Sweet Somethings

20 07 2015

I have noticed in several bird species that mated pairs communicate with each other in different tones than what they use for singing or calling to the rest of the world. It reminds me of “sweet nothings” that lovers are said to whispers in each others ears except these sounds aren’t nothing and should be called “sweet somethings.” They are used to keep couples in contact with each other and to strengthen pair bonds which in turn increases the likelihood of success when raising young.

A week ago my husband and I went out early one morning to watch Bald Eaglets in their nest which is on an island in Piseco Lake within the Adirondack Park. The eaglets are large and working hard to strengthen their muscles for their first flight.

Bald Eagle Nest

As we sat observing eagle antics I heard a soft chortling sound. When I looked around I was delighted to see a Common Loon really close our boat and then surprised when a second loon surfaced near the first.

Common Loon

Common Loon Pair

Each time one dove the other would softly hoot and then stop when they were both floating on the surface. At one point one loon swam a considerable distance away and the other sang out loudly to re-establish communication. You can listen to Common Loon sounds on Cornell’s All About Birds Website. http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Common_Loon/sounds

Common Loon Common Loon Common Loon Common Loon



One response

20 07 2015
David Newman

Very nice article.


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