It's fun to go hunting for bird songs.
|| A keen eye and a sharp ear.
Optional: Binoculars and a bird guide, if you have them.
||Take a walk through a place where birds live. Maybe
a park, a beach or your own backyard! Listen carefully for bird calls, and
pick out one that interests you.
What does the bird's song sound like to you? Listen
to the call until you can put words to it. Take your time and use your imagination.
On one safari I heard a bird singing "cheer up, cheerio!" Was
it really? No, but it sounded that way to me.
For each bird call you can put words to, record
it on the trophy sheet.
Once you've found an interesting
call, search for the bird. Use your eyes. Use binoculars if you can. This
is difficult. The bird may be high in a tree. I heard one bird singing "toooo-teeee
appleberry jam", that eluded me for weeks.
When you finally find the bird, capture it in your
memory. Study it until you can go home and find it in a bird guide. From
then on, whenever you hear that bird call, you'll be able to say "I
know what that bird is!"