Birdsong words

Hello - I have a question about people attributing words to birdsong.  I know that people sometimes say that the yellowhammer's song sounds like 'A little bit of bread and no cheese' - does anyone know of any other examples?  I'd be interested in any answers - often used, or just 'family lore'.  Thanks.

  • Hi Pete
    Here is one for you with you being in London...from a google search.
    Pied wagtails are known in London as the “Chiswick flyover”, because they call “chis-ick” as they pass overhead.

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  • In reply to Alan.:

    Thanks Alan, I'd not heard that. I wonder if any other places say the same.
  • Morning Pete,   if you google Bird Song Mnemonics you may be able to find some examples;     so far I've only found the American versions   !!   HERE       

    A couple for UK are .................   Great Tit:    "teacher-teacher"             Chaffinch   "pink-pink"       and the Chiffchaff says it's own name  "chiff-chaff"     !!      

    as for the birds in our garden they usually make the sound   "hey Mrs ...…...where's our mealworms"        ha ha !!!            Seriously though,  good luck searching for UK bird mneumonic sounds.          

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    Regards, Hazel 

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