You're one lucky duck to have landed at our little diner. This is no fly-by-night joint. May we start you with a drink - a swallow of Old Crow or Wild Turkey, perhaps? You're just in time for the early-bird specials, when toucan eat for the price of one. The Four and Twenty Blackbirds Baked in a Pie were Eurasian Blackbirds. "Eating crow" also has its roots in history. And what's the problem with bird's nest soup? Find out in the Audubon magazine field notes.
Birds on the Menu
Written by Ellen Blackstone
This is BirdNote! ( In Swifty Falcone voice)
[Sounds of a restaurant]
Welcome! You’re one lucky duck to have landed at our little diner. [Quack of Mallard] This is no fly-by-night joint. May I start you with a drink – a swallow of Old Crow or Wild Turkey perhaps? [Gobble, gobble]….
You’re just in time for the early-bird specials, when toucan eat for the price of one [Couviers Toucan].
The soup du jour is bird’s nest soup.
[Clatter of silverware. Cook shouts “Order up!”]
If you’re one who eats like a bird, you could peck at an appetizer. You shovelers will want something more substantial of course. [Call of a Northern Shoveler]
We have a chicken in every pot. [Domestic chickens] But which will you have first—the chicken or the egg?
Your goose is cooked, and it’s all done the same way. [Canada Goose] What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.
For the main course, we have Four and Twenty Blackbirds Baked in a Pie.
[Boba-LEE-oh calls of Red-winged Blackbirds]
Hey! Don’t worry—we won’t make you eat crow. [Caw, caw]
And for dessert, our swan song [Trumpeter Swan].
Final tab? [Cash register ker-ching]
For you?—Chicken feed! [Buck, buck, buck, buck, buck]
You want more about where some of these terms originated? Visit our web site, BirdNote.org. I’m Swifty Falcone. Enjoy your meal!
Most bird calls provided by The Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Mallard recorded by A.A. Allen; Northern Shoveler and Red-winged Blackbird by W.W.H. Gunn; Canada Goose by G.B. Reynard; Trumpeter Swan Gunn and Hartshorne.
Domestic turkey recorded by Martyn Stewart; domestic chickens by C. Peterson
Restaurant sound effects provided by Kessler Productions
Producer: John Kessler
Executive Producer: Chris Peterson
© 2014 Tune In to Nature.org July 2014 Narrator: Frank Corrado