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She led her little procession by her querulous-sounding "quank," while they replied with a low "chir-up" in the same tone.
The white-breasted Nuthatch is known by his cry of "_quank, quank_," repeated frequently as he keeps moving along the branches of a tree, piercing the bark with his bill and breaking off pieces in search of insects and their larvæ.
Then he uttered his soft "quank, quank" and gently flew to another tree.
Sometimes these "quank, quanks" come in a loud and rapid series and may easily be heard a quarter of a mile on a still day.
From the dusky woods darted out those birds that bide a New England winter; dove-colored muthatches quank quanked among the hemlocks;
On the thank yous -- the other night Elliot looked up at me after nursing, smiled adoringly and said "quank you".