Birdwatchers' Nightmare

By
Tawny_owl
Wol

Of all the birds in Britain which are hard to tell apart,

The marsh-tit and the willow-tit will surely break your heart.

Their plumages are so alike, the only certain way,

Is to tell them by their voices, or so my bird books say.

Only the marsh-tit goes ‘pitchu’, this is his special call,

So if you hear ‘pitchu’, it’s not a willow-tit at all.

But if you hear a ‘chay chay chay’ then you can bet a pound, That you have heard a willow-tit, for they do make that sound.

So off I go to birdwatch, armed with this information,

When, there amongst the wetland trees, to my great jubilation.

A small, grey bird with a black head appears, quite close to me, And so I wait and listen to decide which one is he.

Now you may or may not beleive what happened to me next, But if you do you’ll understand why I am so perplexed

I’ll take my bird books, one by one and throw them far away, For the flamin’ bird just went ‘pitchu’ and then went ‘chay chay chay’.

JB

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Comments

10 Jun, 2010
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elless said:

If what you say is true my friend, and I have no cause to doubt,
I cannot blame your impetus to throw those bird books out.
A marsh-tit or a willow-tit is not an easy tell,
but when the bird's not even sure, I'd just say "what the he**
Next time I am birding and hear 'chay, chay, chay' or 'pitchu',
I will not think of what I see but I will think of you.

10 Jun, 2010
Tawny_owl
wol said:

Nice to hear from you Elless. You seem to know your way round the blog up-load system better than I can fathom. A neat piece of verse as well.

10 Jun, 2010
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bonkersbon said:

Lol Wol .. great verse perhaps they are fed up being confused with one another so refuse to offer any assistance when singing .

12 Jun, 2010
Tawny_owl
wol said:

Maybe there was another one hiding in the foliage.

17 Jun, 2010
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sixpence said:

lol if you go onto the rspb site they give the sounds of each bird there are recording of the whole song not just a bit, hope this helps you. Just click on the alphabet to which bird you want to hear.

http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdguide/name/s/songthrush/index.aspx

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