nice old ladies don’t chew

“Excerpts from a list of bird mnemonics, one of the many means employed by birdwatchers to distinguish one species’ call from another. The full list [of 94] can be seen here.”

Bittern, American                      bloonk-doonk

Blackbird, Red-winged             konklaree

Blackbird, Yellow-headed      don’t you dare

Bunting, Indigo                           fire, fire, where, where, here, here

Chickadee, Black-capped        chickadee-dee-dee and cheeseburger

Dove, Mourning                          hoo-la-hoop, hoop, hoop

Flycatcher, Olive-sided           quick, three beers!

Nuthatch, Red-breasted          ink, ink, ink

Owl, Barred                                    who cooks for you, who cooks for you all?

Rail,Virginia                                  gidick, gidick, gididick

Sandpiper, Semipalmated        tweedle dee dee

Sparrow, White-throated         poor Sam Peabody

Thrasher, Brown                          drop it, drop it, pick it up, pick it up

Warbler,Connecticut                 whip it, whip it up, whip it good

Waterthrush, Northern             nice old ladies don’t chew

~From GEIST 80, Spring 2011

4 thoughts on “nice old ladies don’t chew

  1. There’s a bird in Saskatchewan that calls out, I swear, “I’m telling teacher on you!” I thought it was the meadowlark, but listening to an online recording, I find I’m wrong.

    1. I’m adding that to my list of Reasons I Want To Go To Saskatchewan!

      (Til then, how to find out WHAT bird this is? Hmmm. Shall we, uh, tweet the question??)

    1. Outside mine is Cheerily, Cheer Up (had to check the list for this one); aka gardening robin chomping serviceberries… I’m taking his message to mean I shouldn’t fret over his eating them all… as in: you can go to the market and get more, can’t you? Well, then, cheerily, cheer up for pete’s sake…

      He has a point of course.

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