Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Can You Hear Them?
Perhaps it's the sunnier weather. Perhaps it's the sense that spring is closer. Whatever the case, I've been noticing the bird calls lately. I'm hearing different calls, louder calls and just more of them. Walking on my driveway last week, there was a bird in the neighbor's weeping willow that was just singing away. When I finally found it, I realized it was a Chickadee and the call it was making wasn't it's usual chicka-dee-dee-dee.
I'm using that as an example because, really, I'm terrible about being able to identify bird calls. Actually, I'm terrible with anything having to do with auditory skills. Figuring out words to songs can sometimes totally baffle me. Anyway, my point is that the calls I'm hearing now are not what I'm used to hearing. That much I can tell. Maybe the birds have different calls depending on the season? I'm pretty sure they have different calls based on attracting a mate and defending a territory. So maybe what I'm hearing is 'scouting' behavior. You know, they're starting to find the territories they're going to control for the coming season. It's a theory. LOL
Whatever the case may be, I'm enjoying it and being continually reminded that this weekend is the Great Backyard Bird Count. Today, we will go out and fill our bird feeders. They are pretty empty now. I stocked up the other day on several different types of seeds so that I could attract as many species as possible.
Happy Bird Watching!