Friday, November 6, 2009

Hearing birds

Black-billed Magpie.
Song Sparrow.
Ruby-crowned Kinglet.
Downy Woodpecker.
American Goldfinch.
House Finch.
Dark-eyed Junco.
Black-capped Chickadee.

All birds I heard this morning, before I saw them.
A couple of them I never even saw, but I am 100% certain they there because I heard them and I recognize their voices. I realized this morning that for the birds seen regularly in my neighborhood, I depend more on my hearing them than I do in seeing them.
Now, I'm not a master bird listener who has spent hours studying my Stokes CD's of bird songs. Having gone birding almost everyday for the last five years, I have simply grown accustomed to what the common birds sound like. I have also come to recognize when I hear something different, which really perks my interest.

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