If you're out for walk today, you might hear a warbler or a robin or another bird song that you don't recognize.
Serious birders have mnemonic devices that help them identify birds by their songs. They think of often silly phrases that mimic the sounds the birds make. Tom Anderson, a naturalist at the Lee and Rose Warner Nature Center in the St. Croix Valley, put together a bunch of these phrases into a kind of a birder's poem. We added the actual sounds of the bird calls.
To be honest, even after enjoying the book How to Be a Bad Birdwatcher I found reading the memory aids in this feature a stretch. Then I fired up the audio (available in the top right of the feature page) and realized I could eavesdrop on a whole new conversation the next time I take the dogs for a walk! Try it, I'd like to know what you think. Does this sound like aural acid? Are there other translations for these bird calls? Is this what you'd consider a birder's poem?
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