It’s That Time Of Year Again

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!

2 thoughts on “It’s That Time Of Year Again

  1. Hi Greg,
    We’ve never met, but I feel like I know you. It seems like whenever I meet an Amish birder, they always ask me if I know Greg Miller. As far as that goes, whenever I meet an “English” birder they ask the same question, LOL! I live in Mansfield, and have only been birding for about a year or so. Needless to say, you are a legend in these parts, even before the movie has come out. Are you prepared for when the movie comes out? Being a rookie birder, I only have about 75 or so birds on my life list. However, I just added the Brown Thrasher to my life list this morning, WHOOT! Also an new yard bird, WHOOT WHOOT! I very much enjoyed reading “The Big Year” and both my wife and I are looking forward to the release of the motion picture!
    Good Birding,
    Brian & Deb Hart

  2. Thanks for all the kind words Brian. I’m so glad you were inspired by the book and took up birding as a hobby. Welcome to the flock! And congrats on your life Brown Thrasher, too! I’m sure you’ll be adding many birds to your life list this spring with migration gearing up.

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