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Overachieving robin - Phil's Rambling Rants
May 18th, 2004
11:45 am

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Overachieving robin
I had a good walk this morning. For the first time, as far as I can recall, my brown thrasher actually perched out in the open, let me get fairly close to him, and stayed put so I could take pictures. I took pictures of a couple of chipmunks. At the beginning of my walk, I got a very brief glimpse of a rose-breasted grosbeak. At the end of the walk, as I was about to go back into the house, I heard a song I didn't know. Part of the song sounded very much like a robin, but this bird added extra phrases, with trills and twitters that no robin ever had. I went to see if I could find the bird, and saw the grosbeak again, this time in an oak tree on my property. I waited for a few minutes to see if I could get a picture and confirm that it was the grosbeak singing. While I was waiting, I saw and photographed a ruby-throated hummingbird in the berry patch. Then the grosbeak actually came out of the thick part of the oak tree and let me watch and photograph him.

I'm slow to pick up new birdsongs, because I don't recall the sounds well, but I think I made progress at actually learning the grosbeak's song. I'm sure I've heard it before; hopefully I'll remember what it is when I hear it again.

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