OK, help me out if you can on this ID-by-sound question. There is a bird around here that I often hear but never see. It makes a noise that sounds like tu-tu-tu-TEWWWWWWWW. The first 3 "tu" syllables are fired rapidly.
I would say it sounds like a small bird, but then again bald eagles make wimpy noises and pied-bill grebes make honking big noise. I can't count on birdcalls as giving a clue to size.
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Posted by: meopilite on May-14-14 6:40 AM (EST)
Never heard a pheasant ...|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on May-14-14 9:03 AM (EST)
... make a sound like the one she describes.
Posted by: pikabike on May-14-14 11:47 AM (EST)
I've heard pheasant.
Where is here?|
Posted by: alan_gage on May-14-14 10:38 AM (EST)
I assume Washington state from your profile but that's pretty vague. What part of the state? Mountains? Coast? Inland? If not on the coast then what elevation? Wet? Dry? In the trees? In the grass?
Posted by: pikabike on May-14-14 11:53 AM (EST)
Olympic Peninsula. But not outer coast. Very close to ocean bluffs, in dense shrubs and brambles. Dry, sunny, calm day.
was it a thumping sound?|
Posted by: slushpaddler on May-14-14 10:48 AM (EST)
Posted by: poleplant on May-14-14 11:10 AM (EST)
Posted by: pikabike on May-14-14 11:48 AM (EST)
Also, the sound sometimes is followed by a fast rushing noise as something zooms through the air.
If it's buried in the brush...|
Posted by: alan_gage on May-14-14 12:13 PM (EST)
It's not going to be a swift or swallow. You're likely looking for a warbler. Just keep looking. Pin down where it's singing from and circle that area. You should be able to catch a glimpse.
These ideas probably won't be right|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on May-14-14 12:15 PM (EST)
Not a bird??|
Posted by: bzeka on May-14-14 1:09 PM (EST)
Could it be Mick Dodge having some fun with you?
Posted by: Kudzu on May-14-14 1:39 PM (EST)
Or Spotted Towhee|
Posted by: Kudzu on May-14-14 2:13 PM (EST)
Not a towhee|
Posted by: pikabike on May-16-14 1:20 AM (EST)
I know rufous-sided towhee (guess we're not supposed to call them that anymore) calls very well, from both CO and WA. What is the same-named bird has a little different sound here but it's just like a different dialect. Or something.
Keep a small waterproof camera w video|
Posted by: tsunamichuck1 on May-15-14 11:36 AM (EST)
and keep the sounds on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgeyFw6DYyc
Cell phone voice recorder is another|
Posted by: Yanoer on May-15-14 1:03 PM (EST)
option for recording bird calls.
None of the Above?|
Posted by: Kudzu on May-15-14 4:57 PM (EST)
Pika wouldn't be fooled by that one|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on May-15-14 7:05 PM (EST)
Territorial cry of male hummingbird!|
Posted by: pikabike on May-16-14 1:13 AM (EST)
Tonight I went to a talk (about corvids) for the local Audubon chapter. Great talk, and afterwards I asked the local-local birding expert about the tu-tu-tu-TEEWWWWWW noise. He immediately smiled and said, "Male hummingbird's territorial warning."
Posted by: Kudzu on May-16-14 4:47 AM (EST)
Was it Anna's Hummingbird?
Anna's hbirds stay year-round, but|
Posted by: pikabike on May-16-14 12:24 PM (EST)
I don't know if this machine-gun bird was an Anna's. The local birding guy also did not know what kind of hbird it might be.
Posted by: Guideboatguy on May-16-14 7:34 AM (EST)
When you mentioned "wing noise", I wasn't thinking that kind. I'll have to find a recording of that sound later. We have a few ruby-throats around here, which I think is our only kind of humming bird.
"Keep common birds common"|
Posted by: pikabike on May-17-14 12:34 AM (EST)
Wednesday night's speaker said that was the credo of his group, and I agree. Neither robins nor crows are endangered or even rare, and I intend to stay out of their interactions with each other.
'tis the season|
Posted by: slushpaddler on May-17-14 9:11 AM (EST)
We're coming up on the time of year where dive-bombing birds can be a paddling hazard. Red wing blackbirds and martens can be a nuisance but in a month or so the gulls will be more challenging to contend with.
Now that I think about it|
Posted by: gnatcatcher on May-16-14 7:52 AM (EST)
It makes perfect sense. I had been wracking my brain, trying to figure it out, but hummers never crossed my mind.
No beers from me|
Posted by: pikabike on May-16-14 12:31 PM (EST)
Plenty of places to get it if they're willing to come down from the tops of the tall trees, though!
Sure it wasn't a woodpecker?|
Posted by: yakfisher on May-18-14 3:04 PM (EST)
Is It Not A Fun Experience...|
Posted by: Kudzu on May-21-14 11:58 AM (EST)
to ID a bird that you never saw?