Sing it, mystery girl!

This little critter was warbling away up on the power lines this morning.

bird singing on power lines

bird on power lines

bird on power line

Is this a robin? It has a reddish breast but also a fair amount of white lower down. A female? The bill is yellowish with a black tip like what robins have. But I’ve never heard this exact song before. Here is some video (low quality, sorry!) I shot to capture the sound. If you recognize the bird from its song, can you please let me know what it is?

About Katherine Wikoff

I am a college professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering, where I teach literature, film studies, political science, and communication. I also volunteer with a Milwaukee homeless sanctuary, Repairers of the Breach, as chair of the Communications and Fund Development Committee.
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2 Responses to Sing it, mystery girl!

  1. Maia MacGregor says:

    That absolutely is a robin, a male. They have a large white patch on their lower bellies and under the tail, but you don’t see it while they’re on the ground — only from below such as this or while they’re in flight. They can actually be a bit tricky to identify by sound; there’s a lot of regional variation. Cornell’s All About Birds site has enough examples to recognize this one, though.


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