Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Crazy Monkey Bird... and Others

Over the weekend, we had a nice conversation with some of our guests about the many birds in the area.  During the discussion, we realized that we often hear different birds in the mornings, or in the evenings, or when we are out and about in the yard.  We typically hear them, but we don't actually see them. This lead to the realization that rather than attempting to identify the birds by their common names, we have simply created our own alternate naming system based on their calls... as in, "Oh, there's the Crazy Monkey Bird again!"  Our interest in finding the true names of the birds has been piqued though, and we found the Cornell Lab of Ornithology - All About Birds website to help.  It has some really nice recordings of bird calls, but so far we've only been able to search based on the common name of birds, then try to match up the recorded bird call with what we are used to hearing.  We are about halfway through our list and will report back later... in the meantime, here is our Alternate Bird Naming System (based on their calls)!

Crazy Monkey Bird - You got it! It sounds like a crazy monkey at the zoo!
Birdie - Says "birdie-birdie-birdie-birdie-birdie-birdie" really fast!
The Guilty Bird - Says "I did it" or sometimes it sounds like "He did it", with the emphasis on the "I" or "He"
Wheezy - Like the name... sounds wheezy
Asteroid Bird - Sounds sort of like the gun shooting in the old video game Asteroids (not exactly, but it is the best description I can come up with)

(I'm sure we've got a few more, but that is all I can think of right now.  As we come up with some of the others, we'll add them to the list!)

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