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 starling. You are subscribed to VA-Richmond-General. To unsubscribe, send email to va-richmond-general-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field. To adjust other settings (vacation, digest, etc.) please visit, //www.freelists.org/list/va-richmond-general.