Singing in the Spring
By: Pat Coate
The symphony of bird song has been truly wonderful this spring and here are a few shots of various birds in action. Some things to note about ‘singing in the spring’:
• Male birds of many species migrate first. They sing to stake out their territory and then to attract the females when they too begin to move north.
• In many species the females don’t sing.
• Birds also defend their territory against birds of the same species to reduce competition for food since both birds would hunt for food in the same manner
• It is believed that changes in sunlight/length of day trigger hormonal changes in birds that trigger ‘singing in the spring’.
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Action shots! I love it! I would sing too if I could sing like the catbird!
2 June 2011 at 7:06 am
Excellent photos and post. The oriole is my favorite but all are excellent. I love this time of year when I can awake in the morning to all of the great bird songs outside.
2 June 2011 at 7:12 pm
Great shots! I’ve never seen a chestnut sided warbler!
2 June 2011 at 7:33 pm
Thanks for the great blog, Monarch. Pat, I was happy to see you did get some great shots – were these at Eschelman?
2 June 2011 at 10:49 pm
Hi Kathy, thanks for visiting the blog and your kind commentary. The chestnut-sided warbler, field sparrow and oriole were all at Eschelman. The song sparrow was from Allegany State Park and the very cooperative catbird was taken along the Alleghany River Trail.
2 June 2011 at 11:26 pm
These are wonderful! The up close pix are great! I have to say, although I am a great Oriole fan that the catbird has a special place in my birdwatching heart!!!
3 June 2011 at 8:18 am
Fantastic collection,love your Chestnut Sided superb image.
9 June 2011 at 1:08 pm