Birder's Eye View

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

And summer rolls in...

"Pay heed to the birds, and you'll know when summer has arrived."

With daily temperatures in the 90s, it seems that Mother Nature has settled down for a summer-long nap. The last of the migratory birds left my yard months ago, and even the few resident species are staying hidden out of the unforgiving sun.

The most active time of day is early morning and late evening, when the crepuscular animals come out, like the rabbit pictured, and a few birds.

I saw a Downy Woodpecker the other day in a neighbor's oak tree and I see Cardinals daily. They dominate the yard.

I've also been hearing a strange bird that I can't identify. At first I thought it sounded like a Black-throated Green Warbler, but the pattern was different and I wouldn't expect to hear one this time of year.

The best way I could describe it would be Zee Zeezoo zooZee. (zee's are higher pitch than zoo's) It has almost the same pitch and "voice" as the BTNW, but the pattern is different than I've heard before. I wonder if it's another bird making imitations (like a wren or mockingbird)?

With my luck, such as it is, I'm sure this bird is something common and obvious. That tends to happen to me a lot. My "newbieness" catches up with me, and I misidentify the easiest of birds. Oh well... what can I say? I have to learn somehow. Even if it's the hard and embarrassing way at times.

Life goes on.

Happy birding!



  • I think you nailed the ID of the bird--it sounds like a black-throated green. They have two songs that they sing, either a musical, buzzy "zee-zee-zee-zoo-zee" or "zoo-zee-zoo-zoo-zee." The second song type looks a lot like what you have described, and is sung mostly around the territory's margins, to deter other males. You can listen to these calls online at All About Birds

    By Blogger sitta, At July 8, 2008 at 3:48 PM  

  • Thanks for the info (And sorry I didn't see your comment sooner!)! I guess it's quite possible it was a BTNW. I'll have to keep my ears open this fall and see if I hear it again.

    Happy birding!

    By Blogger A., At July 29, 2008 at 10:45 AM  

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