Songs and calls of some New York State birds

Orioles and Blackbirds

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

Dolichonyx oryzivorus

New Paltz, June 1996
Perching song
New Paltz, May 2000
"It is a mad, reckless song-fantasia, an outbreak of pent-up, irrepressible glee" Mathews, p.49

Brown-headed Cowbird
Molothrus ater
Cowbirds courting
Ithaca, May 2002
The finch-like trill is not mentioned in Peterson!
Display note
Ithaca, May 1998
Four cowbirds courting
Ithaca, May 2002

Red-winged Blackbird
Agelaius phoeniceus

Long Island, May 1997.
Intimate discourse between Red-wings
Long Island, May 1996.
Whistle, check and "bulabookleree"
Central Park, New York City, April 2001

Eastern Meadowlark
Sturnella magna

New Paltz, June 1996

Baltimore Oriole
Icterus galbula
"A short series of rich, clear, whistled notes" (Sibley).
Long Island, May 1996
Male and female keep in touch while foraging.
Long Island, April 2006

Each oriole sings his own song; many have surprisingly musical structure:

  • Long Island, June 1996

  • Long Island, April 2004

  • Orchard Oriole
    Icterus spurius

    Long Island, June 1996

    Common Grackle
    Quiscalus quiscula
    A tree full of grackles
    Grackle courtship?
    Long Island, April 2004
    Young grackle begging
    Long Island, June 1999

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    Tony Phillips
    Ma,th SUNY Ston Universityy Brook
    tony at math.stonybrook.edu
    August 3 2014