Listen out for these birds setting up territories in your garden. All of these are singing at the moment. This is a great time of year to try to learn some bird song as their are only a few singing. On the links below, scroll down for their spring song or their calls.
In nearly all cases its the male that sings and they tend to sing only in spring/summer ~ breeding season. They make plenty of calls/communication sounds throughout the year but the song is the preserve of the breeding male. Through song and colour they proclaim their territorial rights and attempt to woo a mate. Once a bird is singing it will most likely set up a territory in the area. The birds songs are used to record the numbers of breeding pairs in a given area. Like any learning, if you can crack the few most common birds the rest get a lot easier to recognise. A bit like listening to an orchestra, with a little practice you can start to pick out the different instruments. Bird song is much the same. In time, the different sounds become quite distinctive. Once your ear is tuned in you will have a never ending source of pleasure by knowing who is singing and why they are singing every time you step outside.
Blackbird, a song known so well. The longer the tune, the older the blackbird and the better chance it has of luring a mate. Often finishes with a near squeak, which distinguishes it from a Mistle thrush.
If you hear any of these sounds please get in touch!
More to come as spring gets going…