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Singing in the Spring

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Chestnut Sided Warbler

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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Field Sparrow

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Grey Catbird

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Song Sparrow

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Baltimore Oriole

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7 responses

  1. Lynda

    Action shots! I love it! I would sing too if I could sing like the catbird!

    2 June 2011 at 7:06 am

  2. 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

  3. Great shots! I’ve never seen a chestnut sided warbler!

    2 June 2011 at 7:33 pm

  4. 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

    • Pat

      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

  5. Tami

    Hi Pat,

    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!!!

    Tami :>

    3 June 2011 at 8:18 am

  6. John Rowe

    Fantastic collection,love your Chestnut Sided superb image.

    9 June 2011 at 1:08 pm

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