Songs and calls of some New York State birds


All sound files are now mp3 files.
Images are adapted from drawings by Chester A. Reed, B. S. in Chapman.

Carolina Wren
Thyrothorus ludovicianus
Long Island, May 1996.

Song II
Scolding at Jay
Song & Hiss (2 birds)
Long Island, September 1999.

"Tea-kettle, tea-kettle, tea-kettle, tea" (Peterson)
(with interpolated Red-winged blackbird)
Long Island, March 2013.

Carolina wren, sonogram of second "tea-kettle" group; maximum frequency 5512 Hz.

House Wren
Troglodytes aedon
Long Island, May 1996.

Winter Wren
Troglodytes troglodytes
Blue Mountain Lake, May 1996.

Blue Mountain Lake, May 1997.

"A jolly songster he is, with the clearest and finest of tones -- a true fife -- and an irresistible accent and rhythm. A bird by himself. This fellow hurries and hurries (...) till the tempo becomes too much for him; the notes can no longer be taken, and, like a boy running down too steep a hill, he finishes with a slide." Torrey, p. 90.

Check out Christopher Majka's Love Song of the Winter Wren to see how geographical variation in song gives clues to the history of the species.

Marsh Wren
Cistothorus palustris
Montezuma National Wildlife Reguge, May 1997

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Tony Phillips
Math Dept, Stony Brook University
tony at math.stonybrook.edu
August 2 2014