Listen up, birdie people

This is a great site — The Language of Birds.

Like:

  • why birdies sing at dawn and not so much at dusk (It is a cold time of day and the prey of the insect feeder is not yet active.)
  • do birdies listen to each other? (a whip-poor-will, on a slowed-down recording, sings 5 notes, not 3; a mockingbird, also taped then played back slow, sings a 5-note mock — not the 3 notes we aurally challenged humans hear)
  • another English mimic bird was tracked to a very specific summer spot in Africa because it picked up the song of a bird found only in that area of the world.

Great stuff now that the great migration is just about to make our mornings grand.

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