Birds, birds, birds

Sung to the tune of Motley Crue‘s Girls, Girls, Girls

Small feet, quick to tweet
Pecking at seed for you to eat
All day long, ya just can’t be beat
And the way you sound is really neat

Birds, birds, birds
In the trees that surround our small house
Birds, birds, birds
Dark eyed juncos and a ruffled grouse
Birds, birds, birds
Some are alone, some with their spouse

Yup, we’ve got birds. Lots of ’em. Some of them just dropped in for a while and then headed out again, and others seem to have arrived for the duration of the warmer weather. During the winter we had downy and hairy woodpeckers, chickadees, nut hatches and blue jays. Here are a list of birds we have seen and managed to identify that have come through:

Common redpoll

Dark-eyed junco

Common grackle

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Evening Grosbeak

White-throated sparrow

Purple finch (dumb name, cause it’s red)

Pileated woodpecker

Ruffed grouse

Common Pheasant

Northern Flicker

American Robin

Mourning Dove

With the warmer weather, the bird populations have just exploded. Not to mention a lot of them really enjoy our bird feeder. Those were just the birds we’ve seen and identified. There are a few that we have only heard, and that takes a bit of doing to find out who is doing all that singing. One bird in particular is this one:

Wood Thrush

I don’t know that I have ever seen one, or if I have, it has been difficult to recognize. However, its song is amazing. It always reminds me of the wilderness, camping, being up at the cottage and just general awesome nature. I have heard this bird all of my life, but I can’t say for sure if I have ever seen it. Weird, huh?

Interestingly enough, wikipedia had some interesting things to say about their song as well.

The song of the male is often cited as being the most beautiful in North America.

I would totally agree with that. If you do a bit of searching, I’m sure you’ll find somewhere that has a recording of it. Sounds experts often site birdsong as the most soothing and that we should all listen to some everyday to help deal with all of the other noise pollution in our lives. Luckily for us, we live in it.

Can’t beat that 🙂

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