Birding by ~ Ear ~ Sound ~ Song





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Published on May 3, 2011

Often times when I'm outside bird watching or hear the birds through a window.. I don't see the birds. Once the leaves leaf out its hard to see the birds in the trees. Listening to birds sing is fun and entertaining. Birds makes many different sounds. During courtship birds sing to attract a mate. Baby birds call to their parents when they are hungry. Birds also have a warning -- alert call. Birds sing when they are happy and to communicate with other birds. Spring and early summer is prime time for Bird songs. By carefully listening to the sounds of the birds and putting words to their song -- you will be able to ID a bird by sound. The birds are not literally saying the words but if you carefully listen you will see how easy it is to put words to their calls and songs. The birds in this video are common backyard birds in Massachusetts -- many which may be in your own backyard. When birding by ear, take your time to carefully listen to the birds and most of all enjoy yourself.
I have done many bird programs at local schools and the Audubon. I have taught many people how to bird by ear. One of the most rewarding experiences I had was, I met a Mom who has twins who are blind. She said they always get so excited when they heard the birds. I taught the twin boys how to bird by ear. It was wonderful watching how excited they got when they starting ID'ing the birds by sound. I wrote the above info for my programs that I taught.

Hear are some words put to songs and calls of the birds in my video:

Red-Shouldered Hawk: KEE--YER KEE-YER ..Keer Keer

Coopers Hawk: (Rapid notes) KEK KEK KEK

Northern Flicker: (Rapid notes) FLICK FLICK FLICK FLICK FLICK

Rufous Side Towhee ~ Eastern Towhee: DRINK your TEEEEEEEEA! and Tuuu-eat Tuuu-eat (Rapid)

American Robin: (Rapid notes ~They make many sounds that rise and descend) Tunk Tunk Tunk Tunk ,,,Twiddle Dee-Twiddle Dumb (repeat) and CHEER up--cheerily--cheerio-Cheer up.

Northern Cardinal: What Cheer What Cheer, a single CHIP and Whoit Whoit Whoit birdy birdy birdy (Fast)

Red-Winged Blackbird: Konk-la-reeeee and O-KA-LAYYY

I like Petersons Field Guides for birds as well as their birding CD's.


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