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Do you know bird calls? John and Brian bet you know more than you realize. In this episode they bring the energy and expert tips to inspire anyone to take bird watching and listening to the next level.  

Birds of the Episode & What They Say (their mnemonics)
Black-capped Chickadee: “Chick-a-dee-dee-dee”
Mallard: “Quack, quack, quack”
Wild Turkey: “Gobble, gobble, gobble!”
American Crow: “Caw, caw, caw”
Fish Crown: (higher pitched) “caw” or “uh-uhh”
Blue Jay: “Jay! Jay!” 
White-crowned Sparrow: “Whoooo me, me? Busy, busy me?”
White-throated Sparrow: “Oh sweet Canada, Canada”
Tufted Titmouse: “Peter, peter, peter”
American Robin: “Cheerily. Cheery-up. Cheery” and “Chup! Chup! Chup!”
Northern Cardinal: “What-cheer what-cheer, cheer, cheer, cheer”
Black-and-white Warbler: (two-noted squeaky wheel) “Swee-see swee-see swee-see swee-see”
Barred Owl: “Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you alllll?”
Great Horned Owl: “Who’s awake? Me too.” 
Bobolink: (electronic R2-D2-like sounds)
Western Meadowlark: (electronic C3PO-like sounds)
House Wren: (general harsh chattering) 

Birds with Trills
Pine Warbler 
Chipping Sparrow
Worm-eating Warbler
Dark-eyed Junco 
Swamp Sparrow

Northern Mockingbird: imitates a call three times and then changes
Brown Thrasher: imitates a call two times and then changes
Gray Catbird: imitates a call once and then changes 

Birding by Ear Resources
Merlin Bird ID App 

Western Bird Sounds (comic) http://www.birdandmoon.com/comic/western-bird-sounds/   
Eastern Bird Sounds (comic) http://www.birdandmoon.com/comic/eastern-bird-sounds/    

Listen to sounds and see spectrograms from any birds in the Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds, https://academy.allaboutbirds.org/peterson-field-guide-to-bird-sounds/ 
Book: Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds of Eastern North America 
Book: Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds of Western North America 

Compact Discs: Peterson Field Guides Birding by Ear “East,” “West” & “More Birding by Ear”