Birders in every hemisphere spend this time of year preparing for the Great Migrations. It does not matter where you live, several species of birds are going arrive at your location, pass through, or simply come out of or flee to the woods or marshes as Spring or Fall approaches. This means it is time to brush up on your birdsong and vocalization knowledge because when the birds are en route or newly arrived they tend to hide and your best bet at identifying them is with the sounds they can’t stop themselves from making.
So, for this edition of the I and the Bird blog carnival, you will be asked to practice your vocalizations as you read through the submissions. For each submission I’ve indicated a bird call. The bird call is the link to the submission. So, when you go to visit the submission, make the bird call at the same time that you click on the link. If you do it correctly, there will be a special dinging sound. If you do it incorrectly, there will be no dinging sound. Keep clicking going through the links until you are able to produce a proper call, indicated by the dinging sound, for each one.
The Listening Earth Blog: Square-tailed Kites breeding locally – kerrrr… kerrrr…
SkeptiVet: Life and Death in the winter snow – tweet
The Zen Birdfeeder: It’s a Hard Knock Life for Birds – chirp.
Slugyard: Neighborhood Birds with a Twist – tweet.
The Little House in the Not-So-Big Woods: The Little House Cafe – sqwawk
Duck or grouse: CLAWS – aarrrk … aarrrk
Dave Hubble’s ecology spot: Red-breasted Goose in Hampshire: twice in one day – chk chk chk
Research at a snail’s pace: Hawai’i Adventures: The Nene nene … nene … nene
Madras Ramblings: The Parambikulam poem – peep
North Shore Nature: Notes on the European Starling in a northern Ontario town – twitter
The Greenbelt: Valentine’s Day Birds squawk
Anybody Seen My Focus?: Yellow-rumped Warbler (Dendroica coronata) – warble warble
IVORY-BILLS LiVE???!: — Review of The Crossley ID Guide — keKawww keKawwww
The Birders’ Report: The Red-breasted Sapsucker Guards Its Sap Wells – sipsipsip
Costa Rica Living and Birding: The Costa Rican Riverbird Flush – aarrk … aarrk
10,000 Birds: Good Gully: A Birder’s Oddity – tweet
Zoologirl’s Blog: Rapid Redpolls – chk chk chk tweet
Ben Cruachan – natural history: Breeding bonanza – woot woot woot
Wanderin’ Weeta (With Waterfowl and Weeds): Bird silhouettes on tinted mud – ack ack ack …. ack ack ack
Very good. Now go back and do it again.
And, do be a good citizen and not only click on each and every link (until you get it right) but also post them of facebook and … dare I say it … tweet them as well!