“Maid, Maid, Put the Kettle On”: March 10, 2022

It is difficult to use the English language to imitate birdsong. It works with Chickadees or Whip-poor-wills but is tricky with Song Sparrows.

Song Sparrow

Here are some attempts from various bird guides:

“Madge, Madge Madge put on the tea kettle kettle kettle kettle”

Song Sparrow

“A variable series of notes, some musical, some buzzy, starts with 3 or 4 bright, repetitious notes, sweet, sweet, sweet etc.”

Song Sparrow

“starts with three sweet emphatic notes, followed by a jumble of up and down phrases”

Song Sparrow

“seet seet seet te zeeeeee tipo zeet zeet”

Song Sparrow

“Maid, Maid Maid, put the kettle on”

Song Sparrow

We saw the photographed individual today at Ashbridge’s Bay.

Other birds:

Gadwall (male)
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Long-tailed Duck (female)
American Robin
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
American Coot
Common Goldeneye
Red-breasted Merganser (female)
hybrid “bib” duck
American Coot
Herring Gull
Mallards
Mute Swan
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Ring-billed Gulls
Mallards
Mallard (male)
Common Goldeneye (male)
Mallard (male)
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Common Goldeneye (male)
Long-tailed Ducks
Buffleheads
Long-tailed Ducks
Black-capped Chickadee
Long-tailed Ducks
Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee

Today’s group:

NATURE POETRY

The stormy March is come at last,
With wind, and cloud, and changing skies;
I hear the rushing of the blast,
That through the snowy valley
William Cullen Bryant

Miles Hearn

1 thought on ““Maid, Maid, Put the Kettle On”: March 10, 2022

  1. Gloria James

    Thanks for the link to the sound of the song sparrow. I’ve heard that melody many times but couldn’t identify the singer.

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