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  •  Tipped and rec'd for the white-throated sparrow (10+ / 0-)

    and I liked your family story, too. A nice read!

    I love nature, science and my dogs.

    by Polly Syllabic on Sun Mar 03, 2013 at 05:46:00 PM PST

    •  Great story... But "My sweet Canada"? (3+ / 0-)
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      I love reading these Midwestern family history nuggets. My family settled in the Dubuque and Clinton, IA areas and were all Irish; the Germans were on my wife's side... But I never before heard anyone claim the white-throated sparrow sings about Canada. It's always been, "Old Sam Peabody, Peabody, Peabody." These birds pass through Illinois in April or so and seem to stay in northern Wisconsin most of the summer. They are always a welcome sight and sound.

      •  It was the best sounding video I could find (0+ / 0-)

        on youtube. Everyone I know, who knows that particular birdsong says it's "Old Sam Peabody, Peabody, Peabody".

        I started with nothing and still have most of it left. - Seasick Steve

        by ruleoflaw on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 04:49:04 AM PST

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        •  Oh, I wasn't complaining... (2+ / 0-)
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          Just something I'd never heard associated. But the birds I've heard seem to go up in pitch from the "old" to the "Sam Peabody" part, like from a third to a fifth note. This fellow seems to drop in pitch. Maybe he's into improvisation... I especially notice these birds these days because their song is loud enough that I notice them even when I'm not wearing my hearing aids!

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