As winter eases its grip on most of the country and nature begins to awaken, there is a distinct sound in the air that has laid dormant for months.
Have you heard it?
One of our favorite things to do in Spring when my kids were little, was to sit on the back deck and identify all the songs going on around us.
Identifying bird songs and calls was something my grandparents and parents taught me, and something I’ve passed on to my kids.
If you’ve ever heard a bird singing or chirping and wondered what it was, I’ve compiled a helpful guide to help you with16 of my favorite birdsongs with pictures so you can identify what or who you’re hearing. Just click on the link and enjoy the song.
There is a difference between a bird’s “song” and its “call”. The song is the sweet melody male birds sing during courting. It is more complex and has a musical pattern. A bird’s call is usually shorter and mono-syllable, used as a warning. The tabs at the top of the sound card allow you to hear their song and call.
Here are some you may recognize.
This first is one of my favorites. The Black-Capped Chickadee is usually one of the first to sing in celebration of the coming of Spring.
A true sign of Spring here in southern Wisconsin is the appearance of the American Robin. The first sighting is usually excitedly shared with everyone else in the house.
The next two aren’t really Spring songbirds, but they landed in my yard and I got a good shot of them and their call is spectacular!!
K.L. Bennett is a mother of 6 awesome males, music lover, photographer, avid reader, autodidact, Ninja Writer, Taurus in menopause, trauma survivor, seeker of peace.