As I become more familiar with the songs of different birds, I have also been noticing their mutterings and rumblings, apart from their signature songs. This year, I have been especially noticing the nuthatches. I’ve always heard them in the distance with their steady meep meep meep. Lately, there are more of them, and closer. They chatter and mutter at each other for hours. They sound like electronic noise from some faulty device. Last night I heard different birds muttering, near the nuthatches, but with a different sound. This morning, as I was walking with Viktor and Fozzie, I found the muttering birds. It was a gang of adolescent song sparrows. They would occasionally throw in the Song Sparrow official song, but most of it was random excited twittering. With both the nuthatches and the song sparrows, I recognize tonal qualities similar to their main identifier notes. I’m getting to know birds better.
August 29th, 2019.
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Principal at Three Retrievers Lost Pet Rescue, volunteer at Useless Bay Sanctuary, author of A Voice for the Lost