Weekly Hack: Birdsong cheat sheet

Updated: August 1, 2019

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Some bird calls are rambling jumbles of cheeps, chirps, squeals, squawks, and grunts. But sometimes birds sound like they’re actually trying to tell us something. Name these tunes: a cheat sheet to 10 pointed calls for your next birding adventure.

“Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you?” = Barred owl

“Sweet sweet I am so sweet” = Yellow warbler

“Tea-kett-le, tea-kett-le, tea-kett-le” = Carolina wren

“Cheerily, cheer up, cheer up, cheerily, cheer up” = American robin

“Pleased, pleased, pleased to meet-cha” = Chestnut-sided warbler

“Witchety, witchety, witchety, witch” = Common yellowthroat

“Po-ta-to chip” = American goldfinch

“CHEESE-burger” = Mountain chickadee

“Yuck, yuck, yuck, yuck” = Common flicker

“Quick, three beers!” = Olive-sided flycatcher

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