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Dear PoPville – Birds making car alarm noises

by Prince Of Petworth May 10, 2011 at 1:30 pm 35 Comments

“Dear PoP,

I recently relocated to Rock Creek Church Road NW and have been hearing a bird make the entire sequence of car alarm noises EVERY MORNING. This morning, for the first time, I heard the bird start replicating MY car alarm. Any idea what kind of bird this is (I looked up mockingbirds, who do imitate car noises), but none are native to this area.”

I’m guessing it’s a Starling which are plentiful in DC:

“Starlings have diverse and complex vocalizations, and have been known to embed sounds from their surroundings into their own calls, including car alarms, and human speech patterns.”

Totally wild.

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