New Years Resolution #1:
Learn the bird songs of the regular avian visitors in my backyard.
Our Katsura trees are bird magnets this winter; thus we hear bird song every morning as soon as the sun rises. It is such a lovely wake-up call.
in addition to the seeds and berries from our trees and grasses, we augment with a bit of suet-which attracts many species of birds, especially during the cold snap.
To assist with my resolution, I will be using Bird Song Hero by the Cornel Lab of Ornithology. It is a fun instructional video because it shows you how to "see sound".
Another helpful resource is What the Robin Knows; Jon Young explains what we can learn from the different bird songs, and has made available the multiple songs of twenty-two of our common backyard bird visitors. Enjoy!
bird ID: northern flicker, black-capped chickadee, Bewick's wren, song sparrow, spotted towhee