[va-richmond-general] Re: birding by ear

  • From: "IE Ries" <featherchaser@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <va-richmond-general@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 2 Jun 2005 20:50:46 -0400

  There's legend that Mozart had a pet Starling, and that some of the music 
he composed was inspired by his little singing friend :)

  Irene in Southside

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: "ben saunders" <betsyben@xxxxxxxx>
  To: <va-richmond-general@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  Sent: Thursday, June 02, 2005 6:33 PM
  Subject: [va-richmond-general] birding by ear

  Last Sunday in Monterey at the Bevredge's feeder, Ben and I watched a
  starling as it mimicked a bluebird, a chickadee, a robin and a Baltimore
  Oriole. Boy was he good!  Had I not been watching his little beak move, I
  would have ticked off five birds, four of which were not there.  It  made
  us remember the starling in Cape Charles who did a perfect "Bob White"
  and the White Eyed Vireo that doubled as a catbird. It also made us
  question the reliability of birding by ear, especially for folks like me
  who aren't all that good in the first place. From now on I'll try to
  remember:  If the bird sounds too good to be true, it might be a

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