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. Continue reading