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Brown Creepers Singing

4-11-14 brown creeper2  025Brown Creepers –insect-eating, bark-gleaning, little brown birds — are occasionally spotted as they circle their way upwards around and around a tree trunk, probing under bark with their thin, curved beaks for their next meal. Because they are so well camouflaged it is easy to miss them. Your chances of becoming aware of their presence are increased if you become familiar with the high, thin but surprisingly rich song males sing to establish territories on their breeding grounds this time of year. Although they continue to sing through the nesting period until their young have fledged, male brown creepers are most vocal early in the season, when they are staking out their territory. You can hear their song by going to and clicking on “sound.”

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8 responses

  1. Penny March

    The hyperlinks are very helpful. Glad to have them.

    April 14, 2014 at 12:24 pm

  2. Kathie Fiveash

    The brown creeper’s sweet little song always reminds me of a fragment of the winter wren’s song.

    April 14, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    • Yes, I totally see that,or rather, hear that, Kathie.

      April 14, 2014 at 2:40 pm

  3. In song number two on this site, is there a different bird singing in the background or are all of the calls the brown creeper? The background song is one of my favorite bird songs but I never seem to see the bird that makes the call.

    April 14, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    • I believe the song you’re referring to (there are several in the background, but this is the main one) is a white-throated sparrow — “Poor Sam Peabody-Peabody-Peabody” or, if you’re Canadian, it sings “Oh, sweet Canada, Canada, Canada.”

      April 14, 2014 at 2:40 pm

      • Thank you. That is it! Just listened to the white throated sparrow call on my phone app.

        April 14, 2014 at 9:37 pm


    I just had an Eastern Towee on my deck in Leominster, MA. I have never had one before. Any thoughts on these little birds?

    April 15, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    • Only that it’s time I did a post on them!

      April 15, 2014 at 10:19 pm

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