestry Farm, seeing, Red-
breasted Nuthatch 4; House Sparrow plenty of these, males were seen
in physical combat; Common Redpoll, numbers seem down being counted
in the 10s rather than the 100s; Black-billed Magpie; Black-capped
Chickadee; House Finch, flock of 7, 2 had nice orange rumps with
matching head and breast, another was more red; Hairy Woodpecker.
My mystery sound was still there, easily heard from the main car
park, it still sounds like the first two notes of the White-throated
Sparrow "pure sweet" or "soo seee" but slightly more drawn out and
more pronounced, a couple of times the second note had a slight break
in it. I am sure an experienced Sk birder would recognise it in an
instant, in the mean time I will continue to listen to what I can
find on the internet. I really have a great fondness for the birds
that sing their name!!!
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