Saturday, June 7, 2014

Can you see a bird song?

I've been hearing lots of bird songs lately.  We have wrens and mockingbirds which are quite noisy.  The last two days I've been hearing a catbird in the backyard.  The catbird mimics the sounds of other birds like the mockingbird does.
A cute experiment is to get a three or four-year-old kid and have him mimic the mockingbird.  It can be quite entertaining. 
Once the UPS guy delivered a package and set it on the deck of my neighbor's house.  He set it down in front of a motion-detecting frog which began croaking.  (I'm guessing it ran the battery down considerably.)  By the end of the day, I noticed that the mocking bird was mimicking the sound of the frog.
In a recent email I received, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology introduced a new game which helps a birder identify bird songs in a visual way.  A spectogram of the bird song is matched to the bird.  I found this very interesting; it used a part of my brain that I don't use a lot.
The game is named Bird Song Hero.  (The name is similar to the popular Guitar Hero in which a gamer tries to match a recorded musical phrase with his own guitar playing.)
I think this link is worth a look (and a listen)!

1 comment:

  1. I think the only bird I mimic is the Bob-white. I did enjoy birds when I could hear, but never knew one from the other. There is a big Bird in Florida that makes a VERY strange sound, mixture of a squawk and a Bell. (smile)