I’ve been listening to my backyard since I’ve started feeding birds years ago. No matter what season it is I always try to pay attention to what’s going on back there.
Last weekend we almost hit 70 degrees on Sunday and I’ve been hearing a whole lot more of the calling you hear in the spring when males are looking for mates. I guess I technically mean more songs than calls but you get my meaning. Cardinals, goldfinches, titmice, blue jays, mourning doves, chickadees and more all seem like their tuning up their pipes for the coming mating season.
One of the things I get a special kick out of is the males coming of age trying to sound all adult and failing miserably. Practice must make perfect because I’ve yet to hear an adult bird of any species that hasn’t figured out the right song to use to attract a female. Sure, the females have their preferences but at least the males can throw their hats in the ring, so to speak. I’ve yet to hear a cardinal that brays like a mule or screams like a hawk. Everything in its place.
Have you heard what I’m talking about in your neck of the woods? Do you have resident pairs that only seem to go through the motions? Leave me a comment below and thanks for your participation.