I live in the country on a two lane that passes by 2 farms. I’m off the beaten path since I live some 300 feet off the road and am surrounded on 3 sides by woods. It’s peaceful here. I do have neighbors but they live closer to the road than I do, and are out of earshot, most of the time.
I do hear their lawn mowers, chainsaws, and playing children, but otherwise the only sounds I tend to hear come from the woods surrounding me. Except for one Starling. He’s a young adult, probably starting his first nest and he decided the rafters of our wood shed was a good place to build.
As he’s building, he takes breaks, stands on the rooftop and warbles away calling for a nice young unattached female to join him. Starlings are very melodic, but very vocal.
Yesterday Hub was out of the house, I was finished painting and decided to sit and read. So, I’m curled up in the comfy chair with a cup of tea, the second book in the Game of Thrones series and Mr. Starling decided to announce his availability. Now, I have to tell you that he sounded so pretty I’d have to take him up on his offer if I was an unattached female Starling. I was happily listening to him when he paused and I distinctly heard a wolf whistle.
Now that got me out of my seat since no one should have been out there and I swear it sounded like a man. Having, back in the day, passed a number of construction workers on job sites and having heard that sound enough,I know what it is. I actually grew a little frightened. No one was home, there was no one who should have been on that side of my home unless they’d come out of the woods. I grabbed my sawed off shovel handle for protection and ventured out into the sun. There wasn’t anyone there.
I carefully walked around the woodshed, checked behind the house and nothing. Wasn’t too sure that I hadn’t imagined it at that point when all of a sudden, there it was again. I turned my head towards the sound and there in the tree was the Starling.
If there had been any man doing that, I’d have walked up to him and given him a piece of my mind. There is nothing more sexist than a man who thinks women will fall all over him just because he gives us a wolf whistle. However, this is a bird, and it’s Spring. Time to make with the procreating and passing his genes along to the next generation. Said genes include, according to Wikipedia, the ability of Starlings to wolf whistle. 🙂
I don’t think he’ll be too successful this year. I’ve taken a good look at his nest, can’t imagine what’s holding it up there since it’s semi glued to the side of a rafter and appears not to have any support. Somehow or other, in the bird world, I don’t think having the ability to wolf whistle will stand him in good stead. Female Starlings are more about the ability of their mates to provide them with good homes in which to raise their families. Come to think of it, they have a lot in common there with their human counterparts.
(Image borrowed from surfbirds dot com.)