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David Fix
51. by David Fix on July 03, 2011 at 04:08 pm

These birds frequently incorporate into their songs imitations of the songs and calls of other species. I have heard the "quark" call of Mountain Quail, "pritik" of W. Tanager, and fragments of (assumed) "Thick-billed" Fox Sparrow song from Cassin's Finch in nw. CA. The "cheedle-up" call is a distinctive and common sound of Western mountain forests. It's notable that the breeding range of Cassin's Finch is almost the same as that of ponderosa pine. They also use lower- subalpine stands of many other conifer species, including several true firs and quite a few other pines. They breed in straight aspen at least on Steens Mountain in se. Oregon; is this routine in the Great Basin?

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Citation: Personal Experience. I observe this occasionally, confident.

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