The Sounds of Spring
Every spring we’re reminded of the joy of being alive, and life’s drive to survive and thrive. Can we join the celebration by opening our eyes, ears and hearts to the everyday miracles around us?
Birds in Spring
Local birds are very busy in spring – finding a mate, making a nest, and getting ready to raise a family. We are surrounded by an absolute symphony of spring birdsong, as birds (mostly males) sing to attract a mate and establish their territory.
Try training your ears in very early spring to recognize some of the most common early songsters in the Peterborough area. Here are a few sound files from the excellent Cornell Lab of Ornithology to help you get started:
There’s an amazing resource to help you recognize nearby bird songs, especially as more and more migrants return, and the soundscape gets complex and sometimes confusing! Try downloading the Merlin Bird ID app on your cell phone, and select ‘Sound ID’. It will help you listen and point out sounds it recognizes, along with images of the bird that you can click for more information.
The Pathway Project has also created some useful resources for beginning birders. Check out our ‘Common Spring Birds of Peterborough‘ checklist, which accompanies the ‘Common Winter Birds of Peterborough‘ checklist (these winter residents are still here in spring). Here’s a recorded workshop for young children that combines the sounds and images of some of our common spring birds to help you get started.
Get outside, tune up your ears, and see how many new feathered friends you can make this spring!