Name that Bird Song

By Susan Littlefield

One of the delights of gardening has nothing to do with the gardening itself. It is simply the joy at being outdoors, feeling the sun on your face (or maybe some rain at times!), watching bees and butterflies flit from flower to flower, and listening to the birds sing. And what makes this latter activity even more enjoyable is to be able to put a face to voice, as it were, and know which bird is singing!

A great on-line resource for learning how to identify different bird songs and calls is's Bird Audio Guide. Birds are divided into easy to categorize groups, such as tree-clinging birds, perching birds, or gull-like birds. Simply click on one of the types of birds in the category -- Thrushes under Perching Birds, for example, and you bring up a list of specific birds of that type. Click on the bird's name -- Robin, in this example -- and you'll get lots of information and pictures. Click on Listen and you'll hear the song.

If you have a mobile phone or device with Web access, you can check your song ID right out in the garden. And perhaps you'll even be motivated to add some seed or berry-producing plants for food or evergreens for cover to make your garden an even more hospitable place for feathered visitors!

To learn more about birds and their songs, go to: eNature Bird Audio.

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