This photo was actually taken last fall, but either this fella or a close friend of his was in the top of our tall pine tree just on the other side of the driveway again yesterday. I hadn't noticed him right away, only because I tend not to walk with my head tipped way back to view the top of the tree. But I had Misty outdoors for her 'duty' and kept hearing a strange call. I'm going to try to write it here, and I don't know if it was the eagle or not. Whoever it was made the call over and over and over, with a few seconds between. I looked up 'eagle sounds' on the internet and listened to lots of them, including the one I remembered from the eagle being here last fall and others (or the same one or two) who visited in times before that.
Here's the sound I heard yesterday (and it seemed to be coming from his direction). The first syllable, written below, was kind of staccato, followed by a sort of whistle that started high and then descended in pitch.
CHK...PEEeeeeeeeeeeww. (The lower-case letters are to denote a descending whistle.)
Got that? I'm not a bird linguist, so I maybe not be writing that totally accurately, but I think it's pretty close. There were no glottal stops or anything that should make it difficult to write out.
So my wild bird-loving friends, do you have any idea if that's the contented sound an eagle makes or if it was from a hostile squirrel nearby. Or was it an annoyed cardinal? Whatever it was, I need to know. I'm turning to y'all because I've already spent too much time online listening to bird sounds, and I need to can the green beans.
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Red line points down to the eagle.
Can you see him?