This introductory field course will serve as an introduction into the world of bird vocalizations. We will learn the difference between songs & calls as well as many helpful tips for learning how to recognize the vocalizations of our most common bird species. Birding and pace will be slow & easy. A field guide and notebook for note-taking will be useful.
There’s nothing that beats a walk in the woods in the spring. The leaves are a bright emerald green, spring flowers carpet the forest floor and the woods are full of the sound of birdsong. But who are the singers? A plethora of species call the North Carolina mountains ‘home’ during the spring and summer. It can be challenging enough learning to identify them all by sight, but learning to identify them by sound can be even more so. There are two main types of bird vocalizations – songs and calls. Do you know the difference? Throughout the day we will hear a melodic collection songs and calls of many warblers, thrushes, vireos, flycatchers and more, and we will outline the general patterns of each species’ song and the subtleties of call notes that will make ‘birding by ear’ much more approachable and fun. Learning bird songs can be daunting, but will take it slow and focus on those species most commonly heard and seen around the lower elevations of WNC.
This Venture is perfect for those trying to get a start on learning bird songs or for those who might need a refresher course!