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Nature provides wonderful clues about the changing seasons. Sure, the days are getting longer but the start of daylight saving time probably threw off everyone’s circadian rhythm. Trees are budding, sap is running, and my favorite of all: birds are singing! This is especially welcome after the fall/winter we experienced with so few birds visiting feeders, instead they were foraging on naturally occurring foods (spruce, birch, ash, winterberry, mountain-ash, all seemed to be loaded with seeds or fruit).
To help you learn some of these bird songs that you are hearing in your backyard, I made this short video after recording the most common (or loudest) birds singing in my backyard:
To create the spectrograms for visualizing bird songs, I used Adobe Audition. Audacity is another popular program that generates spectrograms, available for free. SpectrumView is a free app (iOS and Android) that also allows you to view spectrograms on mobile devices.