Southwest winds have finally invaded Chicago and the birding has picked up considerably. One of my favorite parts of spring birding is just soaking in the sounds. The new camera I have takes some incredible video, but when I was trying to focus in on a Ruby-crowned Kinglet and a Northern Waterthrush and failed miserably I thought, "Hey? Why not start a Film life list AND a Caught Singin' life list?" 'Cause Lord knows getting kinglets on film is near impossible.
I've always been an aural learner and when birding as a kid, I was shown the ropes by some retired biologists who had all but lost their hearing. I became their ears and soaked it all in.....I still thank them for my love of birdsound and ability to bird by ear.
So, here are some early spring sounds to tickle your earbuds....
And a Louisiana Waterthrush I filmed in early April
Oh, so much more to come. 23+ warbler days? Yes, please.