Townsend's Solitaire (Myadestes townsendi)


The "normal" wintering range of Townsend's Solitaire only extends as far east as eastern Nebraska. However, they are regularly found further east where the food supply is suitable. One such place is Devil's Lake State Park in Sauk County, Wisconsin. The abundant supply of Eastern Red Cedar and the rocky terrain have attracted solitaires almost yearly since they were first reported in 1980.

Whistle Call: The whistle call is the most frequently given call. It is a regular series of short clear ringing whistles.



Townsend's Solitaire whistle call, November 27, 2010. Devil's Lake State Park, Sauk County, Wisconsin.

Song: Townsend's Solitaires are territorial on their wintering grounds, and often sing, often full song but sometimes only a subdued "whisper song" version.



Townsend's Solitaire whisper song, November 27, 2010. Devil's Lake State Park, Sauk County, Wisconsin.

Waa Call: Given on the wintering grounds in the context of interspecific territoriality (Bowen 1997).



Townsend's Solitaire waa call, November 27, 2010. Devil's Lake State Park, Sauk County, Wisconsin.


References


Bowen, Rhys V. 1997. Townsend's Solitaire (Myadestes townsendi), The Birds of North America Online (A. Poole, Ed.). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; Retrieved from the Birds of North America Online: http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/bna/species/269 doi:10.2173/bna.269