April 12, 2012

Spring Bird Song Crash Course Day eleven – Scarlet tanager

If the Rose-breasted grosbeak took voice lessons Bill Walton asserts that the Tanager must have laryngitis. A harsher series of “cheers” and “cheerios” than the Robin the tanager does sound like a raspy Robin. 

To find tanagers forget the song entirely and learn the give away, tow-noted call that sounds like a harsh “chuck-burrr” or “chip-burrrr”. This is the secret to finding tanagers. 

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