How to Know the Birds

The dawn chorus on a bright June morning in the foothills of the Appalachians… southbound Sandhill Cranes bugling against a gray sky over the shortgrass prairie… the desert come alive with thrasher song on a still afternoon in late winter… Everywhere in the ABA Area we delight in birdsong. Especially at this time of year. Practically all of you reading this blog post are within easy walking distance of at least one exceedingly cool sounding bird right now. For many of you, I suspect, an awesome songster is within earshot of you this very instant

That’s a western meadowlark, Sturnella neglecta, one of the commonest and most conspicuous songbirds around my home in eastern Boulder County, Colorado. Listen carefully, and you can even hear the reverb immediately following the bird’s song. I made the recording by firing up the Voice Memos app on my iPhone and pressing the big red button at the bottom of the screen.