In the Field

Are You Listening to a Bird Mimic or the Real Deal?

Are You Listening to a Bird Mimic or the Real Deal?

— Part six of our new series to help you build your birding skills—and love of birds—by learning how to bird by ear.
Start Using Spectrograms to 'Read' Bird Songs and Calls

Start Using Spectrograms to 'Read' Bird Songs and Calls

— Part five of our new series to help you build your birding skills—and love of birds—by learning how to bird by ear.
Why Knowing Your Local Bird Sounds Is the Key to Unlocking New IDs

Why Knowing Your Local Bird Sounds Is the Key to Unlocking New IDs

— Part four of our new series to help you build your birding skills—and love of birds—by learning how to bird by ear.
How to Memorize Bird Songs by Using Mental Images

How to Memorize Bird Songs by Using Mental Images

— Part three of our new series to help you build your birding skills—and love of birds—by learning how to bird by ear.
A Beginner’s Guide to Common Bird Sounds and What They Mean

A Beginner’s Guide to Common Bird Sounds and What They Mean

— Part two of our new series to help you build your birding skills—and love of birds—by learning how to bird by ear.
How to Start Identifying Birds by Their Songs and Calls

How to Start Identifying Birds by Their Songs and Calls

— Part one in our new series to help you build your birding skills—and love of birds—by learning how to bird by ear.
How Different Spring Migrants Decide When to Head North

How Different Spring Migrants Decide When to Head North

— Will warmer weather bring the birds back early? It all depends on what type of migrators they are.
The Case for Chasing Birds That Don’t Count

The Case for Chasing Birds That Don’t Count

— Because birding is about so much more than just your list.
A Guide to Finding Urban Owls

A Guide to Finding Urban Owls

— You don't have to live in the middle of the woods to see an owl. Here's how and where to spot five species in towns and cities across the U.S.
Testing Out Song Sleuth, a New App That Identifies Birds by Their Calls

Testing Out Song Sleuth, a New App That Identifies Birds by Their Calls

— Song Sleuth's advanced software can recognize the voices of 200 common bird species. But how does it fare in the field?