I only just started to try to learn some birds this past spring, and I’ve only learned a few so far. But one of the nice things is that I now at least notice them more often, even if I can’t identify them.
The past week or two I’ve been noticing the most interesting, ethereal, pretty birdsong in the morning and and evenings. As it turns out, it’s a veery.
I don’t think I’ve seen one of these yet, but it makes me happy to hear them. Not quite as happy as hearing a sandhill crane—probably my favorite bird, in part because of it’s pterodactyl-like* call—but much more happy than hearing something boring like a chickadee or robin.
And even though YouTube can be dangerous and addictive, it’s also helpful for learning. Check this out and then go listen to birds:
*Although we’ll probably never know what a pteradactyl actually sounded like, I love to imagine that it sounded like the rattle call of a sandhill crane!