Cardinal with a cold?

selkieJune 7, 2007

Hi all,

The song of cardinals is a constant presence in our garden. Yesterday, I heard the distinctive cardinal tweeeeeet-tweet-tweet-tweet, but it sounded scratchy, as if the cardinal had a sore throat. Could this be a mockingbird imitating a cardinal?

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lisa11310(z5 MI)

could also be a baby just learning it's song, I have a ton of baby everything right now and there are definatly lots of peeps and some attemps to sound like Mom and Dad,

    Bookmark   June 7, 2007 at 9:07AM
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selkie

Thanks for the info, lisa. That could explain it. How sweet!

    Bookmark   June 7, 2007 at 11:03AM
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terrene(5b MA)

Not sure about the cardinal, but I noticed something weird about this thread - the main menu says 6 replies, but I only see 2 before mine?

    Bookmark   June 8, 2007 at 10:45AM
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lellie(z9 Anna Maria Island)

Go figure....comes as no surprise to me. LOL

    Bookmark   June 8, 2007 at 11:07AM
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selkie

Looks like some inflammatory replies were deleted.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2007 at 11:28AM
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dirtgirl(So. Illinois)

why would anybody be inflammatory? ;)

could be a young bird learning the song, could be a bird that just has the equivalent of a frog in the throat. We used to have a quail around here that would have his voice crack every time he did the usual "bob-WHITE" call. Each time he got to the last part it would be all screechy and off-sounding. I wonder if some birds just have impaired ability to reproduce their usual calls, or if it's an injury or something.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2007 at 12:47PM
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selkie

*chuckle*

It never occurred to me to actually observe birds as individuals before. Used to be that all cardinals sounded the same to me. How neat that each can have its own timbre and tone to its singing. I'll have to listen more closely.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2007 at 2:08PM
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dirtgirl(So. Illinois)

Birds are even known to have regional 'dialects' , little subtle differences in their calls that vary geographically.

WHat we need now is a Professor Higgins from "My Fair Lady"

or think Cardinal with a hick redneck twang.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2007 at 11:38PM
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selkie

LOL!!! Up here they'd be saying, "Tweeeeeeeeeet-tweet-tweet-tweet-eh?"

    Bookmark   June 11, 2007 at 8:40AM
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Annette Holbrook

Well, after reading this I had to tell y'all about a favorite pastime at our house in spring.
We usually order a box of chicks every spring to replenish our flock of egg laying hens. Generally we end up with 3-4 roosters in a batch of 25. When they get to be anywhere from 8-16 weeks old the roos start practicing crowing. You have never heard anything so funny as those first few weeks of crowing. We will be at breakfast and the baby chickens are kept in a pen right outside the kitchen (they have to be pretty close to full sized to be put in with the adult flock). Anyway we are all at breakfast choking on our juice and cereal because of the general clumsiness of the crowing. And when we try to go watch they always clam up, we just know they are mortified!!
Annette

    Bookmark   June 11, 2007 at 9:55PM
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dirtgirl(So. Illinois)

I guess adolescence is tough no matter what species you are....

and by the way, we are so hicked-up here that our barred owls say "who-cooks-for-you-uns"
just kidding (really I'm not but the neighbors will figure out I'm talking about them)

    Bookmark   June 12, 2007 at 1:51AM
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