Name That Tune

2ffa10c65c84e11674150e526e4578a4I may have mentioned here or there that I live on a hill surrounded by acres of wildness. The land around my home actually consists of several complex biomes, that is, I am surrounded by natural communities with specific and particular plant and animal species living in them. I have just about everything here in this corner of my state– oak hickory woodlands and barrens, savannas and prairie. I’m also surrounded by wetlands,  bogs, marshes, and rivers. Everything else tying these biomes together is tucked in between. Rolling farm lands and pastured hillsides are my neighbors. I won’t linger on the gravel pits and urban sprawl just minutes away from my door.

Oriole_du_nord_7aWe have so many birds here from rare to common, both large and small, colorful and drab. And I have my favorites. Were I to make a life list, one of those check it off when you see it, lists of birds, I’d have just shy of 400 species in the acres around my home. Some live year round, some are just passing through. Most come to nest and raise a brood or two before flying north or south for the winter. We even have bald eagles and whooping cranes on occasion. It’s worth mentioning how several years back, the guy who flies the ultra light aircraft with the whooping cranes followed the flock here. What a job he has. The birds bedded down for the night beside the marsh and we took him to dinner.  I just love when people share their stories and add to the tapestry of my life. My husband and I both collect stories. Retelling them keeps them alive.  🙂

Have you ever heard a bird song and wondered what kind of bird was singing?

You’ve probably guessed by now, given my wide range of interests, that I am a life-long learner. I just love learning new things. One of the nicest things about my husband is he understands this about me and goes to lengths to find new things we can share. When he came across a terrific online program designed to teach how to identify bird songs quickly, he sent me the link with one sentence — “Look up potoo.”
lol You don’t hear that everyday!

This nifty tutorial, one of several interesting bird-related things from Cornell Lab of Ornithology , quickly teaches you how to identify bird song by giving you a visual graph to compare to the sound you’re hearing. This thing is very cool. In the end, you should be able to identify at least 50 birds by their songs.

potooI haven’t discovered just yet if this tutorial can be set up to learn the birds by region. The South American Potoo sounds great (and looks freaky), but bird songs east of the Mississippi would serve me better.

If you enjoy wild birds, give it a try. You won’t be disappointed.


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Here’s a cliché for today:

Birds of a feather flock together


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About ~RoseAnderson

Rose Anderson is an award-winning author and dilettante who loves great conversation and delights in discovering interesting things to weave into stories. Rose also writes under the pen name Madeline Archer.
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2 Responses to Name That Tune

  1. Ray G says:

    Living in a city I don’t see that many species around the house, but traveling around I see more. We live near a lake that has resident ducks and if they happen to fly from where they usually hang out to our lake there are egrets, but they don’t stay long. We have grackles, crows and ravens in our neighborhood. Every now and then we have seagulls, but the crows have thinned them out some. There is a wildlife sanctuary in a section of Virginia Beach called Back Bay. Pelicans are the main birds there. The most awesome are the eagles. I go out of my way to drive by their habitat even though it adds distance to where I am going.

    Once when visiting Grand Coulee Dam one of the tour guides mentioned that the rubber snakes on one portion of the roof that was being damaged by eagles were put there to keep them away.

    We also have mocking birds. We had a Siamese cat who used to chase birds. He chased a mocking bird that then attacked him and bit him in the butt. He chased again and he was bit a second time.

    I wish we had more species. I bought a birds of Virginia book, but haven’t been able to use it much as many birds just don’t invade the territory of the local birds.

  2. What a perfect environment for you, Rose. I love birds and bird song. Will check out the link you provided. A little bird comes to our area every June. He has stick legs and a white collar. Very different to the other birds around here. We call him ‘Peeps’… of course by now it’s probably sixth generation but he’s still ‘Peeps’…

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