Bird Songs Workshop:
June 4, 2017
Rain was predicted for around lunchtime, so we planned an indoor picnic for around lunchtime. Coolish conditions greeted us at Beaver Lake so we sat at one of the overlooks and listened to the songsters around us.
We tried to learn how to recognize the songs of Red-winged Blackbird, Orchard Oriole and Warbling Vireo, as well as nearby Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Cardinal and Song Sparrow. We compared song-types and how to remember them with descriptive terms or other handles. We followed this with some short walks along stretches of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
We listed to the monotonous and non-stop song of the Red-eyed Vireo, the sweet paired notes of the Indigo Bunting, the scratchy warbler of the Scarlet Tanager and the high-pitched stair-stepping song of the Blackburnian Warbler.
It's overwhelming to hear some many birdsongs emanating from the green leaf-covered forest and to see so few birds. This is why learning at least a few songs really helps during the summer months. It will soon be mid-summer and many of our breeding species will no longer be singing. It's time to get outside now!