I am developing a new hobby. My porch/patio has bushes in front of it and a lovely, little red maple tree. It is a wonderful place to eat breakfast on cool mornings. I can feel a little touch of nature almost at my fingertips. Birds and squirrels look for the birdseed I spread around under the bushes in front of the porch. I have seen them and even rabbits eating up close to the screen. I think they add so much interest and beauty to our world.
I recently discovered that different times of the day I could open the windows in my bedroom and hear the birds while I eat a meal or tickle the ivories (keys) of my computer keyboard. Now that spring is here the birds are out making nests, calling to each other, and flying around looking for food and mates. Lately I have become curious about which bird is making which sound.
Did you know that anywhere your cell phone works you can look up and identify birds by their calls. I discovered a neat phone app, BirdNET. It can record the bird’s song; then you use the “Select brackets” to indicate a segment of that bird’s song; then press “Analyze.” It shows a picture of the bird, information about it, and gives you a chance to submit verification that they got it right.
Also YouTube has a wealth of videos on birds, their eating habits, their songs, their colors, appearance, and lifestyles,
These are my photos of a few birds I’ve seen. With their colorful plumage, enchanting songs and nest building designs they are a fascinating, joyful presence in my world. I’ve begun to attempt to learn each bird’s song, but it will take time. Birds after all have different calls with different meanings.
I never saw a towhee until this year. They look like a robin with white on its body and some on the wings. They will repeat their lilting whistle in response to your efforts to copy them. They seem so friendly.