“Its call goes something like this…”
February 10, 2020 11:35 PM   Subscribe

A two minute clip of the 10th annual Leonard J Waxdeck bird calling contest at Piedmont High School. (May, 1973)

A 46-second history of the contest. Judging criteria.
You can find assorted videos of winners from different years performing on various late-night shows, which I leave as an exercise for the viewer.
posted by Going To Maine (7 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
Love it. Seems that some birds enjoy imitating humans too.
posted by quazichimp at 12:35 AM on February 11

This makes me absurdly happy.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:02 AM on February 11

Didn’t know how badly I needed that. Thanks.
posted by kinnakeet at 5:08 AM on February 11

I'd love to know the names of the birds each person is imitating, if anyone knows. I was seriously doubting some of them were real, and then one of those won, so clearly I don't know anything.
posted by vibratory manner of working at 9:50 AM on February 11

Or am I misjudging the point of this
posted by vibratory manner of working at 9:52 AM on February 11 [2 favorites]

This is making me want to watch Don Knotts' performance of "Summer In The Meadow" from The Love God, but I can't find a clip online. Boo.
posted by queensissy at 11:29 AM on February 11

Or am I misjudging the point of this

If you hunt down the clips from the Tonight Show, you’ll see that the students do indeed pick particular birds to imitate. I just found this decontextualized two minutes to be more fun.
posted by Going To Maine at 1:10 PM on February 11 [2 favorites]

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