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Friday, August 14, 2009

New Words for Old Birds: Carolina Wren

For years we've been taught that the Carolina Wren sings:

teakettle teakettle teakettle (listen here).

That's all well and good, but who in the upcoming generations has any connection to teakettles? Can't we come up with a new up-to-date mnemonic to help us remember the voice of this original Mouth of the South?

I'm leaning towards something like
Braves baseball, Braves baseball, Braves baseball

Any other suggestions?


Eric Gyllenhaal said...

I heard one on the west side of Chicago recently, at about six blocks south of the line that divides our baseball community. It was saying "Go White Sox, Go White Sox, Go White Sox!"

birdchaser said...

Eric, there must be an incredible amount of geographic variation in Carolina Wren calls ;-)

birdchaser said...

In fact, as I listen more closely to the bird in my backyard in PA I think I'm hearing "Go Phillies, Go Phillies, Go Phillies, Go!"

Larry Usselman said...

My favorite Carolina Wren mnemonic (couldn't wait for the chance to use that word!) is "Chippewa, Chippewa, Chippewa"

Drew said...

My mother assures me that they are saying "cheeseburger, cheeseburger, cheeseburger!"

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Nate said...

They're clearly calling for that southern institution Sweet Iced Tea, Sweet Iced Tea, Sweet Iced Tea.

I can't stand the stuff, but you never argue with a Wren.

Offshorebirder said...

I always teach beginning and visiting birders:

"Look-at-me, look-at-me, look-at-me"

birdchaser said...

After much consideration, I think Drew wins--"cheeseburger, cheeseburger, cheeseburger" it is!

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