My grandma taught me that the whippoorwill bird says, “Whip Poor Will! Whip Poor Will!”, although I have to stretch my ears to hear it that way.
Red cardinals? I haven’t heard them in a few decades, although I think I could pick them out of the crowd. What do they say? Cardinals say, “What cheer cheer cheer! Chip, chip, birdy, birdy!”
But these birds?
Carolina Wren: Teakettle teakettle teakettle!
Barred Owl: Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you all?
Common nighthawk: Beans, beans, beans!
Clearly these birds are talking my language. Who knew?
For more of these, you have to scoot over to page 49 of Sharon Lovejoy’s Toad Cottages & Shooting Stars: A Grandma’s Bag of Tricks!
Drink your tea-ee-ee-ee!
Okay, you’re smart, who says that?