Bird ID Please

Hello, I have a question I hope you can help me with. I heard a bird call outside my window that sounded like it was coming from a nearby pine tree. The sound was like a large drop of water immediately followed by a high pitched very short whistle. I never did get a look at this bird and the strange thing is the high pitched whistle almost sounded like it was a different bird responding, I don’t know if it was just a trick of sound or not, or if it was indeed the same bird. If you could give me some suggestions as to what this bird might be I’d be very grateful. It is a sound I’ve never heard before, and I’d like to find out what it is, even a suggestion or two would help me to research it further, thank you very much. JE


  1. Scott Gordon says

    Ha! And my wife says my vast stores of useless, little known knowledge never comes in handy. 🙂 LOL

    Glad I could help. They are a cool bird and a unique sound.

  2. That’s great! Cowbirds are parasitic, meaning they lay their eggs in other species nests. The offspring are raised with the sounds of the parents until they fledge so they can have a wide variety of sounds. I’m glad you got an answer so quickly. Thanks Scott!

  3. Joe Edwards says

    Well good news, mystery solved, Scott Gordon nailed it, I just listened to the Brown Headed Cowbird, and that is exactly what I heard, thank you Robin and Scott. It’s funny that I’ve never heard that particular sound as I believe they are common up here, oh well another one identified.

  4. I didn’t think to ask what part of Maine the person is in. We’re way ahead this year with six days of record-breaking temperatures and bare ground in northeastern Maine. I’m going to listen to the two birds you suggested. Thanks, Scott!

    • Joe Edwards says

      Hello Robin,

      This is Joe, the person who asked the question above, I am in New Gloucester, ME if that helps any, thanks for posting, and if I hear it again I will try my best to get a picture of it.

      Joe Edwards

  5. Scott Gordon says

    It might be either a Brown Headed Cowbird (my 1st choice) or a Swainson’s Thrush. I have seen both of these in your area before (If it was Robin that posted the question), but usually only in the Summer. If it is either of those two, they are WAY early this season. Let me kick around the ol’ memory banks a bit to see if I remember any other ones. I do know exactly what sound you are talking about though, and the more I ponder it, the less sure I am of the cowbird.