Yes. I am talking about my Annual Warbler Song Practice. I’ve been watching and listening to birds for years. Still, I make it a spring ritual to play recordings of warblers. Here in Ohio we have more than 30 species of New World Warblers, many which continue northward to their nesting grounds. For many birders, hearing these birds only happens for 2-3 weeks out of each spring season. Without regular exposure, it is easy to forget (or at least get rusty) on this group of birds’ songs and calls.
One of the things I have noticed is just how differently some warblers sound in different geographical areas. For instance, Black-throated Green Warblers in Eastern North Carolina can sound quite a bit different than they do here in Ohio. Many species in this family have significant variations.
Many fine CDs are available with warbler songs and calls. And these days there are a number of smart phone apps that have a plethora of songs. Today I am only going to touch a couple of online resources which I use for just such an occasion as Warbler Song Practice.
Borror Laboratory of Bioacoustics – Ohio State University collection of over 34,000 animal sounds
Macaulay Library – Cornell Lab of Ornithology – World’s largest archive of animal sounds and video
Both of these sources have huge collections of excellent recordings. So depending on where you live, you can listen to many bird songs and calls from your particular area.
Gotta run now. Have to brush up so I am armed and ready for spring warbler migration!