Bird Song Mnemonics

Mnemonics are memory aids. Birders use them to remember bird songs and calls. Some of them are kind of funny.

Chestnut-sided Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler - Chestnut-sided Warblers have a very cheerful greeting - their song sounds like "Pleased pleased pleased to meet ya!" This memory aid used by birders...
Eastern Towhee
Eastern Towhee - The Eastern Towhee has an inviting song. It sounds like it would like to sit down for an afternoon snack -- "Drink your tea!"...
Northern Cardinal
Northern Cardinal - Northern Cardinals always sound so happy. Their song can be remembered with the mnemonic (memory device) "What cheer, what cheer, cheer cheer cheer!" That's...
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Olive-sided Flycatcher - It may not be an empid, but memory devices for any flycatcher species are always handy to have in your birder arsenal. So keep...
Red-winged Blackbird
Red-winged Blackbird - This nonsensical mnemonic is a harbinger of spring for many North American birders. When the first KONK-LA-REE is heard in the early months of...
Warbling Vireo
Warbling Vireo - The Vireos know how to sing a complicated song, but the Warbling Vireo takes the cake with this ridiculous mnemonic: "If I see you...
White-throated Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow - The White-throated Sparrow has a mournful song. This common mnemonic for that song is just as mournful. Poor Sam Peabody. Who is that? And...
Drink your tea! bumper sticker – What a proper-sounding thing to say. Can you believe these words actually come from the beak of a bird? The Eastern Towhee, to be exact. Birders... View on Zazzle
Drink your tea! bumper sticker – What a proper-sounding thing to say. Can you believe these words actually come from the beak of a bird? The Eastern Towhee, to be exact. Birders... View on Zazzle
What cheer, what cheer, cheer cheer cheer! T-Shirt – What a cheerful thing to say: "What cheer, what cheer, cheer cheer cheer!" That's what some people think the chipper, cheerful Northern Cardinal is saying when... View on Zazzle
konk-la-ree T-Shirt – Do you know which bird species has this unique call? In some locations, this loud, brash bird call is a sign that spring is coming. It... View on Zazzle
If I see you I will seize you... T-Shirt – Do you know who says this rather violent phrase? If I told you the phrase was directed at a grub or a caterpillar, would it make... View on Zazzle
If I see you I will seize you... T-Shirt – Do you know who says this rather violent phrase? If I told you the phrase was directed at a grub or a caterpillar, would it make... View on Zazzle
poor Sam Peabody T-Shirt – Oh, poor poor Sam Peabody. Wait a minute, do you even know who Sam Peabody is? If you feel sorry for Sam, what about all the... View on Zazzle
quick, three beers! hoodie – This text design is a great in-joke that only a birdwatcher would get. Do you know who says "quick, three beers"? A birder entering a bar... View on Zazzle
What cheer, what cheer, cheer cheer cheer! T-Shirt – What a cheerful thing to say: "What cheer, what cheer, cheer cheer cheer!" That's what some people think the chipper, cheerful Northern Cardinal is saying when... View on Zazzle
quick, three beers! tote bag – This text design is a great in-joke that only a birdwatcher would get. Do you know who says "quick, three beers"? A birder entering a bar... View on Zazzle
poor Sam Peabody Bumper Sticker – Oh, poor poor Sam Peabody. Wait a minute, do you even know who Sam Peabody is? If you feel sorry for Sam, what about all the... View on Zazzle
poor Sam Peabody Magic Mug – Oh, poor poor Sam Peabody. Wait a minute, do you even know who Sam Peabody is? If you feel sorry for Sam, what about all the... View on Zazzle
konk-la-ree bumper sticker – Do you know which bird species has this unique call? In some locations, this loud, brash bird call is a sign that spring is coming. It... View on Zazzle
Drink your tea! T-Shirt – What a proper-sounding thing to say. Can you believe these words actually come from the beak of a bird? The Eastern Towhee, to be exact. Birders... View on Zazzle
konk-la-ree bumper sticker – Do you know which bird species has this unique call? In some locations, this loud, brash bird call is a sign that spring is coming. It... View on Zazzle
What cheer, what cheer, cheer cheer cheer! bumper sticker – What a cheerful thing to say: "What cheer, what cheer, cheer cheer cheer!" That's what some people think the chipper, cheerful Northern Cardinal is saying when... View on Zazzle
konk-la-ree T-Shirt – Do you know which bird species has this unique call? In some locations, this loud, brash bird call is a sign that spring is coming. It... View on Zazzle
What cheer, what cheer, cheer cheer cheer! T-Shirt – What a cheerful thing to say: "What cheer, what cheer, cheer cheer cheer!" That's what some people think the chipper, cheerful Northern Cardinal is saying when... View on Zazzle
poor Sam Peabody Bumper Sticker – Oh, poor poor Sam Peabody. Wait a minute, do you even know who Sam Peabody is? If you feel sorry for Sam, what about all the... View on Zazzle
quick, three beers! bumper sticker – This text design is a great in-joke that only a birdwatcher would get. Do you know who says "quick, three beers"? A birder entering a bar... View on Zazzle
Drink your tea! magic mug – What a proper-sounding thing to say. Can you believe these words actually come from the beak of a bird? The Eastern Towhee, to be exact. Birders... View on Zazzle
If I see you I will seize you... Two-Tone Coffee Mug – Do you know who says this rather violent phrase? If I told you the phrase was directed at a grub or a caterpillar, would it make... View on Zazzle
Pleased pleased pleased to meet ya! T-Shirt – Who else but a Chestnut-sided Warbler could be so enthusiastic about meeting you? Nobody, that's who. They're so excited they are heard to say "Pleased pleased... View on Zazzle
If I see you I will seize you... T-Shirt – Do you know who says this rather violent phrase? If I told you the phrase was directed at a grub or a caterpillar, would it make... View on Zazzle
Pleased pleased pleased to meet ya! large tote bag – Who else but a Chestnut-sided Warbler could be so enthusiastic about meeting you? Nobody, that's who. They're so excited they are heard to say "Pleased pleased... View on Zazzle
konk-la-ree coffee mug – Do you know which bird species has this unique call? In some locations, this loud, brash bird call is a sign that spring is coming. It... View on Zazzle
Pleased pleased pleased to meet ya! T-Shirt – Who else but a Chestnut-sided Warbler could be so enthusiastic about meeting you? Nobody, that's who. They're so excited they are heard to say "Pleased pleased... View on Zazzle
poor Sam Peabody Tote Bag – Oh, poor poor Sam Peabody. Wait a minute, do you even know who Sam Peabody is? If you feel sorry for Sam, what about all the... View on Zazzle
Drink your tea! T-Shirt – What a proper-sounding thing to say. Can you believe these words actually come from the beak of a bird? The Eastern Towhee, to be exact. Birders... View on Zazzle
quick, three beers! T-Shirt – This text design is a great in-joke that only a birdwatcher would get. Do you know who says "quick, three beers"? A birder entering a bar... View on Zazzle
If I see you I will seize you... Bumper Sticker – Do you know who says this rather violent phrase? If I told you the phrase was directed at a grub or a caterpillar, would it make... View on Zazzle
Pleased pleased pleased to meet ya! T-Shirt – Who else but a Chestnut-sided Warbler could be so enthusiastic about meeting you? Nobody, that's who. They're so excited they are heard to say "Pleased pleased... View on Zazzle
If I see you I will seize you... T-Shirt – Do you know who says this rather violent phrase? If I told you the phrase was directed at a grub or a caterpillar, would it make... View on Zazzle
quick, three beers! bumper sticker – This text design is a great in-joke that only a birdwatcher would get. Do you know who says "quick, three beers"? A birder entering a bar... View on Zazzle
Pleased pleased pleased to meet ya! T-Shirt – Who else but a Chestnut-sided Warbler could be so enthusiastic about meeting you? Nobody, that's who. They're so excited they are heard to say "Pleased pleased... View on Zazzle
quick, three beers! T-Shirt – This text design is a great in-joke that only a birdwatcher would get. Do you know who says "quick, three beers"? A birder entering a bar... View on Zazzle