Songs of Spring

GrassSparrow

If you love nature and have a wetland or preserve within driving distance of your home, here’s a great activity for you and the entire family. Call your local Audubon society and see if they sell a CD with short recordings of song birds in your area. Mine cost me about $10 and featured most of the water and song birds migrating through my state in Spring and Fall. I merely had to listen to the CD a couple of times focusing on difficult birds to see such as the Grasshopper Sparrow (pictured) and then set off to see what I could hear. It’s a very tricky way to identify birds, but presents a great challenge to the ear and first time birder. I highly recommend it as it will give you an entirely different hiking experience.

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