@birdsunlimited Any good starting tips for identifying what is singing outside my window in the morning? Mason, MI
1. There are a lot of learning devices. Wild Birds Unlimited has bird song CDs available including one that has Michigan birds only. And the Backyard Birdsong Guide is a very popular book that allows you to enjoy bird songs at the touch of a button while reading vivid descriptions of their songs, calls, and related behaviors. On the internet BirdJam.com and AllAboutBirds.com can also be good sources to investigate.
Look at the most likely suspects first. The dawn chorus in April and May is when some birds sing louder and more vigorously than they do at other times of the day to defend a breeding territory or attract a mate. The American Robin, Northern Cardinal, European Starling, Blue Jay and American Crow are some of the earliest risers in my neighborhood.