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Salmoneye    Posted 12-22-2003 at 04:03:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
One of my Sisters (the sane one) bought an Audobon endorsed product the other day...It is a 'model' of a Chickadee...They are selling all sorts of birds...You press the little electronic doo-hicky and it even plays the call of the bird for you...However...This Chickadee when you press it says 'Phoebe...Phoebe'...My Sister e-Mailed the company and the Audobon Society...They wrote back that 'In some locations of the country, the Phoebe is called a Chickadee'...She wrote back that she was pretty sure not, and could they please tell us where in the country this was the case?...LOL...Not like we fell off the turnip truck yesterday and don't know the difference between two of the most common birds in our area...I mean...One eats bugs and the other is a seed eater for petes sake...Don't ya think that it may have occured to someone affiliated with the AUDOBON SOCIETY somewhere down the line that they might want to take a look at the junk that has their name on it?

What does this have to do with Country Living?...Not a thing, but I feel better...

Les    Posted 12-22-2003 at 04:33:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Of course it has to do with country living. But you need to know some more things about your birds. Chickadees are more than seed eaters. They are omnivores.
One of the calls a chickadee makes sounds like the word "FEEEbeee". They don't make it this time of year but when the days start getting longer and spring is inevitable, they start singing their little two-note "Feeee-beeee".
The real Phoebe is a flycatcher. Other than a vague resemblance, there is no relation to a chickadee. And their call (to my ear, anyway) does not sound like the word "phoebe" and for sure doesn't sound like the chickadee's call.
So, I'm guessing that your chickdee is making a chickadee call, it's just that it's not the one that everyone is most familiar with...the one that gave it its name.

deadcarp    Posted 12-22-2003 at 06:02:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
when i was a bb-toting kid, we'd get flocks of what we called snowbirds swarming around the potato peelings - i expect they were chickadees cuz that's what they said "chik-a-dee-dee-dee" :)
Their are all-weather tires and all-weather jackets
All-weather whatever you please,
And those all-weather birds with their miniscule rackets,
Are the ever so clever, minute chickadees.

No weed-seed too hard, no silk too resistant,
They know if its weak point is ventral or dorsal,
To be held down and split, by attack so persistant,
And yield the reward of an edible morsel.

When the dark is so long and the days are so dreary,
And cold winter winds will continue to howl,
There is a companion that always is cheery,
An unfailing, nonrailing, foul-weather fowl.

(William H. Meek; Hemlock, MI. )

Patria    Posted 12-22-2003 at 07:21:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My 1/2 breed Basset Hound gave birth to 7 puppies a month ago. About a week later I was in the kitchen and heard a puppy whinning inside the house, it was weird because I have them in the open basement. I looked all over the house, which is not big, found nothing. Heard the puppy again and went to the basement to check on them; they were all there. A couple of hours later heard the puppy again, but this time I didn't move a single muscle just so I could define where the sound was comming from. It was my cockatiel, he does the microwave and the phone beeping tone also. I should have had at least a clue... :-)

That's...    Posted 12-22-2003 at 07:33:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just too funny...



Pancho also...    Posted 12-22-2003 at 07:43:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
sings a blue's tune, and beautifuly also, without even missing a single note..


Doc    Posted 12-22-2003 at 04:39:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
That sounded goooood. I'll buy that.

I won't...    Posted 12-22-2003 at 05:58:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
While I do understand that the Chickadee is an omnivore, and that I spelled AudUbon incorrectly, I will not agree that the Phoebes' call sounds anything like a Chickadee and the 'Phoebe' most certainly DOES say its' name...This is from the Audubon Handbook to Eastern Birds:

"Eastern Phoebe,
Song; A clear 'fee-bee, fee-bay' repeated many times; also gives a clear 'chip' note.
Eastern Phoebe

Black-Capped Chickadee,
Call; A dry 'chick-a-dee-dee-dee or dee-dee-dee'. Song; a simple, clear, whistled 'dee dee', first note higher...
Black-Capped Chickadee

The Chickadee call is the 'dee-dee' one that Les is refering to...Pretty sure my Sister and I can hear the differences...

Les    Posted 12-22-2003 at 12:12:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ain't no Phoebes around this time of year. Ain't no flies to catch.
Seems easy to me to distinguish those two bird calls. Of course I have heard them all my life.

Salmoneye    Posted 12-22-2003 at 12:26:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
I agree fully...

That was why when I heard the 'Chickadee' from the Audubon society singing 'fee-bee', and not 'dee-dee' or 'chicka-dee-dee-dee', I was kinda stunned...and then to get lip from them that in some parts of the country that the Phoebe is called 'Chickadee', well...I was completely stunned and wondering if THEY really knew the difference...

I'll let you know if they respond a second time...

Battleborn    Posted 12-22-2003 at 09:25:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Uh...Sound the same to me, except one has bronchitits. We have a bird around here that I swear is saying "cheeseburger". They are sneaky though, and I never see them.

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