About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
To contribute, email me at bloubird@gmail.com.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Can you identify birds by their silhouette or song?

Though you may be drawn to watching birds because of their wonderful colors or fascinating behavior, when it comes to making identifications, size and shape are the first pieces of information you should examine. 

With just a little practice and observation, you'll find that differences will jump out at you. Study the sillouettes in the picture and see how well you can identify a bird just by the combination of size and shape.

To become more familiar with silhouettes go to: AllAboutBirds.com-Size and Shape

Identifying birds by ear is also a skill that you can learn with a little practice. There are lots 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. To become more familiar with songs go to:  BirdJam.com and AllAboutBirds.com-Songs and Calls.

Also make sure your local birds are represented in the upcoming Great Backyard Bird Count February 17-20! It’s a huge citizen science project that gives a snapshot of the bird population each year.

Everything you need to know to participate is on the website at http://www.birdcount.org.

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