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Tune Up Your Ears - East

It's spring, and the birds are revving up! Learn to listen!

By March in the East, cardinals and other songbirds that don't migrate are already singing heartily to attract mates. Many other birds - including this Yellow Warbler - will return north from the tropics in April and May, announcing themselves in song as soon as they arrive in nesting areas. Now is the perfect time to tune up your ears. The BirdNote shop offers CDs and books of all kinds to help you learn to recognize birds by their songs. Check it out!

Today’s show is brought to you by White Flower Farm, a family-owned mail order nursery offering a wide range of perennials, annuals, and shrubs for spring planting.

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Tune Up Your Ears for Spring Bird Song - East

Written by Bob Sundstrom

This is BirdNote.
[Northern Cardinal song]
In the east, the liquid notes of a cardinal proclaim, “Spring is near!”
By March, cardinals and other songbirds that don’t migrate are already singing heartily to attract mates. [Northern Cardinal song] And the full richness of spring bird song is just around the corner. Many other birds will return north from the tropics in April and May, announcing themselves in song as soon as they arrive in nesting areas.
That makes now the perfect time to tune up your ear, to learn who’s making those lovely bird sounds. [Common Yellowthroat song]  Cattail marshes will soon ring with the galloping melody of the Common Yellowthroat. [Common Yellowthroat song] The sweet, slurred song of the Yellow Warbler [Yellow Warbler song] will rise from stands of streamside willows [Yellow Warbler song]. And shady woodlots will once again echo with the flutelike music of the Wood Thrush. [Wood Thrush song]
Wherever you live, with the advent of spring, birds renew the world with song. [Songs of Wood Thrush and Northern Cardinal]

Today’s show is brought to you by White Flower Farm, a family-owned mail order nursery offering a wide range of perennials, annuals, and shrubs for spring planting. More information is at whiteflowerfarm.com.

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Songs of the birds are provided by The Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Northern Cardinal recorded by G.A. Keller; Common Yellowthroat by W.R. Fish;  Yellow Warbler by T.G. Sander; Wood Thrush by W.L. Hershberger; Wood Thrush and Cardinal together, by W.L. Hershberger.
Producer: John Kessler
Executive Producer: Chris Peterson
© 2014 Tune In to Nature.org     March 2017   Narrator: Mary McCann

ID# spring-11-2011-03-23 

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