“When invading its haunts one is impressed with the vigorous personality of the male. He nervously raises his alarm with a variety of scolding, interrogative chirps and chattering notes and his dark inquisitive eyes sparkle with excitement through the black masks.
He darts with nervous animation from place to place, then disappears in the dense cover only to appear again to denounce the intrusion. He displays many wrenlike characteristics, suggesting to Bartram the name olive-colored wren.
Although seemingly secretive and shy, they are unsuspecting and will often allow an approach to within a few feet of them. When finally convinced that no harm is meant, the male may even pour out his song from an elevated perch above his retreat, well-exposed to view. At times he will sing as he proceeds with his serious search for insects among the grass and shrubs.”
But while the song of the yellowthroat lends itself readily to syllabification, few interpreters agree as to what the bird seems to say. Its utterances have been rendered as: I beseech you, I beseech you, I beseech you; witchity, wichity, wichity; witch-a-wee-o, witch-a-wee-o, witch-a-wee-o; peachity, peachity, peachity, etc. Witmer Stone (1937) in his study of the Maryland yellowthroat at Cape May, N. J., emphasizes the idividual variation of the song.”
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