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In spring, Washington State bubbles with bird song. And you can see a lot of birds at the Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest in May. (Check the website for dates.) Join bird experts to explore the diverse natural habitats of north-central Washington and the more than 150 bird species regularly found there. Maybe even a dainty Calliope Hummingbird, the smallest bird in North America, or a Bullock's Oriole like this one. Pre-registration is recommended for many events.
Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest 2010
Written by Adam Sedgley
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[Song of the Bullock’s Oriole]
Now that it is spring, Washington State is bubbling with bird song: from Bullock’s Orioles along streams east of the Cascades [Bullock’s Oriole song] to Ruby-crowned Kinglets, nesting high in the mountains.
[Fade to Ruby-crowned Kinglet song]
If you’re not likely to hear either of these rich songsters in your backyard, then all the more reason to hear and see them at the Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest. May 13th through 16th, join bird experts to explore the diverse natural habitats of north-central Washington.
More than 150 bird species are regularly found here, from the boisterous Evening Grosbeak [Evening Grosbeak call], to the charismatic Williamson’s Sapsucker [Williamson’s Sapsucker drum]. Or, the dainty Calliope Hummingbird, the smallest bird in North America. [Wing hum and call of Calliope Hummingbird]
Activities abound at the Bird Fest for young and old, experts and beginners. This year’s keynote speaker is renowned nature recordist Martyn Stewart. Here’s the song of a beautiful Lazuli Bunting, a bird native to Washington State, which Martyn recorded.
[Lazuli Bunting song]
During the Festival you can join members of the BirdNote team on a field trip. But register soon. Field trips are popular and many require pre-registration. For a link to the Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest and to sign up for a BirdNote field trip, start at birdnote.org.
[Close with Lazuli Bunting song]
Bird sounds provided by The Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Song of the Bulluck’s Oriole and Ruby-crowned Kinglet recorded by G.A. Keller; trill of Evening Grosbeak by T.G. Sander; drumming of Williamson’s Sapsucker by D.S. Herr; wing hum and call of Calliope Hummingbird by G.F. Budney; song of the Lazuli Bunting by Martyn Stewart.
Producer: John Kessler
Executive Producer: Chris Peterson
© 2010 Tune In to Nature.org May 2010