Mieko’s Favorite Birdsong Guide

  • Black Headed Grosbeak - a beautiful loud clear song.
  • Bullock’s Oriole - a crazy jumble of sounds along with rattling crackly calls.
  • California Scrub Jay and Steller’s Jay - These birds have very similar calls. They can most commonly be heard making loud raucous caws, but they also make comical sounds, rasps, imitations of hawks and owls, and, when no one is looking, quiet sweet warbles. I once caught a Steller’s Jay singing quietly in the shrubs by my house. It almost seemed to wait for a loud wind gust before singing his tune.
  • California Quail - Their quiet clucks and contact calls always make me happy. I also love the loud song of the male: “Chi-CA-go” or sometimes “Chi-ca-GO!”
  • Grasshopper Sparrow – Though common across the US, this bird is rare in the Willamette Valley. Their song is a very high-pitched, almost insect-like trill.
  • Great Horned Owl - I just love the deep hooting of this bird!
  • Lazuli Bunting – Their sweet warbly sounds are often heard in the Park in Spring and Summer.
  • Oregon Vesper Sparrow - Found in the Willamette Valley and Puget Trough, this species is considered different from those east of the Cascades. Though their populations have been plummeting, I had the pleasure of recording several of these in Creswell a few summers ago.
  • Red Winged Blackbird – They make lots of different clucks, chirps and a song that echoes through the air, announcing there’s a wetland nearby.
  • Song Sparrow - a common and ubiquitous singer with hundreds of variations.
  • Swainson’s Thrush – Their beloved song is an ethereal, multi-toned and liquid upward spiral. It’s magical to hear it floating through riparian areas.
  • Western Wood Pewee - a short raspy “song” repeated and heard from a distance.
  • Yellow Breasted Chat - This large warbler favors the brushy areas in the Park. He has a collection of short distinct song phrases, all quite different, and all repeated with pauses in between.

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