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Match Birds with Their Habitats

It is not a one-habitat-fits-all kind of world

Particular birds are tied to particular habitats. An American Bittern calls from a freshwater marsh. Wild Turkeys like open woods, with fields and clearings. The House Wren favors gardens, hedgerows, and brushy woods. This Red Knot feeds on beaches and mudflats. The Mourning Dove likes brushy, open areas. Take care of the habitat and the habitat will take care of the birds.

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Match Birds with their Habitats

Written by Chris Peterson

This is BirdNote.

[Call of the American Bittern]

Close your eyes to imagine the landscapes where you would be likely to hear the following five birds, calling in the wild:

The American Bittern [Call of the American Bittern] …. Yes, though they are hard to spot, they call from within a freshwater marsh…

Wild Turkeys [Call of a flock of Wild Turkeys]… Open woods, like oak or beech, with fields and clearings…

The House Wren [Song of the House Wren]… can be found in gardens and hedgerows, and brushy woods…

Red Knots [Call of a Red Knot] … These shorebirds have declined dramatically in the past forty years, but they feed on beaches and mudflats, like those of the Chesapeake….

And where would you hear a Mourning Dove? [Call of the Mourning Dove] They like brushy, open areas, not too cold in winter, but they also frequent backyard bird habitat. 

Particular birds are tied to particular habitats. As these natural conditions go, so go the birds. Tune in wherever you are, to see which species call your area home, or visit on their way through. For BirdNote, I’m Michael Stein.


Bird sounds provided by The Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York.  Call of American Bittern recorded by S. R. Pantle; calls of Wild Turkeys by G.A. Keller; song of the House Wren by G.A. Keller; call of a Red Knot Gerrit Vyn; call of the Mourning Dove W.R. Fish.
Ambient recording by C. Peterson.
BirdNote’s theme music was composed and played by Nancy Rumbel and John Kessler.
Producer: John Kessler
Executive Producer: Chris Peterson
© 2010 Tune In to     August 2010 / 2017

ID# birding-14-2010-08-12

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