Learning to identify the songs and call notes of the birds you see in your backyard can be lots of fun. Start by trying to create an association with the songs that you hear.

Some birds say their name. The chickadee’s song is an easily recognized chick-a-dee-dee-dee.

Some birds have songs that remind people of easy-to-remember phrases:

Carolina Wren: Tea kettle – tea kettle – tea kettle
White-throated Sparrow: Poor Sam Peabody, Peabody, Peabody
Tufted Titmouse: Peter, peter, peter (Although I think it sounds more like kitty, kitty, kitty.)
Barred Owl: Who cooks for you-all, you-all.

Sometimes you can relate one bird’s song to another. Many are familiar with the singing of the northern mockingbird. The brown thrasher can have a similar sounding song but usually repeats it’s phrases only twice, while mockingbirds repeat their song phrases several times.

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