What birds are you listening to this time of year?
During the Spring, I’m often drawn to the window or to step outside to see if I can pinpoint a bird call. During the Spring, it’s a call I either haven’t heard before or one I haven’t heard in awhile.
If you spend time listening in your backyard, you become familiar with the sounds and calls of your backyard birds. The great thing about that is you know immediately whether a new bird is in the area because the singing will be different than what you’re used to.
I noticed that my ears prick up to bird calls while we’re away from home also, like when we’re camping or visiting a new area. Birds and Blooms has a really useful area of their Web site where you can see the 50 most wanted backyard birds, learn more about their habitat AND listen to their calls / singing. So if you hear one you don’t recognize, head on over to this page and click the bird image of your choice to see if you can identify it. Be sure to bookmark this page for future reference!
The oriole is a bird I listen for each Spring. I’m hoping to hear my first one soon!
Do you have any new birds in your yard this Spring?
Photo: Roland Jordahl