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This is probably the best time of year to identify birds for many reasons. Spring is the time of year that every birds plumage looks its best as they are trying very hard to find a mate during the breeding season. Still, if you can’t recognise a bird by its coloured plumage then listen out for birds when they are singing. Did you know that every species of bird makes a different noise? When we pick up the phone, or hear somebody call our name, we can make a good guess about who is calling us. Birds are just the same. Each type of bird has its own voice, and during spring all male birds are singing their wonderful songs to attract a female.
If you want to know more about identifying birds by colour or songs there is a great amount of information on the RSPB's website. To start off look up "Great tit." This species of bird lives in woodland and hedgerows. Listen to its song "Tea-cher, tea-cher, tea-cher." It sounds like a bicycle pump whistling air in and out."
Website: RSPB Bird Guide
Website: British – birdsongs.uk
Free App: British Bird Sounds (Android)
Free App: UK Birds Sounds (ipad/iphone)
Other bird songs that are fairly easy to learn and recognise include the Blackbird (loud and strong tune from the top of a tree) and the Blue Tit (high pitched quick twitter.) Listen out too for Starlings who are brilliant mimics. They often makes sounds like a door bell or phone ringing or a car horn beeping in their songs!